My commentary on “Seattle Is Dying,” a mesmerizing (and maddening) hour-long news special produced by KOMO-TV, brought in many thoughtful letters. Here are a few excerpts from some that came in from people who have lived in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest…

 

From Kenneth:

My cousin sent me this video, and for someone who grew up in a quiet suburb of Seattle I was totally horrified by what I saw. My sister, who still lives in the Seattle area, is a Democrat, and we very seldom speak because if the subject turns to politics and I even mention the word ‘Trump,’ she goes into a rage of how bad he is and how he is ruining the country.

 


RELATED READING:  "Seattle Is Dying"

From John:

Governor, both my wife and I were born in Seattle [and] lived in Seattle all our lives until two years ago. It has gotten so liberal, so nuts, that we moved out of Seattle to a place about 60 miles north to a small rural community. It is hard being a conservative in a land of liberals. We just try and avoid any political conversations. We both think our governor is a nut case.

...We really dread having to go into Seattle for doctors or anything else. Such a shame that Seattle is following the path of liberal Detroit and other cities where the Democrats have been in control for a long time.

 

From Doug:

Add Portland, Oregon, to the list of [cities under] leftist socialist control. Police there are even persecuted by the mayor and other city leadership if they so much as have contact with any Christian group who want to meet peacefully and pray for the city and the problems leftists have created (such as not protecting ICE agents and anyone who even has the appearance of not supporting the leftist, socialist anarchy in the city.) Police get in trouble with the state for enforcing federal law and get in trouble with the feds if they don't.

 

From Anne:

In the sixties I lived in Seattle. During the time I was single, I did not have a car and relied on bus transportation and walking. [My job] required me to go out late at night...I also walked all over the area. I felt totally safe and never gave a thought to it. I don’t remember ever seeing a homeless person on the street. What a change!

 

When we lived near San Francisco in the late sixties and seventies, we would drive up for dinner and walk all over the city. It was safe. We rarely saw anyone who could be classed as homeless. The streets were clean. What a change!

 

How sad that these beautiful cities have gone down so much. We know which party has been in power for years. Progressive? Are you kidding me? What is progressive about the poor human beings with drug addictions and mental illness living on the streets, defecating wherever, living in tents. How is it the fault of those who earn a good living? It makes no sense.

 

These folks need help but don’t get it. Our mental hospitals are few and far between and the libs don’t want to interfere with someone’s “freedom” so they allow them to live in misery. At the same time they [work] so hard to keep African Americans and Hispanics in a state of victimhood. How can people not see through this?

 

From Jeff:

Interestingly, KOMO is no longer known as conservative, but regularly twists things to a liberal bias around here, and the anti-right mantra is huge. I’m born and raised in the Seattle [area] and [have been] involved in emergency services for years. The difference between the ‘80s and now is shellshocking and sad.

 

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Jeff, if that’s true about KOMO-TV, I guess we’re lucky they even aired this report. They’re getting a ton of grief over it, you can be sure. Eric Johnson, the show’s reporter and writer, deserves great thanks for his work, not to mention a boatload awards that he’s not likely to get. Remember, this is the third in a trilogy of videos dealing with Seattle’s huge problem; I hope my readers will watch all three and spread them around. It’s important now, at the start of this insane 2020 campaign, that people all around the country see the real-world effects of leftist policy.

Thanks to all who wrote!

 

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  • steven abitz

    03/24/2019 03:31 PM

    I agree we have a huge problem a lot next to my home caught fire a homeless man started it and now the apartments that were at the back end of property caught fire displaced 16 people. I talked to the people who are developing property to keep it barren so homeless wont go there to do drugs.

  • Victor Coy

    03/23/2019 04:31 PM

    It's a disgusting mess this country is turning into, political correctness, no responsibility attitude, no privacy, no freedom of expression without condemnation, Christianity going south, immigration gone wild, gay, etc. liberal rights ok now?? I sympathize with law enforcement. List could go on & on. This once Christian based country in real trouble.

  • rodney burke

    03/23/2019 03:26 PM

    yep Seattle is in deep trouble. When the cops say "It seems like we are irrelevant." things ARE bad. Government needs cleaning up and a ton of people in jail...in Elko, NV. Maybe it is up to citizens to clean it up. Trump doesn't seem to be interested. Of course, Seattle isn't the ONLY place that needs cleansing. Portland, Chicago, Flint, MI, Dearborn, MI, Minneapolis, Newark, NYC, Baltimore, LA, Detroit? E-w-w-w-! We have a major crisis EVERYWhere there is a blue state. CO, CA, IL. But when Seattle has a probem that is acknowledged nation wide. It can't be ignored.

