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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...

 
 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 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...

 
 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 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 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...

 
 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...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    February 19, 2014

STD numbers growing in Snohomish County, aren't we smarter than that?

I received a press release last week that, if I’m being honest, made my skin crawl a little bit. I opened the email from the Snohomish County Health District and the title read “Big jump in gonorr...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    February 5, 2014

A simple solution to end homelessness?

It seems that homelessness has made its way to all sorts of places, even Lake Stevens for that matter. While we don't have a huge homeless population, and I mean those who are actually sleeping on...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    January 29, 2014

Changing your perspective can help you enjoy life more

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about perspective and how it can affect our attitude and our appreciation, or lack thereof, for all that we have. Maybe these thoughts have been running through my mi...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    January 22, 2014

Smartphone apps, social networking sites can be dangerous for kids; parents need to know the dangers, including bullying

It seems that new apps for teens and tweens are showing up almost daily. One of the apps that has been in the news quite recently, and not for good reason, is Ask.fm. The website, which can also be...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    January 8, 2014

Fighting malaria, TB and AIDS/HIV is a global and local issue

Years ago I had a friend who was fighting cancer. At that time she was bitten by a mosquito and contracted malaria. Because of her cancer treatments and their affects on her body’s immune system,...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    January 1, 2014

Goals, goals and even more goals

It’s time to put away those Christmas lights, throw out that Christmas tree and start the New Year with fresh ideas and new goals, right? Well, not so fast! I know that many of us have those extra...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    December 25, 2013

A few of my favorite things

Growing up I always wondered why “These are a Few of My Favorite Things,” from The Sound of Music was considered a Christmas song. I think that maybe I’ve figured it out. Each holiday season, fr...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    December 18, 2013

Adult drivers to take a lesson from teens about texting while driving

It is against the law to text while driving in Washington State and despite the overwhelming evidence of the dangers of texting while driving it seems that people are still doing it. The surprising st...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    December 4, 2013

Saturday will be full of holiday spirit and opportunities to give

One thing you can say about the people who live in Lake Stevens is that they are always there to give each other a helping hand. In the last couple of months there have been several fundraisers for...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    November 27, 2013

Lake Stevens voters need a push when it comes to returning ballots

Ballots have all been counted and the results are in, except for the heated Lake Stevens Fire Commissioner race, which will most likely go into a recount soon. And while it wasn’t a year for what...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    October 8, 2013

Government shut down affects everyone

If you’re trying to get a FHA home loan or want to get your passport for a trip you are planning out of the country, now is not the time to do it. The federal government, as of the time the...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    September 17, 2013

Suicide is preventable, how you can help

The Snohomish Health District sent me some information last week regarding suicides in Snohomish County. I was surprised to see that approximately 80 people take their own lives in Snohomish County...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    September 10, 2013

Remembering September 11

I was lying in bed cuddling with my two-year-old little girl when I received a phone call from a friend. She was frantic asking me if I’d seen the television that morning. I said no and flipped...

 
 By Roger Stark    Opinions    August 27, 2013

Is being put on Medicaid better than having no insurance?

Does being put on Medicaid, the government’s entitlement program for the poor, actually save lives or improve people’s health? This is a question that has not been answered until very recently. In 2008, Oregon lawmakers decided they had e...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinions    August 20, 2013

Political courage and a President’s legacy

At a time when too many politicians are obsessed with their poll numbers and their legacy, Pew Research says Gerald Ford will go down in history as just an “average” president. An “average” rating would devastate most elected...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    August 7, 2013

Bike riders have as much right to the road as drivers

Each year after IRONMAN has left the majestic beauty of Lake Stevens and the Pacific Northwest it seems there are those who are a bit unhappy with the bike course – I mean drivers, not...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    July 23, 2013

Let’s keep Lake Stevens clean, dispose of your stuff properly

What’s up these days with people just throwing out their old “stuff” and hoping that someone will come by and pick it up off the street? In the last few months I have seen multiple...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinions    July 16, 2013

L.S. has lost many of those who do good, need others to step up

I love living and working here in Lake Stevens and I feel blessed to be a part of a community that comes together for the good of others. Over the last few weeks I have been honored to witness the...

 

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