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Letters to the Editor
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Letters must be 250 words or less.

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Your letters:

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 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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Repainting Monroe Steamstack

Design options too wacky and tacky

To the editor:
Once again the Chamber of Commerce must have gotten into the wacky weed (“What should Monroe’s iconic steamstack look like?,” July 30 Tribune). I find the cow motifs “udderly” ridiculous. Or a can of Carnation milk?? When’s the last time you bought one, much less know what it’s for? Our youth here doesn’t.
Welcome signs (east and west) on Highway 2 lets people know what town they are in.
You have an artist in your midst, Janie Olson, who can do the stack justice — perhaps a candy cane spiral effect going upward would show something new. Check Olson out at ww.thestorybookstudio.com or email storybookstudent@verizon.net.

Steven Hillesland
Snohomish


Heroin
Where do users go for detoxification?

To the editor:
Thank you so much for doing this story. It’s about time that the media get involved with this epidemic.
I see way too much of this, and it is heartbreaking. There are not enough recources to help those wanting help.
I tried to get a man help about a week ago, and I only found one detox center and that was full. The man said to me he could’t t wait, and he needed in now or he wouldn’t do it.
Also where do they go after detox? Back out to the streets.
We need more detox centers, rehab facilities that will take the homeless, and then sober houses. Just putting these people in detox won’t do it.

Nora Beggs
Lake Stevens


Combat drugs with full-time jobs

To the editor:
There is a way to combat drugs. That comes from employers providing jobs with hours and wages that reflect today’s demands. It’s clear that $9 an hour and 20 hour workweeks doesn’t provide satisfaction. When you can’t buy food for your family, clothe your kids, buy decent transportation, you’re trapped in a cycle that demands an escape.
We’re asking young people to act responsibly while we show by our own actions they have no hope.
Give people full-time work, give people a reason to be responsible and stop hiding behind failed excuses. To combat drugs, let’s start a war on unemployment and disrespect for the workers.

Victor Harris
Everett

Lake Tye
Speed boats eroding Lake Tye shores

To the editor:
Lake Tye is a pristine water enjoyed by the public but with restrictions not exercised by the special interests.
Huge high powered speed boats towing skiers. Three foot wake eroding the western shoreline.
In time the city of Monroe will need to replace and move over our asphalt hiking trail further west.
Currently one area is doomed to lose a comforting rest bench. Three more feet of shoreline and the bench will learn how to sink or swim.
I ask the City Council to inspect the west shoreline of Lake Tye. To concur that either stone be placed to provide a bulwark or discontinue the use of speed boats. The special events group prohibits public use of beach access while the only boats allowed are ones with electric boat motors.
The park belongs to the people — does anyone ever read the last line of the Gettysburg Address?

Aaron “Mac” McCann
Sultan


Snohomish Roundabout
In favor of the new traffic circle

To the editor:
I have no doubt that the new traffic circle in Snohomish will alleviate the previous traffic on Avenue D at 15th Street, while adding a rather elegant intersection to our town. Our mayor's doing an excellent job of keeping our town quaint while clean and functional. I love this place!

Martin Cayford
Snohomish

Heroin
Suspicious of drug use among students

To the editor:
My daughter is at Ingelmoor High School and I am terrified at the thought of these drugs are around her and us.
Frankly with all the crap about marijuana she says everybody smokes dope now. Who knows whether it is laced with heroin? Stupid, stupid, stupid to legalize any more drugs. No wonder kids are going right to heroin. Everything else is almost legal.

Brian Gardner
Bothell

Support the Poor letter response
Help the homeless

To the editor:
I am inspired by Particia Johnson’s call to “help the poor now today.”  (“Support the poor,” Letter to the Editor in the July 30 Tribune).
With nearly half of America poor or near poor, each one helping one would do the trick. 
Another idea would be to write or call our elected leaders to do something about poverty in America. Start with renewing the child tax credit and the earned income credit.  Continue by giving all children an equal start in school by passing universal pre-kindergarten. 
Living wage jobs are important and can be increased by passing a transportation package to repair America’s failing infrastructure.  So use your vote and your voice to help the poor by supporting these and other proven solutions!

