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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

House is victim of neighbors' debauchery

THE DECATUR DAILY:

I read the article "Keeping Up the Neighborhood" in the June 4 online DECATUR DAILY. The house at 709 W. Moulton St. is described as a "sex house" that hosts drunkards, druggies and prostitutes. Also, the house is described as an eyesore on one of Decatur's main streets, and the neighborhood apparently feels victimized by it.

Actually, the house is the victim. It has never gotten drunk, done drugs or consorted with prostitutes. In fact, for more than half a century it provided shelter for a family whose father earned his living by the sweat of his brow. Once upon a time, you could safely walk around the neighborhood at night — and not even consider the possibility that you would be unsafe. Unsafe from what? Neither did you consider the possibility that you would encounter drunks, druggies or prostitutes. How would you encounter them?

When the last (legal) resident left the house, it was securely locked. The front and the back gates to the fence surrounding the house were also locked. Then, destructiveness came. The windows were knocked out, the doors kicked in, the fence in the back torn down, the doors to the garage and the tool room kicked in, the sidewalk in front littered with broken glass, empty soft drink cans, beer cans, potato chip bags, cigarette packs, chewing-gum wrappers, candy wrappers and whatever, and the grounds violated by the disgusting behavior of trespassers. Pitiful, victimized old house, welcome to the new neighborhood.

Walter E. Dunnavent

Harrisburg, Penn.

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