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Do at-risk youth need out-of-state help?

Mayor Pugh announcesa partnership with Roca, a nationally-recognized, Massachussetts-based group focused on reducing violence by helping very high-risk young adults. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun video)

Really? Seventeen million dollars to an out-of-state, secular group to fix a homegrown social problem full of local at-risk youth (“Anti-violence program Roca, funded by private donors, coming to Baltimore, Mayor Pugh says,” Dec. 13)?

Let's assume that this decision was not taken to primarily look as if the nanny state is doing something to address the social problem. Further, let's assume let's assume that the at-risk youth in Baltimore wouldn't respond to the grace, mercy, love and value shown by the already active religious group addressing precisely this demographic.

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Why would you insult the local, successful and passionate organizations that have been working, do work, and will work tirelessly to help the dire situation by pouring precious local money to an out-of-state group? Was funding local efforts not "sexy" enough? Grandstanding has never helped one at-risk youth in Baltimore that I know of!

Chris Molling, Towson

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