  • Tresa ames

    03/23/2019 07:26 AM

    Not so extreme yet but beginning that slippery slope is Dallas. It truly is a sanctuary city. I lived in Carrollton, adjacent to farmers branch where that city lost it's case to protect from illegal invaders. We recently left that metroplex because were feeling like it is no longer part of the USA. Everywhere we went, to stores to eat out -- we felt like a minority with so many around us speaking not in English. Wvwn in produce section of grocery stores where the employees jabbering to each other in Spanish. Riding DART where the 3rd world element crowds the commuting workers.

    Congress is rolling over, judiciary beginning to roll. Only our executive standing firm.

  • Joan Borst

    03/23/2019 04:00 AM

    Now that the govenor has put his bid in for president, he is handing out $4.2 million in $100. Vouchers of taxpayer money so people can buy votes.
    https://www.opslens.com/2019/03/mommy-seattle-government-gives-voters-100-democracy-vouchers-to-donate-to-candidates/

    And tells the people he has filed paperwork to remove President Trump from our ballots.
    This 4.2 million should have been spent cleaning up the city ,instead buying votes with taxpayer money is going to his campaign.
    Thankyou for this opportunity ,God Bless

  • Joan Borst

    03/23/2019 03:54 AM

    Now that the govenor has put his bid in for president, he is handing out $4.2 million in $100. Vouchers of taxpayer money so people can buy votes.
    https://www.opslens.com/2019/03/mommy-seattle-government-gives-voters-100-democracy-vouchers-to-donate-to-candidates/

    And tells the people he has filed paperwork to remove President Trump from our ballots.

  • Barbara Gienger

    03/23/2019 02:13 AM

    Governor Huckabee, I am so concerned about all the division. I love politics and talk them all the time to people of both parties. In my opinion, most Americans are not that far apart. The radicals sow the hate emails and social media crap. I think that is Satan at work doing the divide and conquer technique!! It is so offensive to see posts and emails saying the other side is stupid and many more names. One I saw tonight had 21 insulting names in a row! How can anyone expect to ever bring anyone to join them in their thinking treating them like that? I think respectfully explaining how we think and why, then putting our heads together to find solutions that work for the most people possible is the answer. How can people claim to be Christians and talk to their fellow Americans that way? People think differently because of their education, their teachings in the home, their life experiences, not because they are stupid!! One American has as much right to a way of thinking as another. Jesus said love one another. Loving someone and talking with them will accomplish a lot more!! Please Governor, you have a wide audience, write a good article and help people see how to talk and share views and to compromise, and to love, to respect their fellow Americans. We will be a stronger nation for it. We are destroying ourselves from within, and the Muslims are taking over by birth rate and by running for office. Please encourage those that want to change things to start just by serving on a committee, that is the way to change, not violence, not hate, not name calling. Thank you Governor for your service to our nation.

  • Sandra Moore

    03/22/2019 09:00 PM

    San Francisco is dying too. What once was a lovely city is now infested with drug addicts, needles, mentally ill and criminals. The main center of the city smells to high heaven and the amazing BART system is riddled with drug addicts and mentally ill riding the rails - making even treks into the city a very scary prospect. You almost never hear how bad the city is on the local news. I am so heartbroken for this country and our warped views of political correctness. All it is doing is endangering lives. I pray that socialism does not take over this country or we will lose all the freedoms we now enjoy.

  • Judy Anderson

    03/22/2019 01:38 PM

    We live near Portland but rarely go there. We are forced to drive through the city to visit our daughter in S.W. Washington and we marvel in disgust at the homeless camps set up alongside the freeways.
    There is a conservative comedy show playing in downtown Portland where their message is most needed and I would love go, but there's no way I would place myself in that much danger. I know Antifa, Black Lives Matter and every other group like that will protest the venue. As a wheelchair bound white woman, it would be especially dangerous & with no protection from police, I wouldn't even consider it. So very sad.
    In the 70's we girls would go to Portland looking for some excitement and drive up and down the streets of downtown Portland with absolutely no fear. Now, I won't go there in broad daylight unless it's to drive through on the freeways.
    I just heard they are going to disarm campus Police at Portland State which sprawls across downtown!
    This entire State is under far leftist Socialist control. We have had one Republican Govenor in my lifetime and I'm 60! I believe we are the least "Churched" State and had legal abortion in 1969. 4 years before Roe V. Wade! Now we have legal, tax funded abortion throughout all 9 months! Did we vote on it?
    Absolutely NOT. Our legislature is very good at passing laws the citizen's have no knowledge of until they are law. Thankfully a friend keeps some of us informed so we can go testify or write letters but this is a dangerous State to be a conservative in. Pray for us please. We are doing what we can but there is such a stronghold here, it is certainly a battlefield of seemingly Biblical porportions.

