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Letters published in the latest edition of the Tribune:

Storm response
Applaud PUD, but save trees

To the Editor:
Let’s all give a hand to PUD workers, and a big boo to snohomish county politicians who continue to allow trees to be removed along Highway 9. Anyone can see the remaining trees are doomed without other support trees. How much vehicle damage was created by shortsightedness and disrespect for mother nature’s need for grouped forestry?

Lisa Webb

Thankful veteran
Documentary show impressive

To the Editor:
On July 21, I was interviewed by a television crew at the American Legion. It was shown on TV on Wednesday the 11th.
The Discovery Channel put it on. It was very impressive and I was happy to have been a part of it as I was in Korea and Vietnam.

Edward Thornton

Food banks
Ways to help

To the community:
The holidays are rapidly approaching and once again we come to you, our friends and neighbors, for help spreading joy this holiday season.
In 2014 we provided Thanksgiving turkeys with all the trimmings, to nearly 300 families. At Christmas we made the season brighter for about 400 families and provided toys to over 600 children. We need your help to fill our shelves with food and toys so that we can provide some holiday joy for our clients again this year.
You can drop off food, money, and new, unwrapped toys during our regular donation hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8-11:30 am, and Monday 5:30-7:00 pm, at 233 Sky River Parkway. You can also mail monetary donations to: Sky Valley Food Bank, P.O. Box 724, Monroe, WA 98272, or make them online at Because we are able to buy in bulk through a buying service, we are able to stretch your dollar further, providing more bang for your buck.
If your company, neighborhood or school would be interested in hosting a food drive please contact Executive Director Neil Watkins to see how we can help you.
The Monroe community has always come through for us. We keep our doors open and food on people’s tables because of your continued kindness and generosity.

Carla Stewart
Sky Valley Food Bank

Elections 2015
Countryman thanks public

To the community:
Thank you to all who supported, prayed and voted for me in our effort to bring financial reason back to our wonderful City of Snohomish.  
Our cause is a great one to keep the City of Snohomish affordable and friendly to businesses, the arts and families.
We see all around us skyrocketing costs in Seattle, unfriendliness to families, the poor becoming poorer and the decline of the middle class due to poor quality ideas being introduced in our city.
Our efforts to keep the City of Snohomish affordable, vibrant and business-friendly goes on. We can all be involved by going to City Council meetings, School Board meetings, or whatever political events that go on in our city.  Speak out to your neighbors, friends and acquaintances on the changes we need in order to control our ru-away spending and poor decisions
made in the City of Snohomish.

Larry Countryman

World activism
Group working on hunger issues

To the Editor:
Now that the elections are over, it is time for all of us to get to work guiding our elected officials and representatives in what is important.  Letters to the editor is one way, and calls and emails are others, as is showing up to speak at town hall meetings.  Active citizens can go beyond voting and speak up.  If you are not sure of what to do, check out RESULTS (, a nonprofit group composed mostly of volunteers working to end hunger and poverty in our life times.  Great strides have been made in the last 35 years, poverty has been cut in half, preventable deaths of mothers and children cut in half, and more kids in school worldwide.  Currently, RESULTS volunteers are working to make permanent the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit that keep millions of Americans out of poverty. 

Willie Dickerson

Letters published in the November 11 Tribune:

Bar fights
No surprise booze fueled fight

To the Editor:
While it’s a sad thing to me that we have fighting going on when people get drunk, it’s not a surprise.
The tendency to lean toward belligerence is a well known effect of alcohol.
Imagine then, what we’d see if we had had marijuana rooms instead.
Well-known effects of pot are a calm euphoria that often ends up with an increase in appetite. Yet a bunch of hyped up jocks intimidated the City Council into banning cannabis stores in our quiet little town as a “bad influence on the kids.”
Because a well known drug (alcohol) that increases belligerence to the point of assaulting cops is clearly a good influence? Help me if I’m missing the logic, because I don’t get it.
I know that Amsterdam style “coffeehouses” are not yet legal, in our “progressive” state, but I’d welcome them more than bars, and I don’t even use pot.
We need to clarify the laws, starting from a point of “just legalize it.”
At the very least repeal the ban on pot stores.
When that happens, imagine the Time Out Pot Room. Someone will open a late-night donut and munchies house next door and make a fortune there.

Christopher Bingham

Install one at Maple and Pine

To the Editor:
I think the intersection of Maple and Pine should have a roundabout put in. The four-way stop is not working, and the intersection has enough room for a roundabout.
John Cherney

Letters published in the November 4 Tribune:

2000 Ludwig Road Park Property
Sell the land for parks funding

To the Editor:
Regarding the Tribune’s October 28th article, “Council leaning toward caretaker at park house”: I’d like to provide a little history on the 2000 Ludwig property.
In 2013, the Snohomish City Council banned dogs on the trail around the abandoned sewer lagoon in west Snohomish. After the outcry, the council purchased 10 acres at 2000 Ludwig Road for an off-leash dog park with $700,000 of city taxpayer money. The property at the time was zoned 6 single-family lots per acre or a maximum amount of 60 buildable lots.
The council foolishly believed the vote in favor of a Metropolitan Parks District would be a slam dunk.
The mayor also wanted an “artist-in-residence” at the site until sidewalks to the proposed dog park could be built all along Ludwig Road.
On August 4, 2015, 70 percent of the city electorate rejected the parks district.
In my opinion, it will be decades before the sidewalks and parks can be built on Ludwig Road.
The city utility ratepayers are still paying for the tens of millions of dollars that built the Cemetery Creek sewer trunkline. They were told once the land is developed into homes, pressure on utility rates increasing would be slowed.
The logical conclusion is that the city should sell the 10 acres for over $1 million and put the money into the city parks budget for maintenance and capital improvements that would benefit all the city.

Morgan Davis

Roundup is being applied around Snohomish parks

To the Editor:
The application of pesticide Roundup (glyphosate) by Snohomish Parks this summer 2015 to control weeds created more toxicity in already stressed ecosystem.
Roundup is carcinogenic to humans and animals. The application of pesticides on weeds this summer when the plants were injured by  the draught stress was not necessary. Weeds (herbs) support pollinators, provide the food for insect, especially the honey bees that are dying due to  man-made chemicals (neonicotinoids) and/or starving because pesticides killed their food. 
This spring I did not see a honey bee on my cherry trees. This year I saw one bat where there were dozens in the past. Bat houses are empty. Owls, eagles, hawks eating rats killed by D-Con rat poison are dying. Owl houses are empty. What is a future? Another silent spring.

Jiri Janacek

Letters published in the October 28 Tribune:

Proposed Snohomish cell phone tower
Tower could be inconspicuous

To the Editor:
We do not face a question of to cell or not to cell. It is a question of “how to cell.”
There are technologies now that do not have the negative visual impact of a steel monopole. These alternatives do not even resemble artificial trees. Towers can be inconspicuous wooden poles slightly taller than a phone pole.
The Distributed Antenna System (DAS) is in use all over the country and goes on a regular utility pole. It resembles any other component of conventional telephone equipment. DAS gives better reception where it is used because the transmitter is close to its target.
Why is there a question at all? Verizon installs DAS networks already, they advertise to communities where they know monopoles won’t sell. You can bet there is no new cell tower monopole at the entrance to Medina or Carmel, California.
Why is this a question at all? Because big business has been calling the shots by suppling inadequate information. 
The question has been brought to the public by citizen activists who have spent over 1000 hours researching the laws and alternatives.
Of course everyone is entitled to good cell reception, I want it, you want it, everyone wants and needs good phone service. The point of objection is where and what type.

Colleen Dunlap

Monroe at-large council position
Daniels is misinformed

To the Editor:
Candidate Patrick Daniels’ position on the East Monroe Rezone is incorrect. Daniels referred to the East Monroe proposal as a property rights issue.
His assertion along with others including four council members is that any opposition to a Comprehensive Plan amendment and rezone is tantamount to depriving the property owner of its property rights.  On the contrary. It is simply good planning as the East Monroe site is properly zoned as Limited Open Space and was so zoned at the time the current property owner acquired the property.
Additionally, Daniels disputed one argument that zoning the property General Commercial isn’t feasible because it would cost too much to develop the land.
Our estimate was an answer to the 2013 draft EIS prepared by Pace Engineering that stated:  “An amendment of the City of Monroe Comprehensive Plan to allow for rezone of the property provides a complete solution to environmental challenges and makes development of the site in accordance with current codes economically feasible.” 
We refuted that statement with a cost estimate and successful appeal to the GMHB.  Our appeal was not based on economical feasibility. 
Mr. Daniels has clearly made up his mind on this issue based on misinformation and is not interested in the facts, and or checking the facts.
Please vote for a candidate that would not have a preconceived opinion, one that would check the facts and listen to both sides of the issue and use the cities resources more prudently.

Lowell Anderson

Monroe at-large council position
Daniels is best

To the Editor:
Patrick Daniels is not only the most-qualified candidate for the “At-Large” position on the Monroe City Council, but the right candidate as well. Patrick brings over 30 years of professional leadership experience as a business manager, product developer and operations analyst to Monroe.
Patrick will represent all of Monroe, not just one area of town, interest group or issue.
We are better served by community-oriented leaders like Patrick, instead of candidates who only care about one issue.
As an eight-year council member in Monroe, I work hard to listen, collaborate with others, make wise decisions and champion fiscal responsibility. Patrick Daniels will do the same.
His focus on economic development, tourism, and retail growth is what we need. We can’t afford to go backwards. Let’s keep Monroe on the path to success!

Kurt Goering

Monroe at-large council position
Vote for Scarboro

To the Editor:
I’ve come to know Kirk Scarboro over the last year and it’s clear to me that Kirk is passionate about the growth and well being of our Monroe community. He is the candidate that has been out talking to Monroe residents and listening to their thoughts about the place we call home. From his experience in working with the school district, Kirk has the knowledge of working through the political process. His military background also brings a strong leadership presence that would serve our community well.

Jeff Rasmussen

Snohomish City Council elections
Support Kaftanski for council

To the Editor:
Paul Kaftanski was elected to serve us in 2011. I supported Paul in 2011 and I am equally proud and honored to support him for another four year term.
Paul has done an excellent job on council. He has made sure that we pay attention to what really matters. He is a supporter of restoring our own Carnegie Library building. He donates his time to helping maintain our parks. He has protected our city from proposals such as apodments and recreational marijuana. He has supported the city’s efforts to diversify our businesses and bring more living wage jobs to Snohomish. And he is committed to helping ensure that the city brings in as many grant dollars to build projects for all our benefit.
Vote to re-elect Paul Kaftanski to the Snohomish City Council.

Melody Clemans

Letters published in the October 14 Tribune:

Proposed Snohomish cell phone tower
Keep tower out of park land

To the Editor:
I am writing to share with Snohomish public at large, the Snohomish City Council and Mayor Karen Guzak that this long time Snohomish family adamantly opposes the installation of any 100 foot monopole cell tower at Averill Field Park or on any City of Snohomish park land.
A cell tower in a city park used by children is an entirely inappropriate location and contrary to the intent of Averill Field which has always been for the recreational use of children.
Once again the city manager of Snohomish, her honor “the Mayor” and the Snohomish City Council have not done their homework or thought this out very well.
Coming on the heels of the fiasco with the Snohomish Metropolitan Parks vote you would think that all those up for election a month from now on the Snohomish City Council would not pursue siting the cell tower in a city park next to the Boys and Girls Club, a skate park and a toddlers playground.
You have stirred up another hornets nest by trying to back door this cell tower onto City of Snohomish park land. No cell tower at Averill Field!

David Clay

Community Transit ballot measure
Say no to transit tax

To the Editor:
If you live in an area where you’re being taxed for local and commuter bus service (most areas except Everett) you will soon be asked to approve a tax increase. Do your homework and you’ll discover that Community Transit could and should manage spending better before asking for an increase to the subsidy already in place.
According to the state Department of Transportation, Community Transit is one of the most expensive transit agencies in the state for its size.  Snohomish County taxpayers subsidize riders who pay $2 for a trip that costs $9.10.
Spokane’s transit agency, which serves a similar size area and half the population, has greater ridership, provides more than 3 times the hours of local bus service and does it at lower cost.  Even King County Metro’s and Pierce Transit’s costs per trip are almost half that of Community Transit.
Can you afford to pay more sales tax and more Motor Vehicle Excise Tax?   That’s what they want and based on their own projections, they’re looking for an average 4.5 percent income growth yearly through 2019.
Considering the benefit relative to the cost, I don’t believe increasing transit taxes on working families makes sense until Community Transit learns to operate more efficiently, especially since there is no sunset provision! We’ll be stuck with this forever! 
Vote no on a Community Transit tax increase!

