OPINION: Drug addiction underlies most theft

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By Randy Patrick

Four days after Mother’s Day, Mom called to tell me they had found her billfold. The cash, credit cards and her Social Security card were gone, of course, but what troubled her most was that some of her most precious keepsakes were missing.

The one she treasured most was a card on the back of which my father had pledged his undying love. He gave it to her when she was17, and she had kept it close for nearly 60 years.

“Why would she want that?” she asked.

It meant nothing to the woman who robbed her. It meant everything to her.

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