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Protest planned for March 31, 2009 | Federal Way letter

The "Federal Way Protest" is scheduled for 4 p.m. March 31, 2009. It will be held at Federal Way's mall, The Commons, formerly known as the Sea-Tac Mall.

We are protesting our local government (the Federal Way City Council) because they are not training and hiring enough police officers and funding police well enough to protect Federal Way citizens. They are also not investing in technology such as the SpotShotter — technology that allows police to pinpoint the location and caliber of a gunshot. Other major cities have already invested in this kind of technology and are using it to combat crime.

Federal Way has a crime rate higher than the national average. We also have more rapes, burglaries, property crimes, larceny/theft and motor vehicle thefts than the national average. Federal Way is the seventh-largest city in Washington, and facing the amount of crime here requires expanding our police force.

Although it is easy to ignore expanding the police force, it’s hurting the city. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has noted that pulling back vital social services creates panic and actually hurts the economy. I should also note that the local economy is suffering because of Federal Ways crime; people here feel uncomfortable walking when it gets darker outside.

Federal Way is also home to Weyerhaeuser the largest private owner of softwood timberland, and home to the U.S. office headquarters of the charity World Vision. But companies might be less interested in staying here after hearing about constant rapes being talked about on the news, rapes which occur twice as often in Federal Way than the national average.

I’m a 19-year-old male who has lived in Federal Way my entire life. I have seen crime being ignored in pursuit of economic growth for years. But as long as people are mugged in daylight, and there is constant graffiti littering the poorer parts of our town, people aren’t going to be interested in setting up business here.

I hope our city council, which has been ignoring this problem, will at least consider that.

I want to live in a Federal Way that has less crime than the national average, across the board. If council members don’t make this happen, we’ll make them. Please go to federalwayonline.blogspot.com to learn more about the protest.

Tyler Young, Federal Way

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