Jeannette Sumpter

Poverty assistance
Inspired by letter

To the Editor:
A letter to the editor (“Ask legislators to extend tax credit,” Oct. 7 Tribunes) alerted me to your encouraging recent article (“Agencies convene to kick start anti-poverty effort,” Sept. 30 Tribunes.) 
Many of us are unaware of the silent struggles in our midst.
The Earned Income Tax Credit, a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and their families,  is indeed a life-saver. The IRS tells us that 14.3 percent of Washington state  tax filers claimed the EITC in a recent tax year.  These tax recipients received an average EITC refund of $2,145 in 2013. Most EITC recipients get the credit for two years or less, because it helps them get back on their feet.
From 1980 to 2012, the median U.S. household income grew 9 percent, while corporate profits grew 239 percent.  Did you know that according to the Cato Institute that the annual cost to the average tax payer for corporate subsidies is $870?
About 20 percent of U.S. kids live in poverty. Crucial, temporary improvements to the EITC are set to expire if Congress doesn’t act.
Yes, we need tax reform, starting with strengthening the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Donna Munro

Letters published in the October 7 Tribune:

First Street bars
Not all bars oppose liquor board

To the Editor:
Re: Articles written about the brawl on First Street. While I am only speaking for our family, which owns the Oxford Saloon, we totally support Dee Johnson and the liquor board’s efforts. We are aware that many other bar and restaurant owners feel the same way. These TWO bars have brought an unprecedented amount of “stress” to First Street. It has begun to impact business for the rest of us.
The articles “could” give the public the idea that this is an issue between all of the bar/restaurant owners and the liquor board. Nothing could be further from the truth.

David Swanson
Co-owner of the Oxford Saloon

Poverty assistance
Ask legislators to extend tax credit

To the Editor:
I was so glad to read about the summit on a new anti-poverty effort in Snohomish County. (“Agencies convene to kickstart anti-poverty effort,” Sept. 23 Tribunes).
One effort we can all make is asking our legislators to vote to extend and expand the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. These two tax credits keep 16,000,000 Americans from falling into or deeper into poverty. Families in Snohomish County and all over America benefit from these tax credits. For many, these credits help supply basic needs, so the money goes back into our economy immediately. Why not take a moment and write or call your representatives and senators and ask them to support the extension and expansion of these important tax credits?

Willie Dickerson

Snohomish city beautification
Lights accentuate Avenue D

To the Editor:
Thank you to Lund Orthodontics for putting up the lights in their beautiful arched trees highlighting a small and delightful viewing area, creating a spot of beauty on Avenue D.
These are the kinds of places that catch our eye and warm our hearts, and make pleasant memories.

Christine Wakefield Nichols

Letters published in the September 23 Tribune:

Former drug house in Everett
Writer: Police chose to ignore problem residents

To the Editor:
Re: “A drug house squelched at last,” Sept. 9 Everett Tribune:
The former drug house at 1101 E. Marine View Drive might have been a success for Code Enforcement, but it was a failure for the police.
After the people at 1101 broke into our garage, stole our bike with it on their porch, stole our power, had underage sex in the tent, shot up drugs at the store a block away and stole anything from anyone not bolted down, we would see the police walk over and ask them things such as, “Hi John, did you break into the garage? No? Okay, thanks, have a nice day.”
The police didn’t want this group of people to separate and possibly move to a better area.
I now know if I ever commit a crime to leave the scene, and if they come to my house, to not answer the door. If I happen to be outside, I’ll say, “I don’t know anything about that.”

Jeff Harris

Snohomish cell phone tower
Strong reception helps EMS workers

To the Editor:
In response to the citizens’ disapproval of a cell phone tower in downtown Snohomish: I understand the potential ugliness that it might bring, but I think that isn’t quite a valid reason to not have it built. (“Balloon test to gauge cell tower impact,“ Sept. 9 Snohomish County Tribune)?
First responders — police, fire, EMS, and the like, and ultimately, medical examiners — use cell phone technology as a primary means of communication. When I’m on call, I’m activated by cell phone, which gets poor reception on Sexton Road. Having my phone beep a voicemail alert in the middle of the night is not an effective way to wake me up, as my phone doesn’t get enough signal to ring.
Think of that the next time a major highway is shut down at night.

Julie Young

Snohomish river valley duck hunting
Hunt clubs preserve wildlife habitat

To the Editor:
I would like to comment on recent letter on duck conservation and hunting in the Snohomish River Valley (Guest opinion, Sept. 16 Tribunes - page 14).
I am a retired wildlife biologist and have no connections to hunting lands or land owners. I applaud the efforts of the owners of the duck hunting clubs to retain and enhance lands for wildlife use. Many decry these efforts as just a method to lure ducks in to be killed. Yes, some are killed, but the benefits to the entire population outweighs the loss of a few individuals. These lands provide food during critical times of the year and produce many young in the spring due to ideal nesting and foraging conditions - not only for ducks, but a huge number of songbirds, frogs, reptiles and deer. It is also a great hunting ground for owls, hawks, eagles and coyotes. Farming is nearly dead but land taxes are not.
Without people like Gunning and Remlinger the wildlife habitat would be destroyed as the land is converted to other uses. This can be seen across the road where it now has thousands of trees instead of thousands of ducks,swans, and geese. I for one would rather hear gun shots for a few months and see thousands of ducks, geese, and swans flying during the winter.
I sympathize with the PTSD sufferers, but do we want to live in a valley that is sterile of wildlife?

Curt Young

Letters published in the September 16 Tribune:

Snohomish cell phone tower
Tower is unattractive

To the Editor:
So it’s okay to put up an awkward, ugly cell tower in the heart of Snohomish as long as it can’t be viewed from the Historic Downtown (“Balloon test to gauge cell tower impact,“ Sept. 9 Snohomish County Tribune)?
The mayor is right when she marches in the Kla Ha Ya Days parade behind the banner “This Place Matters.” Let’s put an end to the perception that just any old thing can be constructed in Snohomish as long as it generates a little revenue or has some utilitarian value. Instead, let’s focus on the proven economic and cultural benefits of aesthetics. There are already too many places in downtown Snohomish that could use a face lift. Adding an unattractive tower to an inappropriate location under the guise of better service to the community is cheesy.

Carey L. Clay

Snohomish cell phone tower
Who benefits from this tower?

To the Editor:
I think that Snohomish is an attractive town and I am puzzled by two things:
1. Who can have such a low opinion of beautiful Snohomish that they would allow a cell tower in an area surrounded by people’s homes?
2. Who benefits from this cell tower? Is it the neighborhood?
I am concerned about this cell phone tower.

Glenda Barnhart

Volunteer Park Patrols in Everett
"Wannabe cops" could be dangerous

To the Editor:
So, wannabe cop “bikers” are patrolling the parks? (“Enlisting bikers to take back parks,” Sept. 2 Everett Tribune)
This is a ”George Zimmerman” incident waiting to happen. While I applaud their efforts, this is a city issue and should be dealt as such.

John LaPlante

Volunteer Park Patrols in Everett
Glad for the help

To the Editor:
I am so glad the bikers are cleaning up the parks (“Enlisting bikers to take back parks,” Sept. 2 Everett Tribune). We miss going to them, and we are also glad the police are now watching out.

Tina Duran

Man on El Camino de Santiago journey
Best of luck

To the Editor:
Congratulations, Michael Trujillo, on preparing for and taking this historic adventure for you and others (“He’s ready to make pilgrimage of a lifetime across Spain,” Sept. 2 Tribunes).
You will have many supporters and allies along the way, seen and unseen, and known and unknown. Mattie and I wish you all the best ... physical stamina, emotional courage to keep things “honest and real” and spiritual “sight” to see beyond the ordinary into the bigger picture.

David Thomson
Lake Stevens

Man on El Camino de Santiago journey
From one Brother to another

To the Editor:
Thank you for this encouraging article on Michael Trujillo, a Brother of mine — Brother in the sense we’ve both been initiated through a New Warrior Training Adventure in the Mankind Project. These men are changing our world one man at a time.

Bill Dare
Albany, Oregon

AEDs in schools
Getting the record straight

To the Editor:
Regarding the Sept. 2 Everett Tribune article, “Effort to put more AEDs in schools catching on,” the writer states that the fundraising leader’s “goal is to get an AED in every one of Everett Public Schools’ eight middle and high schools.”
The sentence should have read, “an additional AED.”
Just to set the record straight, during Superintendent Carol Whitehead’s term, more than 80 portable defibrillators (AEDs) were placed in  K-12 schools, as well as in the district’s support buildings.

Irene Brandsma

Letters published in the September 9 Tribune:

Volunteer Park Patrols in Everett
Avoid bullying the homeless

To the Editor:
The City Guard is a great idea (“Enlisting bikers to take back parks,” Sept. 2 Everett Tribune).
What worries me is how it could affect homeless people who aren’t actually doing anything wrong. If there are people breaking the law they deserve what they get. However, to classify all homeless as criminals isn’t fair. I was homeless in Everett and did my best to stay under that radar, but there is only so much to do and so much help available. I applaud the motorcyclists and the mothers for doing this, but remember not all the homeless are criminals.

C. Stark
Former Everett resident

Volunteer Park Patrols in Everett
Thanks for accurate article

To the Editor:
I would like to thank you for writing an accurate story about the City Guard in Everett.
Our mission was explained very well. I would only like to add that aside from City Guard, my fellow mothers and I are working toward cleaning our whole community. I have been meeting with business owners and managers as well as citizens who live in this community. We, together, will be cleaning and encouraging people to move along, that are only here for illegal activities.
I am so thankful to John Guihan, and to all that have and will be, stepping up to this task.

Cate Harrington

Public health
Defund health agency, letter writer says

To the Editor:
I’m in complete agreement with the cuts to the Snohomish Health District! (“Public health budget under the knife,” Aug. 26 Tribunes)
Dr. Gary Goldbaum is the main problem and perhaps if his paycheck gets reduced, he will follow the money to another county so Snohomish can get a leader who truly cares about the needs of the people.
The fact that Everett Councilman Scott Murphy has been unwilling to listen to citizens about Health District issues and now publicly criticizes funding cuts speaks volumes.

Dorian Leigh

Community caring
Family appreciates welcome on First Street

To the Editor:

Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s doesn’t need to be hard. It can be filled with joy, especially with the help of community. My husband of 41 years, Jerry McClain, whom you often see singing on First Street in Snohomish, has had Alzheimer’s for five years plus, during which time I have been his fulltime caregiver. There have been hard times, but there have been far more joy-filled times. Many business owners and individuals have been helpful.
When we first arrived in the area we found a home at Woodlake Manor II, with Mercy Housing, where Dani and Gordy always made us feel at ease. We repaired our bikes at Snohomish Bike Shop. Naturopaths Dr. Theresa Martez and Dr. Stacy Bowler have taken such good care of our health, as well as Daedalus Dentures. We joined Yoga Circle Studio where owner Mayor Karen Guzak and her teachers inspire me to take care of myself.
Music is very helpful to those with Alzheimer’s. Grilla Bites, Todo Mexico, Fred’s Alehouse, Fresh Salon and Spa, Top-It Yogurt, Snohomish Fitness Center, Snohomish Art Gallery and Little Shop of Light all welcomed Jerry to sing. More recently, Proper Joe Coffeehouse, Joyworks and Andy’s Fish House added their welcome.
On Saturday, Oct. 3, please join us on First Street to celebrate Jerry’s birthday. We will start the day at Proper Joe Coffeehouse from 9 to 10 a.m., eat lunch at Grilla Bites from 11 a.m. to noon and sing for two hours at Andy’s Fish House from 3 to 5 p.m.
In lieu of gifts or cards, please support the local businesses who have been so sweet to us.

Elaine McClain

Community caring
Lemonade stand taught boy much over summer

To the Editor:

Like most parents, I have a young son who desired to open a lemonade stand this summer, the quintessential summer experience.
Starting out I did not know how much it would influence and change our lives for the better, and because it has, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to the
To his very first customer, whose generosity fired such a strong ambition in his heart, he continued to open his stand every week for the next 11 weeks. We are so grateful that you invested in him and taught him that his potential was limitless.
Thank you to the customer who began a pay it forward chain. When you knelt down and asked my son if he could do it, you fired in is heart a deep impression and understanding of how rewarding generosity is. Your generosity lasted the entire day as community me
mbers responded in kind and continued to feed the chain of generosity. My son walked away that day with a desire to share that generosity and did so on all the other lemonade stands we visited this summer.... He hopes that it is still continuing.
You as customers taught my son service, appreciation, and above all, a strong sense of community. He met people from all walks of life; mailmen, teachers, builders, businessmen and women, mothers, fathers and neighbors. From these people he learned what it meant to be a community and that he was a special part of it.
Thank you for making a simple jar of lemonade a summer-long journey of friendship, kindness and community!

