Offensive cartoon, thanks to firefighters | Letters

Jan 07, 2018

Beacon cartoon was offensive

I found the cartoon in the Dec. 28 issue of your paper offensive.

The sexual harassment/sexual assault that takes place in the workplaces of this country is not amusing. It should not be used to attempt to amuse people, and those who are amused by it are insensitive to the problem that exists.

It is a shameful situation, and it is shameful to use it in this manner. An apology is owed to the women who have been subjected to this sort of behavior in the workplace, and that would be the majority of the women you know.

Sue Robertson


Thanks to firefighters for saving house, tenants

Accolades for Fire District 1! They saved my house and my tenants.

I wanted to make sure I paid tribute to an incredible bunch of fire fighters who responded to a call last week on Cedar Street, Dec 27.

Had they not shown up immediately and thoroughly checked the house for the source of the smoke, there could have been a lot more damage, along with potential harm to the occupants. The firemen made sure everyone was taken care of and cleaned up carefully after dealing with the fire. They couldn’t have been more thorough, caring, and considerate.

We often take for granted that we won’t be victims of a fire. But when it does happen I can say with a great deal of confidence that the firemen that serve our community are incredibly well-trained and display exceptional human values.

We should all be thankful for having the best fire department imaginable, and that goes for the other departments from Mountlake Terrace and Shoreline who came to their aid.

Anytime firefighters ask for your support, I hope you’ll step up. I know I will.

Val Stewart


Let’s discuss ending homelessness, not service it

It’s very cold outside! And many of our thoughts are for those who don’t have a warm place to call home.

I started writing a letter titled “Let’s Discuss Homelessness,” but found myself connecting a culture of increased marijuana acceptance and drug addiction, and wandered off to how President Trump’s tough border policies have reduced illegal Mexican border crossings, which would mean less drugs coming into our country, and how the cost of shooting up would increase and make it harder to be a drug addict, and how they would result in getting cleaned up and finding a job.

I even included information on where heroin comes from. The thread became so complex that I knew I couldn’t cover all that territory in 400 words.

So, I began to search through a previous copy of the Beacon to review what one contributor accused us “deplorables” of doing. You know, we “promote the fear of gun control laws, the fear of government, fear of immigrants, fear of sexuality,” and so on and so on.

If you want to read more, please see page 19 of the Dec. 21 Edmonds Beacon.

Then, my eyes caught another heading in the same edition: “Prevention the key to homelessness”

Upon reading it, the author writes: “Prevention is the most effective means of decreasing homelessness.”

And I can’t agree more! Someone got it right! Then the author calls for more government assistance.

But is it the government’s job to prevent homelessness? By funding housing, is this preventing or servicing the homelessness? If not the government, who’s responsibility is it to prevent homelessness? Is it mine? Isn’t it an individual’s responsibility to prevent themselves from becoming destitute?

As a “deplorable,” I believe that individuals in a civilized society have responsibilities that they themselves can carry out to prevent them from becoming a burden to society. I also believe in institutions to help prevent problems like homelessness – those institutions being family (which over the years seems to have broken down, but there I go again), schools with quality education (another rabbit hole) and churches (in my youth, Boy Scouts).

In our discussion, let’s find ways to end homelessness, not just service it.

Jeff Scherrer


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