Let’s leave fireworks to professional display only Dear Editor,
Thanks to a few idiotic people, I hate fireworks. Since June 20, there have been nightly explosions to enjoy as I am trying to relax and sleep. These are still occurring nightly, starting at 10 p.m. and sometimes still going off at 2 a.m. As I write this, it is after 10 p.m., on July 9 and the dumbfoundingly idiotic fireworks fiends are still at it. Please, I want to be able to look forward to watching just one night of lovely fireworks to celebrate our country. Let’s leave fireworks to professional display only.
Marlene Sweet Lake Stevens Lake Stevens Family Center needs your help Dear Editor,
A healthy community surrounds and protects their vulnerable populations in times of stress. With your help, The Lake Stevens Family Center has been filling this gap for decades.
This year alone the Community Center has given nine hundred children Christmas presents, six hundred children lined to receive backpacks and school supplies for hours, and over one hundred Easter baskets were gifted to families unable to provide for the holiday.
The Family Center also sponsored pivotal community events including National Night Out and The Halloween Carnival where more than 2,100 community members participated.
The troubled economy is hitting Lake Stevens Family Center especially hard because we are a small, suburban community with a limited number of businesses to draw donations and sponsorship from. We rely heavily on corporate sponsorship, community donations, and public funding, but all have been significantly reduced.
At the same time unemployment is up and our families are in greater need. This year, many of our community programs are unfunded including Youth Advisory Council, National Night Out, and the Community Halloween Carnival.
Being such a small town, Lake Stevens often goes unnoticed by larger charitable drives and we are generally not included in the distribution area of these drives. Please be aware that when you donate to charitable organizations your donations are often given to people outside of the Lake Stevens Community.
Our community is generous to a fault and we have an ability to sustain ourselves, however we must be educated to give within our community first.
The Lake Stevens Family Center is doing all it can to continue to provide these essential services and programs to families, teens, and children in our community and surrounding areas. Please help us to continue.
Sara Millet MSW Student Intern Granite Falls community steps up to support mourning families Thank you Granite Falls, this is why I live here. Before,during and after the passing of our beloved mother, Emilie Burke,rock and pillar of our family,the love, support, sympathy and understanding from others amazed me. Thank you! Thank you Mayor Saleem Haroon and Lt. Rick Hawkins, I can’t say this enough. A very special thanks to officer Chad Wells. you made a very difficult time much easier with your kindness and compassion. Thank you. It was nice to see everyone come together in a time of need. It reminds me of the “Good Ole Days”. Peace, love and happiness to Louise, Special, Jessica and many, many others. Thank you and God bless.
Vincent Burke Proud Resident, Granite Falls No Medicaid funds coming to Washington, budgeting a must Once again our Governor and State Legislature has not let us down on how they can completely screw up the state budget, they assumed Washington would receive $480 million in FMAP (Federal Medicaid Funds) when they passed the budget and it appears that Congress is not going to put out the cash.
The Governor must either do across the board budget cuts or call a special session and let the legislature cackle about as if they have a clue.
The halls in Olympia will again become busy with special interest groups hoping they aren’t on the cutting board, Majority Leader Brown will cry for more tax money, and the Governor will go out of state (to avoid any responsibility) and still nothing of any relevance will be done. It still amazes me that these people cannot get a budget process correct or fix their spending. The state legislature needs to face the fact when you make less, you spend less.