Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Oct. 6, 2007

Yes to simple majority

The American Association of University Women, in our local branch and at the state level, strongly supports the simple majority measure 4204.

We urge voters to say “yes” to this measure, which would allow school levies to pass with a simple majority in approval. Schools are so important to our future and yet have had to reach a 60 percent “yes” vote. It’s time to change to a simple majority!

School levies demonstrate our local support for our schools. Each election represents a sign of cost to the school district.

It will be much fairer to children and to schools if these elections can be won with a simple majority.

Carol Novotney, Federal Way branch, American Association of University Women

Mall should share blame

This is in answer to “The Commons says no more large festivals” (Opinion, Oct. 3).

I’m normally a Nordstrom shopper, but since I was going to The Commons mall because of the Han Woo-Ri Festival to watch Master Shon’s Tae Kwon Do team perform, I decided to stop in at Macy’s shoe department to purchase a pair of walking shoes — only to be ignored by the clerks for 45 minutes.

The Commons has added three more stores in front, a large theater, enlarged the Target store and has eliminated parking space themselves. So the excuse that it is the festivals’ fault that people don’t stay and buy anything because there is limited parking is partially their own fault.

Delores Warner, Auburn

Community center costs

If asked, I could tell anyone why the Federal Way Community Center isn’t meeting its goals (“Community center falls short,” Oct. 3).

The reason is that it is too expensive for a lot of Federal Way residents.

I am a disabled adult on a set income. I am not old enough for the senior rate and I can’t afford $134 for three months, much less $490 for a year. And there are no programs for the disabled at the center, as I was told when I called to check the rates today.

I thought a community center was a place the whole community could enjoy — not just those with higher incomes. Last March, I eagerly went to the center to get a pass and found I couldn’t afford it. I was told by an employee to wait a month and apply for a scholarship to the pool. I did and applied, and received a call telling me that Federal Way does not give pool scholarships.

A community center employee also told me they couldn’t afford to bring their own children to the center.

So I am confused. Didn’t the center state that it wants to serve the whole community? Then I suggest they adapt their prices to that community rather than trying to be a country health club business.

Oh, but then I wasn’t asked, was I?

Nancy Slover, Federal Way

Stand by us, Federal Way

There are persistent rumors that Northshore Investors LLC (a front for Sound Built Homes) is attempting to open or has already opened backdoor negotiations with several Federal Way agencies.

These are the guys who intend to transform the North Shore Golf Course into a suburban ghetto by cramming some 860 multi-family dwellings into our treasured green space.

Much is at stake here. The developer faces major hurdles in satisfying wetlands accommodation, storm water runoff, traffic congestion and school busing problems. Substantial costs are involved.

Obviously, they will try to dump as much of the burden off to Federal Way as they can. There will be an offering of sugar-coated pills, but the coating will soon melt away to reveal a bitter core. But by the time this happens, the master mitigators will have morphed into skilled litigators and vanished from the scene.

These are stealthy and opportunistic operators. So far they have been successful in developing their schemes, then dumping them on the public at the last minute when little time remains to mount a response.

You are advised to demand full and timely disclosures from your city officials if in fact these negotiations are for real. Don’t fall prey to complacency. Learn from the experience of the citizens of NE Tacoma who trusted in their journeyman politicos to protect their interests only to be faced with failure and incompetency. These are clear and present dangers and the impact could be felt in your tax bill for many years to come.

Your friends and neighbors in NE Tacoma have banded together in the Save NE Tacoma coalition and are fighting hard to fend off this unwanted invasion. Despite the early setbacks, we expect that right will prevail in the end.

We are counting on the citizens of Federal Way to stand by us in our struggle to protect our common interests. Any unwarranted (and undeserved) concessions by your leaders, while likely not fatal to our cause, would certainly add to our legal and financial burden.

Be mindful of the Biblical accounting of Esau who sold his birthright for a mess of pottage and spent the rest of his life mourning his poor judgment.

Gene B. Foster, Northeast Tacoma

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