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September 20, 2013 at 7:34 AM
Focus on mental healthRecent headlines regarding Aaron Alexis and Donnell D. Jackson have the same conclusions. [“Red flags before D.C. gunman’s first shot,” page one, Sept. 18,] and [“Fatal-stabbing suspect was ordered to mental hospital,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 18.]
The two men both had serious mental-health problems and, evidently, they were not getting the help needed for those problems.
Lawmakers and others focus on gun control, which may be needed. But no focus is given to the problems that beset many people, including these two.
I suggest that law changes need to put as much focus on helping people with mental illness as there is on gun control.
Further, it was not a gun but a knife that was used in the Seattle killing.
Edith Keenan, Lake Stevens
September 20, 2013 at 7:02 AM
In his guest column on how to make Seattle’s streets safer, Jack McCullough makes good and responsible suggestions. [“How to make downtown more safe after the death of Troy Wolff,” Opinion, Sept. 19.]
As a follow-up, the Downtown Seattle Association, as well as other organizations and individuals who support these steps to safer streets, need to step up and aggressively support the increases in local and state taxes needed to support them.
Loren Arnett, Bothell
In the guest column by Jack McCullough, prompted by the tragic death of Troy Wolff, several suggestions and proposals were made to deal with the problem of safety for those in our downtown Seattle area.
What is evident in all of these is that they attempt to accomplish this worthy goal by placing the responsibility for one’s personal safety on others. What is sadly missing is any mention of personal responsibility.
How different might the outcome in this sad event have been if either Wolff or his female partner had taken the steps to have a permit to carry a gun, and thus provided for their own safety.
Howard Almquist, Shoreline
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