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Show mercy to those recovering

Editor, Ceres Courier,

While reading last week's letter to the editor (neighbor of sober living house), not only was I appalled by the contradictions, but also I was sincerely concerned for the message the letter sent to readers.

Despite the fact that the author claims that his neighborhood has young families, he has and continues to display cans and bottles of alcohol on a stand aimed at the sober living house.

I, too, have similar questions as him. What do you do when you are a recovering addict trying to make positive choices in your life and on display, 10 feet away from you, is the temptation of alcohol? What do you do as a member of society when you see something like this taking place in your town?

This letter was not written with the intent to discredit or to point out faults in others, but with the intent to shed light on a situation that seems to be draped in so much darkness. I will end with one final question: Are you (the reader) a human being? If the answer to that question is yes, then it is safe to say that you have made a mistake at least once. Therefore, since we all share this common flaw of having made a mistake, it would be wise to show mercy and support for one another regardless of whether we think they deserve it or not.
By all means, if you feel as if your life is in danger, protect yourself. But as the saying goes, you cannot fight fire with fire.

Colby Nicholes,