Re: "Message to freed sex offenders: Go home" (TNT, 3-8).
Their father was hard and their mother soft, and now dozens of their children delight us to this day. I call them the islands of Puget Sound.
Naturally I am referring to the glacial action that dug the big ditch, and the Pacific Ocean that surged in afterwards.
Ten thousand plus years later, these islands are still treated with great respect by the people of Puget Sound. All save one: McNeil Island.
I remember the first time I saw McNeil Island floating serenely in the South Sound. It was around 1977, and I was still a young man in my twenties. And when my friend in the boat I was in casually mentioned what the beautiful island before us was being used for, I marveled to myself: A prison? They built a federal prison on this paradise island? What where they thinking?
Now the prison is closed, and this innocent Cinderella island is being publicly abused yet again as the supposed perfect place to warehouse violent sex offenders. Anyone finding a lost glass slipper in the Sound, do not turn it in to just any politician - especially in Pierce County!