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Letters published in the latest edition of the 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
Snohomish


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
Everett



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
Snohomish

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
Monroe


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
Snohomish

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
Snohomish


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

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
Snohomish

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
Arlington

 

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: www.theslowlane.com/other/celltree.html

Barry Flickinger
Snohomish


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
Snohomish
(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
Snohomish

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
Snohomish


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

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

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

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
Snohomish



Cross Valley Water District
Cast vote for new leadershi
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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
Snohomish



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
Snohomish

 

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
Snohomish

 

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
Snohomish


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
Everett

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
Snohomish


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 www.vote4snohomishparks.org for more
information. And please vote yes!

Lya Badgley
Snohomish

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
Snohomish

Scholarships
Kudos to kid
s

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
Snohomish

Letters published in the June 10 Tribune:

Retiring teachers
Congratulations to teacher
s

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
Snohomish



Letters published in the June 3
Tribune:

Marijuana
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

Wildlife
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
Snohomish

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
Snohomish

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
Shoreline

 

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
Snohomish


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
Snohomish


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
Snohomish

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
Snohomish

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
Snohomish


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
Snohomish


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
Everett

 

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
Monroe


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
Snohomish

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:
Contact.Council@snoco.org
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 www.change.org
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
Clearview


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
Everett

 

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  


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
Snohomish


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
Snohomish

 

 

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

Compliments
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
Snohomish

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
Lynnwood


Heroin
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

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
Snohomish




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
Snohomish

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
Kennewick


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
Renton

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
contact.council@snoco.org 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
Snohomish

 

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
Snohomish


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


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
Snohomish

 

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
Snohomish


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. www.thehandupproject.org

Robert Smiley
Everett

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
Snohomish


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
Everett

 

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
Marysville

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
Snohomish

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
Everett



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
Monroe



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 iamchism@yahoo.com

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
Snohomish

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
Everett

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
Snohomish


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
Snohomish

 

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
Everett


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
Snohomish

 

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
Snohomish

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
Snohomish

Take action
Speak up to make a difference


To the Editor:
Matt White recently shared an idea to help the homeless in his letter. (‘Idea: Open shelters in Everett,’ Tribune letters, Nov. 19) We can speak to our representatives and tell them hunger in America is not acceptable. Or we can ask them to support funding for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to ensure all children in our world are vaccinated against disease. Recently, child deaths from measles have risen by thousands in our world.  And we could ask them to extend the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit.  Both of these tax credits are due to expire and keep millions of Americans out of poverty.  Take a moment to think of what you can do for others.  Then take action, like Mr. White, and make a difference in your world.  If you are still unsure of what to do, pick up a copy of Sam Daley-Harris’ book, Reclaiming Our Democracy, and learn about active citizenship.  Or check out the organization he founded, RESULTS (results.org) and join the local Snohomish group working to end hunger and poverty in our world. 

Willie Dickerson
Snohomish

 

Letters published in the Nov. 19 Tribune:

Homeless population
Idea: Open shelters in Everett

To the Editor:
Regarding the city’s plans to address homelessness (story in the Nov. 12 Everett Tribune): Open up shelters in vacant commercial space. Staff those shelters through a volunteer fair and have a beard competition to help pay for the fair. I know guys in the Emerald City Beardos, who do a lot of these shows for charity. Push this on Facebook and Twitter and all the other sites and remind people that a lot of the homeless are veterans. Pay the property owners for the commercial space at a very low rate, per head sheltered, for their space that is earning them nothing. They can help spread the word, which then earns them more money per homeless sheltered. Probably not in the real world, but hey, it’s an idea.

