Sewer rates too high
January is bad enough but another rate increase from your sewer district for 2013. I am sure another one is in store for us in Jan. 2014. The sewer district needs to post their budget on their website along with salary amounts for each worker type.
It seems to me when I drive by the new sewer building that they spared no expense in lighting. How about turning some of those lights off on the outside of the building to save money?
This paper and the sewer district again need to explain why this new plant was rammed thru? Cheap money still exists till hyperinflation comes calling soon due to this crushing government debt. The excuse was hurry quick or we won’t get a cheap loan.
Snohomish is saving a ton with county cops and sewer to Everett while Lake Stevens wants to spend, spend, spend with no economy of scale. Retiring in Lake Stevens seems like a pipe dream and I feel sorry for the fixed incomers whom already made that decision.
Also, $100 million dollar plant is 10 percent of a billion for such a small town. Makes me wonder what King 5 would find?
Weapons ban won’t stop violence
Connecticut reminded us that the world can be a violent place and the violence can have no meaning but we cannot allow this tragedy to cause panic that changes our rights and freedoms.
There are some, especially lawmakers, that want to propose various gun control laws but each them would not have stopped this crime or keep us safer. In the last 20-years violent crime—and violent crime using guns—has dropped by nearly fifty percent.
Mass shootings are not increasing, they actually peaked in 1929. In schools, the rate of theft dropped from 101 per thousand students in 1992 to only 18 in 2010 and violent crime went from 53 per thousand to 14.
An assault weapons ban would also do nothing to change gun violence. If a criminal wants a gun, they will find a way to get one. We cannot stop the illegal shipment of drugs and human beings across the border, what makes us think that illegal weapons could be stopped?
We need not move forward with emotion but with reason, it is hard to do with our 24/7 news cycle and politicians that desire the limelight but we must to ensure our freedoms now and for future generations. Todd Welch
The Constitution should be changed to include gun control
In response to Pam Stevens’ Opinion/Editorial on Jan. 2:
To start I think news personnel should not voice their views especially when it is politically slanted.
Stevens’ opinions clearly show she is Republican minded. The gun article is a prime example. She also should do more research on her info sources or maybe she really knows.
She talked about guns in Britain and the source is the Wall Street Journal. Look up “conservative publications” on the web, the Wall Street Journal is at the top.
The second amendment talks about the right to bear arms. It is an amendment to the Constitution, a change to the Constitution, so change it again!
We talk about sane people should be able to have guns but not insane people. I found from personal experience there is a fine line between sane and insane.
Many, many years ago I suspected my wife at the time was having an affair. I became physically sick and depressed. I could not eat because of nausea and could only drink milk.
I had the man I suspected involved, in my gun sights on two separate occasions but did not fire because of my young children. I took the gun to the police station for fear of what I was so close to doing. It could happen to you and does.
If you are a gun rights supporter, is your right to own a gun worth 20 children being murdered, if so what are your values? If one of those children were yours it would still be worth it? Right.
The IRA says put armed guards everywhere, who do you think a gunman is going to shoot first and who is going to pay for it, the Republicans don’t like taxes? Right.
You can’t be with your loved ones all the time to protect them with your gun.
Most European countries have strict restrictions on types of guns and their murder rate per capita reflects that.