Kudos to Adam Sinnett [“True compassion not only says ‘yes,’ it also says ‘no,’ ” Oct. 15, Opinion] for calling out the present-day distorted interpretation of “compassion.”

The deeply rooted value of compassion here is something that has bound Seattleites together and done so much good for so many through the years. But it has devolved into enabling behaviors which are not only self-destructive but corrosive to the entire community.

Permissive attitudes toward the open sale and use of narcotics, encampments obstructing sidewalks and parks, rampant shoplifting and vandalism don’t constitute compassion. They constitute complicity.

Frank Schumann, Seattle