Matt White
Everett

Snohomish Stocker Property
Keep it agricultural

To the Editor:
Regarding the Tribune’s Nov. 5 article “Stocker park plan faces zoning threat”: As a 72-year-old resident and 50-year Snohomish City and County property taxpayer, I take issue with the statement in the story, “As negotiations continue between the city and the Stocker family, it has been noted by officials that the land is not farmable due to its location in a flood zone.”
The Snohomish River Valley, although it floods frequently, is very viable agricultural land. That’s why it is zoned Ag-10 ag land. Stockers’ 20 acres is home to a large herd of Hereford cattle.
Not online is Ag-10 ag land in a major floodway and undevelopable, it should be off-limits to anything not connected to agriculture.
Otherwise, you’re going to see the Snohomish River Valley turn into the Green River Kent Valley with jet aircraft, ballfields, warehouses, etc.
I support County Counciman Dave Somers’ efforts to preserve basic agriculture in the Snohomish River Valley floodplain.
There are other options for a boat launch. Ironically, the whole purpose of the County Conservation Futures Fund, paid for by property taxes, is to buy and preserve open space.
The Stockers’ 20 acres are already classified tax-exempt open space. Keep it that way.

Morgan Davis
Snohomish


Letters published in the Oct. 29 Tribune:

East Monroe rezone
Sept. 23 aftermath unfortunate

To the Editor:
Regarding the story “Council halts East Monroe rezone plan,” Oct. 22 Snohomish County Tribune : The statement, “the voting activity leading up to last week’s final decision spurred little comments from concerned citizens” is not accurate. You will find that seven “concerned citizens,” including the ever-vigilant Lowell Anderson, spoke at the Oct.14 Council meeting in favor of ending the city’s pursuit of this insane rezone proposal. Sixteen “concerned citizens” did the same at the meeting on Sept. 23. Many of those comments were actually quite lengthy and certainly eloquent.
By their presence and their applause, the members of the capacity crowd that showed up on Sept. 23 to oppose any further city expenditure for the rezone made a loud “concerned citizen” commentary themselves.
That being said, it was very unfortunate that following the meeting on Sept. 23. two individuals lost their tempers and directed that anger at Pastor Minnick.

Doug Hamar
Monroe


Everett Recovery Cafe
Staff is great

To the Editor:
Regarding the story on Everett Recovery Cafe opening (Oct. 15 Tribunes): I have been a member of Seattle Recovery Café for 3 months now. After 40 years of dealing with my recovery going to various doctors, I have found what I needed. The staff is absolutely amazing.

Jessica Stevens
Seattle

 

Letters published in the October 22 Tribunes:

Snohomish Marijuana ban decision
Pleased with ban

To the Editor:
As a recently retired scientist from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, I am pleased with your officials’ (Snohomish City Council) recent marijuana prohibition activities.
There are no approved medicinal uses for pot. The dangers of this drug to the developing brain is not a controversial issue in the health community.
My interests are in advocating for my rights and those of my fellow citizens to breathe clean air without having to worry about being impacted by the decisions of those around them.

Douglas Carlson
Mill Creek

Ebola
Kudos on Ebola piece

To the Editor:
Thanks for the article on Ebola and vaccinations ("As Ebola breaches U.S., push mounts for vaccines abroad," Oct. 8 Tribunes).
These issues come together as the health care systems of systems of developing countries are having great difficulty battling the Ebola outbreak.
There are hopes for a vaccine in the future. Enter Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, working with developing countries to create and carry out vaccination plans to reach all children.
This process strengthens the health care systems and saves lives. Once in place, it will also be able to disseminate an Ebola vaccine when it comes available. This in turn protects everyone, since epidemics must now be treated globally, as shown by the recent case of Ebola in Dallas.
Funding Gavi is an excellent step to preventing disease and saving lives. Citizens can take action by speaking to their elected representatives about these important matters.

