Letters | Police Beat, gun control

Jan 03, 2018

BOLO for Police Beat headlines

I disagree with the letter criticizing the Police Beat headlines (“Police Beat headlines must go),” Dec. 14.

I think they are very funny. One day, I laughed for a solid 10 minutes while reading through them. This humor does not trivialize the effect of crime on victims.

However, often sardonic or sarcastic humor helps to underscore how ridiculous peoples' behavior can be when police intervention is required.

It is unfortunate if we can't laugh at ourselves and the problems that beset society. I can guarantee you the cops who answer these calls crack a lot of jokes about them just as a coping mechanism. And besides, sometimes if you don't laugh, you'll cry.

Sometimes it's better to laugh.

“A star is born”: Would-be burglar is caught on videotape. Oh, yah, you're famous now, buddy!

Meanwhile, in Woodway – another false alarm on Greystone Lane.

Nancy Farnam


Police Beat is the best part of the Beacon

Police Beat is hilarious and is the cleverest and most entertaining section in the Beacon.

There are few things funnier than a criminal who has been caught in the act of flaunting their foolishness. Satire is tricky, and the Beat headline writer is a master of this art.

A Pulitzer Prize, under the public service category, is in order for the Beacon. Keep up the good work.

Greg Ferguson


Debra Rich Gettleman’s view on kids is indeed askew

I DO love my kids absolutely.

This is my first letter to an editor. I am responding to Debra Rich Getteleman’s attempt to urge me to “stop loving my kids absolutely” (Askew View, Dec. 7).

Instilling an insecurity or fear into my kids is horrible advice! f this was an attempt to be funny, I found it pathetic.

Just because your children behave badly or don’t fulfill your expectations doesn’t mean you stop loving them. I believe people need to be corrected, disciplined or held accountable for their words or actions if they are offensive, harmful or disrespectful.

Threatening your kids that you won’t love them if “they don’t finish their vegetables?” Seriously? You want them to finish the vegetables more than loving them? Really?

Do Debra’s kids say to her, “If you don’t make a good dinner tonight, we won’t love you”?

Leading by example for our kids is so powerful. Love the person, correct the behavior.

How in the world can “instilling a sense of insecurity and fearfulness” teach kids how to “treat others with kindness, honor and respect”?

That approach seems very hypocritical and confusing. Why not fill them up with self-respect, self-discipline, grace and kindness while having high expectations for themselves and others without expecting perfection?

Kids have enough pressure going on all around them, and adding the insecurity of confusion and mixed messages without proper boundaries in their home is not helping them. I call that walking on eggshells; I’ve been there and hated it.

Personally, I find this approach part of the problem today, not the answer. Raising spoiled kids that run the household is the problem. Allowing kids to get away with bad behavior is the problem. I agree with her column name – a very askew view.

Laurie Angiuli


Getting into the Christmas spirit with the Seattle Men’s Chorus

I enjoyed reading about Jerbarco Arnold in the Edmonds Beacon (“The stars were aligned for Edmonds singer, dancer,” Dec. 7).

I attended the first Seattle Men’s Chorus Christmas concert, and I was delighted to see Jerbarco dance in several numbers. He is a very talented young man. The concert was a good way to get into the Christmas spirit, with many well-known carols and other music sung by the chorus.

I would encourage others to go to one of the remaining or future concerts at Benaroya in Seattle. I will continue to watch for Jerbarco in all future concerts.

Thank you, Jerbarco, for sharing your many talents.

Sheila B. Cook


Prevention the key to homelessness

We can see from articles in the news that homelessness is a national problem, including in Edmonds.

The solution comes from many sources, as homelessness comes from many causes. Prevention is the most effective means of decreasing homelessness.

Low income/affordable housing sites in every community are needed, including Edmonds. Many citizens in our community are living at below 30 percent of Edmonds area median income ($1,876 per month as of 2015 data); others live at only 30 percent to 50 percent of that amount.

There is a many-year waiting list for Federal HUD Section 8 housing vouchers, other HUD Assistance,and other state and local programs.

Edmonds citizens in these levels of income are desperately trying and failing to maintain or find housing that fits their budgets. HUD-recommended income ratio going toward housing costs (including utilities) is 30 percent of one's monthly income.

Often these households are holding down minimum wage, or two or three part-time jobs in order to feed, clothe and house their families. Rising property taxes, apartment and housing rental costs exacerbate the issue. Yet here in Edmonds, except for three low-income senior housing sites (for which there is also a long wait list), there is not one low-income housing site for other families or individuals at the lowest levels of poverty.

The Highway 99 redevelopment project will provide limited affordable housing to those living at over 50 percent of median income. That is a start, but it will not provide for those with incomes below 50 percent of median income.

The most productive way to reduce homelessness in Edmonds and elsewhere is to provide affordable housing in Edmonds for those in greatest need. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

It is hopeful that a new Edmonds Housing Commission has been formed, which will begin work to provide solutions to this crisis. Preserving the Washington State Housing Trust Fund, and urging our Legislators to pass the Housing Bond Trust, are also vital preventive measures.

National funding of housing support is also crucial. Be part of the solution. Support funding for low-income and affordable housing in Edmonds.

Dorothy Trinen


Yes, let’s discuss gun control

In Jeff Scherrer's letter to the editor on Nov. 9 following the Las Vegas shooting, he said, “Let's discuss gun control.” He pointed out that “some fear such a discussion will lead to more gun control laws and further erosion of America's Second Amendment rights.”

He goes further and lists 11 issues that he believes need to be discussed before the gun issues. However, without the gun discussion he jumps to the conclusion; his listed issues lead to anger, hate and mental instability.

The 11 issues he listed were primarily people exercising their First Amendment rights.

It is horrific to think that Americans exercising those rights are hated to the point of being killed by Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights. Unfortunately, Republicans stoke this hate. They promote fear.

In order to control Americans, they promote the fear of gun-control laws, the fear of government, fear of immigrants, fear of sexuality, fear of transgender people, fear of gays, fear of blacks, Asians, Hispanics, fear of sick and disabled people, fear of drug users, fear of health insurance for all, fear of the poor Americans, fear of old people, fear of education, fear of war, fear of other countries, fear of religion.

Americans become overwhelmed with fear and are consumed by paranoia. They become incapable of respect for human life. They hate and kill.

Democrats focus on the First Amendment right of the freedom of speech. They fight for health care for all Americans, fight to save the environment, fight for educational opportunities for all, fight for bank regulations and consumer protection laws, fight for fair wages, fight for safe working conditions, fight for a fair and just legal system, fight for the right of privacy, fight for fair trade, fight for freedom of religion, fight for a democratic world.

Americans do need a discussion of the Second Amendment, a well regulated militia and the right to bear arms, and when we have these discussions we need to honor the First Amendment. In the discussion of gun control, we need to ask questions such as the following: What is a reasonable amount of weaponry for one American civilian to own? Do civilians need machine guns and bump stocks that fire 400 to 800 bullets per minute?

Do civilians need arsenals in their homes? Based on the U.S. Military history, will the United States ever be capable of teaching the rest of the world how to stop violence? What gun control laws cause fear and why?

There is lots to discuss but in our discussion let us not be controlled by fear and hate. Let us respect the rights of all Americans and reach agreements that protect the health, economics, religion, education, environment and privacy of all Americans. First Amendment Rights before guns.

Susan Pedersen


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