March 13, 2016, recent headlines in a local newspaper, “The Daily News”, Longview , Washington, a couple of counties away from where I live, read “Kelso citizens create sex sting at Tam O’Shanter”. This is a haunting article where local citizens take it upon themselves to disguise themselves as a minor child in some chat room to lure, indulge, entice and prey on human frailty to see if they could entrap a sex offender. It worked, and what came next is unspeakable. Without saying the actions of these vigilantes is horrific, but, while the local paper paper expressed their opinion against this type of vigilantism, in the same breath they are instilling fear, hate, false facts and statistics to the community at large regarding the necessity of the “Registry”. I posted a comment last night March 23, 2016) expressing my opinion opposing the registry and all it stands for. Hence my comment was not posted. So, this morning (March 24, 2016) I saw that they have posted a reiteration of their stance in response to outrage expressed by many other citizens (their comments were approved and posted) other than myself. So, I posted another comment, I am still waiting to see if they approve my comment. I am very familiar with the demographics of this town. It is historically a logging mill town, semi-isolated, located between Olympia, Washington and the Portland-Vancouver Metro area. I have family members that have lived and still live in this town. Due to the nature of the geographic location, the small mill town mentality, and the scope of the uneducated, untraveled, semi-bigoted community members, gives me little hope that my voice will be heard in their closed minded community or the so called “Journalist” that will not respond to my questions. It is my intent to continue my questions and comments until they respond, and give me the freedom of speech that I deserve.
“Laws Help Keep Children Safe”.