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TACOMA: Ban housing for sex offenders

Letter by Jerry L. Gamache, Fox Island on May 11, 2012 at 10:16 am with 10 Comments »
May 11, 2012 1:48 pm

When the Tacoma City Council members look back in time, I wonder if they will be as concerned with Walmart as they are about sex offender housing popping up in the city at an alarming rate.

When the council heard about the possibility of Walmart coming to Central Tacoma, they enacted a temporary ban on such stores. Yet the city is taking in alarming numbers of convicted sex offenders in boarding house settings and doing nothing about it.

The council needs to put a temporary ban on these houses until policies can be developed in regards to them. It is not enough to say “we are studying the matter.” The city must act now with a ban on any further sex offender housing. This matter would be of much more concern to the future of Tacoma than a big-box store.

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  1. SafewayOrangeSoda says:

    And where are you going to put all these sex offenders when they get out of prison, you moron? In housing, they can be monitored, tracked and given assistance to prevent reoffending. You want to put them onto the street where they’re just going to be wandering around, untracked, unmonitored, with nothing to do but reoffend?
    Your letter has got to be the absolutely STUPIDEST thing I’ve ever read in the Trib in the entire history I’ve been reading the paper. How did you even learn to hold a pencil?

  2. alindasue says:

    Homelessness has been one of the biggest causes of losing track of sex offenders…

  3. RLangdon says:

    You people need to give Jerry a little break here. Lighten-up! It’s not like sex offenders in society is a recent problem that has just popped-up out of nowhere in the past few months or ever years. There have been released sex offenders in our cities and towns for decades. If there is no defined policy on where they can be housed and how they can be tracked, then government has really not been doing its job for a long time.

    Jerry is right to get on government to start doing their damn job, which is at least in part to protect the safety and security of its law-abiding tax-paying citizenry. That would seem to me to be a much higher priority than throwing some political tantrum against Wal-Mart. Right?

  4. sonny11 says:

    What people don’t realize is that sex offender homes aren’t regulated…so any home owner can operate one. I’ve also seen it where certain neighborhoods contain all the sex offender housing. I understand that it’s good to know where these sex offenders are, and it’s better to have them registered in a house. However, it should be regulated so their housing is spread out across the city and regulated. That way, it’s done in a fair, safe way. Our liason officer, for our neighborhood, expressed his frustration regarding the lack of regulation. One house that was shut down had numerous individuals living in it; in fact, so many that it was against code. All so the landlord could receive maximum rent off the system.

  5. Why are you against profit?
    Tons of money, remember private enterprise is always better!
    Why do you hate capitalism?

  6. “government to start doing their damn job, which is at least in part to protect the safety and security of its law-abiding tax-paying citizenry.”

    They did just that by blocking walmart.

  7. SafewayOrangeSoda says:

    I think Jerry needs a break… in his face.

  8. RLangdon says:

    Why’s that S-O-S? Are having trouble finding housing for yourself?

  9. itwasntmethistime says:

    Spread them out across the city? So that there is NO place someone with kids can live that doesn’t have sex offenders nearby? That sounds like a terrible idea for the 99.9% of parents who don’t want their kids molested.

  10. This might sound cold but in my opinion when they do re-offend, which many do, they need to be strung up in a public place. It is incredible how the bleeding heart leftie’s and their “right to live” keep protecting these vermin. Their actions ruin more lives with what they do and it is a waste of time and money to try to “fix” their problem when it is impossible to fix. Molesters should be hung on the first count and to those who oppose this, you must have never had a child/friend molested by one of these monsters. Yes, you should forgive them but also do what is right and put them out of their and societies misery.

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