Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Sept. 8, 2007

Observations on education

The Sept. 5 issue of The Mirror had two interesting opinion pieces about our schools. Interesting, but incorrect.

First, Bill Pirkle blames the academic shortcomings of our students on the availability of elective classes and his perception of poor discipline in our schools. He fails to note that our test results show a steady increase in student performance in Federal Way. Our children are doing better than ever.

We have elective classes because our students have gifts in many areas, and our schools do the best job they can to support all students. We do not have draconian punishments at school because we know they don’t work.

Second, Adele Ferguson promotes breaking the law (“I’d simply refuse to obey unfunded mandates”). And she goes on to diagnose the challenges facing our schools as having nothing to do with funding. Her suggestion of studying schools to find out what works is a distraction; we already know what works: Quality time with quality teachers. We don’t have that because we refuse to pay for it.

Mark Laurel, Auburn

Annoyed by a new church

It is truly amazing how otherwise intelligent people would follow a “false prophet.” Also why did the Federal Way City Council back down and change the zoning for this “false prophet” and his followers?

If you think the traffic problems will go away because the Christian Faith Center’s first service was such a huge money making success, think again, because it will only get worse once the schools are finished and ready for teachers and students.

Oh, by the way, the money taken in was not for the City of Federal Way. Federal Way will not benefit from this “false prophet” and “his church.” They only thing we will benefit will be more traffic headaches, not just Sundays, but during the week once “their” schools open.

This after thought about the Treats: I wonder if football great Shaun Alexander realizes he is being used as a pawn to bring in more people with money, to add to the coffers of Christian Faith Center.

If you have seen any of the advertisements for CFC, they always show Alexander chatting with Casey Treat. I’m really disgusted with our city council for letting this organization take a foothold in our city. I am also disgusted with the Federal Way Mirror and the Seattle Times for giving this “cult” so much press, when all they are trying to do is add more money for themselves — the Treats that is.

Pat Gee, Federal Way

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