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Sound Off: Story creates target for vigilantes

The News-Times seems to have the beat on all the sex offenders there on Whidbey, how about researching and sharing with the community what Island County is paid to accept these sex offenders? There is no money for the Level 1 offender but there is for Level 2s and 3s. Or how about how they, the released offenders, are harassed by the Oak Harbor Police Department. How about sharing some of that?

Educate yourselves. Find out why there is nothing being done to ensure the safety of not only the community, but the persons, reassigned in levels by the county, who have spent the time in jail. Interview my brother, see what the accused has to say about his release. Where is his freedom of speech, or do you only give it to those without records?

What you may not know is what we the family of Nathan Evans have been told: That Nathan pleaded guilty to assault, not rape. Why was this minor not being watched over? Where was DSHS at to remove her from such a hostile, uncaring home setting?

Minors today are not being monitored by the police departments who are too busy setting speeding traps and harassing people who have been released from jail, trying to start again. There is a curfew in Oak Harbor for minors under 18. Since my brother will not be allowed to be around minors, I expect Oak Harbor’s finest to be earning those paychecks and start patrolling the streets, waterfronts, parking lots for anyone under age out after curfew hours.

My brother will need a way to earn a living and if OHPD is doing their job, they will not have to worry nor will Nathan have to worry about breaking any parole. These teens and pre-teens need to be cited and their parents notified as well. Same for underage drinking, and smoking. Should they reoffend, their names should be slapped into the Whidbey News-Times as a re-offending curfew-breaking teen. These lawbreaking teens are tomorrow’s neighborhood watch issues.

Where is forgiveness? Where are the churches who claim to be so Christ-like to envelop my brother, to encourage him and help him find his way back to the straight and narrow path? We, his family, are in constant prayer for my brother, and encourage him to make the right choices, even when he gets so depressed because he was followed that day, or cannot find a job, or is yelled at by people, called names, and threatened death. What have you done? Other then drag my brother’s name down, and make him a target for every vigilante in Oak Harbor?

Heather Evans-Hood

lives in Oak Harbor.

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