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People feeling effects of sequestration cuts

On March 2, the website for Chris Collins posted an article titled “Sequestration cuts go into effect, have little local impact.” In a March 1 radio interview, Collins gleefully proclaimed, “my house is still there, the television works and water’s on.”

A month later, however, we are beginning to see how sequestration cuts are affecting the lives of people locally.

One important example of this was discussed in the April 8 News article, “Sequester hamstrings area federal courts.” It pointed out how the lack of funding is jeopardizing the mandated judicial process guaranteed under our Constitution. With the backlog of cases well documented, any further delays caused by furloughs and the reduction of days when court is in session does a serious disservice to the victims, defendants and everyone else impacted by judicial decisions. Quoting William Gladstone, “Justice delayed is justice denied.”

Aside from the rights guaranteed by Amendments V through VIII being threatened, the article further pointed out that supervision of parolees will suffer due to furloughs, thus threatening the safety and security of citizens in general.

Almost on a daily basis, we hear of more programs and grants being eliminated and people losing hours of employment as cuts are put into place. Any savings allegedly accrued by these “cost-saving” measures in the short run will ultimately be paid for by the taxpayers in the long run, not only monetarily, but in terms of opportunity.

It is no surprise that a millionaire congressman could take such a cavalier approach to the effects of sequestration from the comfort of his home where “his television works and the water’s on.” Those of us living in the real world cannot afford to do so.

Wayne R. Robbins

Castile