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May 14, 2009 at 4:00 PM

King County health-care cuts

Consider the big picture

I am writing regarding The Times’ editorial titled “A healthy dose of reality” [Opinion, May 13].

I have to wonder — did the editorial board consider the unionized employees when it wrote this piece? The proposed cuts affect only the non-unionized county employees — less than 15 percent of the county work force. This is the same minority group of employees that have been saddled with a pay cut in the form of furloughs.

What about the other 85 percent of the employees — why are they not being asked to take cuts in pay and benefits? How can the county manage budget shortfalls when 85 percent of the employees are under union contracts?

A well-written editorial would have considered the big picture and not just the political grandstanding of two campaigning council members.

— Mark McCulley, Seattle

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