Willie Dickerson
Snohomish


Everett City Council Elections
Vote for Tuohy

To the Editor:
Judy Tuohy has brought Everett important recognition and helped revitalize downtown.
She’s worked with people from diverse backgrounds and has earned your vote.
With Judy on the Council, Everett would have a more representative government.
Four out of seven council members are CPAs or CFOs. Everett’s council needs fewer CPAs and more women qualified to lead. We don’t need another numbers person; we need someone who understands the social issues beyond the numbers.
With Judy on the Council, Everett would not have passed the burden of fixing the budget by approving a regressive utility tax and $20 car fee. The 4 to 3 vote to increase taxes passed by one vote-Richard Andersen. He was appointed to the Council by Scott Murphy, after he got Murphy elected. We need an open government, not back room deals, secretes and scandals.
With Judy on the Council, Everett would have a council member who listens. Last fall, the Council heard from Everett residents asking for more representation -they ignored the will of the people and appointed more of the same.
That decision brought a new layer of government with car fees and taxing the heat on poor people!
Judy helped raise millions of dollars to start the Shack Art Center; she has the leadership to find long term solutions to Everett’s financial problems.
Now Everett residents, not just four council members get to decide who represents us!
Join me in voting for Judy Tuohy for Everett City Council.

Megan Dunn
Everett

 

Letters published in the Oct. 8 Tribune:

Paine Field

To the Editor:
There are a countless number of folks who live north of Seattle, including myself, that have been wishing for an airport at Paine Field for decades. Sea-Tac has had a stranglehold on air travelers from Snohomish County and beyond way too long and it's time for change. It seems Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson continually says, "we oppose the airport expansion." It's time to bottle the whine, move into the 21st Century and support the airport expansion.

Terry Tollefson
Everett


Snohomish Parks Tax Idea

Writer says this is a bad idea coming

To the Editor:
Regarding the article titled “Slow-growing city budget will allow for new hires next year” (Sept. 3 Snohomish County Tribune):
The article reports that the “city appears likely it will take a parks district property tax ballot measure to voters next year.” (It’s also called an MPD — Metropolitan Parks District.)
I supported Snohomish’s TBD (Transportation Benefit District) that brought us the roundabout at 15th and Avenue D. The city initially wanted to fund it with a $20 car tab fee without a vote, but another citizen and I convinced the council instead to go with a 0.2 percent sales tax increase for 1å0 years. The city voters approved the measure.
However, the MPD is vastly different.
Once created, it can’t be undone by the city voters and it goes on forever and it is funded by a regressive property tax that can be increased by only the council, not city voters.
In other words the council is given a blank check with the implied message to the voters of “trust us.”
And that’s only the half of it. The city’s proposed boundary line for the MPD taxing district is the city limits. Those outside the city like Fobes Hill, Dutch Hill, Clearview and the rest of the Snohomish School District #201 areas get a free ride. They get to use and enjoy the parks but don’t contribute a dime to help pay for them.
The MPD, as proposed, is a bad idea.

Morgan Davis
Snohomish


Letters published in the Sept. 24 Tribune:


Brain Cancer Profile
Kudos on accurate piece

To the Editor:
Bravo on Melanie Russell’s article about Marty Weed and the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk (“When cancer returns, fight on,” Sept. 17 Tribunes).
As a 5-year survivor of brain cancer this will be my 5th year walking. You did an outstanding job describing his journey which was very similar to mine. Now I’m eager to meet him and his daughter and give them a thumbs up! Thanks for an uplifting and highly accurate depiction of what purposeful and positive living is!

Melonie Claybrook
Snohomish


Snohomish Roundabout
The speed limit is 25

To the Editor:
Recently, while turning right on to Avenue D from 14th a car came speeding up behind me. The driver got angry at my slow speed. This is not the first time a driver has exited the roundabout at a high rate of speed to tailgate me or other cars doing the speed limit on Avenue D.
The posted limit for going through the new roundabout is 15 mph. I regularly see drivers using the exit onto Avenue D as their own personal slingshot and start on Avenue D (as well as Bickford and Ridge) easily doing 30-35 mph. This is a common speed limit for most city streets; however, the speed limit in Snohomish is largely 25 mph. Unfortunately, there is no sign to indicate this at the roundabout. This is a problem that needs to be addressed.
The people responsible for the roundabout really dropped the ball. Traffic has increased, the flow and speed of cars coming off the roundabout makes it almost impossible to turn left from 14th or the businesses along that portion of Avenue D during certain times of the day. And often to even turn right onto Avenue D. Granted turning onto Avenue D has always been a problem, but now that cars no longer have to stop before entering Avenue D, there is no reason to slow down either.
Or perhaps even a police presence to remind drivers: Surprise, surprise the speed limit is 25!
There must be a way to solve this and make getting onto Avenue D safer and maybe even a little bit easier. Citizenship at work!

