To the editor:
Judy Coleman’s letter (Aug. 22) about bringing cats, dogs and families together is very timely and complete.
For some reason it got me thinking all the news we read and see regarding, in most cases, teenage boys without homes or at best, living in a single-parent home, coming up with various types of firearms and eventually killing someone.
This usually leads to taking the wrong road, leading to someone who can fit them up with a gun or two, which leads to a newspaper article outlining a disastrous finish for all involved.
Why is it we (as citizens) can’t develop a system or plan to put the lost teenager with another family, getting them back on the right track? We can do it for family pets, so why not teenagers? At one time we had orphanages, some operated by the state and county and some by religious organizations, as well as veteran groups.
Other than an organization in Terre Haute, they have seemed to go by the wayside. In the case of saving pets, it seems to be headed up by groups non-government affiliated.
The government and its entitlement programs are not the answer. Entitlement usually leads to covering the overhead and not fixing the problem.
Coleman’s letter explains a program that with some deep pockets (private donations) leading to success in saving our teenagers. There could be light at the end of the tunnel.