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Opinion A better way for Baltimore to help its ‘squeegee kids’

DeForest “Buster” Soaries: Does Baltimore care about squeegee kids? He says a driver attacked one of them and was shot dead in return last month. He says the city should look to the effective efforts that tackle the root causes of each squeegee kid’s situation. Soaries says a criminal crackdown on squeegee children will lead to more poverty, more violence and more heartbreak. The city can do better than perpetuating poverty or criminally punishing it, he says, and it's not a one-size-fits-all solution to the problem that won't work, it will just perpetuate it. DeForest "Buster" Soaries is pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, N.J., a

The city needs private citizens and churches and nonprofits to help squeegee kids. Each person can do something, from mentoring to donating to volunteering. Even the drivers who deal with squeegee children on a daily basis can step up. This is hard work, but it’s much better than taking the easy road of do