Willie Dickerson
Snohomish


Everett Police satellite station
Appreciative of Delta’s efforts

To the editor:
I would hope the Everett Police Department would also be inclined to have this office (“Satellite police office coming to northeast Everett,” July 9 Everett Tribune) because of the on-going efforts of the Delta Neighborhood Crime Watch.
As the NW Neighborhood Chair, I know we report our share of crime to 911 in the north end but the Delta Crime Watch has been extremely active in placing calls concerning drug houses, loitering problems at Safeway, prostitution on north Broadway and many hooded people riding children's bicycles with numerous items in their hands headed for various drug houses or a local pawn shop!
In addition, the participation by neighbors in Delta has really increased so that more neighbors are watching out for each other. We had the Delta Crime Watch leadership at our most recent neighborhood meeting and the information that was provided, including handouts from EPD, was far above most information we have had presented by the EPD at our neighborhood meetings.
I for one am greatly appreciative of the Delta Neighborhood Crime Watch efforts.

Shelley Weyer
Everett

Taxes
More taxes will solve problem?

To the editor:
The problem with imposing new taxes because of either a bad economy and/or bad management is that they have no expiration date. Does anyone seriously think the tax will be terminated when the economy gets better or when the financial shortfall is erased?

Pat Colwell
Everett


Carnegie Building
Spend money elsewhere

To the editor:
At the July 15th Snohomish City Council meeting, the council decided to go forward with a potential $2.5 million new council chambers/community meeting room next to the original 1910 Carnegie Library. The city’s scheme involves destroying the perfectly good, sturdy, one-story 1968 annex because of “aesthetics” reasoning.
The new council chambers would encompass about 1,440 square feet or only one-third the size of the existing 1968 annex. That works out to be a cost of $1,736 per square foot, not even counting the cost of land.
Instead, the city should spend $300,000 upgrading and remodeling the existing 5,000 square foot annex at a total cost of $60 per square foot.
The City Council gave the city manager a 7.5 percent salary increase in 2013 and a 3 percent salary increase this year citing “exemplary” performance.
The city manager is now conducting a City Councilmember and Mayor salary survey to justify an increase for them.
That and this proposed $2.5 million council chambers appear to be part of this symbiotic relationship between the council and the city manager. Or, as some would say, “payback.”
The council needs more watchdogs and fewer lapdogs.

Morgan Davis
Snohomish


Carnegie tenant sur prised by plan

To the editor:
I read the story about the Carnegie Building (July 23 Snohomish County Tribune) and, as the major tenant, it came as quite a surprise to learn the latest idea for use of the property, particularly in view of the cost of such a project, which would include tearing down a 5,000 square foot structure to build a 1,400 square foot structure for the City Council to hold meetings.
As an Auctioneer and Appraiser, I understand obsolescence and, although I love the Carnegie Building, let’s look at it without rose-colored glasses. The building was built in 1910, using one of the cheapest building plans by Carnegie. By 1968, it was functionally too small, so the city constructed a modern addition to a building that was just 58 years old, which also became too small.
Now the city has a new library that includes meeting rooms. We also have a great Senior Center that has plenty of meeting space. So, other than for occasional meetings booked by public and private groups, the Carnegie Building sits idle, except for our rent-paying, revenue-generating auction gallery.
The city could improve the main floor of the existing Carnegie Building with new paint, lighting and a video and speaker system that could be used, not only for council meetings, but for other meetings, shows or cultural events. By installing an elevator and repairing the roof of the annex, it would be suitable for educational use.
Instead of tearing down what we already have, let’s fix it and, even more important, let’s use it! Andrew Carnegie knew the value of money. He also knew the value of education and the arts, and his success in the business world enabled him to give the gift of those precious necessities of life to communities around the world. Let’s not squander that gift!

Mick Odell
Snohomish

Homeless in Everett
Support the poor

To the editor:
Just a few words to say, I have always felt bad for the little bum under the bridge. Being a retired school bus driver for Everett 36 years, I saw poverty on my bus. A high school boy told me he lived in a cardboard box behind where Costco was being built. I went back there, and sure enough, there was a blanket, 3 big boxes and 2 cans of tomato soup. I went to Everett High and they said they had no record of him. Well long story short, I took care of it and when I saw the student many years later, he thanked me again and he is married now. It is so little of an effort to help someone in need. We the people can help the poor now today. Thank you.

Patricia Johnson
Everett

 

 

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