Poppies help us remember, serve local community
On Saturday, May 28 American Legion Post 181 and Auxiliary Unit 181 volunteers distributed over four thousand bright red crepe paper poppies to the greater Lake Stevens community during its biannual Poppy Day event.
On behalf of the American Legion members and the American Legion Auxiliary members, we would like to thank you, the people of Lake Stevens, for your very generous donations and support. Your wonderful response was very heartwarming.
We would also like to thank the following businesses who allowed us to solicit donations near their entryways: Jay’s Market, Steve’s Barbershop and Buzz Inn, Tom Thumb, Safeway, Albertson’s, and Haggen Food.
We buy these poppies from disabled veterans. They earn a small wage as they participate in the therapeutic physical and mental activities required to make these flowers.
We then give them away to remind people about Memorial Day and that there are people who are temporarily or permanently disabled because of the call of duty by their country.
We collect donations, and then we use 100 percent of these donations exclusively to assist and support veterans, their families, and veterans’ programs in Lake Stevens, Snohomish County and Washington State.
An Act of Congress established The American Legion in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veterans organization devoted to helping veterans. It is a not-for-profit community-service organization, which now numbers nearly three million members, men and women, in nearly 15,000 American Legion posts worldwide.
The American Legion Post 181 of Lake Stevens, Washington, is a 501(c)(19) tax-exempt not-for-profit community-service organization. Your donation is applicable for IRS tax credit. Our tax-exempt number is 91-6054149. Please consult with your accountant or tax advisor to verify the tax-deductible amount of your donation.
Again, thanks to so many in this wonderful community for your donations.
American Legion Post 181
Karen Morea, President
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 181
Lake Stevens Automotive a local auto shop you can trust
Last month on Sunday, my wife and I attended the University District street fair in Seattle. When we were ready to head home, our Subaru was running but would not drive. It seemed like it might be an expensive transmission issue and I wanted to take my car to someone I trusted.
I’ve always been treated well at Lake Stevens Automotive, so I had my car towed 30 miles to their shop in order to diagnose the problem.
As I suspected, they initially thought it might need a new transmission which would have cost a great deal of money. However, in an effort to exhaust all possibilities before going forward with replacing the transmission, Jon suspected there might be a clogged transmission filter that was contributing to the problem.
Although it was just an experimental fix, he decided to try changing the fluid and filter to see if it would make the car drivable again, and it did.
In order to confirm his diagnosis and solution before just sending us on our way, he did a lot of research including talking to the people who they buy their rebuilt transmissions from.
Having confirmed his diagnosis, he said the problem seems to be fixed and suggested I bring the car back after 1,000 miles so they can do a follow up inspection.
Their willingness to exhaust all repair options worked out and saved my family a significant amount of money that we’ve been saving to buy a house.
It’s good to know we have an honest local repair shop we can count on to take care of us. Think of them the next time you need repairs or maintenance on your cars and support a local, honest, trustworthy auto shop. Thanks Lake Stevens Automotive.
Changing presidential primary election a bad idea
I voted for Sam Reed and had confidence that he would be the person most likely to provide the most protection to Washington state residents. I wish to congratulate him for completely destroying that confidence. Most importantly, he has also lost my vote.
First, a “top two” ballot system was implemented just prior to the last presidential election. Fortunately for me, the candidate of my choice was not eliminated.
I did not support this change as it only serves as a method of infringing on voter’s rights by limiting their choice and influencing the outcome of the final vote.
Second, I find that Reed, along with the governor whom I twice voted against, have teamed together with Senate Bill 2119 to “suspend” the state presidential primary for the 2012 election in order to save money that will ultimately be used to support the governor’s out of control spending habits.
The $5 billion shortfall being portrayed is not an actual budget shortfall but, in reality, a shortfall in funding to support the amount of money the current governor and her administration desire to spend or, a spending shortfall.
This action is nothing short of another blatant attempt to limit the options available to voters and severely influence the outcome of the voting process for election of the President of the United States.
Undoubtedly, the influence is meant to strengthen the extremely liberal King and Pierce county voters in support of re-election of Mr. Obama.
Of course, what is to stop this suspension from becoming permanent?
Third, and finally, attempting to force people to attend caucuses, those who are able anyway, further limits and infringes upon state resident’s individual right to vote not only for the candidate of their choice but, also eliminates any opportunity for state residents that have no other option because they are out of the country for whatever reason, to exercise their constitutional right to vote for the candidate of their choice.
This is of particular importance to our military personnel. This unconstitutional measure effectively eliminates their constitutional right to vote for the candidate of their choice.
I strongly urge all state elected officials to fight to repeal this measure on the basis of its extreme unconstitutionality.
Leonard Jackson Jr.
Not extending tax breaks could take business from Washington
I read an article in the Everett Herald, “To woo business from Washington, other states add special touch,” which highlighted the state legislatures anti-business ideas and decisions.
In 2010 the Legislature passed a bill that would finally provide data center construction a tax break on materials. The lack of these tax breaks prior to 2010 lead to Microsoft building a data center in Texas vice Washington.
The 2010 bill only provided the tax break till July 2011 and this year’s legislature failed to pass a bill extending the tax break through 2014 and now we are seeing that companies could pull up stakes and find new homes. Virginia is actively courting these companies and are using innovative ways to do so.
Of course the Governor’s response is to criticize Virginia’s Governor instead of blaming herself for not using her influence in the legislature to ensure this bill passed.
I applaud Sen. Hobbs for his support of the bill. It is unfortunate that the House Speaker, Rep. Chopp, never let the bill go to the House floor so it could be voted on.
Washington should be making every effort to court businesses and realizing that business success leads to workers success in return.
This bill also shows our legislatures animosity towards business and catering to this idea that if businesses succeed, workers and our citizens don’t, which is ridiculous. Business and workers are interlocked and their synergy is what makes us all winners.