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October 3, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Crime downtown

Social services won’t fix the problem

It isn’t safe on Seattle streets anymore. [“Offenses go unpunished on downtown streets,” page one, Sept. 30.]

Either you or your companions are subject to being shot or stabbed; Or at least mugged, harassed by street people or caught up as an innocent bystander in some drug or alcohol-fueled altercation. Mayor Mike McGinn’s solution? More social services. Yeah … that’s going to fix the problem.

And when it doesn’t? Why the politicians and the bureaucrats try to “solve” the problem by pointing fingers at each other and calling for more social services. None of our politically correct “leaders” would ever think of trying something really radical, like enforcing the law.

Seattle’s streets have become a zoo and the animals are in charge. Until our elected and appointed officials start letting the police department do its job, things are only going to get worse.

Gerald D. Cline, Kent

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