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Let voters decide on Federal Way PACC project | Letters

Should the city of Federal Way build PACC? Who will make that decision? That is a good question.

Should it be the voters or should it be our elected politicians? According to Mark Piennet, it should be the politicians. See his letter in the Mirror on Nov. 22.

He points to several cases where the voters would have made the wrong choice. In particular, he points to Federal Way where the city has acquired Celebration Park, Aquatic Center, Federal Way community Center and Dumas Bay Center.

Piennet seems to think that if the stupid voters of Federal Way had had their way, none of these accomplishments would exist. I wonder. Are politicians infallible? I am not so sure. I think they make mistakes just like the rest of us. I have another concern.

Democracies are fragile devices. They usually do not last very long. It is surprising that ours has lasted this long. Of course, we seem to be teetering a bit now. Let us never forget, it is politicians who grow to become dictators.

So should the voters decide or should the politicians decide? I say, let the voters decide. And then when the voters turn it down, 20 years from now, Mark, you can come to me and say, “Leo, I told you so.”

Leo J. Thoennes, Federal Way



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