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February 20, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Death penalty: No evidence that executions do not deter murder

Gov. Jay Inslee recently set a moratorium on all executions as long as he remains governor [“It’s time for the state to end the death penalty,” Opinion, Feb. 18]. He said the law has been applied inconsistently and there is no evidence that the death penalty deters homicides. According to the Washington State Law…

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December 9, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Woman’s death linked to North Seattle trouble spot

She was living in a motel with criminal activity and a history of drug sales

I read the very small article in The Seattle Times about the woman who was found dead Wednesday [“Police investigate death of woman in North Seattle motel,” Online, Dec. 5].

My neighbors, friends and I thought it was particularly interesting that she was living there as “part of a contract she had with a substance-abuse rehabilitation clinic.” If that’s true, the clinic folks should have their heads examined, and maybe their license revoked.

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0 Comments | More in crime/justice | Topics: crime, Seattle

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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September 9, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Crime and public safety in downtown Seattle

War zone I read your editorial regarding downtown crime. [“Downtown Seattle feels unsafe. Fix it,” Opinion, Sept. 8.] Statistics are a useless measure. Downtown crime, the filth, a total open-air drug market, prostitution … go walk at night between First Avenue and Third Avenue, between Union and Virginia. It’s a disaster. Welcome to my world: I reside…

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August 29, 2013 at 6:26 AM

Downtown Seattle appalls visiting New Yorker

Bleeding-heart policy Former New Yorker Stuart Marvin’s pointed observations about Seattle’s grizzly downtown and his recommended solutions are right-on. [“Downtown crime shocks New Yorker,” NW Wednesday, Aug. 28.] But as someone whose migration pattern is the reverse of his — after 35 years in Western Washington, I moved to metropolitan New York — I know why…

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0 Comments | More in crime/justice, homeless, Seattle | Topics: crime, downtown seattle, drugs

August 22, 2013 at 6:26 AM

Seattle Police Department and city attorney

City attorney at fault Finally, you have identified the major problem with crime in this city, in a great article by Steve Miletich and Lynn Thompson. [“SPD request to crack down on ‘repeat offenders’ denied,” NW Wednesday, Aug. 21.] It’s not the Seattle Police Department; It is our city attorney, who refuses to do his job…

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0 Comments | More in Politics, Seattle | Topics: city attorney, crime, repeat offenders

August 21, 2013 at 6:43 AM

Drug crimes in Seattle

Violent crime is worse To the letter writer who was upset about drug crimes, I understand your annoyance. [“Northwest Voices: Crime in Seattle,” Opinion, Aug. 18.] I get annoyed with drug users at times, too. But to equate a drug transaction with violent crimes, such as murder, rape, assault, domestic violence and armed robbery, is ridiculous. Let’s…

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August 20, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Increasing police patrols in Seattle crime hot spots

Question the money According to the recent article in The Seattle Times, the money being used to extend police patrols comes from “better-than-expected city revenues.” [“McGinn taps $400K to boost patrols in crime hot spots,” page one, Aug. 16.] What does that mean? Where else would or could it have been spent? It seems like there…

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August 18, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Crime in downtown Seattle

Drug crimes rampant Major crimes versus violent crimes — what’s the difference? [“Downtown getting safer? Not according to numbers,” page one, Aug. 15.] In Seattle, it’s the sleaze factor that is so disgusting in the Westlake area. There are no police around and nothing but drug transactions going on, right in the heart of the city….

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August 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Terror for Metro bus drivers during shooting

City must increase security What does Seattle need? Seattle needs a mayor and a police chief who don’t take half measures. [“Metro driver recalls terror, riders who rushed to help,” page one, Aug. 14.] A man walking downtown yelling “War!” at the top of his lungs [as shooter Anwar Duckworth was seen doing last week] obviously…

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