Letters to the Editor

Nov. 4 showed we have power

I just wanted to take this opportunity to say how happy I and thousands of others are with the upcoming change in the City Council. What I envision now is a group that might actually work together on our behalf.

They’re still going to meet with opposition, of course. They still can’t please everyone. Including me. But I now see a group here that will try harder.

I have spoken to most of the council members one on one. They each claim that the council is made up of individuals. That’s fine. That’s important. That means that any majority decision is arrived at after a lot of thought is given to the issues at hand. The sad truth is, we the people are accustomed to seeing only in-fighting and differences of opinion so extreme that it’s more than disturbing.

There is no perfect system. Federal Way isn’t perfect, and will never be perfect. It took what I firmly believe to be a lack of regard for the will of the citizens before I really started listening and got involved in the fight for change. For two years, I felt that nothing could be done to fix some of the problems I saw. But now I see a glimmer of hope.

The lesson I learned is twofold. First, we citizens must become aware of what’s going on around us. Then, we must do all we can to bring about change when necessary. On Nov. 4, we showed that we have the power. Now we must stay involved. The problems aren’t over, as you’ve all seen in the newspapers. There’s more to be done. And 2005 is just around the corner. We have some more decisions to make at that time. Will those who are up for re-election run unopposed, as happens so often? Or will the spirit for positive change be summoned once more?

To the new council, I say, Show us that things can change. Show us why you seven are sitting there — why you’ve been elected. Show us that putting your heads together will give us the kind of city government we want, need and deserve.

David McKenzie

Federal Way

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