In the course of my work, I see firsthand crimes against the most vulnerable members of our community - children and people with developmental disabilities. These children and young adults rely on the district attorney's office to continue to prosecute their alleged offenders.

I am concerned that Clatsop County is not supporting our district attorney and his prosecutorial staff by providing the financial allocation they need to keep valuable positions funded. A decision by the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners to cut any funding from the district attorney ("Marquis pay cut: 'It's spitting in my face,'" The Daily Astorian, May 15) or the new positions is jeopardizing public safety for all of us in Clatsop County.

DIANA K. SMITH

The Lighthouse for Kids

Astoria

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