Northwest NEWS

October 30, 2000

Editorial

If you take away the funding, there won't be anything left to fix

I'm confused by the messages that voters are sending. On one hand you have I-722 that reduces revenues for the state, so you are taking more money away from government. And on the other hand you have I-728, I-729 that support education and require state revenue to be enacted. You are asking government to do more. You can't have it both ways. I understand my obligations as a community member and I am happy to pay my fair share to support my community. I'm glad my mother-in-law has the services of a senior center available to her. I want my police, fire and government agencies to be trained and prepared in case of a disaster. I want a public health department that is able to respond to an e-coli outbreak and track down the source.
   I want services available to kids and families in need, because some day it may be someone I know and care about that needs help.
   I want people to have access to health care and with more and more employers cutting back on this benefit, it's important to have a back-up system. And, yes, all of these things cost money, but by working together as a community the burden doesn't fall on a few.
   And those without resources don't become abandoned. Is there room for improvement? There is. But if you take the funding away, there won't be anything left to fix. It's a small price to pay for what we get.
   Rhonda McKim, Woodinville