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Troubled Teens

May 18, 1989

Although I agree with much of Richard Polanco's (D-Los Angeles) remarks ("Bad Medicine for 'Troubled Teens,' " Op-Ed Page, May 7) regarding forced private hospitalization for "troubled teen-agers," I believe he misses the real mark.

Troubled teen-agers come from troubled parents. Unless we "hospitalize" the troubled parents we will never solve the problems of the troubled teen-ager. But how can we ever expect such actions from the legal system when it represents some of the worst troubled parents?

BENNY WASSERMAN

La Palma

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