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Is it the legislature?
Mr. Jim Tagert seems ready to lay every shortcoming of our law enforcement system at the feet of the Washington State Legislature.
I beg to differ. We in Washington state are blessed with a legislature that works extremely well together. Thanks to them, we have a budget surplus, a four-year college coming to Snohomish Countyand one of the best auto theft laws in the country.
In 2006, they gave us some of the toughest sex offender laws in the nation. I give a lot of the credit for that to Representative John Lovick, Speaker Pro Tem of the House. Now, as to the rise in juvenile crime in Snohomish County, whom should we blame? Well, the Sheriffs administration did eliminate the crime prevention officers. How about the recent ugly rash of neonazi graffiti? Whos at fault? Maybe Tom Greene needs to step up and take some responsibility for that. His relationship with the Minutemen and antigay radical Ken Hutcherson sends an unfortunate message. How about the departments notoriously slow response time? Should we blame the legislature? Its time for some responsible, strong leadership in the sheriffs office. If you really want to prevent crime, vote for John Lovick.