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Lorraine Wright letter: There is a way to get them off streets

I attended a Fargo City Commission meeting at City Hall April 10, pertaining to the wet house that was planned for 15th Street North in Fargo. I am a resident of Fargo and find it disturbing this type of residence would be considered for Fargo, e...

I attended a Fargo City Commission meeting at City Hall April 10, pertaining to the wet house that was planned for 15th Street North in Fargo.

I am a resident of Fargo and find it disturbing this type of residence would be considered for Fargo, especially an area already carrying the burden of a half-way house, the New Life Center and the Centre.

Jessica Thomasson of the Housing Authority stated, "Drinking will be allowed but not encouraged." I would like Thomasson to show cases where alcoholics have to be encouraged to drink. There is not an alcoholic, in my opinion, who wouldn't jump at a chance to drink. I have lived with and around alcoholics all my life and not one of them ever needed encouragement to drink.

Our distinguished Mayor Bruce Furness stated: "We want to get these people off every street in Fargo." If this is the case, answer this. Doesn't 15th Street North constitute a street in Fargo? If so, and you want these people off every street in Fargo, maybe this wet house should be located out of city limits where it wouldn't affect anyone and these alcoholics won't be within walking distance of any liquor establishments.

I understand the reasons behind the wet house and sympathize with the plight of these chronic alcoholics. But if the wet house were on a parcel of land outside the city's limits it wouldn't affect any of your constituents, Mayor Furness, and these alcoholics would be off every street in Fargo.

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Lorraine Wright

Fargo

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