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 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    April 16, 2014 

New marijuana law brings concerns for higher crime

I will admit that I did not vote for the legalization of marijuana here in the state of Washington. While I have many concerns about this law one of my biggest is giving criminals even more...

 
 Opinions    April 16, 2014 

Donations being accepted for Oso

Dear Editor, We would like to say thank you to those people who have meant so much to us over the years, those who have supported Samaritan House with donations and gifts. But now it is time to let you know that all of those donations have gone to...

 
 Opinions    April 16, 2014 

A prayer for Erika, a life to remember

Every day, twice a day, I drive past the memorial dedicated to Molly Conley on South Lake Stevens Rd. How can anyone pass by and not feel a deep sadness, knowing the tragic, senseless event that took this inspirational young woman from the ones who...

 
 Opinions    April 16, 2014 

Car wash helps local man fighting cancer

Dear Editor, We would like to give a special thanks to all of the volunteers who came out to help with our “Car Wash for Cancer” fundraiser on Saturday, March 22 at the Lake Stevens Wells Fargo Bank parking lot. Michael Ward of Lake Stevens was...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    April 9, 2014

Pets have a place at hospitals as wells as home

Imagine my excitement when I saw a story on MSN.living about hospitals around the country that are now allowing family pets to visit their loved ones in the hospital. At our house, our pets are a...

 
 By Erin Shannon    Opinions    April 9, 2014

Even Seattle liberals think a $15 minimum wage goes too far 

As Seattle officials continue pressing forward with plans to impose a $15 minimum wage, some of the city’s liberal business owners and nonprofit organizations are sounding the alarm.  Following a narrow victory in Sea-Tac, where a $15 minimum...

 
 Opinions    April 9, 2014

Donations being accepted for Oso

Dear Editor, We would like to say thank you to those people who have meant so much to us over the years, those who have supported Samaritan House with donations and gifts. But now it is time to let you know that all of those donations have gone to...

 
 Opinions    April 9, 2014

Your voice can help educate children

Dear Editor, Pam Stevens’ inspirational editorial is about more than education.  (‘Every child deserves the opportunity to go to school’ by Pam Stevens, Lake Stevens Journal, March 26, 2014). Stevens exhorts us to appreciate the privilege of...

 
 By Leonard Gilroy    Opinions    April 9, 2014

Would the "Taxpayer Protection Act" really protect taxpayers?

Would the "Taxpayer Protection Act" really protect taxpayers? By Leonard Gilroy Director of Government Reform, Reason Foundation Key Findings A 2011 law was enacted that required up to six activities every two years to be open to private sector...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    April 2, 2014

Oso mudslide brings out charity and compassion

I will admit that I’ve been glued to the news reports regarding the Oso mudslide that took place on Saturday, March 22, as I am sure many of you have. This devastating tragedy happened at a...

 
 Opinions    April 2, 2014

We need to elect better candidates

Dear Editor, With Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk stating that Russia might push his country into starting World War III, Russian President Vladimir Putin blaming the new Middle Eastern intrigue on “President Obama and America,” and a...

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinions    April 2, 2014

Setting the stage for the 2015-17 budget debate

With seven minutes to spare, lawmakers adjourned at 11:53 p.m. on the last day of the 60 day 2014 Legislative Session, avoiding for the first time in several years going into a special session. Among the bills passed was a 2014 supplemental...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    March 26, 2014

Every child deserves the opportunity to go to school

We are fortunate to live in a country where education is considered a top priority. We are even more blessed to live in a community where our children are given the opportunity to go to schools where...

 
 By Don C. Burrell    Opinions    March 26, 2014

Hawaii and the Electric Cow

Normally, you wouldn’t think the cost of electricity would clobber ranchers, but in Hawaii, high power rates are the central competitiveness issue. In fact, the owners of the mammoth Parker Ranch on Hawaii’s big island have calculated their...

 
 Opinions    March 26, 2014

Cavelero Music fundraiser a great success

Dear Editor, The Cavelero Music Directors, Music Boosters and music students would like to thank the following donors for their generosity in contributing to our dinner and raffle night fundraiser. Marysville Olive Garden, Kohl’s Cares, Kennelly...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    March 19, 2014

Let's just give everyone a break

I’m not sure if it’s my age or social networking that has made me aware of the extreme amount of adversities that people seem to be facing lately. It seems I can’t go a day without hearing of...

 
 By Erin Shannon    Opinions    March 19, 2014

HB 2175 would improve Washington's wireless telecommunications competitiveness

Introduction This Legislative Memo provides an overview and analysis of HB 2175. This bill would help improve Washington’s wireless telecommunications climate, making it easier and less costly for wireless companies to respond to the...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    March 12, 2014

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be the silent killer

A 20-year-old boy and his 22-year-old sister were called home to Pocatello, Idaho last month while serving church missions in other states. The two young missionaries were told that their entire...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinions    March 12, 2014

Putting risk in perspective

Where there is life, there is risk. That’s not some insightful quotation, it’s just a fact. We’re exposed to risk from the moment we get up in the morning – slip and fall, dog bite, traffic accident, lightning strike. We can manage risk, we...

 
 By Dr. Roger Stark    Opinions    March 5, 2014

Keeping your health insurance if you like it

Background The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that after January 1, 2014, all health insurance policies must contain 10 benefit mandates as determined by federal regulators. Because of this rule, 16 million people nationally and 290,000 in...

 
 Opinions    March 5, 2014

Marijuana yes, helping homeless, no?

Dear Editor, It seems our trusty leaders have failed to lead again. In a society where we are trying to set good examples for our kids to, “say no” to drugs, it seems the City of Lake Stevens feels it is more important to let people grow...

 
 Opinions    March 5, 2014

Education is important for all children

Dear Editor, Rick Short is correct, “School levies are important for students and learning.”  (‘School levies important for students and learning’ by Rick Short, Letter in the February 2014 edition of the Granite Falls Press)  Thanks to...

 
 Opinions    February 26, 2014

Keep kids healthy through soccer

Dear Editor, Are you looking for ways to keep the kids busy this summer? Need an inexpensive activity that keeps them physically active, where they can learn new skills and build new friendships? Then take a look at the Lake Stevens Soccer Club and o...

 
 Opinions    February 26, 2014

We need to continue to help fight hunger

Dear Editor, I agree with Todd Welch that it is a sad state of affairs when so many people are hungry in America and need to depend on food stamps.  (‘Farm bill continues mistakes, bad policies’ by Todd Welch, Lake Stevens Journal, February 10,...

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinions    February 26, 2014

Time for Legislature to live by open government rules

With policy cutoff behind us the list of living and walking dead bills (nothing is really dead till sine die) is being compiled. Among the proposals that didn’t even receive a hearing, however, is a bill based on WPC’s recommendation for the...

 

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