Hear Ye, Hear Ye, A Crime is about to be Committed.

The Bellingham Herald / Letters to the Editor / Says war protesters plan sit-ins, arrests
… Plans of U.S. antiwar activists nationally are to sit-in congressional offices until arrested, reading off the names of both U.S. and Iraqi war dead (the ratio is now 1:217). This was done in Rick Larsen’s office in Bellingham to no avail. Meanwhile, Iraqi citizens have learned they have no voice: Over 81 percent want U.S. troops out.

This is truly a disheartening time.

Margie White Bellingham

I see the herald printing this letter as promoting criminal behavior? Imagine how many people would be screaming at the Herald if her letter said she was going to organize a gang of thieves whose plans were to start robbing congressional offices. And imagine if the letter writer were someone who had already been arrested for theft at a congressional office.

Well guess what! Trespassing, like theft, is against our laws. And she knows it, is announcing it, and has already been arrested for it.

Prior to Ganey’s arrest, another protest was held in front of the Herald Building where 75-year-old Margie White was arrested for trespassing. Whatcom Independent

One woman was arrested on September 28 when she refused
to leave the office without hearing why Larsen will not
sign the pledge. Margie White, 76, was fined over $500
for trespass based on her past record of arrests. The Nuclear Resister

It seems like her announcement is out of place in the Letters section. I guess we have the Events section, but that’s sometimes booked with deserter support rallies. Could there be a need for a whole new crime section? Not like a police blotter, but one that announces crimes about to be committed. :)

Late addition:

Occasionally the letters section does sport a positive message and we can’t let those slip by unnoticed. Today there was one such letter titled: Feels humbled by U.S. generosity. The author Martina Elenbaas speaks of American generosity and sacrifice. No where did she encourage others to commit crimes. Curious, hmmm?