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Letters from Aug. 11, 2007
Duck race fans
I wish to thank all our community members who adopted ducks in the Silverdale Rotary Clubs Great Kitsap Duck Race.
Everyone wins in this charity race since the ticket money is used for community needs. This year, and the next four years, $20,000 a year of duck race ticket sales is earmarked for the Hospice project. Rotarians donate their time and efforts to this ongoing Whaling Days community activity.
Thank you for your continued support!
HARRY L. GUAY
Save El Centro de la Familia
The proposed cutting of the entire budget for the El Centro de la Familia program will not only bring hardship for the many, many families (the children in particular) and individuals served by its programs, but will create greater problems down the road for the local Kitsap County communities.
Understanding the need for budgetary accountability, cutting funds for a program that offers so much, absent similar services available anywhere else seems counter-productive. With a fast-growing Latino population, with all its own unique cultural diversities, the question must be asked: What will happen to the people who will be cast aside with no bridge to ease their acculturation into our Kitsap County community? Will the communities of Bremerton, Poulsbo or Bainbridge Island provide interpretive services, immunization information, school registration information, assistance with immigration and citizenship issues, information on job training and employment concerns and information in a wide variety of areas, as El Centro de la Familia does?
At present, the client base served by El Centro has a sense of hope and belonging ... and a feeling that their future in Kitsap County will be one of active participation in the productive growth that is already taking place. El Centro is an integral part of that positive attitude. Its elimination as a result of the harsh and cold budgetary process will result in treating a large number of human beings harshly and coldly.
I have been in this community more than 30 years. I have seen and heard politicians and community leaders, past and present, extol the virtues of living in Kitsap County. I have seen the efforts to change the environment so that it is more appealing to the eye. All is good and necessary, however, there comes a time when politicians and community leaders must take a stand for human beings. I urge you (chairwoman and Kitsap County Board of Health members) to consider the valuable work that El Centro de la Familia is doing and continue to support their efforts. The upside has far more positive to offer Kitsap County than the alternative.