City must increase security
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