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SEND TROUBLED YOUTH TO STABLE, LOVING HOMES

A Dec. 25 News editorial has a valid point in championing the cause of private contracting for youth in need of supervision. But institutionalizing our children is still not the answer.

What these youth need are stable homes with lots of love and sensible, appropriate guidance. For $23,000 per year, I'd take one of those kids into my home tomorrow. If the State of New York wants to pay me $84,000, that would be OK, too.

In a year's time I'm certain I could do far more for a youth who, for whatever reason, has been removed from his family home than could any depersonalized institution. Our children cannot thrive in a warehouse full of others who are equally misguided.

Send me a kid -- one who is unwanted and unappreciated. He or she will be ready for any of society's challenges in about a year. And, yes, New York, $23,000 is plenty enough for any sensible, loving person to use helping a person in need.

Who else in this state is also willing to take in a kid and redirect a life? Say you will.

LYDIA B. HOJNACKI
Buffalo

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