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In crime lab scandal, we pay for our mistakes

Tom Keane (“Bad results,” Op-ed, Sept. 30) presents a case that inadequate funding by the political establishment lies behind the failure of management to deal with heavy workloads and lack of oversight at the state crime lab.

I would suggest, however, that there is another culprit: the taxpayer who insists that government has become gold-plated, and that it is always possible to cut more out of the budget.

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Some things just cannot be done on the cheap, and we will soon know what cost cutting in the short run costs us all in the long run.

Richard Smith

Swampscott

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