Letters to the Editor

Why do people respond with violence, destruction?

I have a few questions: Why, regardless of color, are the police always guilty until proven innocent? Could perhaps multiple events in the past 100 years or so have caused them to be on the defensive until it is obvious they don’t have to be?

Why, regardless of cause for action, does the appropriate response seem to be violence or destruction? Examples include the riots in LA after the Rodney King decision, the looting and destruction following Hurricane Katrina, graffiti on the buildings of the state or military recruiters objecting to our country’s involvement in war, or the destruction (Pioneer Square) following the Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLVIII win?

Why can’t expression of opinion, especially when the bottom line is peace, be peaceful?

Debi Harris