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May 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Hunger and lawsuits

Headlines collide, anger

Two items in the NWFriday section of the May 8 paper collided with each other, broke my heart and made me mad.

Nicole Brodeur’s column on the huge need at local food banks broke my heart [“Brother, can you spare some food?”]. The adjacent article, “DSHS settles for $2 million,” made me feel hopeless about the seemingly nonstop payments to settle lawsuits by government agencies.

When Department of Social and Health Services caseworkers and their supervisors are negligent, not only do their victims suffer, but so do all Washington citizens who need food — or training so they can get jobs and buy food — and who would have benefitted greatly by that $2 million.

— Karen Richards, Redmond

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