The April 5 guest editorial written by Dennis Weber could not be any closer to the truth.

If you are going to do something, it needs to be from start to finish. For example: We have a drug addict who goes through a rehabilitation program, gets housing for two to three months and a chance to a better life. He or she successfully completes the program and then what? He/she is going to need some help finding a job and a more permanent residence, which go hand in hand. Without these two things he/she does not stand a chance.

The odds are stacked against him/her and most likely will end up right where he/she started.

In my opinion, begin with the homeless youth in Longview. A lot of them go to school trying to better themselves, but have no idea where they may be staying or where their next meal may be coming from.

There is hope for some of these kids and I wish to see the City Council address this issue. Longview cannot afford to have more homeless adults five to 10 years down the road.

Mark Lengyel


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