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January 21, 2015 at 7:06 AM

Property crime: These crimes are not insignificant

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…


Comments | Topics: crime, Cynthia Samuel-Zulch, Dow Constantine

August 18, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Urban livability: Resist population growth

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…


Comments | More in Urban growth | Topics: crime, growth, Maggie Willson

June 29, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Crime in America: Many more of us afraid to travel abroad

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…


Comments | More in crime/justice | Topics: crime, Dee Tezelli, gangrape

May 19, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Seattle crime: ‘De-policing’ a troubling trend

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,…


Comments | More in crime/justice | Topics: crime, Cynthia M. Cole, de-policing

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…


Comments | More in Death penalty | Topics: crime, death penalty, Gov. Jay Inslee

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.


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

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

September 9, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Crime and public safety in downtown Seattle

War zone The south end of Westlake Center Park in downtown Seattle, is a crime hot spot according to police. [Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times] 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 ……


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

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…


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…


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

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