Letters to the Editor

FWay needs new direction from council, manager

In the mid summer of 2003, then-private citizen Jim Ferrell recognized that Federal Way was at a crossroads. He did not like the direction our city was heading, and against the advice of much smarter people, he decided to do something about it.

Our city is at one of these crossroads again. With the 2004 election cycle just finished, we now begin to look ahead to 2005. And what do we see? We can see that this is perhaps one of the most important times in our city’s history.

It is time to sound the horn. We have a council without courage.

The Mirror has done a fantastic job in covering the huge disaster awaiting us with the community center: $6 million dollars over budget, major changes in design and a council looking at each other like they are lost in the woods (Nov. 6, “Unpleasant surprises keep coming for community center”).

Federal Way is in need of a new direction –– new direction from the City Council to the staff, and most definitely in the city manager’s office.

How do we do this, you may ask? The best way is not with a council that is shocked whenever the staff speaks. It should not be done with council members who appear to be outraged at bad news, but agree to move forward with projects they know are not good for us.

No, this should be done with people who have the courage of their convictions. Do not be afraid of the nay sayers. Just ask, now, Councilman Jim Ferrell.

We should not give this council another free pass. If we do, it will continue to write checks we can’t afford to cash. It’s not just the debacle of the community center. It’s the entire attitude that they know how to spend our money better than we do. It’s the growing budget deficit, which they will blame on the economy and Tim Eyman, when all you really need to is look at all of the studies and projects they have done that are a waste of the taxpayers’ dollars.

It is definitely time for a change in the way the City Council does business. Do we have the courage to do it? 2005 will tell us.

Stephen Sherrouse

Federal Way

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