Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Oct. 24, 2007

Al Gore, meet the Flintstones

Voters, do you remember when the Federal Way School Board made national headlines for boycotting Al Gore’s documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth?”

I just Googled the impact of that decision and our city is on the media map. With more than 470,000 hits, the gossip about Federal Way was buzzing in cyberspace. And what a rich diversity it was. Everyone from the big boys (ABC, Washington Post, etc.) to thousands of bloggers. I even found a footnote in Wikipedia about us.

Just exactly how did a small bastion of Old Testament Christians hunkered down along this I-5 corridor manage to influence an entire school district with a policy that was wacky enough to make national news and echoes of gaiety on the late night funnies? Easy. Through hard work and serious dedication over the years, this group managed to salt the school board.

School board members can have a major impact. We have been described as a city where students believe the Earth was created 14,000 years ago and the next day T-Rex was chasing the Flintstones.

If you believe education should be taught in our public schools and religion in the churches, please ask the following four questions of all school board candidates:

1. How old is the Earth?

2. Do you support stem cell research?

3. When are the end times?

4. Do you believe in evolution?

From a retired Federal Way science teacher,

Mike Weatherby, Auburn

Mental health in our county

In 2005, our Legislature authorized counties to impose a one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax for the purpose of providing new or expanded mental health treatment services, and for the operation of new or expanded therapeutic court programs.

As of this date, eight Washington state counties have implemented the sales tax increase.

We are urging our King County Council representative, Pete von Reichbauer, to support the implementation of this tax. We have elected our council members to make decisions on our behalf. Several other council members have elected to support the implementation, and we urge von Reichbauer to do so as well.

Over the past year, King County Mental Health Division has developed a thoughtful, thorough plan for providing community-based care for our loved ones who suffer with mental health and substance abuse issues. This plan addresses critical issues of case management, housing and re-entry programs.

Statistically, one in five of us has some kind of mental health issue. If you or your family member have tried to access care for mental health issues, you will know how inadequate our current system is in addressing the needs.

Please let Mr. von Reichbauer hear from you regarding this important issue.

Sandra Klungness, Auburn resident and member of National Alliance on Mental Illness

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