Twyla Mahelona

Tree canopies
Don't uproot trees damaged in storm

To the Editor:
Each year more and more big trees are cut in Snohomish. What used to be a green town now became another urban desert. Trees provide oxygen, shade and moisture, habitat for many animals and beauty. Cedar trees can live up to one thousand years, but they are being cut here to make a room for cars/new development.
After high winds last month, we saw many broken branches/trees. They were mostly from the cottonwoods stressed by the drought. It is likely that tree companies will try to sell you services to cut down your trees. Please save healthy trees, protect the life, healthy environment and air.

Jiri Janacek

Letters published in the September 2 Tribune:

Public health
Don't let funding be cut

To the Editor:
Thank you for your article, “Public Health Budget Under the Knife” (Aug. 26 Tribunes). Every citizen in Snohomish County receives services from the Snohomish Health District, whether they realize it or not. Although not flashy and exciting, they keep our community safe from food borne illnesses when they monitor the restaurants and food trucks we eat at; they help to prevent and treat infectious diseases; and they have staff that are well trained and practiced in working with vulnerable populations that need extra care when it come to prenatal care, parenting and nurturing skills and other needs. However, year after year, the Snohomish Health District must plead their case as to why these programs are essential to the overall health of our community to elected officials.
I urge every mayor in Snohomish County, as well as the Snohomish County Council to understand that we must invest in public health.
The state may not require that the Snohomish Health District solely be responsible for managing programs such as First Steps but proposed budget cuts to First Steps by the Snohomish County Executive would impact the lives of these families in ways that could be profoundly felt for generations.
What does this say about our community when we do not rise up and truly support the 3,700 at-risk mothers and children in our own county? We must speak up.
It seems to me, we have taken public health for granted but it is not too late to turn the ship around. You are public health! Call your mayor and the Snohomish County Council and encourage them to invest in a strong public health system for all of us.

Teresa Rugg

Letters published in the August 26 Tribune:

Community gardens
Watch for rats

To the Editor:
Regarding the Everrett Housing Authority’s friendship community garden (July 29 Everett Tribune story): We have a community garden by Rucker Avene and we also have a major rat problem there.
How’s the rats up north? I think gardens are great, but if the rotten debris is not handled properly then it’s not good.

Rhonda Burke

World assistance
Support bill in DC

To the Editor:
On a trip to Washington, D.C. last month I found a sense of hope in the halls of Congress. Meeting with all the state representatives and both senators, there was more optimism than last year.  Perhaps this was best shown in the bipartisan bill to end mother and child mortality. Introduced in the senate before the August recess by Sens. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, and Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, this bill would put recent reforms into law, making USAID more efficient. This in turn would help our developmental assistance go farther toward saving the lives of 16,000 children and over 800 mothers daily.  Imagine the difference that would make in the stability of developing countries. Not only does it make them better trading partners, but less likely to be enveloped in conflict. 
We can encourage this sense of hope by asking Sens. Murray and Cantwell to vote for Senate Bill 1911, the Reach Every Mother and Child Act, a life-saving bill.  

Willie Dickerson

Tuck Gionet
Some sayings were missing

To the Editor:
On your list of Gionet-isms (link), you missed a few that Tuck’s older students will remember: “I might have been born at night, but I wasn’t born last night.” “Leave a place better than you found it.” “Don’t make someone else do your work for you.” And my favorite: “Jones, just run faster!”

Jason Jones
Mountlake Terrace

Letters published in the August 19 Tribune:

East Monroe Rezone
Politics at play with new push

To the Editor:
During the Aug. 11 regular Monroe council meeting under unfinished business, city planner David Osaki requested the council to approve a six-month extension.  Councilman Kurt Goering quickly proposed a motion to complete compliance by Dec. 1, 2015. The three other council members, Davis, Kamp, and Hanford agreed.  The motion carried with a four to two vote.
My opinion is that with the upcoming election, if the six-month extension was asked for, the Goering, Kamp and Davis group may not be in a position to take the necessary approval action. 
Rezones usually are to do something. Since this is a non-project, nothing will be done to recover the huge cost of rezoning this property with costs in excess of approximately $400,000 taxpayer dollars over a five-year period.
The property is not currently served with city water or sanitary sewer. Water and sewer connections are approximately one mile away. The property has limited access (small driveway) to Highway 2 which may require a frontage road and roundabout to be paid for by the developer. Residents with homes perched above the 42.8-acres are concerned with slope degradation and hill slides, plus reduced property values. 
In the upcoming election please remember that council members Goering, Kamp, Davis and Hanford have voted in lockstep for this rezone costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Please vote them out.

Lowell Anderson

Tuck Gionet
Gionet leaves great legacy

To the Editor:
To all the people who attended Snohomish High School and was privileged to have this wonderful man as a teacher. He cared deeply for his students and wanted each and every one of them to reach their full potential. Many people were nervous when they received their class schedule and saw they had Mr. Gionet for their government class because of all the rumors we heard about him. When I showed up to his class on the first day of school, I learned that these rumors were false. Here was a man who just wanted the best for his students. He may have had a “rough person” attitude, but that was because he wanted the students to see the higher potential that was in each and every one of them. He also had a softer side and for everyone who was privileged to see this side, was better because of it.
The legacy Tuck Gionet leaves behind is a great one and he will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Charles “Tuck” Gionet III.

Chris Elli

Cross Valley Water District
Correcting facts

To the Editor:
After reading Dale Deierling’s response to my letter in the July 29th Tribune, I feel compelled to correct a number of incorrect comments Deierling made. First, this is a public water district, not a private water company. Second, I never stated that my father held a position on the district board, or any other board, for that matter. I stated that my father joined the district as a member in 1965. We hold certificate #105, signed by Mr. Deierling when he was board secretary. Third, he states, in part, “each residence or business had to provide its own water meters,” which is also false. Cross Valley provided and installed the water meters. Lastly, Mr. Deierling’s comment about me creating problems for myself in wanting a different standard than other members is also false. Why would I not challenge the district to adhere to their own bylaws of 1965:”Each member shall be entitled to have delivered to him through a single basic service line only such water as may be necessary to supply the needs of the persons residing within a single farmstead or dwelling and of the livestock owned by such persons, and to irrigate”. A farmstead is “All the buildings and adjacent service areas of a farm; broadly, a farm with its buildings.” Under the bylaws of 1965, when we joined, the meter is legal.
Jay Hagen

Letters published in the August 12 Tribune:

Snohomish Metropolitan Park District measure
Glad it was rejected

To the Editor:
I’d like to thank all the voters that helped defeat Proposition 1, an onerous MPD that would have almost doubled the city property tax burden from $1.03 to $1.78 per $1,000 assessed value, just in one year.
The voters weren’t bamboozled by the claims (threats) that city parks would be closed if the parks budget wasn’t more than doubled in just one year.
The city manager and the council were truly asking for a permanent blank check from city residents.
The council that recently gave the city manager a 10 percent salary increase and then a 3 percent increase the following year and then voted to give council members a 14 percent increase in salary effective Jan. 1, 2016. Surely the council can find the ways and means to maintain and keep open the parks we all love.
I know the citizens can offer a hundred ideas to streamline city government.
One idea is to buy all our water from Everett’s Spada Lake.  The city currently buys one-half to three-fourths of its water from Everett. Do we really need an expensive, redundant source of water from the Pilchuck River?
Another idea to increase the General Fund is to lift the city’s ban on recreational marijuana. The state legislature now allows cities and counties that haven’t banned Initiative 502 a larger share of the revenue. (City voters in 2012 approved I-502; 55 percent to 45 percent. However, the council sided with a vocal minority of residents outside the city.)
Another idea is to look at changing the city’s charter so that voters can directly elect the mayor every four years and with term limits.

Evangeline Loranc

Snohomish Metropolitan Park District measure
City “put cart before the horse” with measure

To the Editor:
Why was the Park District Tax proposed? It is on the ballot because the city of Snohomish purchased real estate that requires money to develop. They put the cart before the horse.
The city purchased the Stocker flood plain for $500,000, and also purchased 10 acres for $700,000. So now they need to tax us more to develop this new property.
Don’t you think a park district tax should have been voted on first, before any land was purchased? Making matters worse, no one really knows the tax rate, because that has yet to be set. Why would anyone vote yes, not knowing the amount of the tax? Would you buy a house or car not knowing the price first?
These future parks will not be a benefit for everyone. These new parks will not be used by everyone.
If Prop. 1 had passed, the tax burden becomes greater for all the people of Snohomish.You and your kids won’t be able to afford living in Snohomish, or is that already happening?

Bruce Ferguson

Acupuncture at Snohomish Senior Center
Thanks for article

To the Editor:
As a volunteer at Free Range Health working with Dr. Cole Alexander, I was thrilled to read Diana Hacker Reed’s story (“‘Freeing a little ‘Qi’ from senior center acupuncture patients’,” July 29 Tribunes) about the low-cost acupuncture services he and a second FRH acupuncturist are providing at senior centers in the area.  I did note that unfortunately the name of the organization wasn’t printed, or its
nonprofit status, or because contributions are the reason we are able to keep costs low for our patients (and are crucial if we are to continue to grow and make services available to more people), we want to be sure your readers know who we are, and that we can’t do it without the help of generous partners!

Cindy Cloutier


Letters published in the August 5 Tribune:

Cell phone tower on Second Street
Look at other examples

To the Editor:
Make the tower look like an evergreen tree. See the way Bellingham did theirs. Everyone wins! See it here:

Barry Flickinger

Harvey Field
Idea: Change runway direction

To the Editor:
I found the article on Harvey Field’s runway issue (July 8 Snohomish County Tribune) interesting but lacking, as it left me with so many unanswered questions. Obviously the only extension would be to the south if they stay at the present location and only extend the runway, but how much is the (rough) estimated cost, and who is going to pay for it? What is Harvey Field’s second option, and if they have one, the third option?
I would be looking into a possible land swap with local valley agriculture residents to hopefully move west of Highway 9 and have the runway more parallel with the railroad tracks eliminating the length and hazard issues. There will unfortunately be a big fight with the NIMBYs on this proposal.
Of course money would also need to play a big part, but with 100,000 fly ins and take offs, plus nearly 20,000 skydive flights (especially at what they charge) this seems to not be the real problem.
On the issue of the noise, as I mentioned, at what they charge, Skydive Snohomish should put mufflers on them as they are heard far and wide as noisiest of all the planes, with one-fifth of all the flights attributed to them. 

Lyle Harvey
(Not related to Harvey Field’s owners)

Snohomish Dinner Train
Dinner train not for dining

To the Editor:
Does anyone remember the Lake Roesiger fiasco? 
When it was being proposed, I told my County Councilman it was an abominable plan that would be badly executed by a builder who’d go bankrupt leaving the local folks with an eyesore and a multi-million dollar mess to be cleaned up at public expense.  Which all came true.
So let me predict what will happen if the so-called “dinner train” comes to be.  But first let’s understand the idea of a dinner train between Snohomish and Woodinville is risible.  Unless the dinner train will crawl at no more than 2 mph, there is no way to serve decent meals to a train full of people.  “Dinner” will consist of two vending machines and a microwave oven.
Though the movers and shakers won’t admit it, the ultimate goal of this enterprise is carrying commuter traffic to Bellevue so Microsoft employees can over-populate Snohomish, Monroe, Sultan, Startup, Gold Bar, Index, Skykomish and the ski area of the summit. 
Eventually, even that won’t be enough; they’ll rip up Centennial Trail and re-lay tracks so we can have trains all the way to Canada. 
It seems everyone in public office eventually goes nuts and gushes and enthuses over every cockameme and destructive idea that comes along. 
If we don’t drive a spike through this dinner train idea, the town will be ruined for good.  Remember Lake Roesiger.

