Kudos to the city for safety improvements at Davies Rd. and South Lake
I was pleased to read the recent story about the improvements being made at the intersection of South Lake Road and Davies Road.
As many will probably agree, improving traffic safety at this very busy intersection was long overdue.
Thank you to the Public Works department for looking into this shortly after this area was annexed into the city.
I would also like to extend my thanks with regard to the other occasions where I have contacted the Public Works Director, Mick Monken, and his staff. They have been very receptive in listening to and addressing my questions and concerns regarding road and traffic safety in the city.
Thanks for support of fundraiser garage sale
I want to thank all the people from our community that participated in my benefit fundraiser garage sale last weekend. We had a great turnout from the community, and some of you even showed up to donate items.
We raised over $2,000 for the Reynolds family and they were extremely grateful for everyone’s support.
Without the community’s support, this fundraiser would not have been as successful as it was.
Thank you again to everyone.
Jacob Gloss, age 12
Community and PupCakes remember Grace Tam
During August, PupCakes collected cash donations at our booth in the downtown Lake Stevens Farmer’s Market in memory of Grace Tam, the young girl killed in a tragic accident at the ice caves.
The generous visitors to our booth donated a total of $66, which PupCakes will meet for a total of $132 to be donated to Old Dog Haven in memory of Grace.
PupCakes are healthy gourmet snacks for dogs as fresh-baked cupcakes, and in vacuum-sealed bake-at-home pouches available at Bridges Pets and the upcoming Dickens Fair. PupCakes was inspired to collect donations for Old Dog Haven after reading that Grace loved animals and wanted to open a shelter for the dogs truly in need.
Old Dog Haven is a small non-profit group using a large network of people to provide a loving safe home for abandoned senior dogs.
Thank you to everyone that visited our PupCakes booth and generously donated in memory of Grace Tam.
Government needs to think long and hard before eliminating tax cuts
The debate is going to get intense regarding the “Bush Tax Cuts” which are expected to expire at the end of the year, what will the legislature do?
There is some that want to “punish” some of our most successful citizens and have the tax cuts expire for the “richer” Americans, those making in excess of $250,000 and allow them to stay in effect for the rest of the country.
Conservatives are calling it distribution of wealth and Progressives say that the rich need to pay their share.
What gives us the right to tell the financially successful citizens that they must pay for us; I don’t want them to pay a larger percentage than me. Currently the top one percent already pay 19 percent of our taxes and once the tax cuts expire that will increase to 36 percent.
The top 10 percent pay 41 percent with the tax cuts but will be paying 68 percent of the taxes if they end the cuts.
Until our government begins to reign in spending and eliminate wasteful projects, then they do not have the right to ask for more money from our citizens.
I point directly to what Washington State does with performance audits, think about the savings and increased efficiency our federal government could incur if they chose to audit their departments.
It is easier to demonize successful Americans than do the right thing.