Hit and run driver harms brother
I decided to write this letter after events that occurred last week in my hometown of Lake Stevens. This past weekend my 15-year-old brother was the victim of a hit and run accident while he was riding his bike by the Vineyards.
While night was approaching, it was still undoubtedly light enough outside to see without problem.
As he was crossing the street, a car came into view and instead of safely slowing down and allowing my brother to cross the street, the driver proceeded to speed up, hit my brother and continue to drive away.
Thankfully, my brother did not die as a result of this accident. However, I see that as a moot point.
I wonder how any person could live with themselves after knowingly hitting a person and driving away without question and without doing anything about it, especially without the knowledge of whether or not the victim lived to tell the tale.
It makes me sick to know that there are people out there that do this, and then do nothing about it.
With that being said, I would like to personally thank the woman who called 911 for my brother after seeing him, as well as the EMTs and police who assisted him after the accident. Thank you so much.
Kirsten Murray, Lancaster, Calif. (previously L.S.)
Former Mayor supports Dana for County Council
I have known Steve Dana for almost 20 years. As the Mayor of Marysville I was fortunate to work with a few dedicated, visionary people such as Steve Dana.
Steve is running for County Council to bring reasonable leadership to East Snohomish County; a diverse region with prisons, car dealerships and farms. You need a leader that can blend that diversity and still protect the character of your communities.
Through his years representing Snohomish, Steve has shown the vision and sense of community that is needed in leaders today more than ever.
Look at the City of Snohomish, itself a
microcosm of East County with tree lined streets and stately homes, a bustling down– town, commercial corridors and farms that provide jobs and taxes that together make a complete community. Leadership is about blending and balancing the needs of a community. Today, it can’t be all about growth or all about staying the same. You need vision to see how it can be, to protect the lifestyle you want and still plan for the future.
I wish I lived in East County so I could vote for a leader with character, honesty and a desire to serve Snohomish County. Please vote for Steve Dana.
David Weiser, Former Marysville Mayor 1992-2003
Local Unitarian Universalist pastor supports Referendum 71
As pastor of a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Marysville, I support the rights of Domestic Partnership. Our Board of Trustees has publicly declared its unanimous support for Referendum 71.
As a church we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person and we promote justice, equity, and compassion in all human relations. These are religious values that we endeavor to live every day. Based on these values, I believe and confidently assert that Domestic Partnership rights must now and always be upheld in our county, our state, and our nation.
When our young-adult son shared with us that he was gay many years ago, we were delighted that he could be open and self-assured in his sexual orientation.
When, a few years later, my sister came out as bisexual, again the love and support poured out to her from my family. And yet, in both cases, I felt a nagging concern. How might prejudice limit their rights in the years ahead.
The “worth and dignity of every person” is the American creed, the legacy of our founding fathers.
Personally, I believe in a God who embraces the whole of the human family, who holds us all in love, not in spite of our differences but actually because we are so uniquely and wonderously created. And so, with my son and my sister in my heart, I affirm our Domestic Partner law.
Please vote your conscience with mine, for Referendum 71.
Pastor Bruce Davis, Marysville
Special Education parent group holds kick-off
I would like to extend an invitation to parents of children receiving special education services in the Lake Stevens School District, as well as teachers and staff.
The Lake Stevens Special Education Parent Group will be kicking off the school year with its first meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m., in the school district building rooms B and C. The district’s new Director of Special Services, Miriam Tencate, is our guest speaker. It’s a great opportunity to learn about her vision for our district, ask questions, and make suggestions. We’ll also be mapping out future topics and meetings for the school year–bring your ideas!
Parenting a child with a disability can be isolating and stressful, especially when you’re trying to make sure your child receives a good education. Our collaborative group wants to build networks between parents, and build bridges between parents and the district, so the special education process is more successful for everyone.
Please join us!
Amy Patterson, Parent, Lake Stevens
Americans should want healthy energy, clean air
How can anyone not want every American to have access to affordable, effective, and efficient health care?
How can anyone not want clean, green, renewable energy, homes, buildings and products?
How can anyone not want to heal the damage done to the earth, and to have abundant healthy poison-free food, air, and water?
How can anyone not want an end to war, the safe return of our soldiers, and for those who committed or ordered torture, war crimes, and war profiteering investigated and held accountable?
How can anyone not want the image of this great nation restored and our place as leaders in innovation and compassion restored?
How can anyone be against jobs or education?
How can anyone have forgotten so soon the eights years of devastation wrought by George W. Bush and his administration?
The lines between the Democrat and Republican parties have never been clearer.
The giant “elephant in the room” is so obvious to many of us, and the Republicans remain uncooperative, whiny and angry. They went way too far with their ridiculous attitude about the President speaking to school children.
Really, guns at a town hall meeting? Calling the President a liar? Nazi? Socialist? Facist? Threatening his family? Despicable! They have tried everything to bring down President Obama.
I can’t imagine what their next trick will be.
Carolyn Fox-Allen, Lake Stevens
Thanking those who give helments
I’d like to thank the Kiwanis who raise money for the helmets and donate them to the Lake Stevens Police Department.
I would also like to thank the Lake Stevens Police Department for giving them out to kids like me. My mom told me that people donate these and I thought that was nice and I wanted to say thank you.
Faith Brooks (age 8), Lake Stevens
Park Board thanks community and groups for support
The Lake Stevens Park Board would like you to know about the donations and services that our City Parks have received from local organizations and groups. Local parks and trails have been greatly enhanced due to these generous donations and park improvement projects.
Rotary, Lions and the Kiwanis Club have all adopted the following local parks, North Cove, Eagle Ridge and Lundeen and have made several contributions, including park benches and picnic tables, donating many hours of manpower and participating in tree plantings for Earth Day and the City’s annual Spring Cleaning in the Park event.
Many exciting projects have been completed because of the service and organization clubs participation and sponsorship, such as Sirita’s Playground and the Born Learning Trail.
Often large projects include the participation and synergy of other groups such as the Education Foundation, Friends of the Library, United Way and local businesses and citizens. Many of these groups and local businesses participate in sponsorship programs, contributing to the purchase of items such as Pet Waste Receptacles that can now be found in Lake Steven’s parks and trails.
Local Girl and Boy Scout Troops, including future Eagle Scouts have also contributed, completing flower box plantings, building trails and recently constructing a shed at the downtown boat launch that will house life jackets for a future Life Jackets for Loan program.
The Lake Stevens Park Board would like to thank these clubs, organizations, groups, citizens, and local businesses for all of their efforts, ongoing support and contributions and are looking forward to partnering on many other new and exciting projects for our local parks.
Lake Stevens Park Board, Lake Stevens