LSHS parents can get more informed through monthly meetings
I love living in the Lake Stevens community, but have an issue with some of our high school parents. I have heard many complain about programs, policies, and issues at the high school but when I ask them if they have attended any of the Parent Meetings with Principal Ken Collins last year, they say “Huh”.
Ken met with parents the second Monday of each month last year but only averaged about three to four parents at each meeting. I see on the calendar that he has changed the meetings to the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the library.
Ken is putting himself out there for one-on-one discussion about our great high school and if you have issues, please attend these meetings and I am sure Ken will answer your questions. The only way to solve a problem is to be engaged in the solution process.
Todd Welch, Everett
Strongly oppose Obama’s healthcare plan
This is a rebuttal to the letter by Steven Allen, August 26, 9009 on Healthcare reform.
It is unconstitutional for Obama and Congress to force health care on us.
These elitists refuse this coverage. Medicare is broke, denies full coverage, is behind on payments.
It also includes what I consider to be bold faced lies from conservatives. “You will not have to change your doctor – this bill is to cover those who do not have insurance (it will exclude millions) – there is not a death clause in this bill”.
The death clause is on page 21. Obama stated elder care should be severely restricted.
We have the world’s best health care. Do you know anyone rushing to Europe for operations?
At the Mayo Clinic, wings are full of people from all over. They did not usurp time “allotted” to American citizens. People are not dying here from lack of care. No one is turned away because of non-ability to pay.
If this reform goes through there will be no America to run to for care. Your stats are from the UN.
Want real stats? In Australia there is a five year wait for joint replacement; in England breast cancer is a death sentence.
You complain about our system but at least state it in facts. We need tort reform, medical boards overseeing insurance claims.
Is your health care broken? Where do you get our whole system is broken?
Because drive-by media says so?
You have the responsibility to check facts for yourself. Get a copy of this health bill. Stop depending on government jackals for interpretations.
I do not want Obama’s change to turn my country into a socialist sewer.
If you want an agent to watch everything you do, move to Cuba. They have health coverage for you and your family you so badly want. The government will take care of you particularly if you criticize any part of it. Want that here?
Marliss Olson, Granite Falls
Referendum 71 will end up costing taxpayers more money
With national concern that social security funds may soon run dry, the Washington State legislature recently approved what, in my opinion, is an unethical drain on these funds.
According to Laura Turnbull’s article in the Seattle Times (“Ref 71: Heterosexual Partners Lost in the Debate”) September 6, 2009, the legislature’s 2007 Domestic Partnership Law, includes heterosexual couples, aged 62 and over, a large number of whom are eligible for social security benefits, including those who receive monthly checks based on a former spouse’s income.
Registered Domestic Partners get to have it all. They receive legal benefits traditionally acquired through marriage, and enjoy improved financial situations that generally come from pooling two incomes. And by reporting themselves to the government as “unmarried,” they can also keep that check from the ex-spouse coming.
Assistance based on a former spouse’s income was intended for divorced persons who were starting over, trying to make it on her/his own and therefore needing temporary additional financial help.
The unmarried stipulation in the law, implies that entering into new committed relationship would then create additional income, and negate the need for assistance.This income comes from you and me, from taxes we pay into a system that is close to broke.
Couples living together, benefiting from pooling their finances, who choose not to remarry to keep that check coming in, are adding to their income with your taxes and mine.We have the right to ask the Social Security Administration to be more prudent in its distribution of taxpayers’ dollars. And, it may be time to update social security law.
Nancy Merz, Lake Stevens
Alumni breakfast brings scholarships to students
In response to Cheryl Peters letter dated August 19, 2009.
Thank you for your concerns. First of all, I am a newer member of the Granite Falls Alumni Association. Having never attended a Railroad Days Alumni Association Breakfast at the Eagles, I can only repeat unhappy concerns stated by others.
Mostly they were food, noisy atmosphere, service and most of all, all monies received were property of the Eagles.
Having the breakfast at Our Father’s House and doing our own cooking and serving, we are able to give to one Granite Falls High School senior a scholarship worth $1000. That seems to me to be a very prudent move. Having never met Mayor Romack or his son I can make no opinion.
We are a very proud organization and our sole purpose is to provide scholarships for needy students, three of which were blessed this past year. After all, it is all about the kids.
Let’s all support the Granite Falls Alumni Association and give credit where credit is due.
Bob Bowyer, Everett
Local, small businesses need our support
Recently I drove through Frontier Village and saw a “Going Out of Business” sign at the Quality Image Gallery frame shop. It was the same old story: Property Managers from out of the area have given them no choice but to close up, despite being here in Lake Stevens for 20 years. (Do we really need another sandwich shop?)
Allegedly, these property managers have also refused to rent to a successful local small business because they wanted only “national names”.
Why is someone in Bellevue dictating to the residents of Lake Stevens what stores will be in our community? These people would rather leave a building empty than rent to a local business owner (see: Sub Shop/Paoli’s Pizza). What is happening to our local small businesses? They need our support! You can contact property manager Betsy Shriver (in Bellevue) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The panel at the Chamber’s candidates’ forum last week each mentioned the importance of Frontier Village, but they will need to find a way to nurture local small businesses there, not shut them out…even though the “gatekeeper” is in Bellevue.
As for Tom and Sue at the frame shop: thank you for your generous support of various community events and fundraisers over the years. We’ll miss you!
Stephanie Haynes, Lake Stevens
Looking forward to seeing Referendum 71 on ballot
I support Referendum 71 and am looking forward to it being on the ballot in November.
We will see what all people think is normal and what is not normal.
Marriage is man to woman, not man and man or woman and woman. Domestic partnerships are not true marriages and should be treated as such.
But, I agree with Scott Leopold (Sept. 2, 2009 Letter to the Editor). “All families deserve true equality under the law. The purpose of our Constitution is to limit the power of government and protect the rights of the people. All of the people.”
Gary Fisher, Everett