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January 31, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Alcohol sales to balance the budget

Expect more violence and crime

The state of Washington has found its financial solution with alcohol. The state plans to open 10 more stores due to a 6 percent increase in sales last year.

Drink up Washington! It is now your civic duty. This all looks good on paper until the morning-after hangover. Expect more DUIs, domestic violence, property damage and crime. We are going to have to ride it out because they have cut funds to detox, treatment and drug courts.

Drug courts cost the state roughly $3,000 per conviction each year with less of a chance of repeat offense, compared with $20,000 to house them in prison with no treatment and a good chance to offend again.

But, we are going to hire some more prison guards. While we are at it why don’t we just lower the drinking age to expand our alcohol-consumer base?

— Jim Marshall, Bremerton

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