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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

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

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

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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 or email

Steven Hillesland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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