Can someone explain to me why we are spending $20 million in Nassau for a new crime lab ["$20M for new crime lab," News, July 15]?

The reason for shutting the old one was that its staff and procedures were insufficient, not the building or the laboratory. It wasn't the walls or the floors or the ceilings or the microscopes or the storage facilities. The old lab was placed on probation for shoddy handling of evidence. When procedures are not followed, it's time to correct the procedures, not the building.

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It would be the equivalent of requiring that someone replace a car for a traffic infraction.

If Nassau County is in such a dire fiscal position, then perhaps an authority higher than the county executive's office needs to examine this expenditure.

Robert J. Pollack, Bellmore