Letters to the Editor

Halfway houses getting bad rap

When are the folks who live in the boundaries of Twin Lakes going to stop their whining and get on with their lives? When are they going to find out what a “halfway house” really is, not someone’s preconceived notion of what they think it is? If they don’t stop whining, I’m going to start serving cheese and crackers to go with their whining.

In the first place, they are all ignorant of what a halfway house is, and I don’t think they want to find out, because that would mean their great leaders of the “covenant” didn’t tell them the whole story about recovering addicts and alcoholics. They might even find out that these men can, and usually are, better neighbors than those with teenagers who like to party hardy.

These men are not in any neighborhood to cause trouble, they are there to help get themselves acclimated to living in a neighborhood with homes, not cells and four walls. They are not there to recruit the children of the neighborhood into drugs, sexual misdeeds, nor introducing them how to drink. I think many children can and do learn that part from their own parents. None of you even take the time to listen to anybody else, just those who are against these houses.

I am a Lutheran and proud of it, and I live in a neighborhood where many houses are well over the $400,000 price range. We also live just a very few blocks from a halfway house in a home that is surrounded by many homes that are far more valuable than the houses in Twin Lakes. I am also very proud of the fact that The Compass Centers are affiliated with ELCA. They are showing the true spirit of compassion and Christianity. Are you?

I realize this letter to be a bit long, but someone has to speak up for these men, and in some cases women, who are trying to deal with their addictions and want nothing more than to get on with their lives. It seems that almost all of the letters printed in your paper are against this halfway house in Twin Lakes, and you are taking unfair advantage to the whole of Federal Way to change people’s ideas about halfway houses. When is your paper going to really look into the halfway houses that are already in place here in the Federal Way area? Or don’t you care, either?

P. Gee

Federal Way

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