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SCC: Paradise Lost to sex predators

Letter by Bill Barker, Shelton on Feb. 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm with 7 Comments »
February 7, 2012 5:31 pm

Re: “Don’t waste funds on predators’ ‘blank check’ defense” (editorial, 2-6).

I couldn’t agree more with the headline’s sentiment. However, it does not naturally follow for me that even if we did manage to drive their defense costs down substantially, it would make any more sense to keep those 284 sexual predators on McNeil Island than it did to keep the near thousand regular run-of-the-mill state prisoners there once upon a time.

After all, the only reason we ever moved all those predators onto McNeil Island in the 1990s was because we already had a small army of state correctional personal there watching magnitudes more of ordinary state prisoners, right?

Well, those state prisoners and their keepers are all gone now. Sorry, predators, but your tickets to paradise have now effectively expired. You all must go, too.

In June 2015, the eyes of the world will look in high-definition awe and wonder upon the spectacular natural splendor of the South Sound when we host the U.S. Open at the Chambers Bay Golf Course.

What will we showcase to the millions of viewers when the TV cameras pan westward? McNeil Island, paradise extraordinaire for psychopathic sexual predators? Or perhaps a world-class regional cultural center inside a picturesque national park, lovingly kissed by an unending series of gentle wavelets along an extensive pristine pebbly shoreline, dedicated to honoring the noble and unique past of both our pioneer and native peoples?

Let’s choose wisely.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. A cultural center sounds fine. It would be fun!
    There are many things that I would like to learn
    from the natives around here.

  2. MisterZ says:

    The McNeil bunkhouses could be turned into a world class hotel. They are relativly new and now empty, replace the bars with walls, make the windows a little bigger… They already have a dining hall, sewage facilitys, and all the other modern conviences…

  3. surething says:

    Well, sign up your neighborhood for a place to put them. Of course, making things pretty for a golf game seems like a reasonable cause to move extreme sexual offenders onto the mainland. Yeah.

  4. ReadNLearn says:

    MisterZ is absolutely clueless…

    The housing units at MICC are direct supervision types, no bathrooms in the cells, open bathrooms and tiers. No bars. They’d scarcely be workable as dorms. There were ample pictures of the facility in the paper when it was shut down. It’s a prison, of use, as a prison. It should have remained, a prison.

  5. tommy98466 says:

    Sounds good Bill. The only problem is that there are plenty of Native Cultural Centers around for the public to visit. Where would the money come from to keep another park open? This island needs to be subdivided and sold off to the people of Washington State to build homes. This would raise millions of dollars to help the State get out of a financial mess.

  6. cargilekm says:

    I agree with tommy98466. I would like to buy a small lot there to have a small retirement home. Sounds like it could be a bit of a paradise. Island life with no predators in your neighborhood.

  7. ManuelMartini says:

    And the DOT would have to provide ferry service to the island so that construction equipment could be transported to do all this building. Oh and then there is police, fire and other safety for the island.

    Yeah….make millions until you’re millions in the hole to start.

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