Letters to the Editor

Sex offenders: Sheriff does great job

The Whidbey News-Times ran a front page article on May 7 poo-poo-ing, I thought, our county Sheriff Mike Hawley for his protectiveness against sexual aggression of our people, adults and children alike.

When registered sex offenders try to move to our county, the sheriff takes a responsible and pro-active stance to try to prevent another child or woman or man from being assaulted, raped, kidnapped, or molested. I appreciate this and I'm very glad these snakes cannot hide in Island County grass.

Why should the sheriff, or I for that matter, believe the baseless pleas of relatives: "he would never do it again," or "he wouldn't hurt anyone." These convicted criminals have already proven themselves as unfavorable and dangerous neighbors.

Why should our sheriff ignore their repeated additional violations of law? Why should he look the other way when they violate parole? Thank you Sheriff! I support you in this. I deeply appreciate your not being soft on these registered sex offenders. Thanks for publishing the registered sex offender map on the Island County Sheriff website. Thanks for all the effort to protect me, my children, and my neighbors from further sexual violation and other aggression from these convicts. It means a tremendous lot to me.

With Sheriff Hawley on the watch in Island County, registered sex offenders can know that they will be watched like a hawk, that the vigilant sheriff will not go easy on them, and that at least some of the people here appreciate being informed of these convicts who wish to move here and what type and degree of danger these convicts present to us.

Maybe a man or woman or kid will refrain from sexually violating another person if they know their crime will haunt them for a very long time.

Infinite thanks, Sheriff.

Loriel Abigail Jael Karlik


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