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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

December 18, 2013 at 7:32 PM

How much abuse should Metro drivers take?

Frequent crimes on buses should send a message to Metro management

At a time when the number of bus routes in Seattle has been reduced and more frequent violent incidents on Metro buses have been reported in the media, we are now treated to the news that a hardworking man simply doing his job — in what must be a trying and potentially dangerous circumstances — has been fired for reacting to a personal attack [“Metro bus driver fired after assault on passenger,” NWSaturday, Dec. 14].

Exactly how much abuse should Metro drivers take from an increasingly uncivil public? I would feel much safer taking the bus if I knew that the bus driver has the authority to maintain order — yes even to the point of self-defense or retributive violence.

Firing a person for not submitting to abuse, which is presumably not explicit in his job description, is cowardly on the part of his management. It is a lost opportunity to send a message to those in our community who think that our civil servants are their personal punching bags.

— Michael D. Ramage, Seattle

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