Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Aug. 29, 2007

Thanks to voters for passing lid lift

To the citizens of Federal Way, Des Moines and the area of unincorporated King County that we serve:

I personally wish to thank the entire community that South King Fire and Rescue serves for their ongoing support during our 2007 lid lift election.

The citizens residing within Federal Way, Des Moines and those within the area of unincorporated King County that we serve once again have supported our fire and emergency service efforts by overwhelmingly supporting our lid lift ballot measure.

We are once again very humbled by the incredible support we received in the primary election. That support equates to maintaining our tax levy so that we can continue to fund our emergency operations at the level that you have come to expect, and more importantly deserve.

So, once again, thank you for your support for the seventh year in a row. We pledge to continue to be there when you need us, and we thank you for being there when we needed you.

Allen D. Church, Fire Chief/Administrator, South King Fire and Rescue

Noise and screaming turned me off

Listening to a band at Federal Way’s Festival Days, I wonder what posseses the contemporary, present-day musicians? Why are they doing it? Do they love what they are doing?

To me, except for the rhythm, their noise was just loud and mechanical. No contrast between loud and soft, no sad or angry music — just noise and screaming. Even the girls did not seem to be more than mannequins making mechanical motions. Maybe because they are used to doing this before an audience preoccupied with talking, eating, dancing and smoking — just providing background sounds and “the beat.”

This group did not seem to care who was listening or if anyone was listening.

I seem to remember that artists in the Big Band area performed to an audience and got feedback from their audience. They performed with definite emotion and drew upon the emotion of their audience — some were responsive, some not so responsive.

Is this group a “B” or “C” group? How would they classify themselves? Or do they even care?

Indeed! I’m an old fogy, but I’d really like to know their motivation and what they think of themselves and their activity.

Rob MacDonald, Covington

Shoot your own dinner

Guns! Just say the word out loud in a crowd and see the reaction.

It seems like every issue of the paper reports on a shooting somewhere, people killed or injured, while other people who used guns to commit crimes are on their way to jail, maybe for the rest of their lives.

It’s not the outdoorsmen and women we are talking about. These folks are out hunting for deer or elk or bears, and bird hunting for pheasants and quail, ducks and geese, and lately, wild turkeys — harvest your own Thanksgiving dinner!

Most of these birds and animals are harvested using guns. Sure, there are hunters using bows and arrows, but most hunters take to the woods carrying rifles or shotguns. (Not army-type guns or handguns.)

Handguns, if you own one (as I do), you keep locked up for safety’s sake, but available if needed to investigate a middle-of-the-night intrusion. A frightening occurrence, but less so if you investigate with gun in hand and a call made to 911.

Got time on your hands? Take your gun or guns out to one of the shooting ranges and work at becoming a good shot.

Arthur Hagberg, Federal Way

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