First amendment gives us freedom to worship Dear Editor,
I feel it necessary to respond to the letter of Bill DiMonda who puts forth the argument that ours is a Christian nation based on the beliefs of the majority of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the drafters of the Constitution. While it may be true that our Founding Fathers were, by and large, practicing Christians, in no way does this imply that our country is therefore Christian or founded as a Christian nation. By that logic, one could also argue that ours is a white nation, as our Founding Fathers were Caucasian. Or perhaps we should be called a male nation, for the same reason. I highly doubt Mr. DiMonda would be willing to put forth such theories. The architects of our country confirmed in the Bill of Rights that our nation is not Christian, nor is it any other religion. The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment actually prohibits the establishment of an official national religion. One of our most prized possessions as Americans is the liberty we enjoy to worship as we please, or not to worship at all if that is your preference. To infer that Christians are somehow more American is in and of itself un-American.
Eric Goldberg Lake Stevens Teachers should be allowed to teach not entertain Dear Editor,
This is not the first time that I touch on this subject having lived in Lake Stevens for the last five years. I can say that the city is managed by what I call civil servants while it should be managed by entrepreneurs. It hurts me to hear that everyone has their hands out to get some of President Obama’s sugar. But nobody thinks about doing things without always asking for handouts. I spend little time at home because of my job, but I can see people in other countries and as an example China working without having their hand extended to get a piece of the democrat party’s baked bread. I just read an article about the plan to improve the esthetic of local schools and I agree with the gentleman that argues about his taxes increasing because of this reason. I have been in schools in other countries and I think that our schools look like country clubs if compared to those in the UK and Europe. Why don’t we concern ourselves with the quality of education, which means better teachers, and allow them to teach rather than always taking our kids sides. Why do schools need so many computers? Schools in most countries in the world just have the basic tools and not so many bells and whistles and children graduate and as in the U.S. some of them attend universities in their countries or abroad. The problem is that we try to fix everything with tax money. We need a city government made up of entrepreneurs that come up with ideas to attract business into the areas such as industrial high tech parks. Why don’t we promote education by allowing teachers to teach rather than to always buying toys for the kids? Let’s emphasize education more than sports. Not everyone can be a professional athlete. Let’s attract higher education campuses to the area such as a Community College. Let’s become involved and demand results from the so-called leaders or we should throw them out.
Jaime Troncoso Lake Stevens All should live within their means including government
Our state is running a $2.6 billion deficit and our nation has a deficit of $1.7 trillion. The national debt is over $7 trillion. It is time that our governor and state legislature say “no” to any stimulus dollars from the federal government and reign in their own spending. Our great nation was not built on handouts but instead by their pioneering spirit. It is time for us to take responsibilities for our actions and decisions, trim our spending to core functions of government and then expand the budget (within proper limits) from there. It is time for us to grow up and be responsible for ourselves, stop looking for the government to take care of us. We all need to focus on living within our needs and tell the government to do the same. It is time to become the generation of no credit instead of spending till we charge ourselves into oblivion.
Todd Welch Lake Stevens State needs to manage tax dollars better
We don’t need to raise taxes––I am a businessman and already pay enough. This state is one of the highest taxed states in the nation. Let’s try better management of our already taxed dollars. For example, try going down to DSHS’s office and really look at the people who are asking for welfare. I wonder why the people who are applying are wearing designer shoes and clothes. There is a big percentage of lavishness and illegal immigrants we are paying while their other half is working under the table and undercutting the market because they don’t pay for business licenses, taxes and insurance. I’ve seen this dilemma as a kid growing up in California and now I’m seeing a repeat of it right here in Washington. Why is it that on a Sunday in Sept. DOT came to the intersection of Highway 9 and 4th St. SE and redesigned the intersection in one of the most stupid designs I have seen in this state? The cost was pricey, at least one and a half times wages. I’m sure there are plenty more examples of wasteful spending which is why we need to focus our thoughts on better management of our already taxed dollar. If we don’t, we are going to be where California is today in a few years. I feel very strongly this state needs financial reform leaning toward responsible spending not raising our tax dollars because of foolishness and irresponsibility in the attitude toward those who have the responsibility to make decisions with financial consequences. Please try a different approach. Let’s reduce taxes. Make this a more business friendly state. Boeing setting up a new 787 line in South Carolina was a smart move on their part due to our tax base on employers. Ever wondered why they moved their corporate office to Chicago? It’s cheaper to operate. I believe that by reducing the tax base across the board the incentive to operate in Washington will have a greater reward toward this state. Is it a gamble? Yes, but it’s one that the people will be more adept to accept the consequences of rather than having their taxes raised every time there is a short fall in this state.