Letters to the Editor

Turn empty homes into job opportunities

Regarding "Valley cities contemplate what to do about forgotten homes" (Sept. 5, Page A-1): Why not take people needing jobs, as from the Employment Development Department, and have them water, clean up and mind these properties? To help the lenders and banks, this way you are not only giving someone a job, but also they'll be protecting the properties from fire, vandalism and squatters.

Certainly, there must be either a lead person or representative from EDD or perhaps the lenders and banks to make sure the jobs are being done correctly and efficiently. Worried about the cost effect? What's more important -- to get in to the solution, or perhaps continue to watch destruction increase to a degree that may cause more harm than good with these properties?

MARY K. SOUZA

Salida

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