October 30, 2000
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