Tom LaBelle

Cross Valley Water District
Founding member explains formation

To the Editor:
I am writing in response to Jay Hagen’s letter to the editor (July 29 Tribune Letters).  I am one of the last, if not the last, original member of the Board of Trustees of the Cross Valley Water Association, a private water company.  I held office as the Secretary of the Board from the inception of the association.  Mr. Hagen’s father was never a director nor a member of the board of the Cross Valley Water Association.  If his father was a director, he was a director or member of the Marsh Land Water Association.
The Cross Valley association grew rapidly and approximately in the 1970’s, the Marsh Land association asked Cross Valley to take over their association.  At that time, water associations were not governed by most state laws.  At that time, farmers did enjoy preferential treatment in pricing which was based upon water consumption.  The more they used for their agricultural purposes, the cheaper the rate became for the overage use.  Within the Marsh Land association, the majority of the managers were farmers and would set rates that were beneficial to themselves.  In 1990, the stockholders of the Cross Valley association voted to adopt the state water district governance.  This meant that they would abide by state law and be subject to annual state audits.  By adopting this business structure, each residence or business had to provide its own water meter and paid the same overage rate.  All customers were notified of the new rules and asked to contact the water district office if they had any concerns in their ability to comply with the new rules.
As your readers are probably aware, Mr. Hagen has created numerous problems for himself by applying a different standard to his situation as opposed to the rest of the Cross Valley members.  The Cross Valley Water District has maintained a policy of high level performance, cost constraints, and equal treatments of its customers.  Unlike his comment of returning the “…CVWD back to the people…,” the district has never lost sight of its customers or its responsibilities.

Dale H. Deierling
Retired Cross Valley Water District Commissioner

Letters published in the July 29 Tribune:

Snohomish Metropolitan Park District measure
MPD tax a bad idea

To the Editor:
Maintaining our parks is a good idea, the creation of a permanent MPD (property tax) to fund parks is a bad idea. 
The pro-parks group would have you believe that without the creation of MPD that parks won’t be funded.  Not true.  Parks have been entirely funded out of the general fund section of the budget for a long time. 
The pro-parks group claim that we need a more stable source of funding for the parks, so when the economy turns down the parks are still funded at the same level.  Creating a MPD assures that the parks (and a lot of other spending) will be funded in good times and bad.  The problem with this is that when times are tough and you have to cut your personal budget, your property tax will not be cut.  It will go on whether you can afford it or not.  If the parks budget is not subject to cuts when the economy turns down, what other city services will have to be cut to compensate? 
The entire parks budget should be flexible and adjusted to reflect prosperous times as well as tough times. 
The MPD is a permanent property tax increase of 75 cents per thousand of assessed value.  We don’t need this to fund parks.
It’s up to us, the citizens of Snohomish city to say “Enough!!!”  Let your voice be heard.  Vote “No” on Proposition 1, creation of an MPD.

Dan Winkelmann

Snohomish Metropolitan Park District measure
Help to preserve parks, vote yes

To the Editor:
Have you strolled, hand in hand with a loved one along the Snohomish Riverfront Trail? Have your children or grandchildren enjoyed an afternoon swinging and sliding on the Pilchuck Park playground? Or have your nieces and nephews fished off the dock at Hill Park?
The answer is yes for me and I know it is yes for most Snohomish City residents.
Our parks and open spaces help make the City of Snohomish the place we want to live and play.
And on the August primary ballot we have an opportunity to take the next step to help preserve, protect and fully maintain Snohomish City parks.
By voting yes on the creation of a Metropolitan Park District (MPD), the post-recession era of deferred parks maintenance will end.
By voting yes, we will never again have to consider closing our parks to help balance the city budget due economic downturns.
And by voting yes, as the Snohomish City Council recommends we do (Resolution 1329), not only will we be able to maintain parks to citizen expectations, we will be able to finally upgrade long neglected community assets such as the Hal Moe pool site.
The creation of the MPD is supported by your Fire District No. 4, by the Snohomish School District, and by the Snohomish Senior Center Board. Join with them, your neighbors, friends and supporters of our parks and vote YES on Proposition No. 1, the creation of a City of Snohomish Metropolitan Park District. Safeguard and beautify what we love!

Paul Kaftanski
Snohomish City Councilmember

Snohomish Metropolitan Park District measure
We can't trust the MPD tax

To the Editor:
As a former member of the City of Snohomish Park Board I urge a “No Vote” on the Metropolitan Tax to fun the city of Snohomish parks. This is very bad news for senior citizens. I’ve been retired for 21 years and on a fixed income.
Some of us have toiled for decades to build beautiful parks. For example: The large 155 foot handicapped accessible dock, the small shelter, the large shelter, the BBQ pit and parking lot at Hill Park were built by the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club and the Tillicum Kiwanis.
The Snohomish Lions Club constructed a beautiful picnic shelter in the upper portion of Hill Park and a nice house for the caretaker. The City Parks department removed both along with the security fence and caretaker position. The City also removed the Mathison Memorial Dock at Hill Park along with the Smith Memorial Dock near Ferguson Park and replaced them with two expensive and dangerous docks with no railings.
Seven people have drowned in Blackman’s in my lifetime. Some of us who really care belong to service clubs that strive to improve and create beautiful parks.
The City should never have removed RV camping from Ferguson Park; it was nationally recognized for tourists.
The new Ludwig Park was a bad idea. We need to build parks where the people are.
The Metropolitan tax deserves a loud “No Vote.” We can’t afford this tax and we can’t trust the Parks Dept. to improve and take care of our parks.

Bob Heirman

Snohomish Metropolitan Park District measure
Snohomish Parks Department is doing fine

To the Editor:
Snohomish City Council puts the decision before the facts. Again The Snohomish Council has placed a Metropolitan Park District on the ballot before they know what it will cost. It admits the new tax could almost double our current property tax. They are asking for a blank check. Enough already! Snohomish Parks department is doing a fine job of maintaining our parks with the current budget, so why does Council want a new park district?
For two reasons:
1. It is a way to sneak in a new jumbo tax. Why did the council put this proposal on the ballot without disclosing the cost? Because it sounds better and makes it easier to pass. 2. It allows them to write new rules and circumvent current policy and citizen opinion at Council’s discretion. This opens Snohomish up to more cell towers like the one the are putting by the Boys and Girls Club and any other bad idea that crosses their minds.
Who trusts this City Council, under the leadership of Mayor Karen Guzak to maintain Snohomish’s property values and character? No one. Keep this in mind at the next election.

Colleen Dunlap

Snohomish Metropolitan Park District measure
No to tax; no to mayor re-election

To the Editor:
No on MPD in Snohomish City - a perpetual tax on homeowners.
City property taxes are already higher than Everett and Arlington, the two cities I checked. There is no specific budget for MPD, that I have seen, and they’re talking about hiring architects, and doing feasibility studies? I am wondering how much money will actually go toward maintenance. If the maximum rate is put into effect, which is probably likely, do our parks really need $834,000 a year to maintain?
I met with the mayor and city manager a while back and they had no plan to try to tackle the high cost of water/sewer/garbage. They seem to be in denial that our rates are high. Then the mayor suggested I move to another town. Seriously! I like the mayor and city manager, personally, but they are too ‘spendy’ and not focused on cost containment, nor paying down the water treatment plant debt. Maybe they should raise property taxes for a few years to pay off that debt and get our water/sewer rates down.
If the parks are in need of maintenance, as I understand some are (mostly cosmetic), perhaps a citizen work party is in order. I would be happy to donate 40 hours or more to that effort, if Mike Johnson and his good people don’t have the time to gussy things up a bit.
MPD also calls for a boat launch and pool renovation. Do we need a boat launch so close to town when there’s one out on the River Road? And we just built an aquatic center with fine year-round pool(s). Besides, boats pollute rivers and this would give rise to traffic, boat traffic. Perhaps the solution to all this is to consider Larry Countryman for the Mayor’s council seat, coming up in the next election. Mr. Countryman seems interested in lowering water/sewer costs.
I like that idea better than building more parks and messing with the natural beauty of the area. Heck, the entire state is a park, and it’s doing pretty well without our help!

David Shedivy

Cross Valley Water District
Cast vote for new leadershi

To the Editor:
The Snohomish County Official Ballot is out for the Aug. 4, 2015 Primary.  For those of you that are within the Cross Valley Water District, as I am, and have been disappointed in the actions and leadership of the CVWD, you now have an opportunity to vote for a change. 
Cast your vote for either Mike Graves or James Woodward, and not the incumbent.  The Cross Valley Water District was started by it’s members, my father being one of the original members, joining in 1965. It’s time we vote in a new board, that understands our unique rural community, made up of multi-generational farms, and new construction. 
Those of us within the Cross Valley Water District have a vested interest in bringing the CVWD back to the people, and removing the less than transparent leadership currently serving.
The predatory nature of they way CVWD is currently operating needs to be stopped! Cast your vote by August 4th, 2015 for a change in leadership!

Jay Hagen

Letters published in the July 15 Tribune:

Harvey Field
Writer says article was imbalanced

To the Editor:
The article called “Harvey Field’s runway issues” (July 8 Snohomish County Tribune) painted a simplistic picture of a complex problem. Harvey Field is certainly part of the valley’s fabric and history of the area, with a long history in local aviation. So I’m puzzled that they bought a plane too large for the current runway. This sounds like a twist on the last expansion strategy, when a longer runway was necessary for corporate type planes they expected in the then-booming economy. In this round, the runway has suddenly become a potential hazard for their skydiving plane.
Sure, runway expansion could solve the airport’s “issue,” but we will pay to move Airport Way. Millions of public dollars will go into design, environmental review and permitting, rezoning, buying property under threat of condemnation, construction, and loss of investment in the existing roadway. 
If expansion affects flooding, we may not know the full impact until it’s too late.  Snohomish County’s own reports show little knowledge of aging dikes downstream or how salmon protections are affecting bottom elevations. The county isn’t projecting combined effects on flooding by sea level rise, sediment and logs filling the river, and more runoff from new homes for all those residents we expect in the future. 
And if a longer runway hosts one larger plane, why not a lot more?
The Tribune should balance coverage of the airport’s problem with coverage of problems airport expansion may cause. The reporter should ask the obvious: is Harvey including an alternative to buy a skydiving plane that meets the current runway standard?

Monica Van der Vieren


Letters published in the July 8 Tribune:

Snohomish Metropolitan Park District measure
Low income residents cannot afford this idea

To the Editor:
Regarding the Snohomish City Manager’s Friday Newsletter of June 26: The city manager boasts that he got the endorsement from the Board of Directors of the Snohomish Senior Center supporting the formation of a Metropolitan Park District (MPD) to bring in new revenue up to $834,000 per year to “supplement” the current park’s general fund of $710,000.
I don’t get senior discounts on property taxes or city utility bills.
I don’t have the resources of a PAC or access to city funds that the supporters of the MPD have. However, I’d like to point out to city voters, that once they approve the formation of the MPD, it can never be undone by the voters. It goes on forever, unlike a school district or fire district special levy which has an expiration date.
The city manager apparently believes another 1929 or 2008 crash of the economy is just around the corner even though city coffers are overflowing with a surplus of sales taxes over forecasted revenue. The manager also boasts that the city portion of the property tax bill is currently at $1.032 per $1000 of assess value (AV).  Well, adding an MPD tax of 75 cents per $1,000 AV would make Snohomish city taxpayers the highest taxed in the county.
Finally, a typical MPD tax increase of $200 - $300 per year may seem like peanuts to city managers who draw six figure salaries and don’t live in Snohomish with its high taxes and utility bills, but for a single mom it means not having a decent Christmas for her kids.

Evangeline Loranc


Letters published in the July 1 Tribune:

Fireworks Ban
Banning them not 'anti-American'

To the Editor:
I’m writing in response to Linda Williams’ June 24 letter where she feels that a fireworks ban is ‘anti-American.’
I’m about as pro-America as a person can get and I would love to see fireworks banned. Obviously, Ms. Williams doesn’t have a son who has served in Iraq in a war zone and hides as best as he can during the 4th. He is immediately taken back to Fallujah. Nor, does she have pets who shake and are traumatized by the noise. With the lack of rain, I worry about fires burning my home.
Other parts of the country love America dearly and have banned fireworks.

Marty Farmer

Water bills
Questions on new charges

To the Editor:
We have lived on Ebey Island for over 25 years and we have a private water district.
Ironically it was just yesterday I contacted the Everett water district trying to get information regarding their charges to this water district. There are only about 12 people on our water line. One person sends a bill out every 2 months and another person reads the meters.
We are also charged a “flat rate of $50” on our bill. I am not sure what that is for.
When one of our pipes have a leak, we are responsible for it. We are all on septic so there is no sewer charge. I am wondering if we are going to have to participate in the repair of the city sewer and bridge project. Guess I will have to pursue that question to the city.

