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January 19, 2009 at 4:17 PM

State budget cuts

A strange idea of compassion

Sorry, but I really can’t buy it when Gov. Christine Gregoire says her recent cuts to social services and education were “compassionate” and that she did it because she “had to.” If that is her idea of compassion, I would hate to see what her idea of cruelty is.

Does she “have to” spend billions on projects that serve to line only the pockets of the corporations, who throw dollars at her and our lawmakers? Are tunnels and cars and public works more important than people’s lives? Than our children’s education?

Although it was privately funded, did Gregoire “have to” hold an inaugural ball and spend a quarter-million dollars on it? I read the governor’s inauguration speech, in which she urges each of us to give of ourselves in these troubled times. Wouldn’t it have been a good idea to take the money for the inaugural ball and put it back into society?

Why doesn’t Gregoire cut her own pay like the management of the organization I work for, so that us ordinary people won’t lose our jobs?

Put your money where your mouth is, governor.

— Jim Wikel, Everett

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