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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Public safety
May 29, 2014 at 6:04 AM

School shooting prevention: A panic button isn’t the best use of money

After reading the article “Bellingham Schools to get panic buttons” [Local News, May 28], I disagree with this allocation of the state funds because I believe that there are better ways to utilize this money in regard to school safety. These buttons are only going to be saving 20 to 30 seconds of time. In…


Comments | More in Public safety | Topics: Bellingham, Jessica Kwon, panic button

March 16, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Rainier Avenue traffic lights retiming: A benefit to public health

The Seattle Times report of the retiming of traffic lights on Rainier Avenue South [“SDOT to retime traffic signals on busy Rainier Avenue South,” Local News, March 11] to make them safer for pedestrians, was very good news for our community. It demonstrates three important facts: First, we achieve health and safety not just in clinics,…


Comments | More in Public safety, Transportation | Topics: Howard Frumkin, Rainier Avenue, seattle department of transportation

September 27, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Police use surveillance to identify criminals

Downtown needs more cameras I see in local television coverage that the police are seeking public assistance in identifying a criminal by viewing footage from a surveillance camera. Seems that every week or so we see surveillance-camera footage on the news accompanied by a request for public assistance. Aren’t these the same kind of cameras that the…


Comments | More in Public safety, Seattle Police Department | Topics: ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, safety

September 23, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Gun-free zones in Seattle

Gun-free zones are dangerous Navy personnel salute during the playing of “Taps” as President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend a memorial service for the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting at Marine Barracks Washington Sept. 22, 2013. A gunman killed 12 people in the Navy Yard on Sept. 16, 2013, before being…


Comments | More in Gun control, Politics, Public safety | Topics: gun control, gun-free zones, mass shootings

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…


Comments | More in Public safety, Seattle | Topics: downtown seattle, homeless, mental illness

September 20, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Making downtown Seattle more safe

Follow up In his guest column on how to make Seattle’s streets safer, Jack McCullough makes good and responsible suggestions. [“How to make downtown more safe after the death of Troy Wolff,” Opinion, Sept. 19.] As a follow-up, the Downtown Seattle Association, as well as other organizations and individuals who support these steps to safer streets,…


Comments | More in Public safety, Seattle | Topics: downtown seattle, safety, tragedy

September 17, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Shoreline professor dies in downtown Seattle stabbing

Enough talk Troy Wolff and his partner, Kristin Ito, were near the King Street Station when they were attacked and repeatedly stabbed by a man who Seattle police have described as having “diminished mental capacity” around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13. Wolff died the next day. [Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times.] Another senseless downtown murder,…


Comments | More in Public safety, Seattle | Topics: downtown, pioneer square, police

September 16, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Seattle cops go undercover at Seahawks game

Violence is unacceptable I am writing in regard to the Seattle Police Department’s decision to send undercover officers dressed as 49er fans to CenturyLink Field. [“Undercover fans on duty,” page one, Sept. 13.] If you and I board a city bus, and I decide for my own reasons to approach you aggressively and threaten you with…


Comments | More in Public safety, Seattle, Seattle Police Department, Seattle Seahawks, Sports | Topics: fans, safety, seahawks

September 15, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Public safety in downtown Seattle

Unpleasant experiences The intersection of Third Avenue and Pike Street in downtown is among the hot spots where violent crimes have tended to cluster. A Seattle Times study found that 119 incidents in four downtown police beats last month was the highest single-month total in the past five years. [Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times] There has been…


Comments | More in Politics, Public safety, Seattle | Topics: crime, downtown seattle, drugs

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