Claudia Stephens
Snohomish


Everett logo contest
Waste of money

To the Editor:
Re: “Everett opens $5,000 city logo contest to public,” Sept. 17 Tribunes: The need for this is what? In this time of balancing the budget, raising taxes, this town is worrying about a “do I look pretty” item such as a new logo!

J.B. Wildman
Everett



Letters published in the Sept. 17 Tribune:

Marijuana in Snohomish
Pot shop flip flop wrong

To the Editor:
I'm saddened that a vocal group of "passionate" (read intimidating) anti-drug zealots can convince the town council to outright ban legal marijuana shops in our town.
The only thing banning legal sales does is to help the black market thrive.
They want to "save" your kids by sending them to jail? Brilliant! Destroy the village to save it! Over a useful, and sometimes  enjoyable herb.  Do you really think your children won't touch the forbidden fruit? When I was a teen, it was the wealthy, "upstanding" kids that were the most hardcore stoners.
We have more people in prison than Stalin had in the gulags, and these "brave" drug warriors want to add your sons and daughters to ranks of the unemployable.
Meanwhile, do you imagine that guys trafficking in South American meth, with a little pot on the side, will hesitate to sell your kids heroin?  I read that opiates have become the drug of choice in our fair hamlet - it's so much easier to hide than either pot or booze.
Thomas Jefferson said: "No nation is drunken where wine is cheap; and none sober, where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage."
It was true then, and it's true now.
This state wisely voted to legalize (but sadly, over regulate) pot because prohibition creates a market that feeds criminal cartels.  After 40 years of the failed drug war, you'd think even a football coach could understand
the dynamic.

Christopher Bingham
Snohomish



Marijuana in Snohomish
Snohomish as Mayberry

To the Editor:
  Although the majority of Snohomish legal voters voted in favor of I-502, the Snohomish Council sided with a vocal group of teachers and non-city voters who want to keep marijuana criminalized as a “message to teenagers”. Responsible law-abiding adults are left out in the cold as a consequence.
Contrast that with the Lake Stevens City Council who want Lake Stevens to be known as a progressive, diverse city, tolerant of different lifestyles and socioeconomic status. The council fully embraces I-502 with a retail shop opening this month on Hartford Drive. The council was even invited for a tour of the facility prior to the grand opening.
The Snohomish City Council regressed to its old image of trying to be like “Mayberry,” full of country bumpkins. However, I don’t think Don Knotts, Ron Howard and Andy Griffith would have voted for intolerance and against liberty and free choices and certainly wouldn’t hijack a certified free and fair election result.
Shame on the Snohomish City Council. Thank God we have a courts system that will weed out such dinosaurs’ thinking.

Evangeline Loranc
Snohomish


Smith Island Project

A failure waiting to happen?

To the Editor:
The recent testimony given to the Snohomish County Council regarding the restoration project on Smith Island could be summarized as follows:
• Snohomish County has failed to comply with the legal process and has given inaccurate information to the public.
• 350 acres of land currently utilized for agriculture will be lost or destroyed.
• A goal has been set by Snohomish County and the Tribe to convert 1,200 acres from agriculture to native habitat.
• This 350 acres will meet the goal.
• Similar multimillion dollar salmon habitat projects within the Snohomish River delta have been a failure and have not provided any salmon habitat.
• The proposed habitat on Smith Island may only produce a “bug” population to feed the fish.
Spending $20 million to create 350 acres of habitat to grow a “bug” population is absurd and abusive.

