Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: July 11, 2007

Voting dog raises burning questions

I read with intense interest the June 27 article titled "Voting goes to the dogs —literally."

I congratulate Jane Balogh for her efforts to draw attention to an issue that critically impacts the future of our state and country — the rights of citizens to have their vote count.

Her concern was basically ignored by our elected officials and she drew attention to this serious issue when she registered her dog.

Her persistence in writing nine state representatives and other federal representatives did not result in action to remedy the problem of lax voter registration requirements.

The real question may not be "Did she fraudulently register a dog?" The real question for the courts and elected representatives to settle may be "What are you going to do to ensure that the rest of the fraudulent voter registrations are expunged from the rolls and that no more dogs are registered?"

M. A. Reinhart, Federal Way

Put graffiti taggers in pink underwear

The July 7 article on "Anti-graffiti goals make a mark" was most informative.

Hats off to the city for starting to respond to this situation.

Unfortunately, the early solution of painting over the mess is a start, but will not begin solve the real problem. To some degree, the strange donated paint, non-matching colors and over-blending on fences and walls might, in some people's eyes, be a bigger mess!

The prototype power cleaner washer that the city is researching for concrete and other hard materials appears to be a great idea and one that might work. Perhaps the equipment could be modified to remove graffiti on painted walls and fences as well.

We must catch the abusive taggers at their game and punish them. Their actions are disgusting and ruining the landscape of our fair city. It is costing property owners and the city major dollars just to repair the damage.

The comments in the July 7 article advise in certain locations that taggers are back with their art before the new cover-up paint is even dry. James Lamb's Web site www.federalwaygraffiti.blogspot.com locates areas of the city where the artists are working. This is a good start and we should all take graffiti locations and pictures for Lamb to post online.

Another idea is to put cameras in the high graffiti locations (old Target store, 312th Street, 320th Street, 348th Street, Pacific Highway, etc.) and paste the pictures of taggers at work in the Federal Way Mirror.

I'm certain this would bring some immediate results. Cameras might be very cost-effective, considering the current expense and effort in trying to solve the problem.

The final solution is to punish the known taggers by allowing them to serve their time on work parties cleaning up city trash and graffiti. It would be extremely satisfying to watch these graffiti artists in chain gangs and pink underwear while doing their civic cleaning-up duty.

A sheriff does this to prisoners in Maricopa County, Arizona — why not here? We need to teach taggers responsibility for their acts when destroying other people's property and city property.

Neil Corbin, Federal Way

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