Letters to the Editor

Sure, blame Gates for it

Although the campaign issue is moot between Mary Gates and Jim Ferrell, I wish to add to the comments of Russ Wolf, president of the Prosperity for Federal Way (PPFW) political action committee (Nov. 1, Your Turn, “Jim Ferrell is the change city needs”). His comments, and my reply, are relevant in the ongoing discussion of the business climate in Federal Way.

First, Mr. Wolf asserts that excessive regulation and increasing taxes are to blame for the exodus of businesses, especially small businesses, out of Federal Way. The “small businesses” Mr. Wolf discusses in his article are “Good Guys, [AMC] movie theaters, Gottschalks, Wherehouse Records, Couch’s Furniture, King County Auction, Olympic Sports, The Keg, Burger King, Silo, Dunn Lumber, Pep Boys, Skipper’s and Tony Romas.” I can say for certain that many of these “small businesses” were closed in Federal Way due to general cutbacks from their corporate offices, most likely attributed to the recession, changing market conditions, or poor business planning that cannot be attributed to Federal Way’s regulations and taxes.

Mr. Wolf fails to see what Federal Way has gained during Councilwoman Gates’ tenure. Two large organizations, DeVry University (one of this country’s largest private universities) and CapitalOne (a large financial company) have located here, providing for the opportunity of a better education and creating hundreds of jobs right here in Federal Way. Forgive me if I don’t shed a tear because I have to drive a little further to enjoy a Whopper with cheese.

Further, Mary Gates is not accountable to her constituents because “she refused to be interviewed by PFFW.” This begs the following question: When did refusing to meet with a PAC become a bad thing? I telephoned President Bush to see if he would meet with me to discuss the economic problems and what the government can do to create a pro-business climate here in Federal Way. Since I have not received a response, our president must be bad, since our “representatives should be willing to listen to everyone, even those who may not agree with them.”

So I end by joining Mr. Wolf in blaming Councilwoman Gates for all our ills: The sagging economy, the newsprint on this page soiling my hands, the hangnail on my left index finger ...

Chad Savaikie

Federal Way

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