Dear Editor:

It’s time to defund the police.

The resources that keep people safe and healthy are continuously defunded, and it’s time to take the dollars set aside for law enforcement and put them into our communities.

That means reinvesting funding into social services, like access to mental health professionals and addiction specialists to handle crises police are not trained for. It means protecting our right to vote by funding election protections and building the infrastructure to expand voting by mail.

Finally, it means investing in taking care of our loved ones, whether that’s expanding access to affordable child care or elder care.

I call on our community and our elected leaders to join the movement to ensure safety for our communities.

Kenna Totty

Statham

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