Letters to the Editor

No wonder city's shrinking

I read the July 23 news article “Federal Way is slowly shrinking.” I can tell you why the city is shrinking. It is shrinking because people are sick to death of the riffraff that this city puts up with.

I, for one, am embarrased to tell people where I live. Why? Because I hear the comments: “Well, I like ya, but don’t expect me to drive to Ghetto City to visit.” Or, “Oh, man! You live in Federal Way? Why?!” And “ What’s worse –– Federal Way or Compton, Calif.?”

My friends and family are afraid to visit here because of what’s walking down the street in our neighborhood and all about this city (off 288th and Pacific Highway South). Yeah, we have it all –– drug dealers, gang bangers, homeless with shopping carts, gunshots, kids walking our streets all hours of the night. In fact, the night of July 19, we had a group of teens walk by our home ( a nightly occurance) yelling and cussing. One stopped to urinate in the middle of our street. Let’s not forget the two teen prostitutes we saw two weeks ago freely walking down 288th and 18th Avenue about  7 p.m., asking “Do you want to spend some time?” Nice place, huh?

Oh, all of us neighbors call and complain. Nothing happens. I have lived here in the same house for 17 years and I’m so fed up that my husband and I are moving in January. By the way, hubby is also chomping at the bit to get out, and he has lived here in Federal Way for 35 years. So you don’t need a rocket scientist to figure this one out. Come down Pac Highway on 288th and ask some of us home-owners why we want out. Federal Way a nice place to live? I would rather live in a snake pit where I would feel safer.

Can’t wait for January!

P.S. As I write this, my child came home and told me 288th is police-barricaded. Another shooting? If so, this will make our third this year on 288th. So, Federal Way, keep putting up those pretty baskets and twinkling lights.

J. Davis

Federal Way

Greed, etc. causing exodus

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why Federal Way is shrinking.

First of all, before Federal Way became a city, many people had moved out here to get away from the busyness of city life. So many who are leaving are the orginal families who have been out here for years.

Another reason: Some of the seniors, who can no longer care for themselves, are moving into assisted housing.

And last, but not least, many are finding they no longer can afford to live in Federal Way because of the property taxes, as they keep going higher every year.

Our City Council and mayor seem to think we are all made of money and can keep giving and giving. Well, we can’t.

We have lived here only a very short time, but if things keep going the way they are, we will be moving, too. We bought a home with a great view, and now are told if you want the view, you pay! It took us 40 years to buy the home we want, but the greediness of the council and mayor may make our dreams disappear.

The citizens of Federal Way cannot afford to support more taxes if 50 acres are removed from the property tax roles, and if Councilwoman Mary Gates and company kick out businesses, like Outback, to build a five-story parking garage. Where will it all end, City Council?

Pat Gee

Federal Way

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