Daphne Godejohn
Ebey Island

Homeless in Everett
Solutions need cultural awareness

To the Editor:
Re: “Mayor wants to resurrect challenged homeless ordinance,” June 17 Everett Tribune: Calling people “street punks,” huh? But without the quotation marks, like it’s a technical term.
This article describes a clash of cultures, which in so being demands a culturally competent, not culturally dominant, solution. I hope people in a position to facilitate sound decision-making step forward (their part) and are recognized (the rest of our part).

Sierra Zweig

Letters published in the June 24 Tribune:

Fireworks Ban
Writer calls idea 'anti-American'

To the Editor:
Mayor Guzak, you want to ban fireworks in the county? (Snohomish asks for fireworks ban, June 17 Tribune)
I will personally take a stand against your anti-American request and gather many neighbors to stand against your plan too.

Linda Williams

Cardiac arrest survival rates
Fire District 7 shares good news

To the Editor:
Snohomish County Fire District No. 7 received some great news that we want to share. Our cardiac survival rates are twice that of the national average and 21 points higher than the state. We want to thank taxpayers in Fire District 7 and the City of Mill Creek for helping us build the most advanced emergency response system in Snohomish County.
Fire District 7 and the City of Mill Creek formed a regional partnership 32 years ago to save taxpayers money and improve our emergency response for fire and EMS. These recent statistics on our cardiac save rates are just one example of how this partnership continues to benefit everyone we serve.
The contract we have with Mill Creek funds the city fire station, 20 firefighters, an engine and a paramedic unit. Mill Creek voters approved funding for these improvements, and Fire District 7 is committed to maintaining them because it improves our district-wide emergency response.  
On behalf of all of us at Fire District 7, we would like to say thank you for your continued support of this partnership. We are stronger together.

Commissioner Roy Waugh
Chair of the Board of Fire Commissioners for Snohomish County Fire District No. 7

Letters published in the June 17 Tribune:

Snohomish Parks District Tax
New revenue sorely needed for parks

To the Editor:
I wish to correct some misinformation published recently in the Herald about the proposed Snohomish Metropolitan Park District.
Over half of Metropolitan Park District (Park District) funding would be dedicated to basic maintenance like cleaning restrooms, picnic shelters, mowing and weeding.
Park use is heaviest on summer weekends, but this is not funded in our current budget. A parks district would add critically-needed weekend coverage.
A portion of Park District funds may fund new projects such as a multi-purpose recreational facility at the old Hal Moe Pool, extend the Riverfront Trail and add parking at the new boat launch coming on Lincoln Avenue.
Why do we need a Park District? A Park District creates stable funding for parks. Parks are the first city budget item to be cut in hard times. In the 2010 recession, for example, park maintenance staff funding went from seven employees to only one. Without maintenance, vandalism is left unrepaired, picnic shelters and restrooms are dirty, and playground equipment breaks down. Do we want that?
Some important details:
- Under state law the tax rate can never exceed $0.75 per $1,000 assessed value, pennies a day for most homeowners.
- Park district tax revenue can only be used for parks; it can’t be used for general city overhead.
By voting yes on the August ballot measure you will preserve and protect Snohomish parks, trails and open space for yourself, your family, and future generations.
Visit for more
information. And please vote yes!

Lya Badgley

Snohomish Parks District Tax
Ballot measure is a blank check

To the Editor:
Regarding your article “Parks district tax to be on ballot but voters will not see tax rate for measure” (May 13 Snohomish County Tribune):
Snohomish city officials are quoted as saying, “it is initially impossible to know yet on how much money will be needed for the shuttered Hal Moe Pool property, the boat launch, the Interurban Trail and a dog park.”
However, city officials are not accurate when they say if the Metropolitan Parks District is approved that the Board can set a tax rate of between zero and 75 cents per $1,000 of assessed
value — implying the rate is fixed at that chosen rate every year.
According to the Snohomish County Assessor’s Office, it is the 75 cents rate that sets the statutory levy amount at an estimated $834,000 per year. Then each November, the board sets the amount of dollars they want for the next year. For example, they may want to take only $556,278 for 2017. Then the rate for each individual property owner is locked into a rate of 50 cents. But the difference, $277,722 (25 cents) is called “banked capacity” and can be taken the following year by a simple majority vote of the board.
City officials are not only asking for a blank check from the taxpayers, they are asking for a revolving line of credit, with no end date.
Additionally, an MPD board spending up to $834,000 per year to supplement Parks’ general fund of $710,000 clearly is not justified and certainly is not
being fiscally responsible.

Morgan Davis

Kudos to kid

To the Editor:
I was pleased to read about the scholarship success of Snohomish High School students, with 423 seniors, earning about $1.7 million in scholarships and Glacier Peak High School students, with 402 seniors, earning nearly $1.6 million in scholarships. Let’s also hear it for Academy Northwest (ANW), with its private home school option here in Snohomish.
ANW had 73 seniors in the Pacific Northwest earn about $1.99 million in scholarships. Kudos to all, especially Cheryl Perron and her local Family Academy northwest affiliate.

Peter Faber

Letters published in the June 10 Tribune:

Retiring teachers
Congratulations to teacher

To the Editor:
Congratulations and gratitude to Patti Wade and the 26 others retiring from our Snohomish Schools. (“Spunky teacher retiring after 38 years,” June 3 Snohomish County Tribune).
Devoting a life to children is making a difference in the future of our community, country and our world. Well done! 
I retired from teaching six years ago and I am grateful to have meaningful work that still involves children and making a difference in our world. I volunteer with the Snohomish County
RESULTS group. We have worked on education, hunger, and poverty issues, both at home and globally. We are currently working to see that Congress passes legislation to end the preventable deaths of children in our world (currently 17,000 a day) and deaths of women from pregnancy-related causes (currently 289,000 a year).
So again, congratulations, and when the dust settles, I hope you find a way to continue to make a difference. 
I would welcome anyone to join us in RESULTS, which like teaching, involves great people working to make a difference in our world.

Willie Dickerson

Letters published in the June 3

Taking moral high ground no good

To the Editor:
Before some narrow-minded people in town made a reference to Snohomish being their Mayberry, I want to clarify some facts.
1) Snohomish is a drunk town. Look at all the liquor outlets on First Street.
2) Look at the fact that people get murdered in the streets of Snohomish when drinking on First Street (U&I Tavern death in 2002).
I moved to Snohomish in 1972. When the local celebration during the summer was held on First Street, it was an open drunk-fest. My parents at the time expressed their displeasure with the local papers. Much has changed since then. Snohomish is no longer a powerhouse in sports and the once little farming community has been polluted with city slickers looking for their dream retirement community.
I suggest that before you look down your nose at cannabis operators in your city you better get your facts straight and quit perpetrating indifference.

Paul K. Phillips
Snohomish area

Please do not feed wild birds

To the Editor:
Whenever I observe birds, every day, I am captivated by their freedom of movement and their awesome beauty. I am reminded, too, that they are wild.
Somewhere along the way, humans started feeding them using bird feeders. Is this a wise choice on people’s part? No. It is an unnatural practice. It upsets the balance of nature. I’ve been told by wildlife biologist Ruth Milner, from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, that “there is plenty of wild food for birds in Western Washington.” This includes waterfowl.
There is a myriad of
information for those of you who are interested in searching for ideas on how to include native vegetation in your lawn or garden. Check libraries, book stores or online. Let’s respect the wildness of our feathered friends. Let’s keep them wild and free!

Marilyn Heuser

Teacher Strikes
What do walk outs teach kids?

To the Editor:
According to the article in the May 13th edition of the Tribune (coverage on teacher walk outs), “no one” was
unhappy with the strike called by the Snohomish
Education Association.
Never mind that the teachers violated their contract and violated state prohibition of strikes by public employees.
What kind of message is being sent to our young people? It’s OK to break your word and violate the law?
Barely half of the union membership voted to take this action. When I was an elected and appointed union official, we would never have taken strike action with that meager support.
Where are our elected officials who are supposed to protect the taxpayers from such activity? Oh yes, our local elected State
Representative was out in visible and vocal support of this unethical and illegal activity.
Can I hope that our elected school board will take action to enforce the contract to which they agreed. If not, why bother negotiating such a contract?

Fred Howard

Letters published in the May 13 Tribune:

Pete Wilson profile
Love of music shined in profile

To the Editor:
Thank you for this wonderful article about my brother Pete (“Mr. Wilson’s powerful impact,” April 29 Snohomish Tribune). Music filled our lives and from the moment the trumpet touched his lips, music was his life’s blood and passion. The article shares that very well.
I’m so glad that Snohomish had him in all his glory and that he had you!

Jan Wilson


Letters published in the April 29 Tribune:

Metropolitan Parks District Tax
Voters should seal pocketbooks

To the Editor:
I am concerned about a recently approved Metro-politan Parks District (MPD) ballot measure to go before voters Aug. 4.
The council set the district boundaries the same as the city boundaries instead of the Snohomish School District boundaries that include the greater Snohomish area, population 25,000. That means the city’s 3,000 or so property taxpayers are the only ones to fund the district, even though the surrounding population uses the parks.
State law sets the maximum levy rate at 0.75 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The council likes to use the city’s “median” home value of $247,000 to illustrate what the tax cost would be. A “mode average” value would be higher as the largest cluster of home value in the city is between $300,000 and $400,000. New homes are selling for between $400,000 and $500,000.
Therefore, a typical homeowner or renter can expect to pay $225 to $375 extra in property taxes each year, permanently, and it can’t be rolled back or ended by the voters, even through the initiative process.
I urge city voters to reject the creation of an MPD and send a message to city managers to find other solutions in the city’s regular general fund to provide maintenance for the parks and look for county and state grants for new capital improvements. The boat launch is a good example. The county granted the city $500,000 to buy the Stocker property and the state has agreed to build the boat launch for another $500,000.

Morgan Davis

Nurses union
News brief missed core issue

To the Editor:
How disappointing your title and article were on the ongoing (which may be settled by now) dispute
between Providence Hospital and the nurses that staff it. (“Providence nurses appeased?”, news bites section of the April 22 print edition of the Tribune)
Your article trivialized the nurses and their situation by using the word appeased. “Appease” in Webster’s Dictionary is, “ To buy off by concessions, usually at the sacrifice of principles”.
You mention the dispute is over staff breaks, healthcare costs, and wages.  Nowhere do you mention that the No. 1 dispute for the nurses is understaffing.  
Imagine being the nurse in Critical Care who instead of two patients now has four or six. You have incisions to tend, lines to adjust, family to talk to, doctors to talk to, alarms beeping, drugs to dispense and patients who may or may not be able to tell you their pain level. 
Staffing is a very real issue yet the first item you mention is staff breaks. Maybe it’s an issue because they can’t take them and tend their patients!
Lynne Hallgren

Thank you neighbors
Wife to recover

To the Editor:
I would like to thank my neighbors who came to our rescue recently in an unfortunate traffic accident in our driveway. Fortunately my wife, who was injured, is making good recovery and is expected to make a full recovery eventually. Thank you all so much.

Christine and Richard Hutton

Food Bank Shortages
Fully fund food stamps now

To the Editor:
How can this be: front page news noting food bank shortages in the world’s richest country? (“Spring brings shortages to local food banks,” April 15 Snohomish County Tribune)
This is wrong. There need be no hunger in our country, there is plenty of food for all.
What can be done? Start with fully funding the SNAP program, formerly food stamps.
Call, text, email and tweet your representatives and ask them to support SNAP and to end the causes of hunger: living wages (75 percent of people on food stamps are working), and education for good jobs available to all. This isn’t rocket science, we can solve the problem of hunger in America.

Willie Dickerson

Letters published in the April 15 Tribune:

Harvey Field
Claim: Open house hid expansion plan

To the Editor:
Here we go again. It’s the same old story but this time they tried hard to butter us up only to make some of us feel like they were hosting a condo timeshare scam. The open house was orchestrated and staffed by people trained to never admit the real plan for Harvey Field is the same one its owners unsuccessfully attempted to sell the public several years ago, namely to reroute Airport Way at our expense to expand the Harvey Field runway southward into the floodplain. The first time, after a public uproar, the Snohomish County Council rejected the plan for many good reasons and those reasons have not gone away.
We property owners living on 111th just south of Harvey Field are all for free enterprise, but we’re against allowing a private businessperson to enhance their bottom line with taxpayer’s money. Snohomish County taxpayers already paid to rebuild that new intersection at Airport Way and Highway 9 after the last flood.
Think what it would cost taxpayers to build another intersection, plus a mile of new highway in the middle of the floodplain just so Harvey Field can have a runway extension.
A supporter told one of my neighbors, “There’s nothing down there anyway, and besides, the airport was here first.” Had he been talking to me, my answer would have been: “Yes, and the runway was always north of where Airport Way is now located.”
We “nothings” have accepted the present risks, but we will not accept enhanced risks, higher taxes and reduced property values, created just to enhance the bottom line of a private business owner. We “nothings” will stand our ground and fight against it all over again.