Dan Bartelheimer
Vice president, Snohomish County Farm Bureau

 

Letters published in the Sept. 10 Tribune:

Snohomish marijuana ban
Why let minority decide majority rule?

To the Editor:
While I’m not a marijuana enthusiast, I hope the city does not extend this silly, nanny state restriction.
One thing I love about this town is how politically eclectic it is: I see numerous cars besides mine that have both National Rifle Association stickers and equality stickers on them.
Unlike the control freaks in King County, ours is a town
where people with a variety of viewpoints get along well and which isn't heavily invested in micromanaging our neighbors.
I found the description of the N.O.P.E. group ludicrous. Why would Snohomish let people who collected a mere 275 signatures affect the choices available to a town
of over 9,000 people, mostly adults who voted to legalize?
Your article (“Heroin: Use impacts more than just the user,” Aug. 27 Snohomish County Tribune) mentions a real drug problem that need to be combated: heroin use.
And we have quite a few bars here in town. Alcohol is a much more dangerous drug: I have seen two people drink themselves to death and several people ruin their lives
with its abuse. Alcohol also lowers inhibitions towards violence. How many times are police called in response to fights outside of bars? In comparison, how often are they called to deal with violence outside of recreational and medical marijuana stores?
I don’t hear about that happening.
One concern mentioned in your article that does deserve attention is keeping underage youth from accessing marijuana. If stores selling pot are required to check IDs that
should be a non-issue. Let's forget extending this pointless moratorium.

Don Baldwin
Snohomish


Snohomish Senior Center

Rebukes claim that center is “selfish”

To the Editor:
Re: Evangeline Loranc’s letter (Letters, Aug. 27 Tribune):
Where do you get your facts?  The Senior Center has never put out a “no vacancy sign” to the City Council.
I checked with the current Director and the Program Manager, they both confirmed that the city of Snohomish has never approached us to host the Council meetings. 
Our center staff often works with the city on many events held in Snohomish.  We have a good working relationship with the city. 
Also, about the $1.5 million the city spent on the clean-up of the site:  The city was required to clean up the ground regardless who built there.  Yes, the city did pave our parking lot.  The city would have done the street work regardless who built there, that’s what the city does.  By the way, Second Street looks great with its new surface.
I stand behind my statement that the building was built with mostly private funds and if taxpayer dollars were used they were a small portion. We are not ungrateful of our support.  The city takes care of the outside of our building, we take care of the inside.  When vandals broke our windows we paid for the repair.
I believe “The Pink House,” where the Snohomish Senior Center started, was a private donation. That was donated to the city.
I also am a taxpayer, but I think my membership dues are the best $30 I spend all year.
The return on my investment is limited only because I do not have time to enjoy all the activities.
 
Bernice Wright
Snohomish

Heroin
Similiar experience

To the Editor:
Re: “Heroin: Use impacts more than just the user,” Aug. 27 Snohomish County Tribune: I, too, am a single woman, 56 years of age, and also missing that special “grandma time” with my now adopted 7-year-old grandson.
I never dreamed of raising another child after raising my own two children, now adults. Child Protective Services removed my grandson at 18 months old from his mother, my daughter, upon my request.
When she learned she was pregnant she promised me she would quit using and that her life would be at it’s fullest with a baby in her life. I was sickened when she said that.
She proved herself wrong. She started using meth when she was 19 and is using heroin now at age 29.
Her son has not seen her for over 4 years now, my wishes, until she can live a sober, responsible life. She has put him through so much hurt.
His father is incarcerated and unknown to us when his release will be. Both parents’ rights were relinquished, and/or terminated. I adopted him three years ago this December. He is a bright, healthy, loving child, she is missing so much, and that does not take away the pain she has caused him and this family. I don't wish anyone to experience life with an addict, it truly can make you all sick. Get the help and support to get yourself through it is all one can do.

