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August 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Terror for Metro bus drivers during shooting

City must increase security

Metro Bus on 3rd Avenue between Union and University in downtown Seattle where a driver was shot four times by a passenger. [Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times.]

Metro Bus on 3rd Avenue between Union and University in downtown Seattle where a driver was shot four times by a passenger. [Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times.]

What does Seattle need? Seattle needs a mayor and a police chief who don’t take half measures. [“Metro driver recalls terror, riders who rushed to help,” page one, Aug. 14.]

A man walking downtown yelling “War!” at the top of his lungs [as shooter Anwar Duckworth was seen doing last week] obviously should have been picked up. Seattle underserved our poor and mentally ill. In doing so, we underserve the people who live and visit here.

I feel safer walking the streets of Manhattan. New York City has a “buck stops here” attitude in the mayor’s office. They have turned the former mugging capital of the U.S. into a visitor-friendly city. Police are out and plentiful, and they don’t idly watch someone who is potentially dangerous to themselves or others.

This shooting happened a few bocks away from Pike Place Market. The market is the center of our tourist economy.

These troubles are not new. The downtown Metro corridor has been a blight for years. It’s time for full measures.

JoEllen Loeb, Seattle

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