J. Murray Kliest

Harvey Field
Expanding runway is too risky

To the Editor:
Are you kidding me? Let me begin by saying my husband and I are one of the “there is nothing over there” families on 111th Street that will be greatly affected by decisions made concerning the expansion of Harvey Field. Apparently we are unimportant.
My husband and I worked all our life, retired in Snohomish out in the country assuming we would live the rest of our lives here. Yet once again, Harvey Field’s ownership is determined to not only destroy our way of life but to make sure our property values hit rock bottom. Do you really want your taxes to benefit just one person while ruining other people’s lives? Major flood issues, major cost to taxpayers, disruption of families, additional noise, and danger: This is a no-brainer.
It didn’t work out a few years ago, and the risks are still the same. We will continue to fight. The stakes are too high.

Michael and Aneene Potts

Xfinity Arena bailout
Heartless request

To the Editor:
The audacity of the Xfinity Arena board to ask for public funding for a video scoreboard (“Xfinity Arena requests $665k gift,” April 15 Everett Tribune) after coming out of the back end of the worst financial crisis in almost 100 years speaks volumes to the
ineptitude of corporate
leadership in this county, state and country. 
I don’t remember being asked if I supported this contract when the Everett Public Facilities District was formed in another attempt to privatize public entities at the expense of the public good.
The idea of presenting this as an investment to our community is pathetic.
I would suggest that we wait to consider this request for a $700,000 scoreboard until all budget cuts since that have gone into effect since 2008 are restored, including changes to food stamps, disability services, housing programs, and services to vulnerable persons.  I would suggest that the corporations don’t be so quick to forget the last six years of financial catastrophe and start asking the public for handouts. 
I suggest that the operators of Xfinity Arena hold a car wash or bake sale — the way we do for every time our kids need extra items for schools, or little leagues, or trips that require extra money that working class families still struggle to afford because they have not recovered from the Great Recession.

Brian Eisenkraft


Letters published in the April 8 Tribune:

Monroe school bond
Vote yes to invest in today’s children

To the Editor:
We have been living in the Monroe School District since 1976. When we decided to make the Monroe area our home, we had two preschool children. When our children were ready to start school, we were grateful for the support that longtime residents of the Monroe School District had given our schools and we, too, became strong supporters of our school district. After our children finished their K-12 education in 1994, we continued that support.
Although we believe the school district has done an above average job maintaining our existing school facilities, age becomes a factor and remodeling or replacement becomes a necessity.
The economic health of a community is tied directly to the quality of education that it provides to its children and we believe our investment in that success is essential.
We are going to vote yes on the upcoming bond and we urge your support.

Paul and Kathy Challancin

Snohomish Rotary
Thank you for supporting us

To the Editor:
I want to thank the Tribune and our community for the support they have provided the Snohomish Rotary Club (“Local Rotary closing down,” April 1 Snohomish Tribune).
Snohomish is losing a club but will not be losing a Rotary International presence. There are many Rotarians who live in our city, attend our churches, etc; however, they work in and are members of Rotary clubs in those cities. Years ago the Snohomish club reached out and supported Monroe; as a new member of the Monroe club, I am hopeful of ways in which we will be able to support Snohomish.

Robert Knight

Marijuana grows in rural areas
Tell council ‘no’ by April 15

To the Editor:
Allow marijuana producer/processors grows in Snohomish County R5 Zones?
The county is considering moving forward to approve this zoning. The Snohomish County Council has asked the public for comments on ordinance 15-009 pertaining only to amendments 6a – 6d regarding proposed changes to the marijuana producer/processors regulations in the R5 zones. We support approving 6A lines 1, 5 & 9.
Only these three lines in 6A prohibit Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 marijuana producers & processors in R5 Zones in Snohomish. All other choices approve marijuana producer/processors in the R5.
Get the word out to the Snohomish County Council by April 15: When making your comments reference approving Ordinance 15-009, Amendments 6A lines 1, 5, & 9.
Email your concerns to the county council at:
In addition, attend the County meeting to voice your concerns on April 15th at 10:30 a.m. in the Robert J. Drewel Building in the Henry M. Jackson Board room 8th floor at 3000 Rockefeller, Everett.
Sign the petition to ban marijuana producer/processors in the R5 zones online at
All of the other proposals in 6A – 6D, other than 6A lines 1,5, & 9, are offering a variety of options in regards to allowing marijuana producers & processors in the R5 zones. These suggestions are smoke & mirrors. They are an illusion of safety to the citizens of R5 Zones in Snohomish County.
The bottom line is that producer/processor grows do not belong in Snohomish County R5 zones. They bring nothing of value to the citizens of this county and in fact bring much harm.
Now is the time to speak up to your county pfficials and demand public safety.

K.A. Tanous

Everett Homeless
Kudos for piece

To the Editor:

Thank you for putting a positive spin on what is being done (“City advancing on homeless efforts,” April 8 Everett Tribune). I have talked with people behind the scenes and this is a huge challenge.
I think the social worker riding with the police officers is fantastic. Yes, there is lots of work to make this a model city and from nightmares often come wonderful workable dreams. However, some people will not accept help and blame others for their problems. The city is starting at a great spot by trying new things. Thanks for mentioning this part.

Deb Loughrey-Johnson


Letters published in the March 25 Tribune:

Foster care
Keeping families together important

To the Editor:
The article by Melanie Russell on March 11 decries the lack of foster homes, but the bigger issue with the entire foster system is spelled out loudly and clearly in the article:  “…Our primary focus is. . . keeping families preserved.”  
That’s the problem.  If the focus were exclusively on the long term placement and weTribunell being of the foster kids instead of shunting them back and forth like chaff through the system and multiple times into their own dysfunctional families, perhaps the foster families would be less burned out and be able to give them more than “three hots and a cot” that the state wants them to get, as was quoted by one of the state social workers.  As it stands, the state has built a self-perpetuating system of misery and failure: for the kids, their caregivers and their families.

Katya Knowlton

Snohomish proposed Metropolitan Parks District
Sales tax an option not discussed much

To the Editor:
Regarding the Snohomish City Council workshop on the proposed creation of the Metropolitan Parks District held on March 17:
Councilman Paul Kaftanski proposed to increase property taxes without a vote of the citizens and just bypass the creation of another layer of bureaucracy, the MPD.
I have proposed another alternative to raising property taxes: namely, a voter-approved modest 0.1 percent sales tax increase, also without the creation of an MPD.
The city manager, mayor and other councilmembers wouldn’t even consider it. Councilwoman Lynn Schilaty mistakenly believed only property tax ballot measures could be put to the voters.
The city of Monroe recently enacted a modest voter-approved sales tax to fund two police officers.
Here are the advantages of a sales tax over the property tax:
1. Everyone pays their fair share. Bicyclists and tourists that use the parks contribute when they purchase anything in town, except groceries and prescription medicine.
2. Taxing housing costs with a 0.75 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation property tax hurts the city’s most vulnerable citizens - those in multi-family affordable housing. $225 extra per year in rent is a hardship to the average renter. Why should only they pay when wealthy families from Fobes Hill or Clearview that use the Centennial Trail or Riverfront trail in town pay nothing?
3. A sales tax levy is for a certain period of time, say five or 10 years. The MPD property tax is permanent, and can’t be undone by the voters.
Snohomish voters should not be bamboozled into thinking the MPD property tax is the sole solution to maintaining parks.

Morgan Davis

Making a difference
Help kids by increasing food stamp funding

To the Editor:
Thanks for the inspiring article about bikers caring for abused kids. (“Local bikers stand against child abuse - and take kids under their wing,” March 18 Snohomish Tribune).
The BACA folks show us how to make a difference.
All of us can do something.
For example, right now is budget time in Congress and big decisions on how to spend our taxes are being made. We have it in our power to end child hunger by fully funding the SNAP program (formerly food stamps). By contacting our representatives and telling them it is important to end hunger in the world’s richest country, we can do just that.
Take a few minutes to call or email your Representative and Senators. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is on the Agriculture Committee that funds SNAP and always fights hard for it, but she needs our support. Won’t you contribute your voice to end hunger?

Willie Dickerson



Letters published in the March 18 Tribune:

Planes and Ducks
Duck leader by no means neighborly, writer says

To the Editor:
I was amused by your recent article describing Scott Gunning as a “Duck Conservationist” and he as a self-described “live and let-live kind of guy.” (“Hobby flying group collides with duck conservationist,” Feb. 11 Tribunes)
As a neighbor of Scott’s, I beg to differ. Scott’s for-profit duck hunting operation has preened the land to attract ducks so he and his club members can kill them. If he thinks model airplane noise disturbs his operation, perhaps he should consider that we, his neighbors, are frequently awakened by numerous early-morning shotgun blasts from his operation throughout every hunting season.
When my wife and two relatives went for a walk on Christmas day, 2013, they were approached on the RC field driveway by a very angry Gunning. Although the women may have crossed a portion of his land during their walk, their presence was completely benign. My wife identified herself as a neighbor (most people in our valley are actually neighborly). According to the women, Gunning was frothing angry, cussing and yelling. At one point he called them a bunch of “liberal Democrat (expletives)” and threatened to call the police (which would have been welcomed by my wife, fearing he was completely unhinged). The women ignored his demands to get into his off-road vehicle (destination unknown), and made a hasty pedestrian exit to the highway.
Scott needs to re-assess his self-described “live and let live” attitude regarding neighbors. Perhaps he could take a cue from the ones who rarely (if ever) complain about noise and disruption from his operation.

Dave Crosby
Snohomish River floodplain

Tuck Gionet an inspiring teacher

To the Editor:
My name is Jeff Orren and my daughter is a senior at Snohomish High.
Tuck Gionet has been an incredible inspiration to her.
His fight against cancer doesn’t deter him from teaching real life lessons to his students that will they will carry with them the rest of their lives.
He truly cares about his students. He engages them, motivates them, and holds them accountable.
Cheers and good luck to Mr. Gionet!

Jeff Orren

Letters published in the March 11 Tribune:

Paine Field County Council decision
Disappointed in County Council

To the Editor:
I am disappointed in the County Council decision today to take a first step towards changing the role of Paine Field. Paine Field best serves our region as a significant economic engine, through aerospace manufacturing, general aviation and aviation tourism. It is a mistake to assume that commercial air service is a better economic development tool. I remain committed to defending the quality of life for our residents. 
There are many steps that remain before commercial flights begin. The County’s permit and review process should assess all direct and indirect impacts that could stem from allowing commercial flights. These flights cannot be limited by a building footprint, the choice of the Council, or anyone else. I encourage the County to consider the full potential of their action as they move forward

Mayor Jennifer Gregerson
City of Mukilteo

Paine Field County Council decision
Who wins here?

To the Editor:
I remember this was a ballot measure a while back, I believe it didn’t pass. The vote should stand until passed by voters. I’ve tolerated Boeing inbound/outbound flights and private air traffic since 1985, propeller planes excluded but the last three or four years with FedEx and UPS included, it’s very annoying. The all-hour traffic directly over my house at 1,000-feet just west of 36th Avenue on 188th. Who wins here? Not me or taxpayers. It’s more of the same crap from developers/speculators/big money buying political favor, It’s Tim Eyman time again. I’m retired now and I can get involved now. One thing I’ve learned in life, when it comes to money — TRUST NO ONE.

Charles Croke

Write more stories about heroin user arrest process

To the Editor:
I have followed your many stories on the heroin epidemic in our town and other local towns and have seen first hand the devastation caused to families and communities. I know that the local police department is trying to do their part to curb the crime fueled by this epidemic. I would like someone to do a follow up story on what happens after the ”big arrest.” In your March 4 edition you printed a story about suspected heroin dealers being arrested in Monroe (“Suspected heroin dealer tried to flush evidence,” Pg. 11 in March 4 Tribune) on February 24th, with officers confiscating 46 grams of heroin. Today is the 5th of March and when I check the daily jail registry neither of these two persons are still being held. Therein lies the biggest problem...a slap on the wrist and they are back on the street dealing and stealing in less than a week.

