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Letter to the Editor: Poughkeepsie Journal reader questions the Citizens' Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence

Posted May 03 2011 12:00am
County not doing job on violence response

In response to the Valley Views, "GPS surveillance plan under review in Dutchess" (April 24), written by Leah Feldman: Global positioning systems works via satellite. Mountaineers use it. Why is there an idea that there's inconsistent service in Dutchess County?

I've read that organizations in other states have run these systems privately, at a small profit. It seems to me that it would serve as a model, and be reason enough to eliminate the discussion of the cost to the taxpayer. It's all in how you manage it, of course.

Recent words from the Dutchess County Republicans and domestic violence organizations have stated that the county serves as a model county for domestic violence response. To publicly state this, both before and after some of the recent deaths, is disgusting. If these public officials worked for a for-profit business and spoke with such ignorance of the facts, they'd be fired, no question.

A business has a bottom line, and cannot afford to carry on such nonsense. Perhaps these officials can wake up and realize that people's lives are their bottom line.

Hudson Valley resident Maria DiBari has been writing about GPS for three years already. Where have these taxpayer-paid representatives been?

Ms. Feldman's article is another soft statement about the idea of progress, biding time for the slow grind of politics.

Benjamin Giardullo
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