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Cheers and jeers: Summer 2012 edition | Editorial
• Cheers to Federal Way’s asphalt overlay program, which has given the city some of the nicest, smoothest streets in the county. For a comparison, check out the miles of pothole-ridden roads in Seattle and Tacoma.
• Jeers to Sound Transit for even thinking about charging a daily parking fee at park-and-ride lots. The idea is to help reduce congestion at these parking lots, when in reality, the fee would unfairly penalize Federal Way commuters who need public transit the most.
• Cheers to the Safe City program as well as watchful citizens like Twin Lakes resident Carla Ackley, whose photos helped capture two burglary suspects. Awareness is the backbone of public safety. On that note, cheers to the annual National Night Out gatherings held across the city Aug. 7. Any effort to bring neighbors together, if only for one night, is an effort well spent.
• Jeers to those who failed to vote in the Aug. 7 primary election. Double jeers to non-voters who complain about the results. Jeers to the weak “candidate gene pool” that challenged Adam Smith for his District 9 Congress seat. When it comes to connecting with voters, these challengers are miles outside the ballpark.
• Cheers to affordable entertainment in Federal Way, ranging from the free Summer Sounds Concert Series at Steel Lake to the affordable flicks at the Galaxy Gateway 8 movie theater.
• Jeers to the litterbugs who leave broken glass along Federal Way’s roads and sidewalks. This is a hazard for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and children. Please do everyone a favor and find a trash can for your empty beer bottles. While you’re at it, please bust a bottle over your head.
• Cheers to the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center for its role as a lynchpin in the region’s economy. The county reports the facility has an estimated annual financial impact of more than $7.5 million. In June, the 2,500-seat facility on SW Campus Drive hosted the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials — Diving. The event attracted thousands of out-of-towners to the area and generated nearly $2.3 million for the economy.
• Jeers to the copper wire thieves who struck at Celebration Park earlier this week. Jeers to the scrap metal recyclers who keep paying these thieves in cash.