Topic: public safety
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September 22, 2013 at 7:02 AM
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 change need to promote change with posters and information in the parks and on the streets, encouraging people to call 911 and make reports about disturbed and threatening people and incidences.
We need to ask the homeless population to help prevent these violent acts. Having been homeless myself at times, as well as having close friends and relatives with major mental illnesses, I believe the homeless population would work with prevention tools if they were better-informed on reporting procedures.
Washington has civil commitment laws that help determine when people with severe mental illnesses need court-ordered treatment. Outpatient treatment is often possible.
Jane Smith, Tacoma
September 15, 2013 at 8:01 AM
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 notice, but I have no problem seeing how it must look to visitors and guests in our city. I see people moving to the other side of the street to avoid contact with someone yelling, panhandling or being a perceived threat to their safety.
I have been in the back of my truck and approached by individuals looking for “free samples,” seen others arguing on the sidewalk and close to fighting and other obvious activities that should not be tolerated.
This happens in the early morning, midday and afternoon, and there has been very little police presence to stop these activities. Why do we have to have a major crime to bring this to a stop?
If I were visiting another city as a tourist and saw this, I would not only leave that area, but also tell others what I saw and encourage them to stay away.
Alan Greear, Maple Valley
September 12, 2013 at 7:08 AM
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 enforcement and so on, it seems as if the revenue that could be collected could be directed to many good causes as well as teach some cellphone abusers an important lesson.
Why not go after the low hanging fruit (revenue) in our state, and slap some of the perpetrators with fines?
Mary Emmick, Issaquah
September 12, 2013 at 6:22 AM
It’s a problem
The problems in downtown Seattle are not just perception. [“Editorial: Downtown Seattle feels unsafe. Fix it,” Opinion, Sept. 8.]
I’ll focus on one day, Aug. 12. I had clients in town who experienced the shooting of a Metro bus driver, the subsequent police chase and the fatal shooting of the gunman. On our walk to lunch at Pike Place Market, we encountered both vomit and feces on the sidewalk. To cap off the day, an apparently homeless man was passed out at my bus stop.
My job moved from Tacoma to Seattle in 2010. I realize that, to many Seattleites, Tacoma is considered the armpit of Western civilization. Yes, the City of Destiny has had its problems. However, through diligence and a strong police presence, including regular bicycle patrols, downtown Tacoma is now a much safer place to be.
I implore the city of Seattle and your future mayor to clean up the downtown core for the safety of its citizens and denizens.
Jill McEntee, Tacoma
August 27, 2013 at 7:05 PM
The power of the purse
I congratulate Mayor Mike McGinn for the idea of gun-free business in Seattle. [“Business ‘gun free’ program launches,” page one, Aug. 19.]
I personally will limit my shopping to those businesses to the greatest degree possible.
Fortunately, most of us know the difference between voluntary compliance and a ban on guns. The power of the purse will be a determining factor.
If I am out hunting or target practicing, a gun is appropriate, but just to show how tough I am by carrying one around so I can lay it out on the table or in my waistband is inviting trouble.
Vicki Decker, Bothell
August 22, 2013 at 7:26 PM
Criminal activity is out of control
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes does our community a disservice by refusing to enforce sanctions against repeat offenders as requested by the Seattle Police Department. [“SPD request to crack down on ‘repeat offenders’ denied,” NW Wednesday, Aug. 21.]
My vision of Seattle is that of an attractive tourist destination that generates tax revenue to support city programs. Instead, our downtown tourist destinations are an embarrassing display of criminal activity.
My company has offices on both sides of Westlake Park, and every day I cringe as I walk through the crowds of people in the park. I regularly observe drug transactions. I’ve watched heartbreaking prostitution transactions, and I’ve been bumped into and stepped on by the regulars.
I am a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union, but there is a difference between respecting civil rights and refusing to enforce legal sanctions.
The legacy of Mayor Mike McGinn and his administration is a seedy downtown whose criminal activity is truly out of control.
Cami Gearhart, Seattle
August 14, 2013 at 7:06 AM
Second Amendment woes
The attack on a Metro Transit bus driver brings gun laws to mind. [“Panic on buses, cops kill gunman,” page one, Aug. 13.]
The prevailing interpretation of the Second Amendment would dictate that the most appropriate solution, bearing in mind the words of the president of the National Rifle Association, “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” would be to arm everyone else on the bus.
Those who choose not to bear arms should have the option of being provided with (or providing their own) bulletproof vest.
Or consider alternate transportation.
Or stay at home.
These are small prices to pay for the freedom of living in America, land of the free and the armed.
Mike Moore, Kent
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