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Seattle Times letters to the editor

November 22, 2008 at 3:54 PM

The human condition

We’re all naked

I was born and raised in Seattle and finally escaped 20 years ago [“Nudity ban in parks? Never mind,” News, Nov. 15].

Naked bikers in Seattle is OK and legal? What ever happened to indecent exposure laws and flashing laws?

I think it’s time for Seattle to come clean with a warning to all parents and change it’s name to Sodom, Washington. At least then parents would be informed of what to expect when they bring their children to Woodland Park Zoo or Seattle’s museums.

— Pauline Cornelius, Olalla

Quick thinking

After reading the story about the man who fell from the Aurora Bridge, I asked myself: “Why would anyone want to become a police officer since you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t”? [“Officer defends his actions on Aurora Bridge,” News, Nov. 21]

Officer Leonard Carver tried to help suicide victim Derik Loso on Nov. 3. So what if Carver tried to use handcuffs while Loso’s hands were slipping out of their gloves as he hung from under the bridge? At least he tried to do something to help.

King County Executive Ron Sims should commend Carver for his creative thinking versus considering holding an inquest. Hindsight is always 20/20 and I’m sure no one would have wanted to be in Carver’s shoes that day.

This incident will be etched forever in his mind.

— Greg Kisinger, Renton

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