We need better warning system

I read with total understanding the July 28 article, “Sex offender group home upsets Marysville residents,” regarding Rev. John Mack and his sex-offender houses scattered about our communities. We were shocked in our west Arlington neighborhood to hear about our Mack house about four blocks away. We tried to be proactive by educating ourselves at the Snohomish County Sheriff’s website. We discovered that we had to register with the sheriff’s office to see the website! We had to register to see the history and level of each sex offender in our neighborhood and to get warnings for the “newcomers” to the area. Are you kidding me?

We did register and found that many of the offenders are level III and have refused treatment while incarcerated! The information tells of the offenders’ history of offenses, time in jail, and sometimes the remarks of the offender, such as one level III: “I fantasize about raping a woman on some kind of trail, but I don’t feel like acting on it now.” Well, this guy is practically next to the Arlington airport trail! We truly appreciate that!

I can guarantee we will be discussing this with the Arlington City Council. I do recognize that time done is time done. Some child rapists and sex offenders have worked on their rehabilitation and deserve the setting Rev. Mack provides. Level III’s refusing rehab do not belong in our neighborhoods!

Perhaps the cities, Rev. Mack, and sheriff’s office should be financially and legally held accountable for anyone hurt or attacked by these men. If you put them in our neighborhoods and do not warn us of the risk and danger, you should be responsible for any damage done! We feel until the zoning can be addressed, alerts should be posted in the local papers (as in the past) for every sex offender being placed in the Mack houses.

Kay Heller

Arlington

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Sunday, Dec. 17

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Viewpoints: Moving from grief to good 5 years after shooting

The determination of Sandy Hook families to turn unfathomable tragedy into good must be honored.

Commentary: Region has to consider options for U.S. 2 trestle

Waiting for lawmakers to pass another gas tax isn’t an option. We have to move forward now.

Commentary: Tighter rein needed on opioid makers, distrbutors

Doctors are working to better control prescriptions, but that won’t be enough to stem the epidemic.

Parker: When ‘credibly accused’ replaces due process

Giving more weight to accusations may feel justified at some level, but this should give us pause.

Robinson: Trump was right — Alabama did the right thing

‘The people of Alabama will do the right thing,’ tweeted Trump. Sadly for him, they did just that.

Petri: Ending net neutrality means innovation of bad options

With net neutrality’s end, consumers can choose to get worse service unless they pay more. Hooray!

Will: Whirlpool has Washington in a protectionist spin cycle

The appliance maker wants a U.S. trade panel to impose a 50 percent tariff on imported machines.

Most Read