Letters to the Editor

Council isn't listening well

We are not part of the anti-tax cult, voting against every Eyman initiative, but in these trying times favor taxing only for urgent needs. Summarily, we were ashamed that our City Council appeared on channel 21 to discuss the budget and tax increases. Only three members seemed to be business-oriented, the rest being tax-and-spend politicians during this recession time when well-managed businesses are scaling back all but necessary expenditures. Even old tax-and-spend Ron Gintz put in an appearance. Our council paid even less attention to the citizen comments than they did to the Twin Lakes Oxford House problems.

Federal Way is very fortunate to have a significant population of seniors who have fixed but relatively stable incomes. Why does our council try to drive them away by imposing an increase in the utility tax, which taxes the less fortunate at the same rate as the rich.

I have been to the Klahanie Senior Center and it appears to be greatly underutilized, and the council still is planning to build a new center and a city hall, both of which could easily be postponed for a couple of years. It appears that the only necessary project is for some maintenance to the swimming pool.

The voters need to remember that the tax-and-spenders ŽÐŽÐ Jeanne Burbridge, Mary Gates, Dean McColgan and Eric Faison ŽÐŽÐ need to be voted out and someone business-oriented, like Linda Kochmar, should be the next mayor. We also can do without FaisonŽ’s arrogant lessons defining a republic, and his getting Ž“tired of listeningŽ” to the Twin Lakes folk.

Lindsey and Rosemary Herrell

Federal Way

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