The story "Burning desire" in the July 11 Sun Journal led to a lot of discussion about one little boy’s fascination with fire. I wonder why is he the way he is? What to do? How to help him?
The only long-term chance at a solution for this child and the safety of others seems to be the Brandon School in Massachusetts, at a cost of $410 a day.
No one can watch over him every second. Not socializing leads to other problems. Lock him up? Where? No life for the child and no help for his problem. And when he obtains adult status, he could move anywhere and take his fascination with him.
The state of Maine is in the red financially and has to choose carefully how to spend money. I think the state can and should invest in that boy.
Firemen say he won’t stop setting fires, so we must weigh the threat to life and property against the small cost of helping that boy.
June Chartier, Auburn