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German immigrant is fed up with Federal Way's behavior | Letters
I've been living on South 316th Street for the last 20 years. For the last two or three years, I have gotten totally fed up with the City of Federal Way's financial behavior.
They're spending more money on a school superintendent than we spend on our president or governor. What do you get out of it? The almost lowest school rating in Washington state. The Federal Way School District is sending board members, one of whom is under criminal investigation, overseas to study these overseas school systems.
I'm a German — the overseas school systems are totally different from American school systems. One difference is that there is no school bus system, plus a lot more differences.
To figure this out, you don't need to spend $60,000 in traveling money. I have enough knowledge to explain the difference between the European and the American school systems. It would cost only two gallons of gasoline to the city. Having a member on the school board who is under criminal investigation for a $150,000 tire theft charge doesn't make a very good impression to our students.
I don't know what I should say to the proposed Performing Arts and Conference Center (PACC). I'm a small businessman, and I know you should not spend money that you don't have and that you'll never get back.
I personally think there are a lot more very important changes to pay in the city's budget. For example, senior help, senior centers, children help/daycare, and a lot more that would help the citizens of Federal Way directly and not only a small group of art-loving people who hope the money comes back. This will be never happen.
When this arts center is built, this will be a barrel without a bottom. Downtown is just food joints and a shopping mall with some homeless people hanging around right on the corner of the exit of I-5 and 320th Street, with criminals robbing and breaking in cars at the shopping mall. It would be better if they pay a couple of police officers more to ensure the safety of the citizens.
Also, it would be very helpful if they would spend some money for classes of social behavior to the mayor — then he doesn't need to scream and yell at the people. I can bring a lot more reasons or whatever, only I'm just fed up now.
Lothar Gauf, Auburn (just east of Federal Way city limits)