Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Sept. 1, 2007

Annexation: The voters have spoken

The recent vote for the annexation was voted down.

Regardless of how many voters voted, the answer was no. The people who made the choice not to vote still made their choice. I firmly believe this vote and issue should stand as it is for at least five years before it comes back to be voted on again.

Had the vote been in favor of annexation, would it have ever come back to the voting table again? No! Why should it come back to the polls again within six months or a year?

The will of the people has already spoken. All who wanted to vote came and voted. The will of the people was no annexation. Why can’t the politicians, city council, etc., just accept the vote as the will of the people and leave it alone? This would be the right thing to do, but they want the money. Money is their only issue.

Federal Way stands to gain a lot of money each year for 10 years, then the income of the quieter and more rural annexation area will generate a lot more yearly income for Federal Way.

We within the annexation area would be paying for the city of Federal Way to do what it wants and the lump would not be spent in the annexation area.

All their talk of benefits to the areas of annexation are wells without water. The extra police they speak of means more speed traps and fine money in their coffers. I have not seen even one true benefit to the people within the annexation area. When all the talk and supposed benefits are tried and weighed and stripped down, there is no actual benefit worthy of becoming a part of Federal Way.

The city will take from us all it can and in every it can, and it will greatly benefit financially while we within the annexation area will continue to pay and pay and pay.

Where is justice today? Let the will of the voters, all who chose to vote, stand!

K.H., Auburn

Shopping cart clutter in FW

Yes, Federal Way has a very serious shopping cart problem (“Shopping carts clutter the city,” Aug. 29), along with almost every other city in the area.

I’m the owner of Cart Recovery LLC, and I want to make sure that the community realizes that many stores in Federal Way are doing something to clean up the shopping cart problem. Our Federal Way clients include Wal-Mart, Top Foods, Albertsons, Safeway on 320th, Fred Meyer, Target, Super Wal-Mart, Safeway on 288th, Safeway on 272nd, and we just started picking up carts for Winco Foods last month.

Please support and thank the store management of these stores for doing their part to solve this problem.

Many of the shopping carts around Federal Way are from stores that aren’t very responsive to picking up shopping carts. The problem is even bigger than many people think. Hidden inside many apartment complexes, you will find even more shopping carts than you see on the streets.

One complex near Federal Way High School has well over 40 shopping carts hidden in the back of the complex where most people will not see them. We return over 500 carts every month to our clients in Federal Way. I have been doing this for almost four years, and there’s no easy answer to this problem, but we are doing everything we can to help clean up Federal Way and encourage all business with shopping carts to use our service.

If you would like to see a full list of the cities and stores we service, or report a shopping cart from our clients, visit www.cartrecovery.net.

Kevin Crossen, Federal Way

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