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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


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