Today’s paragraphs come to us from John Sexton’s latest article at hotair.com.
Mr. Sexton is writing about a special being done by KOMO TV in Seattle, which talks about the city’s free-fall from what once was a pleasant desirable place to live and work, to its current incipient-third-world status:
“People didn’t use to use the word embarrassing about Seattle, but they use it a lot now,” the narrator to a new KOMO News special titled “Seattle is Dying” says. The focus of the special is homelessness and the ways in which it has changed the city.
There’s a section featuring angry residents of one area of the city who are screaming at their representatives for action. They want the tent cities managed and they’re tired of calling the police only to find out the police can arrest people but those same people will be back on the street, sometimes within hours.
As I noted last month, just 100 homeless people in Seattle were responsible for 3,500 criminal cases. This special references that story. It also asked Seattle police officers to comment anonymously on what was happening and those responses are enlightening. One officer told KOMO, “People come here because it’s called Free-attle and they believe if they come here they will get free food, free medical treatment, free mental health treatment, a free tent, free clothes and will be free of prosecution for just about everything; and they’re right.”
Mr. Sexton goes on to remind us that what is happening in Seattle is not at all atypical. Other cities not quite as far along the same path, but traveling it just the same, include Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Will they learn from Seattle? Will they wise up and rethink?
Given the one-party, hard left Democrat nature of these cities, the answer is almost certainly that they will not.
I would say that’s too bad for their productive, law-abiding citizens…but since they are the ones who keep electing the people causing this ugly trajectory, I don’t have a lot of sympathy for them.
I do, however, have a lot of appreciation for John Sexton, who wins Paragraphs Of The Day honors for bringing this to our attention.
Thank you, John. I wish it were surprising… and had any realistic likelihood of reversing.