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Friday, December 1, 2023
Dec. 1, 2023

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Letter: Shutdown puts politics over safety


I served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army, deploying overseas for more than two years. Today, I serve as a correctional officer in the West Vancouver Field Office, where my job is to monitor 37 registered sex offenders. If state Senate Republicans get their way, I’ll be out of a job this week, and these sex offenders will be unsupervised.

I was proud to wear our country’s uniform because I was blessed to be part of a team that always put our country first. It’s disappointing to see that Senate Republicans don’t feel the same way; they care more about protecting powerful special interests than they do about protecting our community’s public safety. If the state government shuts down on Saturday, more than 400 sex offenders in Clark County alone will go unmonitored, while the hardworking men and women I work with will go without paychecks.

People say that actions speak louder than words. Based on their actions, state Senate Republicans don’t mind that hundreds of sex offenders will go unsupervised. Senate Republicans are putting politics ahead of public safety, and lives are at stake. It’s shameful, and it needs to stop. They need to do their jobs.

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