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Letter: Words have meaning, consequence

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

Defund, dismantle, abolish police—words have meaning, words have consequence. How many times have you sat in your living room watching a news program, heard these words, and wondered “what exactly do they mean?” I know I have.

Here are the definitions according to the Webster’s II dictionary:De—1. Remove or remove from. 2. Reduce: degrade.Fund—1. A source of supply. 2. A sum of money set aside for a specific purpose.Dismantle—1. To take apart. 2. To put an end to in a gradual, systematic way.Abolish—1. To put an end to. 2. To destroy completely.

We go about our business every day believing that when an emergency happens you can dial 911 and help will come. But what if it doesn’t? The people who are demanding an end to the police force are not explaining what they want. What is their plan? What is the cost of this plan? Who would pay for it? How would they implement it? What if it does not work? What do they want to plan to do then? Who would benefit f...

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