Letter -- Public safety tax: Yes

July 8, 2014 

Letter -- Public safety tax: Yes

As a retired Superior Court judge, it seems to me that the public safety sales tax is essential for the continued safety and well-being of all of us in Benton County.

Without passage of the public safety sales tax, we lose our drug court, which is instrumental in helping drug users kick the addiction and become useful members of society rather than a potential threat.

Additionally, enough cannot be said in favor of establishing a mental health court, which isn't the answer to crimes perpetrated by the mentally ill, but it is at least a major step forward.

Treatment of those going through mental health court may prevent a senseless school shooting or some other equally horrific tragedy. Let's strengthen the safety of Kennewick, Richland, Benton City and Prosser by kicking in three cents on every $10 purchase. That's not very much if it means more protection for your safety, the safety of your loved ones and the safety of your fellow citizens.

PHILIP M. RAEKES, Kennewick

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