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Don't Hate Me Because I'm a Home Owner 

Dear sir:

This is in response to Mr. Glenn Charlton's letter to the editor entitled "Hellbound Home Owners" [September 17].

I am appalled that you would print a letter that expounds so much "hate." We in the 46th Ward applaud our diversity and are constantly trying to fight hate and prejudice. In Mr. Charlton's letter, he says home owners spew venom and bitter ooze. That is exactly what he spewed in this letter to the Reader. Pure hatred. Apparently, Mr. Charlton, who does not live in the 46th Ward, believes that the 50-plus million home owners in America are all going to burn in hell because they own homes. Perhaps Mr. Charlton and his benefactor Ms. Shiller should reside in Cuba, where home ownership is "forbidden" by law.

It's sad, as Mr. Charlton puts it, that Uptown has been a mecca for the poor since time immemorial. The area in which these people are forced to live is filled with drugs, gangs, prostitution, and tons of garbage. Why isn't Mr. Charlton more interested in the fact that all of us, including the poor, have to live in these appalling conditions?

We don't need hateful rhetoric from Mr. Charlton, Ms. Shiller, or anyone else--we need to come together so we can live in harmony and be neighbors. It's the only way we will survive.

Yolanda Burgio


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