44th District has more than two choices for Representative Dear Editor,
Voters of the 44th District, wake up. Look at the race for the Washington State House of Representatives. We have a 16-year incumbent and career politician whose only job is being a representative. We have the Snohomish County Republican Party backing and pushing a candidate whose claims to being a policeman, school teacher, and pastor. Do a little checking and see how long he held those jobs and what and where his church is. Sounds like another career politician in the making to me, just from the other party. What’s being ignored is there is another candidate in this race. He’s Bob McCaughan, and he has the background, intelligence, and experience to represent us and make a difference in Olympia. Don’t overlook Bob just because he’s not getting all the primary election money from either of the two major parties. Bob’s a Republican, but he’s also a thinker and a doer. We need someone like Bob and not the current career politician we have or the politician the Snohomish County Republican party is backing. End the madness. Vote Bob. Earnie Glazener Lake Stevens A wonderful Aquafest needs many volunteers Dear Editor,
As a long time member of the Lake Stevens community, and as the grateful recipient of the 2010 Aquafest 50th Anniversary Grand Marshal title, I wanted to take a moment and thank the 2010 Aquafest Board, the Aquafest Sponsors and all those who participated to make this the best Aquafest festival to date. It is no small task to organize and entertain 35,000 vendors, visitors and neighbors, and the volunteer Aquafest Board starts working in August to make sure that there is something for everyone at each Aquafest celebration. Fifty years has seen many changes in our community, but one thing that remains consistent is the generosity in time, talents and resources that come together at Aquafest. I invite you to get involved as a family, church organization, sports team or individual to assist in the planning for Aquafest 2011. Some of the rewards of volunteering at Aquafest are getting to know some wonderful community members, having fun and providing a memorable event for all ages every July. New event ideas are always welcome. Visit the website at Aquafest.org and get your name on the list for volunteering. You will love the experience.
Joyce Bell Bell Properties 2010 Aquafest Grand Marshal
A few unfriendly residents could cost community dollars Dear Editor,
I am a resident of Bellingham, Washington, and I drove the hour drive to preview the course for the 70.3 I will be doing in August. I wanted to see the bike course as I had done the Olympic distance triathlon last year and wanted to see the difference. I came down with two fellow riders from Bellingham. As we were embarking on our bike ride, a local resident stopped to chat with us and encouraged us to get on our way, as soon the roads might be busy with locals who are not too fond of bicycles. Not really knowing what she meant, we put the comment behind us and headed out for our 56 mile ride. At about mile 25 we were descending a hill when a truck from behind and began blaring his horn at us. Thinking it was a friendly gesture to let me know he was behind, I continued to ride my speed and stay the line. The driver then sped up forcing me to go off the shoulder of the road. As we hit the bottom of the hill the driver began making threatening statements about how he was going to run me off the road and kill me. My friends and I were in shock, there were people walking the trail and they were also taken aback by the threatening statements of this local resident who reported, “I pay my taxes here, you don’t.” We immediately called the police as the fellow sped away, however, without a license plate number they were unable to track him. I am shocked by this behavior from the locals in your community. Not only will I not ride this course again, I will not stay in your community on race day, and if I do, choose to race, I will not spend my money supporting a community in which locals do not like to share the road nor display friendly behaviors. It is my hope that the Chamber will take proactive action to educate the community about the laws of safe biking, and how much revenue is brought to your community by athletes. I urge you to crack down on motorists who are threatening and unsafe to riders, and reward members who are friendly. I am an athlete and my dollars count.
Jeannie Dodd Bellingham Lake Stevens Mayor responds to concerned biker Mayor Vern Little received the same letter as the Journal. This is his response.
I’m also very disappointed with this citizen. I’m also positive that this is not the attitude of the City and the majority of our citizens. I am also a bikerider and have not had this experience in the local area. I totally understand your feelings. I would like to apologize for this person’s actions. I hope you participate and have a safe time. Sorry again. I also encourage you to send your letter to the editor. Please accept my sincere apology.
Vern Little, Mayor City of Lake Stevens Special Olympics: A blessing to participants and spectators Dear Editor,
The opening ceremony is complete at the Special Olympics National Games in Lincoln, Nebraska and 3,000 athletes along with over 1,000 coaches are ready to put on the greatest sporting display you will see. There are no endorsement deals on the line, no one waiting for an agent to give them the call, but instead dedicated men and women who will do their best to represent themselves, their state, and our nation in these games. It is a great time to remember this great organization and if you can, donate to our local Special Olympics so more people have the opportunity to play organized sports and prove to themselves that they can go for gold.