Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: July 25, 2007

How about jumpsuits for taggers?

Tom Martin writes in The Mirror (July 14) that it would be cruel and unusual punishment to put taggers in a chain gang with pink undies while cleaning up their mess in our city with gang graffiti everywhere.

So maybe we should really have a change of heart. Perhaps we should put these art taggers in "Martha" designer orange jumpsuits. Instead of imprinting "Prisoner" in large block letters on the jumpsuits, we might consider a nice clean script font saying "Clean-up associates."

In order to comply with work rules, all "associates" will report to work at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday and leave at 3 p.m. each day. Espresso coffee breaks (30 minutes) will be provided in the morning and afternoon. A catered master chef lunch will be provided with their choice of five cuisine menu items. Minimum wage with time and a half for overtime.

This will teach those taggers not to mess up our city.

N.R. Corbin, Federal Way

Federal Way folks love Shakespeare

The Federal Way Arts Commission sponsored one of Shakespeare’s plays, “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” at Steel Lake Park on July 11.

A parks department employee counted over 400 people in the audience.

Many racial and ethnic groups were there. Some families were having picnics while watching. Parents who were with their young children right in the front row, and many others in lawn chairs or even standing, enjoyed the play.

Despite being located next to the children’s play area, the audience's attention was on the green stage. Hopefully the many children who saw their first Shakespeare play will be able to see more, in Federal Way, in future years.

By having free Shakespeare in the park, Federal Way joins communities like Issaquah, Seattle and Mercer Island, and the public seems to want it, as they came and then stayed for two hours on that hottest day of the year.

Margaret Nelson, Federal Way

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