Letters to the Editor

Benefits of Creation Fest outweigh loud music

Let me preface this letter with a statement. I really do not care for crowds and even as a kid I didn’t like rock and roll music.

That being said, I’d like to throw my feelings into the ring as to all the fuss surrounding the Creation Fest and its being here for the next several years. I believe that we have the right to enjoy our property and all that comes with that. The rules regarding level of noise and hours of operation for the music at Creation Fest address those rules and protect my rights. Decibel readings were within legal limits and the music stopped exactly at or a little before 11 each night.

Now for the responsibility part. I believe that we as citizens, parents and individuals have the responsibility to “do” for others when the opportunity presents itself. Enumclaw has been presented with an opportunity to provide a place and a forum for young people and their families to gather four days a year. The personal growth that takes place on our Expo grounds is amazing. If you want to make our city, our state, even our nation a better place, teach the young people to treat others as they would like to be treated. The speakers that present at Creation Fest are nothing short of miracle workers. They take a group of teenagers who as we all know are quite self centered, just as we all were at that age, and get them to think outside of themselves. When they walk away from the Expo grounds on Saturday night they leave better able to see the world through the eyes of others. Tolerance, love and forgiveness are the lessons they leave our city with. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our adult leaders in this country had learned to behave that way at a young age? Perhaps the political discourse would not only be polite but productive…what a concept.

If you want teenagers to come, sit and actually listen to those important lessons you have to attract them. What brings young people together? Music does that. Loud rock and roll music that really isn’t my cup of tea. The music is the draw for those kids, the speakers are the point of the weekend.

I believe, however, that for the greater good of my city and the larger community it is my responsibility to “give a little” so that this amazing transformation that takes place each year at Creation Fest can occur. And frankly, I consider it an honor that they chose Enumclaw over all the places they considered.

Now for all of you reading this that say, “yes, but I live right next door,” so do I. Not only that, but I moved a few months ago from one side of the Expo grounds to the other side and the music was actually louder for me this year. I support the Expo Center advisers in their quest to keep the Expo busy and producing not only an income for our city, but more importantly I support what Enumclaw has done and will do several years in providing a place for young people and their families to come spend four days learning how to be better people and return to their own homes to make a difference in our world. Earplugs are cheap and tolerance for others is perhaps a lesson that can also be learned by more than just the attendees of Creation Fest.

Suzanne Lewis



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