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The service HACHR provides seems incredibly inadequate ("Point of Contention," Feb. 4). I feel a lot more sympathy for the neighbors in close proximity to that organization than the addicts who play by their own rules anyway. It seems more control and responsibility are warranted. I don't claim to know the ins and outs of how to deal with all the problems associated with this problem, but I do know this: The problem is far reaching.

I frequent a beach on the bay across from Eureka proper and subsequently find myself picking up a lot of garbage. This actually happens in most places I go with my dogs (people are such slobs), but what is different are all the needles. Some get swept over by the tides or weather from Eureka. Many are left there by people indulging themselves while drinking, smoking cigarettes (leaving mounds of butts or plastic filters) and shooting up. These people do not care a wit about the crap they leave behind. It and they disgust me!

HACHR's facility on Third street is not a world of its own. It is part of a neighborhood that seems to be overlooked. Neighbors' concerns are ignored in favor of HACHR clients. Obviously, much, much, much more needs to be done.

Kathryn Travers, Eureka

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