Murray should be stopping spam calls not making them
Our Senator Patty Murray is blatantly wasting our money. Murray has been sending mechanized phone messages from our Nation’s Capitol. The message is either informational or political. I was unable to ascertain the meaning as it appears the message had began as soon as the call began ringing. Sending out messages where the recipient only hears a part is wasting taxpayer’s dollars. Patty Murray’s call may have been informational, however the timing, when many campaigns are just gearing up, gives the appearance of it being political. Either way, when the message is only a part with the Caller ID showing “Capitol, US” and the 202 area code, it has the obvious appearance of, although ineffective; attempt to use tax dollars to send out Murray’s propaganda. Patty Murray is splurging taxpayer dollars during a recession when many are out of work. Murray’s ineffective attempt only adds to the increasing calls from “toll free” and other entities, whose messages have already began upon answering, or rings only twice not allowing one to catch the call. Patty Murray should be working on legislation to reduce phone spamming rather than wastefully spending our money adding to the growing number of nuisance calls.
Roger W. Hancock Arlington The future of the free world rests in our children Dear Editor,
I was deeply disturbed by the recent letter from Doug Hoyden regarding his, in my opinion, egocentric view on public education. With all of the publicity on recent cut-backs in state funding toward local schools and with the growing concern that financial aid will also be facing the chopping block, all due to the ramped and unchecked spending of our elected state government; you would think our local communities would be rallying support for these programs and if necessary pulling money out of their own pockets to help save these valuable foundations of our society. Does our country really need to be reminded that these children are the next leaders of our “free world?” That their education should be our primary focus if we ever have a chance to change the growingly fascist, materialistic mess our current and past leaders have so thoughtfully created for us? “It takes a village to raise a child,” is a cliché, but like most overly used clichés it spawns from a very deep truth. A truth that is even more relevant in our current economic situation. Think about it, we out number our federal “representatives” in an alarming way. If enough of us decide to get informed, take an educated stance and get mad with a constructive passion, we can stamp out special interest groups along with their corporate sponsors, take back our education system and regain control of our government. We can start this at a local level, like voting for levies that ensure that our children and future leaders have the best possible start in a dismal looking future. But in today’s society we can’t just vote, we have to hold our school boards and state governments accountable for their use of our money. And yes, that means getting off the soap box in your living room and walking down to the Lake Stevens School Board meetings and expressing your opinion to the decision makers directly. We have the power, its time we choose to use it.
Shannon Artim LSHS Graduate 2001 Lake Stevens Thomco neighbor sees them as asset to the community Dear Editor,
This letter is in response to the letter you published from Anne Dunn in regards to the Thomco Aggregate LLC pit expansion. I write this letter in hopes that it will be published by the Lake Stevens Journal in a fair attempt that both sides of the story can be heard. I too am a neighbor to Thomco Aggregate LLC and have absolutely no complaints about them expanding their pit operations. It is exciting to actually see some commerce happening in the area, especially in this terrible economy that we are all just trying to survive. Allowing Thomco to expand their pit operations will only better the community and our local economy. I am not certain how many people they employ now but I would imagine being able to expand the pit operations will allow for job security for current employees and potentially provide further opportunities for additional employment, which I think is priceless in times like these. I have never been disturbed or disrupted by the activities in the pit, I have never been witness to Thomco operating outside of normal business hours and the impact on the surrounding area is minimal. If anything they have improved the area. They have installed landscaping along 44th St., and they have donated gravel to a local daycare so the kids don’t have to stand in the mud waiting for the bus. Not to mention I see their logo amongst the sponsors of many community events. In addition to all of the above mentioned things they recycle a lot of products at their pit location, which as we all know is better for the environment and our community. I appreciate everyone taking the time to read this and I hope that your eyes have been opened to the other side of the story and how this pit expansion will not make things worse but in all reality it will make things better.
Shana Rollins Lake Stevens Citizens need to be involved and informed Dear Editor, I would like to take a moment to address the letter of Britt Lind of Everett concerning the need for all citizens to be informed and involved. Prior to involvement in the political process one must have the correct historical information about the country and its political processes. With all due respect to Mr. Lind, I wonder where he received the information regarding the founding of our country. It is obvious from the last statement in his letter that he is unaware that the United States is a Republic, not a Democracy. I also wonder where he came upon the information regarding our founding fathers? I’m always surprised when I see people point out the two deists (Jefferson and Franklin) involved in the drafting and signing of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution; but who conveniently omit the fact that there were as many as 58 men that were involved in drafting and signing the Declaration and over 50 men involved in drafting the Constitution, 39 of whom signed it. Funny thing is a majority, if not close to all, proclaimed to be Christians. Do you think maybe these men had just as much if not more to say about the founding of this country than the two deists? Do some research at http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=8755 for a list of the signers and their personal writings on Christianity. To say that our founding fathers were not Christians but rather deists is a total distortion of our country’s long and rich Christian heritage; The unfortunate result of revisionist history. To imply that because there were two deists among the many patriots involved in the drafting of our original documents and therefore our country was not founded on Christianity and the Bible is absolutely absurd. People need to get their facts straight before they become engaged in something they know so little about.
Bill DiMonda Lake Stevens Dunshee’s Job Act proposal is misguided
Rep. Dunshee’s proposal to borrow $850 million for renovation of government buildings is totally misguided. His idea is based on Keynesian economics which is a philosophy that has been disproven by both history and common sense. He believes that the way to prosperity is to raise taxes and spend the funds on politically favored projects. This is like attempting to fill the shallow end of a pool with water from the deep end. He cites FDR’s New Deal as a positive example. Doesn’t he realize that the Great Depression lasted 16 years? Despite the numerous jobs programs, the economy did not recover until government spending was reduced. Rep. Dunshee himself provided the best argument against the bill. If it is true that each dollar pays back the investment four or five times (which is highly questionable) then there would be no need for public funds to provide the seed money. There are plenty of private investors who would be willing to provide the money in return for a portion of the cost savings. There are probably many old government buildings in need of upgrades, but these energy efficiency investments take decades before they break even. By that time, the buildings will be torn down anyway. Rep. Dunshee needs to understand that it is not the government’s responsibility to create jobs. Raising taxes on everyone for the benefit of a few will result in a net job loss and will further reduce our competitiveness in the nation and world. What a bad idea!