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Jordan Shaw, San Juan Capistrano

I am a 13-year-old Boy Scout in Troop 12 and I attended the San Juan Capistrano City Council meeting on Oct. 6. The issue of group homes was discussed at the meeting. In my opinion, I think group homes should not exist in residential areas.

There should be a different place for recovering drug addicts to live to recover from their problem. Group homes could cause families to leave their town out of fear and how complicated their neighborhood has become due to group homes. Group homes take away living space for families who need it to care for their children. Most of all, they leave a bad example for growing children who are curious and like to do everything they see an older person do.

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  • Sorry kid, but your letter is insensitive and lacks any form of empathy for people who struggle with addiction. I’m not an addict, never have been, don’t have addicts in my family; but I don’t think you need to personally know anyone dealing with addiction to understand that these people are just people that need to be placed somewhere else.

    Not only did you just say “I don’t want these people here because I find them unsafe”, which might as well have said “they’re just taking up space”, you didn’t even give a solution to your “problem”.

    You also shouldn’t blame recovering addicts for possibly influencing children to do what they do. Good parenting should take care of that, and good parenting should probably include “not letting your kids hang out with people who are addicted to drugs”.

    So I think your frustration/worries are misplaced, maybe you should ask your parents to teach you some empathy and problem solving techniques.


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