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Theft shows need, perhaps cause for concern

To the editor:

I am responding to two recent pieces in the Gazette: First an item in the Jan. 14 Northampton police news about a 33-year-old man who was arrested for shoplifting, as the story put it, “Six cans of Enfamil baby formula valued at $96.95.” The second was Rabbi Justin David’s guest column “Overcoming culture of futility” (Jan. 15) calling for deep concern and actions on behalf of persons with limited resources.

From my perspective, if it wasn’t to raise cash for drugs, it seems like parent love for an infant might be a motivating factor for this theft. Can community representatives (such as courts, ServiceNet or a helping local individual) find a way to assist this current-day Jean Valjean of “Les Miserables,” who stole a loaf of bread and was imprisoned for years?

Sidney Moss


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