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BUDGET: Don’t cut public safety, social services

Letter by Robert L. McIntosh, Belfair on Sep. 17, 2010 at 10:34 am with 2 Comments »
September 17, 2010 10:34 am

We have seen our fellow Washington citizens dying in the streets month after month. Its not hard to see that cold ruthless crime is on the rise. The poorest and most disenfranchised segements of society are reacting violently to less resources and greater exclusion in their daily lives.

At the same time, law enforcement agencies such as police, community corrections officers and social service workers are being systematically reduced to bare-bone departments or eliminated altogether in order to balance budgets.

This is a formula for greater bloodshed. I know no one wants taxes or to cut earmark projects, but aren’t the lives of our neighbors worth it? It’s time the people of Washington woke up and saw the blood on the streets. It’s time to stop cutting agencies that protect and serve us all.

I hope it’s not to late for reason. It’s time for everyone to speak out in support of these heroes.

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  1. CrazyLibertarian says:

    Why is it every time there is a need to make budget cuts, the cry always trumpets out, “What about the police? What about education?”

    Once again friends, a great example of a classic logical fallacy: the “Either – Or” argument. Either we raise taxes, or we have to cut police presence.

    What an absolute hoax…there are plenty of other places to cut money.

    If our politicians in Olympia cared about the budget, why wont they take a pay cut? Cut 20% off each salary, and hire some more police officers there.

    Pay attention people. Like lambs to a slaughter, we are being led down a dangerous path…

  2. live4fish says:

    I love how everytime the county, city or state needs a new tax or money they say that they’ll have to cut public safety. I love that they threaten this and then cut jobs that aren’t filled anyways. Washington needs to grow up.

    I’m tired of hearing “it’s for the kids.” The kids don’t seem to be doing any better than they were. “We’ll have to cut public safety.” Good. Do it. Went to the fair this weekend. Are we paying for all those cops too? Saw a guy fall down and 7 cops and 1 medic respond. Who’s paying for this?

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