Going green may not mean a whole lot of cost savings Dear Editor,
As Congress debates a cap-and-trade bill that will tax and/or reduce industrial, business, home, and auto emissions of CO2 the numbers claimed by the President and even Governor Gregoire don’t jive. Our Governor claimed that school green construction costs would only increase two percent and save on energy costs, but instead construction costs increased six percent ($27 million) and energy usage is up 30 percent. The government wants an emphasis on solar, wind, and corn-based ethanol, none of which are sufficient to provide our needs. The government all but ignores geo-thermal, nuclear, and sugar-based biodiesel. There have been no firm numbers given on how much this bill will reduce CO2 emissions, but we do know that Europe has only reduced their emissions by 0.42 percent since 1996, (Wow!) stand back the reduction is amazing! How about we engage common sense and drill more for oil and natural gas in the United States which will lead to energy independence from the Middle East. We can offer tax breaks for people that install energy efficient appliances, windows, or even gas-efficient cars (made in the U.S., assist the auto industry at the same time). As technology advances and the demand increases, our entrepreneurship will find solutions to our energy concerns. Extremists on either side of the issue will never come up with a useful solution and will only lead to economic disaster for our country. Todd Welch Everett
Joe’s old building has possibilities Dear Editor,
The letter in the July 8 edition, “Joe’s empty space could be entertainment venue investment” inspired me. I have had the idea that the former Joe’s building could be used as a bowling alley which could encompass video games and party areas. I agree with the writer that there needs to be more teen entertainment and I personally believe a bowling alley would appeal to adults and teens alike. You could have leagues, discounts for students (ASB cards), birthday parties, video games, and even a place for people to raise money (i.e. pajama or midnight bowling events). I also don’t have the money or business experience, but would like someone to consider.
Tracy Welch Everett
Hodge thanks community Dear Editor,
I can’t begin to express what your wonderful gift means to me and my family. The money is most definitely helpful and will go to extremely good use, there’s no doubt about that. But more than the monetary value, I so greatly appreciate the thought behind the gift. Illness is a burden but your actions have really lightened the load. For that especially, I thank you. This time has been difficult for me, but knowing I have the support of people and a community like ours certainly helps. Please know I won’t forget your kind gesture. I do wish in some way I can pass along your generosity. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.
The Lake Stevens Community Food Bank owes a debt of gratitude to the restaurants in the Lake Stevens area. Fourteen of them have agreed to help the Food Bank raise money for the Holiday Food Baskets for this Thanksgiving and Christmas. They are giving away meals at half price, free appetizers with meals, and discounts on dinners, and many are giving free dinners with the purchase of a menu selection and drinks. Some are giving free drinks. They are doing this for those in our community that need help during the holidays. Think about the variety of foods you can enjoy. There is Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Italian, Japanese, and good old American. From steak dinners to hamburgers, from pizza to barbeque ribs and for a whole new experience, you must try Dinner’s Ready. You can enjoy your favorite meal and help feed the hungry at the same time. The Food Bank will have the coupons available at their booth during Aquafest. Stop by and you will receive over $100 worth of value for only a $10 donation to the food bank.