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September 22, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Making downtown Seattle more safe

Make resources available

Last Saturday’s tragic and senseless stabbing death of Troy Wolff and hospitalization of Kristin Ito cannot be forgotten. [“Guest column: How to make downtown more safe after the death of Troy Wolff,” Opinion, Sept. 19.]

We must work on ways to prevent these random acts of violence.

Community leaders who have resources to effect change need to promote change with posters and information in the parks and on the streets, encouraging people to call 911 and make reports about disturbed and threatening people and incidences.

We need to ask the homeless population to help prevent these violent acts. Having been homeless myself at times, as well as having close friends and relatives with major mental illnesses, I believe the homeless population would work with prevention tools if they were better-informed on reporting procedures.

Washington has civil commitment laws that help determine when people with severe mental illnesses need court-ordered treatment. Outpatient treatment is often possible.

Jane Smith, Tacoma

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