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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 28, 2008 at 2:40 PM

King County budget cuts

Help and guidance,

not punishment

I am concerned that our priorities are not in the right places [“Budget cuts force King County charging process to change,” News, Sept. 25]. It seems that citizens are getting caught up in our county’s lack of full-prosecuting power, while ignoring the plight of thousands of impoverished who rely on county services to survive.

Are we really more concerned that some minor drug users won’t be labeled as felons, rather than that people will not be able to feed their families? Or about the thousands who will sleep without a roof over their heads, rain or shine? Or maybe we aren’t as concerned about the abuse victims who will have to go without counseling because they can’t afford it.

I think that it is about time for us to change our priorities from punishment to genuine help and guidance.

— Sam Bender, Seattle

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