Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Aug. 4, 2007

Soul of FW glows bright

I have lived many places, and I have fresh eyes, so to speak, when it comes to this city. I do not know if this is the soul, but here are some special features of our city, to be appreciated by all.

We are the home of World Vision, an international relief organization, and many active churches. I attend Northwest Church, one of many in the city. This church alone supports Westway, feeds over 700 families each week through their food pantry, feeds the homeless on Saturday in cooperation with Dreamcenter, purchases school supplies for children and collects supplies from the community at Festival Days.

Multiply these efforts by the number of active churches in the area, and add the wonderful work of World Vision both locally and internationally, and you get soul.

We have multicultural diversity and richness Federal Way.

We have a beautiful new community center, which is quickly enhancing the core of our city. The City Council expanded the center's versatility recently when they designated this venue as an emergency shelter for our community in an emergency — such as last year's power outtage.

We have a terrific police department, and crime in our city has decreased this past year.

Our schools offer a broad range of educational opportunities, school programs and curricula. If a parent and student are willing to explore the options, a customized education that will meet a child's unique needs can usually be found, right here, in a public program, for free.

Our city offers parks, water views, trails and lakes. There is still a lot of open land, and parking spaces can be found for free! We have stores, entertainment, local employment opportunities, access to surrounding cities, parks and open space, and so much more.

Increasingly, citizens are going to tire of commuting and want to live and work here. As they spend more time here, and raise their families, a sense of "soul" will increase. To care about a community, you have to live in it, see it for what is has to offer, contribute to it, and invest in it.

The future is bright for Federal Way.

Jan Owen, Twin Lakes/Federal Way

Soul is in FW's people

After having lived Federal Way for 45 years, I would like to respond to John Moe's "Where's the Soul?"

I remember Mr. Moe being a classmate of my daughter in grade school. I would say it's in the people who give of their time and service, not the strip malls.

Did he take the time to maybe look up some of our "history" at our Web site, federalwayhistory.org? He would of learned it took from 1971 to 1989 after four elections that we did become a city, so we are a "young city" compared to those he mentioned.

A correction on the QFC business, which has been gone for two or three years and is now a vibrant Korean H-Mart store. We have several Korean stores as well as a Korean mayor.

No mention was made of interviews with those elected officials whether it would have been city council, school board or even the PTA. We have volunteers at our churches, schools and service clubs. Many of these folks put in their whole heart and soul.

Last week, the Kiwanis put on a real "soulful" event for over 50 years: The "Salmon Bake" at Steel Lake Park.

Again, a little history to know. The Betts family had a "roller rink" in Redondo in the 1940s, which later burned. Family members today run the Pattison Roller Rink and Byron Betts was the founder of "Enchanted Parks" celebrating 30 years.

The soul of Federal Way is in its people.

Lynda L. Jenkins, Federal Way

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