Danny Westneat has, with a local story, shone a light on a much bigger issue facing our country and I commend him for it [“A tale of 2 cities: Wealthy Seattle areas buy their own cops,” Local News, Nov. 18]. I have a feeling that the folks in the wealthy enclaves of Laurelhurst and Windermere consistently vote against higher taxes for themselves and anything that smells like a social safety net for anyone else, yet they are more than happy to pay $200 to $575 a year for their own sense of safety and protection.
Who trained those off-duty cops? Our government and our taxes. Why are those off-duty cops working extra hours in those neighborhoods? Probably because their own police forces had to cut hours and pay due to lack of funding.
This is the “Pakistanization” of the United States. The wealthy retreat behind their walls, private security forces and private schools for their children and leave the rest of the country to fend for themselves. This same trend in Pakistan led to radical Islamists filling in the void of educating children and seducing the poor who have little prospects.
This is what Republicans and their anti-government and pro-privatization rhetoric would lead us to as well if we don’t wake up and fight back against their undemocratic plans. Unfortunately, I fear the situation in Laurelhurst and Windermere is the seemingly small tip of a very large iceberg.
Thank you Danny Westneat for your talent in bringing such an important topic to the attention of your readers. We’re fortunate to have a sane, humane voice in our city.
Kirsten Pangelinan, Normandy Park