The voters in Benton County will soon have a chance to vote on the public safety sales tax measure.
If passed, this would provide money to combat and prevent criminal gang activities in our communities.
Who wants what has happened elsewhere when gangs get established?
The Yakima Valley and Walla Walla are two nearby examples of what happens when gangs establish their presence in the community.
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The public safety sales tax establishes a new source of money for additional police officers and court officials to deal with criminal gang activity.
It also will pay for proven programs that divert youths away from gangs. It takes both tough and soft approaches to successfully address this issue.
Join me in voting for the public safety sales tax measure.
RICHARD NORDGREN, Richland