Common sense solutions to green problems Dear Editor,
The Journal’s Editorial “Boaters and lake goers need to clean up their mess” had a simple message but could be used in many ways. Clean up after yourself in our beautiful lake is a common sense solution to an ecological problem and I would like to stress it to our state legislature and federal lawmakers. Instead of forcing people to accept cap-and-trade, bring their own bags to the grocery, buying a mini-auto, and paying huge taxes to make buildings green, we should stress common sense solutions we can do in our everyday lives. My son is a Cub Scout and they have a motto, “Leave no trace”. How simple is that and they have an activity called “Good Turn for America” and some groups volunteer for Adopt-a-Highway. While we wait for entrepreneurs and the free-market to find solutions to our dependency on foreign oil, we can all do our part to simply limit our negative impact on the environment and do it without running up huge debts (are you listening in Olympia and Washington D.C.?). We should beware of extremists on each side of the environmental or “Green” argument and use our common sense instead. Todd Welch Everett
Senior Center opening a huge success Dear Editor,
On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of the Lake Stevens Senior Center, I’d like to acknowledge the contributions of individuals, businesses, service clubs and the City of Lake Stevens that made the grand opening of the new Senior Center a memorable event. Even before the day of the opening, volunteers were hard at work preparing for the day. Landscapers Rick and Cindy Bond of Glenbrook Services donated both plants and labor to beautify the area around the new building. Burt and his crew from the Monroe Correctional Complex and Lake Stevens City employees also contributed significantly to the landscaping. In addition, the City of Lake Stevens cleaned and striped the parking lot. Lake Stevens True Value Hardware and Albertsons provided beautiful floral hanging baskets and indoor arrangements. Everything looked great. Lake Stevens Kiwanis served a delicious pancake breakfast for over 200 people, with the proceeds going to benefit the Senior Center. The Lions Club brought their mobile kitchen and served hot dogs. Also contributing to the day’s success by donating food and gift certificates were the Village at Granite Falls, Tom Thumb Grocery, Haggen Food and Pharmacy, Safeway, Albertsons Food and Drug Stores #412 and #477, Jay’s Market and Marysville Costco. Assistant Scoutmaster Ed Jones, Eagle Scouts Kyle Christensen and Tylor Jones, and Life Scouts Ryan Smith and Jared Lippold presented the colors before the ribbon cutting ceremony. Members of Boy Scout Troop #41 provided traffic control and parking. Pastor Mark E. Stout presented the invocation. Cathryn Walling, an original member of the Center when it was formed in the 1970s, cut the ribbon. Speakers were Mayor Vern Little, Senator Steve Hobbs, Chief Randy Celori and Lorna Hole. Thank-you to all who helped make our grand opening such a success. Now that we’re in our new building, we’re adding new programs and activities to benefit local seniors. Stop by Eagle Ridge Park on Soper Hill Road to see our new facility. We hope the Lake Stevens community will be as proud of this new asset as we are.
Joyce O. Bell, President Lake Stevens Senior Center
Education is not a state mandate, however it is important
In response to Mr. Todd Welch’s letter in the May 27 issue of the Journal: If anyone is still unsure of how our legislators have voted, or wants information about taxes, spending, budget cuts, etc., all of the information is readily available online, and is easy to understand, without media or political bias. Those who are misinformed will make ignorant statements and appear foolish and bitter. It’s best to obtain news and information from as many credible sources as possible, in order to make informed decisions, and to back up statements with facts. Rebuilding the infrastructure, healthcare, education, human rights, energy, the environment, etc., are not “frivolous pet projects” or “political favors” of the democrats, neither at the state level or the federal level. These are industries that will create jobs on the road to recovery. Republicans continue to be uncooperative and unpatriotic, they want our democratic president, governors and legislators to fail, and they offer no reasonable or responsible ideas. There is no “mandate” in our state constitution that prioritizes education. But we can all empathize with teachers who are losing their jobs. I think that teachers, nurses, police and firefighters are underpaid and underappreciated. An article appeared in the May 27 issue of the Journal, about the new technology and tools being used in classrooms, many that also help cut costs. Good news appears each week – kids are earning honors and awards in their schools and communities for their achievements. There is progress being made in many areas, and we should all be proud and remain hopeful and helpful and reject the fear mongering and anger. It is offensive of Mr. Welch to insist that “there is something wrong with all of us” if we don’t agree with him.
Carolyn Fox-Allen Lake Stevens
Please help bring our niece back to us
Our niece was placed with us by CPS for 18 months. She was taken on March 20 and we have found out a family was told they could adopt her a month prior to her being taken. She is almost three and wants to come home. She has family! We are not going to stop fighting for her and have an attorney. The legal fees will continue until she’s back home. An account has been set up at any Key Bank in Wash. State to help with these fees. Her nickname is “bug” so the fund is called “the little bug fund”. I want everyone in Wash. to know about this little girl and the corrupt ways of the agency that is supposed to be there to protect our children. She was never harmed in any way with us but now is having emotional and behavioral problems. Please help us to get her home. Thank you!
Stacy Trussell Granite Falls
Tiger’s Black Belt earns funds for Relay for LIfe
Our fundraising car wash and yard sale was great! We made $819 for Relay for Life. I appreciate all of the people who came to support our event. I would also like to thank the Journal for their article and for the volunteers and donations from our Taekwondo families. We’ll continue to raise money with our Break-a-Thon event during Relay.