Rachel Ren

Snohomish Parks District Tax
City’s parks tax not necessary

To the Editor:
On Feb. 17, the City Council decided to schedule a decision on a Metropolitan Parks District tax to March 17 with a special one hour workshop at 6 p.m. (The workshop will be open to the public but citizens can’t speak unless the mayor allows certain citizens to speak at her discretion or pleasure).
If the city voters approve the MPD, the council could initially set the tax rate at either $0.25 or $0.75 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation. It cannot be undone if voters approve it. Even if the council starts the tax vote at $0.25, the council can raise the tax rate later to $0.75 without a vote of the citizens.
A typical city homeowner with an assessed valued property of $300,000 would pay $225 extra per year.  A city renter could expect a similar increase in annual rent because the property tax is the largest component of net operating expenses.
The city manager’s main argument for this property tax increase, instead of a 0.1 percent sales tax increase, is that during a recession or even a depression, property tax revenue never decreases unlike sales tax revenue which is correlated to the citizens’ income and wages.
I think the city wants the extra $750,000 per year dedicated to parks to free up to $750,000 in the General Fund to “feather their own nests.” With the $750,000 freed up in the General Fund, guess who will get the windfall?
I also am concerned that only city taxpayers are required to fund it. The residents in wealthier areas like Fobes Hill, Dutch Hill, Lord Hill, and Clearview who use the city parks won’t have to contribute.
I’m a single mom who works my tail off just to survive in Snohomish. Property taxes and city utility bills are my biggest living expenses. I’m not guaranteed a stable income during recessions and depressions. I just don’t understand why city managers should raise my taxes so they can have a guaranteed income in hard times.
This is the same council that overturned the will of the voters in October by ending any chance of getting I-502 revenue from the state.

Evangeline Loranc

Letters published in the March 4 Tribune:

Harvey Field Master Plan Process

Show us this won’t cause flooding

To the Editor:
Re: “Harvey airfield seeks public input,” Feb. 25 Snohomish County Tribune: If Harvey Field wants public input, then transparency and authenticity might recover trust in their process this time around. The last attempt involved a “study review committee” consisting of neighbors who would receive fill allotments under the expansion plan. As a downstream district potentially affected by flooding from mountains of fill proposed to expand Harvey Field, we were never even consulted. County taxpayers funded floodplain studies to support the expansion until the County Council pulled the plug. 
The Snohomish River Valley floodplain situation is even more dire now than it was then. The farmer-engineered dikes are seven years older. There are seven more years of upstream development and unmitigated sedimentation raising the bottom of the Snohomish River and lowering flood threshold. FEMA has gone broke after Hurricane Sandy. The diking and drainage districts are advised to implement unaffordable dike upgrades to Army Corps of Engineers-certification standards to qualify for disaster funds.
If Mrs. Harvey and her Denver consultant want to demonstrate transparency, they should be prepared to roll out every hydrologic study showing no more floodwater heading downstream as a result of any recommendation.  The “water hydrology” focus group should be qualified to focus on this problem.
Increased fill in floodplain threatens homes, farms, the Olympic jet fuel pipeline, PSE power transmission lines, Everett city water mains, roads, bridges, and a lot of taxpayer money that keeps paying for poor land use decisions in our county. Do we really have to discuss this point again?

Monica Van der Vieren

Planes and Ducks
RC flyer baffled by troubles

To the Editor:
Your story (“Hobby flying group collides with duck conservationist,” Feb. 11 Tribunes) of the issues of a usage permit, the flying club and the duck hunting club baffles me. I have flown at the Snohomish club a few times during IMAC contests and am familiar with the field layout in relation to the duck sanctuary (killing field). I’m not anti-hunting or anti-guns but I am anti-stupidity on both the part of the hunting club and ignorance of the county.
I am from the east side of the state where the property for our flying field is located on county property. The county embraces and supports our club and we in turn take care of the grounds and are stewards of the area that has been set aside for our use.  Without a designated area for these activities to take place you then end up with a bunch of rogue RC flyers with nowhere to fly that will most likely start flying at parks, schools and other recreational areas being chased out of one to the next.
As for ducks and other birds: Our field is within 300 yards of a slow moving river that ducks frequently hang out in. Our planes don’t seem to bother them at all. We also have several birds that nest in the trees at our field and one that builds its nest in our windsock each year. We have had several occasions where hawks will come in close to the planes flying and check them out.
The thing that I really don’t understand is that duck hunting season is mid-October through January.  The main flying season is March through October.  Do you honestly think that planes flying throughout the summer months have anything to do with migratory birds that are gone through this time of the year?

Clark Hymas
President, Miniature
Aircraft Association Club

Planes and Ducks
Opinion: Story used shallow angle

To the Editor:
Why does this even need to be a story?
You have a model airplane club, for families, teaching children a technical hobby about aviation, versus a rich guy’s duck killing club, with politicians taking guess which side? You have county government officials stalling, failing to cooperate and imposing expensive requirements, and you think the club fight is the story?
It’s called journalism. It has purpose to inform the public. Please, do some of it.

Mike Partain

Editor’s note in response: The story was published as an overview of the issue with an attempt to provide a broad scope of all sides and voices involved. The Tribune chose to let readers decide who’s right or wrong. We are following the story for any new developments.


Letters published in the Feb. 25 Tribune:

Snohomish marijuana growers in rural areas
Say 'no' at March 4 meeting

To the Editor:
Want to really support our troops? Defend your hometown.
Most revere our military troops – risking everything to protect our way of life. If we too are ‘patriots’, we also have a responsibility to defend our way of life ourselves, wherever possible, versus passively standing by and ‘letting’ things we don’t believe are right happen to us in our own backyards.
On Wednesday, March 4, such an opportunity exists.
The Snohomish County Council will consider public comments at a hearing and all written input received up until then. They’ll decide on whether it’s ‘right’ to allow commercial marijuana retail/growing/processing operations to be allowed within current non-commercially zoned family-dense R-5 zoned parcels (Rural 5 acres zoning).
As residents, we have choices. We can passively watch our neighborhoods begin to host commercial marijuana/drug grow operations ‘next door’; live in fear of dramatically lowered property values and/or potential drug-related criminal activity close by; angrily protest only to one another, or move. Or we can step up and do our job as patriots and citizens and fight to protect the ‘rights’ we believe are appropriate. Send an email to the council at stating “No marijuana
operations on R-5 land,” or better yet testify at the March 4, 1:30 p.m. hearing.
The bottom line is: Enabling commercial drug businesses to operate in R-5 zoned areas, in family neighborhoods, is flat out wrong. Like other businesses, that’s what commercial zoning is for.
You don’t need to be a soldier to act – but you do need to care about right and wrong.

Mary Harwood


Letters published in the Feb. 18 Tribune:

Planes and Ducks
Key source lied to Tribune, letter writer says

To the Editor:
Re: “Hobby flying group collides with duck conservationist,” Feb. 11 Tribunes:
When Scott Gunning told your paper that “I’m not running around out there like this jerk property owner who wants it all to himself. I’m a ‘live and let live kind of guy’,” this is false and an outright lie!
Before the complaints to the county, Scott Gunning literally got in pilots’ faces while they were flying their models. He also literally ran two club members off the gravel easement to the club. He also threatened to “shoot down the aircraft with his shotgun.”
It’s sad that a guy like Mr. Gunning can find a county loophole and use it to get what he wants under false pretense.
The truth is Mr. Gunning and the group only play the role of wetlands conservationist so they can draw the ducks in for hunting purposes.
Furthermore, the true reason Mr. Gunning doesn’t like the model aircraft flying is because he rents out duck blinds to hunters, but the hunters do not want to rent the duck blinds because they are afraid the ducks will not show up with the model aircraft flying.
I hope the truth comes out and the club gets it usage permit.

Victor Chatellier

Letters published in the Feb. 11 Tribune:

Snohomish Homeless
Agree with past letter writer

To the Editor:
Bravo for the caring and heartfelt letter in your Feb.4 edition on the plight of our city’s homeless (“Homelessness is not a crime,” Letters section.) Young people are a blessing!
Thank you Mary Gleason and husband for opening your arms and heart to those in need.
My church is only one of the many churches in Snohomish that have rallied to the cause of the “young & old” that are without adequate shelter and useful items that would make it somewhat better and tolerable for those weathering the elements.
For weeks we collected new and clean used bedding that was needed by each individual taken into the Snohomish cold weather shelter and was provided for their own personal care, to be taken with them.
I am certain that I am only one of many empathetic Snohomish dwellers that has taken in “our friends” who need “a helping hand” — in these uncertain times.
Charity starts at home, and Snohomish is our home!
Let us all befriend the unfortunate!
It is my conviction that who we invest our lives in are the ones we come to have a deep regard for — in helping others---we truly are helping ourselves!

Maureen Cramer

Snohomish Airport Harvey Field Master Plan
Be aware things are happening

To the Editor:
The public should be aware of what’s going on with the new 20-year Master Plan. So far, there has been little publicity.
The Harveys hired an out-of-state airport consultant who created a policy advisory committee.
From what I have been able to glean from reluctant city officials is that there is one more important closed-door session in March of the policy committee, and then in June, the Harvey family will choose from alternatives on runway configuration and location. It could reroute Airport Way, at the cost of tens of millions of county taxpayer dollars.
Please note the Haveys hand-picked the committee members. Representing Snohomish city residents is Snohomish City Councilman Tom Hamilton. Tom Hamilton’s day job has been a pilot for many years by and for Marilyn Harvey, daughter of Eldon Harvey who established Harvey Airfield in 1945.
From 1945 to 1959 the runways ran from east to west over the valley. After 1959, the runways were changed to run south to north over Avenues I and J in the city.

Morgan Davis


Letters published in the Feb. 4 Tribune:

Snohomish Homeless
Homelessness is not a crime

To the Editor:
I‘d like to respond to the article about Snohomish youth and homelessness ("Teens on acid and transients concern cops,” Jan. 21 Snohomish County Tribune).
Homelessnesss is not a crime, nor is poverty. The 20 year old, claiming to be homeless, drug dependent generalization violates these individuals dignity. They are a blessing – in desperate need of our hospitality and support; and our community has welcomed them, sheltering them from freezing.
The youth of today face many challenges, they may experience homelessness. I hope that they will find their community warm and hospitable, practicing charity. I hope our police officers will try to understand the problems of those most in need.
The remains of an 18 year old girl who had been homeless were found in Lake Stevens in December. What will it take for us to listen to this cry for justice? Shelters should be available in all communities.
Thank God for those in Snohomish who have welcomed those most in need.
My husband and I are truly blessed to spend a few hours with these guests at the cold weather shelter, hosted by Snohomish Free Evangelical church. I would be glad to see the shelter expand to meet the needs of the homeless in our community, until affordable housing is available to all.

Mary Gleason

Longfellow Building
Make it a shelter

To the Editor:
I think the Everett School District’s Longfellow building up for sale would be the perfect spot to open a living center privately funded by grants and local sponsors to house and train the homeless and addicted how to get their lives back on track.

Robert Smiley

Vaccines initiative abroad
Group supported locally now funded

To the Editor:
Great news: Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is fully funded to help developing countries vaccinate 300 million more children. In the process, their health care systems are strengthened and these countries become responsible for the programs in the future. In this way developing countries become independent of our help and able to take care of their own people. This also makes them more able to stop epidemics like Ebola.

Willie Dickerson

Letters published in the Jan. 28 Tribune:

Bond Street access
Business community also supports access

To the Editor:
Thank you for your coverage on the Bond Street issue. In spearheading the Everett business community response to the proposed closure, it was blindingly obvious that this access will be defended publicly and privately if required. With the neighborhood support, along with business stakeholders, recently closed public access will also be pursued regardless of the outcome.

Rick Lapinski


Letters published in the Jan. 21 Tribune:

Twin Eagles Cafe
It was Sue's dream

To the Editor:
What a great story (“Twin Eagles Café still standing strong,” Jan. 14 Snohomish Tribune).
I knew Sue since she was 13. At 15 she told me that her dream was to own her own restaurant. She achieved that dream. I am grateful to see her sons continue to keep her dream alive.

Dave Webster

Twin Eagles Cafe
Family was Sue's priority

To the Editor:
I am so touched and proud of my nephews, and how wonderful for the investors to step up. Sue was my big sister and family was her highest priority. Right now, she is probably thinking, “I guess I did something right.” Good job, boys.

