I was appalled by King County Executive Dow Constantine’s (now-halted) plan to “book and release” felony suspects in drug and property crimes [“Facing complaints, county exec halts jail book-and-release plan,” Local News, Jan. 14]. I realize that there is an issue with the county’s budget shortfall. However, the message that was being sent…More
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In “Walking the walk on urban livability” [Local News, Aug. 17], Matt Lerner says we must accommodate population growth by building cottages in our backyards, and getting out of our cars and onto our bicycles. Instead, I say we must resist growth rather than accommodate it. The only people who benefit from population growth…More
I’m saddened by the tone of columnist Sarah Stuteville’s reference to the recent tragic incidents of gun violence in our country [“Visiting students taken aback by easy access to guns in U.S.,” Local News, June 26]. To those students from India who reportedly were “afraid of getting shot in Los Angeles, It would have…More
I read that police actions on low-level crime have declined by huge percentages over the past few years [“Report cites plunge in SPD enforcement of low-level crime,” Local News, May 14]. Either everyone in Seattle has gotten much nicer, or police are avoiding contact in potentially incendiary situations. After the multitude of accusations, investigations,…More
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…More
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.
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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More