Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Aug. 8, 2007

There’s a better way to fight graffiti

I read with interest the article by Mark R. McDowell (Aug. 1) about the graffiti at the post office.

I am so annoyed by the graffiti that showed up on fences and bus areas along 320th the first of this week.

Being annoyed isn’t going to change anything and neither is punishment.

Perhaps if we adopted a program, like Building a Better Los Angeles or Building a Better Philadelphia, that would help.

Oftentimes, we don’t realize that the answer may be right under our nose. Lou Tice, The Pacific Institute in Seattle, made a significant impact in my life over 30 years ago. He continues to influence people all over the world.

How youngsters are being influenced by their peers, or even their parents, may be why they are acting out like this. If children felt they were important and of value, they wouldn’t do these kinds of things. They would make wise choices.

It is worth considering. Wouldn’t you agree?

Charlotte Jennings, Federal Way

Our fire services need levy lid lift

This Aug. 21, we will be facing many decisions on the primary election, but one of the most important is Proposition One, which is the South King Fire and Rescue Levy Lid Lift.

Each year, you have been very consistent in voting for the continuing support of our firefighters.

This year there is a change, not in the amount of tax that will be collected each year, as that will remain the same; $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The difference is in asking for a six-year commitment for this same rate of tax over that period of time.

In asking for a six-year Levy Lid Lift, the department could save more than $1 million in the six years, as last year King County charged our fire district $200,000 just to have the levy placed on the ballot — and the cost has been going up each year.

As the parents of a firefighter with 20-plus years in the department, we are especially sincere in asking that our firefighters and EMTs go out on each call they receive with the best training, firefighting equipment and enough men and women to do the job safely and well.

This year’s Levy Lid Lift will make sure that happens each year for the next six years.

Many years ago at age of 16, our son came to us and said he wanted to join the then Volunteer Firefighters training program being held at the Des Moines Fire Station 26.

At first, we were rather concerned about him going into such a dangerous profession, but then we remembered how each of the boys who wanted to join, and each of the men who were already in the professional status, had mothers and dads, perhaps wives who did not take a “let others do it attitude” but recognized the need and the fervor for such a job.

So we gave him our support, and hoped he would be “very careful.”

Today he is a captain in South King County Fire and Rescue, and we couldn’t be more proud of him and the men and women he works with.

So please think hard and carefully when you vote on Aug. 21 and give these men and women the best support they can get to answer your call for help to assist you or your family in a time of crisis.

Please vote yes for Proposition One.

Tom and Judy Mannard, Des Moines

Federal Way makes me feel good

I have been temporarily living in Federal Way for seven months because our daughter, who lives here, suffered a brain aneurysm in January. She is slowly recovering in Canterbury House in Auburn.

Moving, temporarily, to a city of 85,000 is really a change from a small town of 8,000 people in central Utah.

I felt like the area was packed with people scurrying around like ants in an ant pile that had been kicked over! It is certainly different that what we are used to.

But, by reading your paper and meeting some of the people in your city, I realize that most of those faceless people in all of those moving vehicles are really warm, friendly people.

We attended a Fourth of July parade and celebration at the North Lake Community Center. Everyone there made us feel like we were back home in Price, Utah.

As I read in your paper about the Godfreys cleaning garbage from a street where they walk every day, and of Peggy La Porte giving of herself to her community, and of the many others who donate their time and energy to make Federal Way a better place to live, it makes me feel good!

An article on the opinion page (July 28) indicates the only person who seems to dislike Federal Way is some fellow who moved away 21 years ago. Federal Way really got lucky 21 years ago and didn’t even know it!

Next time you walk down the street, take a look at the passersby. They may not say “Hi,” but most of them are kind, hard-working honest people. They are the “heart and soul” of your city and this great country the United States of America that we live in.

How blessed we truly are.

Gale Cox, Federal Way (via Price, Utah)

Prevent sex offenders from striking

Response to “Cracking down on sex offenders” (Aug. 1):

What do you think happens when a room of politicians get together to discuss sex offenders? There must be a lot of laughter as they go about inflating numbers and high-profile cases to garner votes.

If they want to stop useless murders as in the case of Zina Linnik, the answer is easy and there is no need for a meeting. Someone, or a lot of someones dropped the ball and did not deport this man, and that would have saved this child’s life.

Registration is a tool for apprehension and has nothing to do with prevention.

In more than 10 years, there is no child we can point to as having been saved by the registry. Deporting him would have kept this child alive and, from the background I have read, he should have been taken directly from lock-up and straight to the airport.

Let’s get real here and put the blame where it belongs. INS was responsible, so a meeting with them seems to be in order. New laws won’t help if government employees are not capable of carrying out current ones.

S.J. Lowery, Springtown, Texas

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