Despite the best efforts of our police departments, the Tri-Cities is quickly losing its allure as a safe community. In the past few weeks alone, our safety has been threatened by violent acts. A barricaded person fired more than 60 bullets in his home, at police and at neighbors. A gang shooting with two dozen shots fired, stray bullets hitting homes and vehicles. Police-involved shootings. Multiple SWAT call-outs. The violence is getting worse, with no relief in sight.
I now legitimately fear for my safety and the safety of my teenage daughter. Criminals are sparing no one. Everybody is a potential victim, even in "safe" Benton County.
Voters fortunately have an opportunity to help change the dangerous direction we're headed. Approving the Benton County public safety sales tax will put 32 additional police officers on the street to arrest violent criminals.
It'll add deputy prosecutors to prosecute them. It'll add a Superior Court Judge to sentence them. I'm not sure what dollar value you can place on feeling safe. But one thing I'm sure of -- three pennies on a $10 purchase is not too high a price to pay. Please support the public safety sales tax on Aug. 5.
BLANCA REYNA, Kennewick