I write in response to the April 8, front page article, “No bikinis for baristas?” When the mom-and-pop grocery store closed near my apartment area home, and the new tenant windows displayed bedroom products as well as had an exterior wall video drop, indicating the rental of X-rated movies, I attended a Port Gardner Bay Neighborhood meeting and stated that since the city of Everett already licenses sex offender half-way houses nearby, it should not have allowed the sex business to move into the vicinity. A person spoke up from somewhere in the room and stated, “People have the right to make money.”
How is it the city of Everett even now allows anyone to wear pasties, g-strings and lingerie on the job when minors would not be allowed at other adult entertainment venues? Everett lawmakers’ ethics require them to stop permitting unregulated adult entertainment that fails to protect minors. The current blasé state of affairs contributes to the creation of sex offenders, who for the rest of their lives must report their whereabouts to authorities and be known publicly, which is like Hester Prynne’s Puritan neighbors’ requirement that she visibly wear the “A” for adultery for the rest of her life (Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850s, novel, The Scarlet Letter).
Rosemarie Dickson Cook