As a taxpayer I applaud our new Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s concern about reducing spending, but I seriously disagree with her approach. As recent events demonstrate, cutting $126 million from the budget of the National Weather Service, the agency that oversees the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, is unwise and could be very costly in the long run.

She voted to defund Planned Parenthood, which offers a wide array of women’s health services including family planning information, and testing for STDs and other diseases. Planned Parenthood accepts Title X funds, a program from Pres. Richard Nixon who said: “… no American woman should be denied access to family planning assistance because of her economic condition.” No Title X funds are used to perform abortions; less than 5 percent of Planned Parenthood funds nation-wide are used for that purpose. Herrera Beutler said she checked to make sure women in Clark County would still have access to services. But has Rep. Herrera Beutler forgetten that she also represents Pacific County? At a time when polls show that most people are concerned about the economy, where is the logic in denying birth control information to people, especially low-income people, resulting in more children who may need public support?

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal (Mar. 18) “... military spending ... accounts for roughly half of the money Congress allocates each year.” As Gov. Haley Barbour said (same article): “We can save money at the Pentagon ... If we Republicans don’t propose saving money on defense, we lose credibility.” Herrera Beutler hasn’t mentioned looking at reducing defense dollars. We need to focus on supporting our own people and pull back from being policemen of the world.

Sharon Van Heuit

Nahcotta

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