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I-1163: Vulnerable seniors need to be protected

Letter by Debi Osborn, Tacoma on Oct. 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm | 19 Comments »
October 20, 2011 1:11 pm

Re: “I-1163: Can’t afford it, don’t need it, hurts the state” (Our View, 10-9).

Every time I hear stories of seniors taken advantage of or abused, it makes me cringe. Our grandparents, who have worked their entire lives, deserve to be cared for by people with training and without dangerous backgrounds. That’s why I think that I-1163 should be a priority for this state.

We should be protecting our seniors by doing federal background checks called for in I-1163, not just the state-level checks we do now. This federal background check will prevent felons from other states from coming to Washington and becoming responsible for our parents and grandparents, who are at risk of abuse and neglect.

These stories are devastating and every time we hear one, it reminds us that we aren’t doing enough to prevent this from happening. We should be doing everything in our power to protect the most vulnerable people in our state.

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