Penny pinching

Dear Editor:

I’ve just read your front page article about cutbacks to state police services in Hancock and Washington counties. The root cause of this problem is the failure of the Maine Legislature to adequately fund the state police.

At a time when crime is on the rise, particularly in areas like the illicit drug trade, the Legislature’s decision is irresponsible, to say the least. Public safety will be put at risk, and the burden will fall on county and municipal law enforcement to take up the slack. Policing in Maine is already stretched thin, and this action by the Legislature will only exacerbate the problem.

This is a bad call by our elected representatives, and a public outcry should be raised, to reverse this decision. The Maine State Police must not have its services cut due to inadequate funding. No matter how you roll the dice, it just makes no sense. When lives are at stake, you just don’t pinch pennies.

Henry Smith


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