Debbie Eisenhauer
Everett

Snohomish County
Government overruns

To the Editor:
Do you recall the controversy over spending $17 million to build the new Everett School District building rather than putting that money into upgrades on current facilities or the classrooms?
When one of our new legislators went to Olympia a couple of years ago, discussions about Common Core were shut down immediately with: “That train has left the station!”
No matter how many hearings there are, how many objections there are, or how many studies show that the Smith Island Project does not accomplish its purported goal – saving fish – one gets the impression that “that train has left the station!”
Now let’s consider the proposed new Snohomish County Courthouse: In May, County Councilman Ken Klein was quoted by KOMO 4 as saying, “It’s hard to stop a train that's already left the station!”
Do you see a pattern here?
In that same piece, County Executive Lovick was quoted as saying: “It really is not a big deal.” And, isn’t that just the problem!? ‘Taxpayers and property owners be damned, I am in charge!’
A recent Daily Herald article says, “Snohomish County’s future courthouse won’t go over budget . . . .”
What is the budget now? Has there ever been a government project that didn’t go over budget?
This project has already been poorly managed and ground hasn’t even been broken yet. There is a new architect firm. What are the current expenses attributed to the old firm?  Since it was not included in the original plan, how will the transfer of inmates be handled?
Do we really need a new courthouse? If so, why not stick to the original plan, which would save millions by building on county property?
Oh, that’s right! That train has left the station!

Jeannette Sumpter
Bothell

Jericho All-Ages Venue
Thank you for spotlight

To the Editor:
Thank you for bringing light to Jericho (“Everett’s all-ages concert venue left searching for home,” Aug. 27 Everett Tribune).
As parents who have three adult children and work with the arts and local shelters, we see the need for a safe place for our young adults and teens to thrive and be encouraged to be a part of something creative. Thank you again, we of course are really rooting for this as it would be beneficial to our communities to keep youth off the streets!

Jackie Cort
Snohomish


Letters published in the September 3 edition of the Tribune:


Recreational marijuana businesses in Snohomish
Legalize it here to fight drug cartels


To the Editor:
I’d like to thank reporter Melanie Russell for her
excellent and informative article on the heroin problem in Snohomish County and the nation (“Heroin: Use impacts more than just the user,” Aug. 27 Snohomish County Tribune). The plague of heroin addiction is a scourge that needs to be fought from all directions.
One way to fight heroin is to legalize marijuana. I know this is hard for some to swallow, but if you think about it, it makes sense and here’s why.
The illicit drug cartels and crime syndicates make 80
percent of their total profits from the lucrative black market sale of marijuana — with a lot of the sales going to minors. The drug cartels then take their lucrative profits from marijuana and invest in cut-rate, cheap heroin that they then flood into the U.S. market, addicting millions of citizens. After getting them hooked on heroin, they raise the black market prices.
Initiative 502, in its full implementation, will help fight the heroin problem.
Profits will go to the taxpayers and local law-abiding entrepreneurs instead of the drug cartels which have killed 70,000 people since 2006, many of them gruesome beheadings.
It was in 1971 that Richard Nixon realized he was losing the war in Vietnam. Instead of blaming his Secretaries of Defense and State and his own generals, he blamed our fighting American troops whom he falsely believed were smoking marijuana. He even blamed the Beatles because they smoked marijuana.
So Nixon placed marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, more dangerous than heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine, thus starting the war on marijuana and consequently ruining millions of lives and cost the taxpayers trillions of dollars in law and justice and incarceration costs.
All Snohomish citizens should embrace I-502. After all, it’s state law and we live in a majority rule democracy.

