Nighttime garbage burning in Lake Stevens needs to stop
Please, please, please, make it stop.
Someone who lives on the ravine off of 88th Dr. SE in Lake Stevens is burning garbage in the middle of the night. We have been trying to figure out who it is to no avail.
They used to do it once in a while during the summer months, but it has now become night, after night, after night. The entire ravine is full of smoke with a horrific stench.
It is so horrible it has been waking me up out of a dead sleep, in the middle of the night, with a deep burning sensation in my throat.
My neighbor came to my house yesterday and asked me if I had smelled the stench and seen the smoke, it’s impossible to get away from, he too is having problems with a sore throat, awakening in the middle of the night gagging. We all live on the same ravine that is full of trees so we cannot tell which house it is coming from. Everyone I have talked to that lives along the ravine south of us is buried in the toxic smoke, had burning in the throat, and has had to endure a horrible stench.
On Tuesday, March 22 at 10 p.m. my husband, my animals, the whole household was awakened by the smoke and smell of the burning garbage. We pay to dispose our garbage and should not have to suffer from someone else’s ignorance. I do believe burning garbage is unlawful. You, the burner, must agree since it’s being done late at night.
All of us have been coughing, having trouble breathing, sore throats, and ear aches.
Please let it be said to whomever is doing this, please stop burning whatever garbage it is you are burning late at night. Besides not having slept through the night in a couple of weeks, this has got to have an impact on the environment, our health, and our neighborhood’s health and well being.
Please make it stop.
Thank you to all who helped with fashion show
We want to thank all the Lake Stevens merchants who contributed to the Rockin’ Roll Spring Fashion Show 2011.
We also wish to thank Wet Seal and Hot Topic at the Alderwood Mall for furnishing the clothes. Also, Walgreen’s and Postnet for their contributions.
We especially want to thank Kohl’s, Ixtapa, Bourne Orthodontics and Steve Robinson: Private Investigator for their donations.
Kara Franson and ‘Sky Burial’
Computer news a joke during disaster
When TV went digital, mine didn’t, and I haven’t really missed it. Whenever I wanted news, I could always go online. After Japan’s earthquake, I began going online several times a day and now realize it’s time to get connected back up to television lines.
TV commercials are bad but at least once a news story has begun, they don’t pop up right in the middle of a newscast. Online, as the days marched on with news still focused on Japan, the ads got more and more creative.
Yesterday, if your mouse strayed onto a panel, that ad popped up in its window and went away when you moved the mouse. Today, you’re reading a story and suddenly an ad takes over the entire screen. To get it to go away, you have to find the “x” to close.
As a rule I rarely watch the online news videos; I’d rather read the story. But to really understand the earthquake and tsunami impact, I naturally wanted to view the pictures.
What a mistake. Every time you click on a video, you get a video ad first—14 seconds minimum. Every single video. Of course, after you hear a few, you poise your hand over the volume control.
The reason behind all of this is no surprise. Companies are taking advantage of the increased online interest and putting their marketing dollar there. But surprise or no surprise, I think it’s disgusting.
In protest I thought of noting down the ads, vowing to never use their businesses. But what do you do with the United States Coast Guard?
Also in protest, I began looking for other websites hoping that there would be less annoying ones than KING, KOMO and CNN is awful too.
This letter would have been sent directly to each website, but none had a “contact” button for online content personnel, hence this “Letter to the Editor”.
One thing I remember about television: you still have ads and lots of them, but with a remote, you have a lot more control. It’s called mute, mute, mute.
Darlene Castle, DC
Freedom of speech is a basic right
We teach our kids to do the right thing, no matter the cost. A good example is seeing someone drop money, pick it up and let them know. The child could have kept the money and no one would be the wiser except for their conscience.
The Federal Supreme Court had that moment last week when they voted 8-1 that the Westboro Baptist Church had the right to demonstrate at the funerals of our fallen heroes in the military under the constitutional right of free speech.
I am sure that all of the justices, as does the over-whelming public, believe that these people are disgusting, as do I and I still must agree with the Supreme Court.
The freedom of speech is one of our most basic rights under the constitution and must be protected, even when such vile and revolting advantage is taken. I have spent most of my adulthood serving our nation and part of that service was for these idiots to practice free speech.
George Washington once said, “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” For those in the media outlets that criticize the Supreme Court, you get to do so because we have the freedom of speech and that is the only cure for the ignorance of the Westboro Baptist Church.
Knowledge is the power and strength we need as a nation to stomach those people so we all can maintain our basic freedoms. God Bless our men and women in uniform, I pray for the ignorant at the Westboro Baptist Church.