Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: July 4, 2007

All eyes on illegal voting

In response to "Voting goes to the dogs" (June 27):

Instead of a hearty and public "atta girl" to Jane Balogh for taking the time and effort to point out (in an inarguable fashion) our pathetically weak safeguards to voter participation, she gets charged with a crime and possible penalties.

Does anybody else see something wrong with this picture?

Maybe it's not surprising that it's tough to find one of our elected officials who is anxious to jump right in and take action to make illegal voting impossible. It wouldn't be all that hard, you know.

How many remember the results of our last messed-up election — and the recount, and the recount, and the recount...

Is it possible that some may feel a few illegal votes might come in handy under certain circumstances, eh?

It will be interesting to see if anybody steps up to be counted. I know I'll be watching. Will you?

Marjorie Seavers, Federal Way

Fireworks won't stop popping

Why do we call the Fourth of July "Independence Day" when cities like Federal Way, Des Moines, Burien, Tacoma, etc., have banned the use of fireworks on private property?

They have also banned the buying of fireworks from the Indian reservations and bringing them off the reservations. If you are caught shooting off "illegal" fireworks on your property, there can be up to a $500 fine.

Also, if you are stopped by the police and have illegal fireworks you bought at the Indian reservation, they will be confiscated.

The so-called "safe and sane" fireworks are not that safe and sane, either. So why aren't they banned also?

The only place a person can enjoy fireworks, legally, is at community places like Celebration Park in Federal Way, Lake Union in Seattle, over Puget Sound in Seattle, the Memorial Stadium in Burien, etc.

Pat Gee, Federal Way

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