Letters to the Editor

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Tag: CPS

Feb.
14th

DRUGS: Testing should start small, with foster care applicants

Re: “Welfare recipients may face drug testing” (TNT, 2-14).

I am dismayed some of our leaders in Olympia are presenting bills to test welfare recipients for drugs. This is a complex issue both legally and financially.

Perhaps a more logical place to start drug testing would be the initial foster care applicants. DSHS foster care licensing does not test new applicants for drugs. First and foremost, foster care children deserve to be protected as much as possible. The cost of drug testing initial foster care applicants would be low. The number of foster care abuse court settlements paid out

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July
19th

CPS: Punish the guilty in Kekoa’s death

Re: “State set to pay $2.1M in death” (TNT, 7-17).

Who is being punished with an award of $2.1 million in the death of 3-year-old Michael-Kekoa Ravenell? Obviously we, the taxpayers, must be guilty since we will pay the bill.

Only one “inexperienced” Child Protective Services worker fired as a scapegoat and some extra training for others doesn’t ring of justice to me. How about firing everyone who had any responsibility for the policies and procedures that allowed Kekoa’s death?

That might just motivate the remaining CPS personnel to do the jobs they were hired to do. After all, they

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