Letters to the Editor January 12 2011 issue
Changing the way the state spends money should be a top priority
We are at the the start of the 2011 Washington State legislative session, what will they do to actually reform spending within the state?
The legislature could look to public/private partnerships to effectively finance projects and create maintenance funds for new and existing roads.
It is time for the legislature to make real changes to financing and fixing our highly congested roads.
Many states have already embraced PPP’s and would be a great step in financial reform.
How can there be no inflation when costs go up
For the second year in a row, we have received no cost of living raise on social security or on many pensions we know of. But medical insurance, fuel costs, food costs and many other essentials of life have gotten more expensive.
How can “they” say there is no inflation? Surely housing costs should not be the deciding factor.
Most of us receive no benefit if the value of our homes goes down. But this must be what is making it look as if there is no inflation.
It gets harder to meet all the bills when no raises come, and most things cost more. I am sure I am not the only person who feels frustrated and poorer.
Hopes of criminal justice reform in 2011
Happy New Year! Perhaps this is the year that our illustrious legislators enact some criminal justice reform.
Continuing to promote our punitive system is simply asking for future problems and more expense. The cost of incarceration is about $32,000 a year and triple that after a person passes 55 years of age. It takes at least seven taxpayers earning $50,000 income to pay the annual bill for each life lost to the prison cycle. Who is being punished?
The DOC is extremely proud of not releasing anyone early from prison even in light of the critical economical situation. We still have non-violent people spending their entire lives behind bars with the same sentence as heinous murderers. Does this make any sense?
Rather than releasing anyone, we prefer to eliminate the programs that have been proven to reduce the likelihood that people will return to prison. We need to break that cycle of recidivism. Our systems are stretched and our taxpayers are carrying a huge burden.
Criminal justice reform is long overdue. Our legislation is in session; let your legislators know that we need to change the sentencing laws and shift the focus so that tax dollars are better used.