Cherie Kelsay
Cloverdale, Calif.

Snohomish Stocker Property
Not a fair deal

To the Editor:
The article “City buys Stocker land for future park” (Jan. 14 Snohomish Tribune) reports that the city and the Stockers consider the $500K deal paid for by Snohomish County property taxes “a fair deal.”
Well, it isn’t a fair deal for me. As a city resident and Snohomish County property taxpayer who expects the city and county to be good stewards of both finances and the environment, this deal is a boondoggle and actually is harmful to the environment.
The Stockers disclosed to the city the fact that there may be hazardous waste on the twenty acres. Many decades ago, there at one time was a wood mill operation on site. My elderly neighbor remembers the mill making railroad ties among other products. As far as I know this deal let the Stockers “off the hook” for possible cleanup costs. (Creosote takes hundreds of years to aerate, dissipate and become harmless).
As far as I know I don’t believe the city or county performed even a preliminary soil testing of the site.
The city attorney has a long history of waiving the “due diligence clause.” Remember the Central Feed Mill and the purchase of the land from BNSF? It cost city taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars to clean up the contaminated soils in order to build the current senior center - all because the city never required soil testing at time of purchase.
And remember the city not checking early on for human remains in the abandoned cemetery on Cypress Avenue ­— wasting $300,000 in the process?
And what happened to the city’s stated goal of restoring salmon habitat on the Stocker land? Cow manure runoff is not good for salmon or humans (think E. Coli).

Evangeline Loranc

Steve Bertrand
An amazing man

To the Editor:
Over the course of my four years at Cascade High School, I have had the great honor to receive coaching and community service opportunities by the legendary Steve K. Bertrand. Mr. Bertrand has been a positive role model for me ever since the beginning. He has strengthened my mental, physical and even my intellectual capabilities as a student at Cascade High School. He has also made me proud to be at the school of pride, through his encouragement and motivation at every single practice; honor, strength, and unity.
Coach Bertrand is a very understanding, and flexible person. He is a very versatile man that is not just about running or helping the community. He is a very successful writer, martial artist, and guitarist. Besides being a coach at Cascade, he teaches two other topics: guitar and English. To this day, I do not know another person at Cascade who can educate in so many diverse ways. He is the ideal coach that any school would want, because he knows the perfect medium to balance running, the community, and morals. This has led to many of his successes as a coach, teacher, and volunteer. His legacy is far from being over: he has more teams to send to state championships, he has more opportunities to present to the team about volunteering opportunities, and he has far more years into making not only the school of pride a better place, but the community as well.

Ken Tran
Cascade High senior

Letters published in the Jan. 14 Tribune:

Former Snohomish Mayor
Remembering Ralph Davis

To the Editor:
The Snohomish Rotary club is saddened over the passing of former member Ralph Davis. 
In June 2004, Ralph Davis traveled to Chengdu, China, as part of a RotoPlast Mission and served as support to the surgical teams who were busy mending cleft palates. It was like going back “home” to Ralph as he spent the school year of 1984-1985 as an exchange teacher at Shi Shi High School.
On behalf of the Snohomish Rotary Club we would like to express our deepest sympathy to Ralph’s family and thank him for his many years of service.

Robert Knight
Snohomish Rotary

East Monroe Rezone
City's spending habits misguided

To the Editor:
It’s ironic that the City of Monroe cannot afford to hire another certified public accountant, but can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on the East Monroe rezone boondoggle. 
The state Growth Management Hearings Board issued an order extending the compliance schedule for the church and city on
Jan. 2, 2015, which means the city will pay staff costs and legal expense for another year of conflict. The sad thing is the city will have nothing to show for the huge expense even if successful, which I doubt it will be.
The city taxpayers may thank the four council members who have supported the property owner for over four years on the East Monroe rezone. 
Lowell Anderson

Lowell book
Tribune praised

To the Editor:
The Lowell Civic Association would like to thank
Michael Whitney for the article “Lowell’s gritty history is new book” (published in the Dec. 10 Tribunes).
We received many inquiries and further information about our history, and some purchased our new book.
Not one, but many individuals made our book possible. From our Historical Committee members, to businesses, grants and individual donors that contributed time, money, resources and stories, we are truly grateful.
Some stories included in our book came from people that wrote memories as a direct result of previous articles by Mr. Whitney.
Karen Redfield’s expertise, knowledge of layout and dedication made our book of high caliber that would not have been possible without her.
We always welcome new stories, pictures, history and contacts. I may be contacted at 425-258-9381 or at

Gail Chism
Lowell Historical Chair
Lowell Civic Association


Letters published in the Jan. 7, 2015 Tribune:

Snohomish Stocker Property
Critic would love a deal like that

To the Editor:
This is an open letter to the Snohomish County Council.
Dear Councilmembers:
I understand the County Council considers the County to be flush with property taxpayers’ dollars.
Please refer to the Stocker Property deal.
Where can I get in line for a similar deal?
I have 20 acres of swamp land and if you can get the right appraiser you might be able to get them to overrule the County Assessor and state appraisers’ opinions by saying one or two acres might be developable.
However, I insist on the following conditions:
1. Thanks to the generosity of county property taxpayers, the acreage for decades has been classified as tax exempt open space agriculture land. It must remain that way - no parks, no ballfields, no parking lots, no dog park, etc.
2. I retain all mineral and water rights in perpetuity for my heirs and/or assignees.
3. I retain the right to pasture and move my cattle across the property in perpetuity for my heirs and/or assignees.
4. I want to have naming rights to the acreage as I have an “emotional” attachment. Right now, I would call it “Opie’s Land” after Ron Howard. Also, “O.P.” could stand for “Other People” as Snohomish mayor Karen Guzak was quoted in the Herald as saying “We got what we wanted. And somebody else to pay for it.”
5. Since I’m on the board of trustees along with my church president who is on a city council, I want to be able to have the acreage for two church picnics and attendant parking each year.
6. The acreage may contain hazardous waste and possibly a million dollar cleanup bill for which I will not be responsible. O.P. (Other People) will have to pay for it.

This deal will be really good for me.

Morgan Davis

Human trafficking
Tips on fighting trafficking

To the Editor:
Thank you Melanie Russell for such a well written and awareness raising article (“Teens often targeted to be swept into forced sex trade, even here,” Dec. 24 Tribunes).
Thank you for mentioning “the signs” that a child is in danger. One thing missing was what to do when you recognize the signs. Some of the recommendations are: Do not try to rescue, do not approach a suspected trafficker, take notes on your observations and call the Human Trafficking hotline 888-3737-888.
Always call 911 if a child is in imminent danger.
Also we encourage the term “prostituted children” versus prostitutes.
I do awareness training for airline and airport personnel, and for the tourism industry.
We must keep up this movement and I thank you for your commitment!

Deborah Quigley
Honolulu, Hawaii

Sky Valley Food Bank
Grateful to donors

To the Editor:
A wise man once said, “He is blessed who possesses a giving heart.”
Monroe is blessed with many, many giving hearts.
Because of your generous support we were able to provide complete holiday meals for 394 grateful families. We were also able to bring Christmas joy to 603 children with your donations of toys, books and games.
Once again, the Wilton family, in memory of Diane Wilton, donated Christmas stockings stuffed with treats and surprises to brighten the holiday.
We here at Sky Valley Food Bank, as always, remain forever in debt to you, our donors, to our wonderful dedicated volunteers, and to all the extra volunteers who came in to assist us in this massive endeavor.

Neil Watkins
Executive Director, Sky Valley Food Bank


Letters published in the Dec. 17 Tribune:

New Everett logo
Logo misses hometown feel

To the Editor:
I considered entering the contest for the new Everett logo. As a matter of fact I had quite a few rough drafts drawn up but did not have any fancy computer software or Photoshop so I bowed out knowing that someone else would have all the fancy techniques to create a beautiful product that would, by the city’s own guidelines, include our Everett Navy base, Boeing, BNSF and fishing and crabbing. The winning design has none of those things. It looks like a piece of paper folded up. And we’re going to spend thousands of dollars changing everything from stationary to city trucks? I’m embarrassed. And to top it off the contest winner Sean Hamilton is a graphic artist?

M’Lissa Hartley

Road safety
A plea to be more visible at night

To the Editor:
As we all know, Snohomish is filled with bicyclists and pedestrians walking on nearly all of our streets. Now that the days are shorter and the darkness is much longer, I feel a few things need to be addressed. I live in the Fobes Hill area and have always been very cautious of people walking and ridding on the roads. Too often I see people at the last moment because it is dark, and they are wearing all dark clothing. This makes me very concerned for the safety of these pedestrians as well as the driver. How can the drivers be expected to see people if they are not doing anything to make themselves visible? Just carrying a flashlight or wearing an inexpensive reflective vest can make all the difference in the world. 
Moneka Clayton

Helping nature
Put up bird feeders in wintertime

To the Editor:
It’s that time of year again. Time to feed the birds, especially the Hummingbirds. We have four Hummingbird feeders and today I counted (as best I could) between 25- 28 hungry hummers. If I have that many hummers in my little corner of the world, just image how many are out there looking for flower nectar that is presently scarce.
I never realized that so many birds stayed in the Northwest. We keep two other feeders going. These are filled with sunflower seeds. We also scatter cracked corn for the bigger birds. Our feeders are very close to our kitchen nook windows and that doesn’t seem to bother the birds at all, plus we get to see them up close. When we go to fill the feeders the birds fly around us as if to say, hurry up we are hungry.
Please do your part for our beautiful feathered friends. Put up feeders all winter long.
Joanne Hiersch


Letters published in the Dec. 10 Tribune:

Smoking rules
Enforce them first

To the Editor:
Regarding the health district’s proposed smoking regulation changes (“County smoking rules may tighten up,” Dec. 3 Tribunes): It is strange that the health district would want to, as they call it, strengthen existing laws when I go to a place where people who smoke constantly disregard the no smoking signs that are posted outside the building. The need to be able to address and enforce this problem would be more of a need than what’s proposed.

Patricia Presley

Secure your loads
One driver's traumatic experience

To the Editor:
On Dec. 17, 2013, I was driving toward town on Bickford Avenue just past the Quick Kick Java coffee stand (at Skipley Road/52nd St. SE). It was dark. I could not see that there was something in the middle of the road until I was too close to avoid it. I hit it square in the middle of my car. My car bucked hard and I thought I had somehow driven over it. I was very shook up. I had a half mile to go so I drove home. Just before I got there the car started hesitating. I pulled into the driveway. I looked at the front of my car and saw a huge round stuck in my front end.
My thought is someone was carrying unsecured firewood. They turned from Skipley Road onto Bickford. As they turned onto Bickford, three rounds rolled off the vehicle onto the road.
I was without my car for 11 days. My car had 3,334 miles on it. It hadn’t even had its first oil change. It cost $6,635 to get it fixed.
The reason I am writing this letter is because I am haunted by what happened.
I have driven for 47 years and never had this happen. Now I am terrified to drive at night. I know it is unreasonable, but I fear what might be hidden in the darkness. I will not drive at night if it can be avoided. It has been almost a year and the fear has not lessened.
I am asking that when you are carrying a load please secure it. It may prevent an accident.

Judy Young


Letters published in the Dec. 3 Tribune:

Hal Moe Pool
Give Boys & Girls Club the site

To the Editor:
Regarding the Hal Moe Pool site (“Hal Moe Pool site may be rebuilt,” Nov. 26 Snohomish County Tribune): Give the space to the Boys & Girls Club to expand. They deserve it so much! It’s such a great place for kids! The staff and kids at the current location are crammed in the facility and, despite the awesome effort of the staff, the kids get bored with the lack of space to play. If the club needs money to build it, the community will be happy to oblige, I am certain. My kids used the Boys & Girls Club for many years and still talk about the fun times they had there! The new facility could house an awesome teen center with maybe a snack bar, movie room, game room, study/homework room and a computer room. The location is perfect since it’s right next door to the current facility and skate park.

Heather Craig

Fobes Hill School Bus Stop
Safety issue on Fobes Road

To the Editor:
I have video of the large bus going down Fobes and turning around, after dropping off my grandson at this very dangerous intersection (“Bus stop too far away, one mom says,” Nov. 5 Snohomish County Tribune). The school district has a short bus going through this intersection minutes before the large bus. They can pick up our children! This is a safety issue; these are very young children. The short bus now drops off my grandson most of the days after school because the driver must pick up a student who must use a car seat. Maybe ALL our children ought to be using them.

Denyse Cook-Whitlatch




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