Morgan Davis
Snohomish


Hagen Water Fight
Things are different on Ebey Island

To the Editor:
Regarding the stories on the Hagen water fight: That is an interesting story, to say the least! We have lived on Ebey island over 25 years and have a private water district also. We get our water from the Everett water district but pay the administrator and "meter reader," a fee which is added to our water bill. It is now an additional $48 per billing cycle (every 2 months).
We have residents who refuse to pay their bills, some are behind over 4 months. We also have had damage to our main water pipes from transients, which ends up being the responsibility of the 12 or fewer homeowners in the private water district. Unincorporated Snohomish seems to have their own rules sometimes. Everyone needs to pay their share, if the farm has two rental properties, I think they should be billed separately. They are clearly getting income from the property.

Daphne Godejohn
Ebey Island



Prior letters published in the August 2014 editions of the Tribune:

Hagen Water Fight
Disappointed in water district

To the Editor:
I’m disappointed in the way the Cross Valley Water District is handling the case with the Hagen Family Farm. Most water districts have cases where arrangements were made decades ago which differ from current practices, but those should be grandfathered. Who knows what the agreement between the land owner and the district was 50 years ago? I’m sure most business back then was done on a handshake between neighbors, and it just wasn't documented. How can the district retroactively charge for something that was worked out so long ago; especially since the district clearly knew about the setup all this time? Small, local family farms are under pressure from so many angles, it is very difficult for them to make it in today’s world. They are an important part of our community, and undue, high-priced, made-up charges are an unfair and inappropriate burden. Let’s take care of our local farm families and treat them fairly.

Michelle Canfield
Snohomish


Hagen Water Fight
Shame on water district

To the Editor:
I worked with my father building some of the barns in the background of the Tribune’s photos with Jay Hagen. That was in 1955 or so. I was shocked to see the callus treatment of a solid family like the Hagens!
The two small houses had been used for hired help when the dairy farm was in need of full time hands. I find it outrageous that Cross Valley would suddenly hold hostage a family farm’s essential water after half a century of good faith by the Hagen family. Cross Valley has been paid for all the water delivered. What difference if it is metered by separate meters? More bureaucratic double charging for identical service.
Shame on Cross Valley! We all should speak up on behalf of an honest farm family man!

Richard Lyon
Juneau, Alaska


Snohomish Senior Center
Senior center selfish to not host council

To the Editor:
Re: Bernice Wright’s letter printed Aug. 15, 2014 in the Daily Herald titled “Snoho-mish Senior Center built privately”:
I am a hard working single mom whose main living expenses in Snohomish are property taxes and utility bills (water, sewer and garbage).
I was told that the city owns the senior center property and leases it to the nonprofit center for $1 annually. I was also led to believe city government has invested well over $1 million in land and improvements plus a $12,000 annual subsidy for operating expenses.
For a director to say the center came into fruition through private tax–deductible donations and without city taxpayers’ dollars is disingenuous at best and ungrateful and unappreciated to the taxpayers like me at the least.
Just think about it. I work my tail off so the city can provide a place for seniors to play cards and gamble and have other activities and then when someone suggests the city be allowed to use a center meeting room for nightly, bimonthly council meetings (instead of raising city property taxes for a $2.5 million for a new council chamber at First and Cedar), the center director puts out a “no vacancy” sign in her Daily Herald letter.
How selfish.

Evangeline Loranc
Snohomish


Poverty forum
Make a difference

To the Editor:
The global poverty forum Aug. 20 put on by RESULTS with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene was very informative. RESULTS leader Teresa Rugg talked about many humanitarian efforts the congresswoman had made, including her work to end hunger in America. She emphasized solutions that are proactive, like early childhood education that saves $7 for every dollar spent. She also stated that citizen voices could help to get Congress moving again. That active citizenship is what RESULTS focuses on to end hunger and poverty in America and the world. Currently, RESULTS is working to make sure the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) has sufficient funding to continue sustainable programs to make sure all children are vaccinated against common diseases.
RESULTS invites you to be a part of making a difference.
Call Teresa Rugg at 425-345-3958 for details.

Willie Dickerson
Snohomish


 

 

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