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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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 The establishment of gun-free zones on public property has invited demented individuals to transform them into killing grounds in order to massacre their defenseless occupants. One must conclude that those areas attract hopeful killers for that very reason. The locations of the last three mass shootings, Fort Hood, Sandy Hook Elementary School, and…

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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…

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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,…

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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 Another senseless downtown murder, and Seattleites begin to wonder where it’s going to end. [“1 killed, 1 hurt in random Seattle stabbing,” NW Sunday, Sept. 15.] A man is killed protecting his date from an apparently addled street person while leaving a soccer game in Pioneer Square, and the police response is to tell…

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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…

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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 There has been much said and written about the environment in downtown Seattle lately. [“Council, stakeholders discuss downtown crime,” NW Thursday, Sept. 5.] I have been in the area of Pine and Pike at various times making deliveries, and I have seen so many things I consider disturbing and unsafe. I am not trained to…

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

September 12, 2013 at 7:08 AM

1 in 12 drivers in Washington use cellphones behind the wheel

Fine distracted drivers It amazes me that, with so many people in our state texting and talking on the phone while driving, so few are ticketed for these offenses. [“Study finds drivers in state busy on cellphones, texting” NW Monday, Sept. 9.] With limited funds for better public health, education, social services, transportation infrastructure, safety, law…

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Comments | More in Public safety, Transportation | Topics: cellphones, driving, public safety

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