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November 26, 2008 at 5:27 PM

Crime and punishment

Alan Berner / The Seattle Times

Police crime tape keeps bystanders at bay near the scene of last Saturday’s shooting at Westfield Southcenter.

Something must be done

It is really important that events like this be covered by the media [“Recently released from detention, shooting victim wanted to help others,” News, Nov. 24]. Gang violence has been escalating at an alarming rate in Seattle and the surrounding areas, and it has been hard to watch its effects on those I know.

It is important for readers to understand that Daiquan Jones’s story is in no way unique. Many of Seattle’s teens have recently been lost in the same sort of senseless violence. Students at Garfield High School have recently been hit very hard by a shooting that resulted in the death of a fellow student, an event that is only one part of the rising crime rate in the area. The student, like Daiquan, was not even old enough to see R-rated films, and yet was shot out of what I suspect was gang-related anger.

Despite what was said by those interviewed at Southcenter mall after the murder of Daiquan, I believe the Seattle area is become less and less safe, not only for our youth, but for everybody.

— Graham Threlkeld-Guy, Seattle

What is more important?

As a young, single and socially active female in Seattle, I am concerned with the heightened crime rates our city is experiencing.

My concerns stem from the recent shootings on Capitol Hill, the increasing level of drug traffic and violence in Belltown and the string of shootings that occurred last weekend.

With budget cuts looming, I am worried that not only will police and safety budgets be slashed but that social after-school programs that provide a safe and secure place for children will lose their funding as well.

Every day, I await a notification from Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels or Gov. Christine Gregoire that there’s an action plan to combat the skyrocketing crime rates.

I’m still waiting.

If this isn’t a priority for our government officials then I welcome them informing me what is more important than the safety of Seattle residents.

— Anne Luce, Seattle

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