Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Aug. 1, 2007

Laughing at Federal Way

In response to the column “Soulless diatribe misses the bigger picture” (July 28), I urge Chris Carrel to lighten up and get a sense of humor.

I, too, grew up in Federal Way, moving here with my parents in 1964. Although I left for a while to explore the more sophisticated and exotic corners of the world, I returned to raise my kids here. So I guess that means I sort of like it.

I also think everything John Moe had to say about Federal Way is spot on (and terribly funny).

Denying a place you love has shortcomings means you’re not positoned well to improve it, Mr. Carrel. And that’s substantially more harmful to a community than a humorous bit of editorial opinion.

Ginny Vanderlinde, Federal Way

Anxiety over annexation

This letter is written to residents of the unincorporated King County East Federal Way area who will vote Aug. 21 regarding the proposed annexation to Federal Way. Please keep in mind the “irreversible ramifications of annexation” (see www.votenoannexation.blogspot.com).

If annexation is successful, you will have no choice but to be a resident of Federal Way and subject to city laws and taxes (unless you move).

Annexation to Federal Way requires the majority of the vote of the residents in the proposed annexed area that go to the polls and vote on Aug. 21. The residents should be the ones interested in being annexed rather than Federal Way wanting to annex the area for the financial incentives.

Connie Orlando, Auburn

My first rat experience

I thought the July 10 article “Rats rattle resident” was both interesting and insightful.

It was also very true. I too had my first rat experience, if you will, in the city of Federal Way. The infestation was the result of neighbors not properly taking care of their garbage. According to my parents, they would pile their trash against the side of their house, sometimes up to the eaves.

We did get a rat, although space and time wouldn’t allow me to go into the incredible encounters with the animal. To make a long story short, the rat died of poisoning (not entirly by accident) and to my knowledge is still laying in the wall separating the bathroom and my parents’ bedroom.

As for the city codes requiring proper disposal of garbage, it’s about time.

Tiffany Richards, Bonney Lake

Let’s focus on education

Any insinuation that our schools are “pipelines to prison” is a gross insult (“Angry at Hoff’s mouth,” letter to the editor, June 24).

There is a close correlation between education and crime. Some 19 percent of those incarcerated in our prisons are illiterate. Some 40 percent are functionally illiterate, and a good 10 percent have learning disabilities.

The rate for re-arrest for previously incarcerated people is higher for the less educated and lower for the more educated.

Statistics show that a lack of education, poverty and addictions drive people to commit crimes and ultimately go to prison. Our focus should be education, education, education.

Madison James, Puyallup

AZ sheriff is no role model

The graffiti problem seems to be everywhere.

Putting cameras in the high-graffiti areas seems like the best idea. No one will be too artistic if they are being photographed and they know it.

However, I do not think that the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio is any role model that we should replicate. His techniques are for showmanship and public recognition and they accomplish little more than that. He may save those taxpayers some money by feeding his charges with 40-cent meals, but certainly pink underwear for men is a specialty item and far more expensive than the standard type.

Arizona has just as much crime as any other state, and probably just as much graffiti.

Russ Kurtz, Seattle

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