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November 6, 2013 at 7:32 AM
Downtown proves to be a comfortable environment for tourists
I just had to send a letter congratulating your city after spending the day there along with family on Sunday, Nov. 3. We are from Vancouver, B.C., but visited your city to watch the Seattle Seahawks live at the stadium. We started the day in the Pike Place Market area and then walked to the stadium along 1st Avenue.
We felt really safe. The crowds were having fun and the entertainment (especially the Seahawks Blue Thunder drum band) was a joy to watch. It didn’t matter when the Seahawks were losing, the spectators were still in a good and hopeful mood.
Again, on the return walk back to the Pine Street area, we were impressed by the crowds, their good nature and the beauty of your older parts of the city. You have a lot to be proud of and we will certainly be back.
Graham Hughes, Burnaby, B.C.
September 16, 2013 at 6:58 PM
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 bodily harm, I have committed a crime. This reality does not change because I have purchased a ticket to the Seahawks game, or any other sporting venue.
There is no social contract, and definitely no legal one which excuses this behavior. Yet on a local radio station which broadcasts the Seahawks games, I listened to a caller who identified himself as a season ticket holder. He claimed that his financial investment in the Seahawks gave him the right to make any visiting fan from another team feel physically afraid if they chose to wear their team colors into our stadium.
More disturbing than this idiot’s rationale was the host’s response: “I got no problem with that.”
How much lower are we going to drop the bar? When does the grotesque spectacle of Roman gladiators become a reality we saw coming and decided to ignore?
David Arntuffus, Shoreline
September 13, 2013 at 4:23 PM
Sent police downtown
What’s up with Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers playing dress-up to attend Seahawks games for free? [“Undercover fans on duty,” page one, Sept. 13.]
I don’t remember there being a problem with fans in losing years. Are they lining up to get a security gig dressing up as opposing fans at the Mariner’s games too?
Weren’t the stadiums supposed to bring in more jobs to the area instead of using up SPD budgets to run? If you need increased security for a paid venue, then use the funds from those high-priced tickets to employ some able-bodied Seattleites to work stadium security.
The SPD can play “secret agent man” downtown, buying drugs on Third and Pike and arresting the drug dealers. I expect that in the time it takes Russell Wilson and his crew to defeat an opponent, the SPD could make a dozen arrests and seriously decrease the crime in the downtown area.
This is what we pay them for, and they can dress up however they want if they just get the job done.
Melissa Hyatt, Seattle
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