Legalizing drugs could create less crime, violence Dear Editor,
The prohibition of drugs creates a black market where the traffickers get very rich and where disputes that are not solvable legally are settled with violence. The prohibition of alcohol should have taught us that lesson. Drug addiction is a serious problem with serious ramifications but incarceration doesn’t solve addiction. The prohibition of drugs creates crime, corruption and violence while wasting billions of dollars on enforcement, trials and corrections. It has our prisons overcrowded with drug addicted people and actually increases the dangers and the risks of drug abuse. Independent research, economists, and other intellectuals have been suggesting the end of drug prohibition for a very long time. Our policies are far too damaging and their repeal would not only decrease crime but would boost our economy and would stop the needless ruination of so very many lives.
Lea Zengage Lake Stevens
Boater tragedy should be a wake-up call Dear Editor,
With the recent tragedy on the lake I think it’s time for the city council and county council to discuss some new rules. I will be submitting a time limit for ski boats and personal watercraft when they may use the lake. This way the fishermen can have 3-4 hours of unobstructed fishing from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. where they don’t have to worry about watercraft operators who have no clue as to how to drive in a safe manner. The lake also needs more police time in their boat. The police need an officer on the lake during these ski times. Granted the police and Sheriff’s office do a great job when they are on the lake but the Sheriff has other lakes to patrol and they can’t be here all the time. I am a member of a local fishing forum and there is a topic just for complaints on Lake Stevens. There have been many close calls. When I’m fishing I don’t want to worry about some punk that has no clue as to how to drive daddy’s $50,000 boat. We, as responsible boaters who have taken and passed the boaters safety class, need to watch for dangerous and unsafe boaters and report this to the authorities. Call 911 if you see dangerous activity. Get WN numbers if you can with a description of the offending vessel. We all can do our part to keep the lake safe so something like this will never happen again. Every boat has a capacity plate on it and every driver should know where it is and how many people your boat can carry safely. Have your life jackets ready or wear them. You never know when you’re going to get thrown into the water. They will save your life. Take the boating safety course to learn safe boating. There are still a lot of questions regarding this recent accident and we will find out what happened in the future. May this tragedy never happen again and thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved. Maybe this accident could have been prevented, and it also could have been much worse. John A. Nordin Everett Referendum 71 is not good for children Dear Editor,
Backers of Referendum 71 have the gall to say that signing their document will protect children. Nonsense! The purpose of 71 is to get rid of the domestic partners registry wisely created by our elected officials when they passed SB 5688. Ending the registry would hurt children.Under SB 5688 the children of registered partners are better off. Registered partners will receive equal treatment under the law and thus can provide better care for their children. The loss of these rights in such areas as pensions rights can only increase economic insecurity. Since when is economic insecurity good for children? Don’t be fooled by the proponents of 71.