Topic: The Seattle Times
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October 3, 2013 at 7:29 PM
Social services won’t fix the problem
It isn’t safe on Seattle streets anymore. [“Offenses go unpunished on downtown streets,” page one, Sept. 30.]
Either you or your companions are subject to being shot or stabbed; Or at least mugged, harassed by street people or caught up as an innocent bystander in some drug or alcohol-fueled altercation. Mayor Mike McGinn’s solution? More social services. Yeah … that’s going to fix the problem.
And when it doesn’t? Why the politicians and the bureaucrats try to “solve” the problem by pointing fingers at each other and calling for more social services. None of our politically correct “leaders” would ever think of trying something really radical, like enforcing the law.
Seattle’s streets have become a zoo and the animals are in charge. Until our elected and appointed officials start letting the police department do its job, things are only going to get worse.
Gerald D. Cline, Kent
October 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Congress to blame
So it is not terrorists who shut down our government, it is our own members of Congress. [“Government shutdown,” page one, Oct. 2.] Because they don’t like Obamacare, they don’t want people to have access to health care?
Representatives in the House make $174,000 (that is the lowest pay) for 120 days of sitting making ridiculous decisions like this — if they do anything at all. And they have their own health-care plan.
Well I don’t think I like that. I think I would like to stop paying them now. I think it is more important to feed my family than support this freak show called Congress.
Teresa Lamb, Seattle
October 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Rich history and location
Thanks to The Seattle Times for its article [“Happily unhip West Seattle attracts a new crowd,” NWSunday, Sept. 29.]
West Seattle is a place apart due to its history and geography. Perhaps peninsulas, like islands, are special geographies of and for the soul. They satisfy not only its need for beauty, but also offer endless opportunity for its favorite pastimes — reverie, reflection and reimagining.
Mary Parlato Gunderson, Seattle
February 24, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Times demonstrates watchdog capability
When the Seattle P-I stopped print circulation, I worried that the city wouldn’t have sufficient watchdog capability, but The Seattle Times has reassured me on more than one occasion.
I was appalled to see so-called public servants slam The Times and Danny Westneat for telling the truth about one of their number, Port Commissioner Rob Holland [“Holland’s blame game well-liked,” NWWednesday, Feb. 20]. Perhaps they’re all tarred with the same brush. They are probably the kind of people who, given the chance to be a dictator, would immediately shut down the press.
I’m outraged by their response. It’s a sad reflection on the character of those who aspire to elected office these days.
Thank heaven for the First Amendment and a free press, without which we would not be a free people.
–Walter Marquardt, Seattle
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