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March 20, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Tackling homelessness

Throwing money not the answer

[“Group hopes to cut number of homeless families in state,” Local News, March 19] argues against these blanket leftist schemes that throw money at perceived problems, thus extending the problems.

Carefully read about Jackilin Abiem. She has gotten pregnant twice and, so, can’t find or afford an apartment. Now think if she hadn’t gotten pregnant. Would her life and opportunities be better? What about her personal responsibility?

Certainly there are many people “down on their luck” from circumstances beyond their control. They should be assisted. But Ms. Abiem? I have trouble either feeling sorry for her or being supportive of spending tax money on encouraging unwed births.

Another article in Thursday’s paper (“More kids born in ’07; fewer moms married,” News) states that 40 percent of births are to unwed mothers. I don’t think that is necessarily good for society as a whole, to which Ms. Abiem’s problems attest.

— Theodore M. Wight, Seattle

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