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Letters to the Editor 9/30
Published 9/30/2011
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Editor:

I read the editorial about the residence halls needing more police access. After reviewing the editorial, it seems that there is no evidence to back up your opinions. You rather skipped the concrete details needed to elaborate on some discontent with residence halls. I am not a fan of people throwing the chum in the water to make diving more exciting as you have placed this opinion for exactly the same purpose.

We went through courts to deal with the access issue, and by far the courts of appeals ruling No. 25332-5-III says police cannot patrol through halls. Not only is it unlawful, the cost of patrols does not balance out in the crimes prevented. Police lost cases before because of the lack of warrants.

Your ideas takes police force off the streets. When there are less police on the streets, what would happen? To compensate the reduction, the police district would need to hire more employees, which will take more money. The money comes from the tax revenue. Who pays the taxes?

If you feel like Residents Advisers (RAs) are not doing a great job and not getting enough training, I challenge all of you to join the hundreds who work within the halls. You think they are not good – prove it. Do not dismiss this group as an annoyance in the hall or slander the RAs about barging into rooms when they are trained not to do such things. They are a work force who dedicate their time with residences. I would like you to find a comparison to such a wonderful group.

Jason Gross
senior, geology

 

Editor:

According to the editorial "Residence halls need more police access," a 2006 Whitman County court ruling barred police from entering the residence halls, aka dorms, without a search warrant or emergency call. So why does The Daily Evergreen Editorial Board want WSU to revisit its policy and allow WSU police to patrol the dorms which would violate this ruling? Such a policy would open up the university and police to lawsuits. How much money is the university willing to waste defending bad policy in court? Are the patrols even effective? Is crime reduced when the WSU police patrol the dorms? The editorial assumes that crime would increase without getting any facts or statistics from the police. I suggest the editorial board write articles using informed opinions instead of advocating policies that would violate the law.
Michael Nealey
senior, mechanical engineering

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