Fighting crime: clean living has to pay

Fighting the war on drugs and crime is a never-ending battle.

Like many who live or work in Augusta, I long for the day our neighborhoods and schools are drug and crime free, but I feel it will always be a problem.

Fighting to shut down drug houses in a specific neighborhood will not solve the problem. These dealers will just move to another house or another neighborhood. Sure, we can lock these dealers up, but that is just a temporary solution. Because they have no employment opportunities due to the mistakes they've made, they will return to criminal activity in order to survive.

If employers would be more willing to give these people a second chance, it might help reduce the criminal activity county wide, rather than in a specific community. We have to start somewhere.

Dennis Herring

Martinez

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