I support the Public Safety Sales tax on the Aug. 5 ballot. The people supporting the law are quite a diverse and discerning group. Business leaders such as Bill Lampson, Bill McCurley, and Craig Eerkes support it, as do public figures such Ken Hohenberg, Kris Watkins, Jim Beaver, Andy Miller and Josie Delvin. I know enough about these people to know they have our community's best interest at heart.
I feel fortunate because I feel safe in my neighborhood. After volunteering at a food bank for 10 years and getting to know the clients, I came to understand that not all of our citizens feel the same way. More than 30 gangs operate in our community. I know an increase in police presence increases the safety of our poorest neighborhoods. Food bank clients should have the right to feel as safe in their neighborhood as I do mine.
Drug court can change lives, and a new mental health court makes sense to me. This law spends much of the new tax dollars on prevention. For me, this is money well spent. We can either be reactive or proactive. I choose proactive. Please vote yes for a safer community.
ART KING, Richland