Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Oct. 17, 2007

Supermajority is unfair to schools:

As a student of Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, many times I have helped with campaigns for school bonds and levies.

The first time I remember waving signs on Pacific Highway and 320th was at 6 a.m. before school when I was in the fourth grade. My mom kept explaining to me that we have to get enough people to vote and then we have to get 60 percent to vote yes.

Why do schools have to get 60 percent? The Federal Way School District is one of the most underfunded school districts in the state when compared with Auburn, Tacoma and Kent school districts. Every time we don’t pass a levy or a bond, I might as well kiss my education goodbye. Budget cuts are so hard for students and teachers.

In the 2007 school year, my class could only go to the library one time a week because there was no librarian to supervise. Where is our state money going? To more important things like sports stadiums.

If we can pass a levy with a fair 50 percent simple majority, we can get the funds to support our students to get into grade-A colleges and have every student graduate high school. So on Nov. 6, vote to approve EHJR 4204!

Riley Germanis, Federal Way

Vote yes on Medic One levy:

Once again the citizens of King County will go to the polls on Nov. 6 to cast their vote on the important Medic One six-year levy. The King County Medic One service is a world-renowned medical response system, this year celebrating 30 years of service and support from the voters.

In 2006, the EMS system responded to over 166,000 calls to 911 (53,000 for Advanced Life Support), an increase of 6.9 percent, and still maintained a steady response time of 7.5 minutes. The cardiac attack survival rate as discharged from the hospital alive was 41 percent. This is outstanding when you consider this rate for major cities across the country is anywhere from 5 percent to 30 percent. And to add to that statistic is the fact that our Medic One does the job with less paramedics and dollars expended for Medic One units of equal or greater size.

King County’s Medic One outstanding service record continues to lead the country, indeed the world, in quality of emergency life support. Medic agencies from around the country and the world continue to come here to learn and emulate our EMS/Medic One Department.

I urge everyone to vote this November and to vote yes for Medic One to help keep this wonderful service to our citizens funded for the next six years.

Wayne Corey, Enhanced Public Safety Committee

Larson clarifies his comment:

I write this for the benefit of the students of Federal Way High School, and not my own.

I was quoted in this paper (Oct. 13) as saying in response to a student question about why their school gets negative publicity that “People want to see the train wreck.”

What I actually said after reassuring the students that people know that good things happen in their school every day and that other schools in other districts have bad stories from time to time too, that the media thinks that people want to see the train wreck and that is why negative stories make the news. I reassured them that even though good news is thought to be no news at all by the media, they must look within themselves to know the truth and continue doing the things they do every day to make their education and their school the best they can be.

Nobody forgives the behavior that leads to negative media attention, but the other 1,700-plus students that do not make the media for bad things they do should be able to come to school every day knowing that school board members and their community believe in them and support their good behavior. That is why I write this response and clarification. I hope this clarifies my quote and puts it in the proper positive context it deserves.

Dave Larson, Federal Way School Board member

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