Parking machines are easy targets for vandals
When I saw the first one, I stopped stone cold as I realized what it actually was — a parking meter. Or, to be more accurate, a whole street of parking meter heads put into a single, fancy, space-age gizmo that is just screaming out to be vandalized.
“What was whoever thinking?” I thought. “Have they not seen Cool-Hand Luke?”
Look. When you are dealing with inappropriate behavior such as vandalism, you have to think like a perp to get it. The whole basis of vandalism is to do as much physical and/or economic damage as you can, fast and secret, and then get away before you get caught.
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That simple rule applies to all vandalism targets, regardless of what they may actually be — windows, signs, parked cars, garbage cans, buildings.
Now, imagine if someone was intent on keying parked cars late at night downtown. One option would be to look for a street with numerous cars parked along both sides so you could hit as many as possible in the shortest amount of time.
Another option would be to look for a single Ferrari parked alone and hit it to automatically maximize your value versus vandalism effort equation.
Well, we now have Ferrari vandalism targets in the middle of every street along both sidewalks all throughout downtown. Many of these authoritarian-looking fixtures stand right in the face of gathering sites for rebellious youth. This situation needs critical reconsideration rather than blind, selfish defense.
STEVE SHANEWISE; Olympia
Hyer should be in jail
Letter writer David Edwards is wrong.
He states that the bust of Joe Hyer “is a blatant example of arbitrary misapplication of a bad law for political purposes.”
Hyer was arrested for selling drugs, and, as far as I’m concerned, the only misapplication of law is that Hyer is not spending the maximum time in jail and on probation. He is worse than the common dealer because of his position and influence in the community. Our judicial system shows once again that if you are a person of influence and/or have money for a good attorney, you are treated differently when you commit a crime.
Edwards’ statement that we should legalize marijuana because we have a “misguided policy,” is wrong. Our legislators have enacted laws making medicinal marijuana available even though they did not direct the THC level of the marijuana. Try to get a prescription for any other drug that doesn’t establish the strength of the drug or amount you can use each day.
The facts as I see them are that Hyer is an individual who uses and sells drugs while Edwards would like for marijuana to be legalized so that all the good people can get high without repercussions.
GLENN DUNNAM; Lacey
Seattle voters carry considerable clout
In response to Bill Lock’s letter to the editor, I find some of his statements totally incorrect or unfair.
Regarding medical services: Anyone serving 20 honorable years of military service does have the best medical coverage, which is either through TriCare or the VA.
Regarding the flag: Does he believe only what is presented to us by the media – television, papers or magazines? Has he ever seen President Barack Obama show disrespect or fail to salute our flag?
Regarding politicians: The greater majority of voters come out of the Seattle area, which is almost as large as all the other voters combined and Seattle is where the money is. It will be very difficult to vote the “bums” out of office.
CAROLE JONES; Tumwater