Letters to the Editor

Your views in 250 words or less

Tag: Department of Social and Health Services

Feb.
11th

ABUSE: State can do more to protect foster children

In a recent Viewpoint, Congressman Dave Reichert identified a very serious problem – the sexual exploitation of children in foster care – and then offered an inadequate solution, the equivalent of “let them eat cake.”

He suggests that we allow foster kids to sign up for basketball, travel and go on sleepovers without too much red tape. While that may be a nice idea, it does little to solve the problem of the sexual exploitation of children in foster care.

If Reichert and others are serious about protecting children, the Department of Social and Health Services must be held

Read more »

March
8th

SEQUESTER: Adjust to less spending and move on

Re: “Sequestration could cost state tens of millions” (TNT, 3-8).

Define “cuts could mean,” “cuts could cause” and “estimate potential job loss.” The state Department of Health, Department of Social and Health Services and Educational Service District 113 painted doom for thousands of people and laid blame but didn’t look at themselves for creating and catering to the problem.

Sounds like “Waaa, Waaa, gimme, gimme” instead of trim the fat and tighten the belt.

Which is it: The “people” will suffer with less aid and services (entitlements) or is it the department/employees get less? Give me a break.

Why

Read more »