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City's spending is irrational

This Korean festival thing –– what in the world is going on? (May 26, “Big plans for Korean festival”).

I think the festival is an excellent idea, primarily because we have such a vibrant and contributing Korean community in our city and we want to support them. They are truly a group to be proud of. But there is something not right about this for several reasons, mainly because of the incredible cost –– a quarter of a million dollars –– for only one of our ethnic groups, and the total lack of contribution from the corporate sector, the Koreans and anyone else I can uncover. And this, while we’re $2 million short on our city budget (possibly over $4 million next year) and no present prospects of raising it without –– yup –– raising taxes. Yet, here we are spending a quarter of a million dollars on a festival that, pretty soon, all of our other ethnic communities are going to want equal consideration for. And it simply can’t be done!

Even City Councilman Eric Faison, the spender, sensing the obvious pitfall, suggested that, in the future, all like endeavors be brought before the council for approval. And Councilman Mike Park suggested any future like projects be capped at a certain level.

True to his word, our newest council member, Jim Ferrell, is diligently trying to look out for our best interests in this awful economy and moved that the festival be referred to our excellent Diversity Commission. But in the vote, the lone aye vote was from Mr. Ferrell. How sad. We were all so thrilled to get Mr. Ferrell seated on the council so Councilwoman Linda Kochmar wouldn’t be standing alone against the lockstep majority, but she voted with the majority, leaving Mr. Ferrell standing alone in our behalf.

What has happened to the fire that, in the past, helped Kochmar do battle on our behalf against great odds, totally alone? How I hope that in the possible aspirations for her personal future prospects on the council, Linda isn’t morphing in to a lockstep bobblehead. Oh, say it isn’t so.


Federal Way

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