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Every once in a while, an issue hits a neighborhood that causes people to pause, think, and take action. The establishment by mega-nonprofit Father Flanagan’s Boys Town of Omaha, Neb., of a group facility for “deeply disturbed” teenagers at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE (“Trouble Comes to Town,” 5/18) is just such an issue.

It’s not so much the fact that many experts strongly disagree with their policies and methods, or the fact that the proposed site is one block from the oldest open-air drug market in Ward 6. It’s also not the fact that this project is being shoved down the throat of the surrounding neighborhood—legally, by the way—without consultation.

It is the fact that the land—a less-than-2-acre parcel—was purchased in secret for the astounding price of $8.2 million, $7.1 million of which was a federal appropriation—our tax dollars. The D.C. government seems to want to pay about $150 a day to house and feed each kid.

Someone needs to look into the money. We are being had.

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