  • Danna Shirley

    03/22/2019 11:32 AM

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ... If you can get the ear of President Trump or anyone close to him, please advise him he is going to lose support if he doesn't quit the name-calling and bashing of the other side. Just tell the facts, Ma'am, the facts...and quit the attacks. He has the support but he's cutting himself off at the knees with his attitude and ugliness.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    03/22/2019 11:14 AM

    Wow...thanks to the BLUE

  • Horace Cherry

    03/22/2019 06:17 AM

    Trump 2020 and by the way that press sec is one tough lady.

  • Elizabeth Zirlott

    03/21/2019 05:12 PM

    Long time admirer here, Mike. So glad you are on the scene and doing your part for our country. You would have made a fantastic President. Thanks for the work you do and God bless that wonderful daughter of yours.

  • Ingrid Forsberg

    03/21/2019 04:05 PM

    Is the entire west coast going to pot? Sure looks like a lot of it is. Sad.

  • Mary Lou Williams Hartis

    03/21/2019 03:26 PM

    I enjoy reading your newsletter and it has never failed to reveal something I had not received from any other source. Keep up the good work because, you know that there are virtually no outlets of unbiased stories so we won’t get much from other sources. Thank you. P.S. your daughter, as my son in law would say, is the Bomb Diggidy”.

  • Bennye ST.Claire

    03/21/2019 01:19 PM

    Something I forgot in my diatribe about Seattle is Dying is that Eric and the news team has been trying to get someone from the city council and the county commission to talk to KOMO about the program. Only one commissioner has had the guts to go on camera and talk about the story. They have tried and tried to get a comment from the mayor on camera or the city council and no one will take the time to even return their phone calls. Get ready because KOMO is going to rebroadcast the story twice more this month. That should heat up some politicians seats.

  • Bennye St.Claire

    03/21/2019 01:11 PM

    Eric Johnson hit the nail on the head with Seattle is Dying. The Mayor is already trying to push it out of the headlines here. Eric is one of the best journalists that I have seen in the part of the country. He tells a story the proper way and not how the politicians want it told. So until they fire him or he moves on (which will happen when hell freezes over) we will get the proper picture of the homelessness here in Seattle. And for the record, Seattle is dying and at a very rapid rate. If they don't get a prosecutor that will enforce the law then the wild west will start here.

  • Lisa Sala

    03/21/2019 12:57 PM

    And this is exactly why the electoral college is in place and should NEVER be bypassed or ignored. The majority could turn our whole country into what these cities have become.

  • Arleen Baker

    03/21/2019 12:55 PM

    Wake up people. This is such a beautiful place to live. Now...we are trading this for Progressive/Socialist answers that do not work and I love immigrant....my family is from immigrants...but we must find a way to solve OUR PROBLEMS before we take in thousands more. OH I know...the new answer is KILL BABIES (they bother our plans) and KILL OLD PEOPLE (they have good ideas AND love) which benefits everyone!

  • Lou

    03/21/2019 11:44 AM

    Mr. Huckabee:
    There is so much that I would like to express here but how can anybody watch this video and NOT know the truth in watching our society "self destruct." San Francisco is on the same track right now as Seattle has already gone down. Our only hope in life is prayer and a strong belief in our Lord. Thank you so much for putting this information out in your daily news letter.

  • Stephen K Lentz

    03/21/2019 11:04 AM

    Amazing how these people complain about their cities but they must want them to be shitholes because they keep electing the idiots who allow the city to become a shit hole. And the rinos allow it to happen because the bigger the shit hole the more power the jackasses and rinos have over the "people"

  • Charles Plumery

    03/21/2019 10:13 AM

    Thank you Governor Mike for your continued Constitutional Conservatism.

  • Stephen Russell

    03/21/2019 09:59 AM

    The West Coast is Dying: IE San Fran north & then south to some segments of LA CA then head North .
    Alas Alaska wont be effected cant be, Too north & TOO Cold IE Inland Passage area alone