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Your Letters for July 14, 2010


July 13, 2010

Regatta attendees thank Lake Stevens and its residents

Dear Editor,

As a seasoned bystander and participant of many Northwest Regional Rowing Competitions, I feel qualified to say that the city of Lake Stevens and the Lake Steven’s Rowing Club did a fantastic job hosting this years event! Masters’ athletes from Canada down to California attended and could not have been anything but blown away by the thought given to staging, organization and cooperation of the entire Lake Stevens community. You would have thought they had been running this huge event for years (when in fact it was the first time held at Lake Stevens)!

I would like to thank the entire community for hosting the event, and hope the event will be considered in the future. Look forward to contributing again to the local economy. It is the least we can do! Job well done!

Michele Stoudt

Sammamish Rowing Association

Redmond, WA

Windermere employees lend a helping hand

Dear Editor,

We read and watch so many negative things going on in the world, that I just had to tell you of a positive thing that happened to me.

I’m a senior citizen with a large yard to take care of and I’m sorry to say I’m not keeping up with it. But a week or so ago, about thirty people from Windermere Realty and friends came to my rescue and worked in my yard from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

I mean they really worked. They mowed, weeded flowerbeds, pressure washed, edged and did weed eating. They even cleaned my greenhouse out and took five truckloads of rubbish away and did many other tasks.

I couldn’t even offer food, they had that all taken care of too.

My yard has never been what you would call “manicured,” but this is as close as it has ever been. What a great feeling I had the next morning when I went outside and looked around and saw again all that had been done. It was beautiful.

I am so grateful to all of those people who were willing to give me a helping hand when I needed it. And I’m so glad I live in Lake Stevens where people are willing to help. Thank you all so very much.

Annetta Silcox

Lake Stevens

It’s time we stand up against wrongdoings

Dear Editor,

I would just like to echo the words of Mr. Bryan Holmes in the July 2010 issue. I too had an unfortunate encounter with the LaRouche people in front of the Granite Falls Post Office.

I must confess that I disagree with about everything President Obama has done at this point but there is absolutely no good reason, as Mr. Holmes states, for our President to be compared to Hitler.

We can disagree with the policies but we should still respect the office if not the man.

I approached these people to see what the person they were representing was all about.

When I pointed out that I disagree with most of President Obama’s policies and actions but there is no justification for their ridiculous statements, they became inflammatory, abrasive, rude, and downright provocative.

All I can tell you is that a brief encounter with these folks was all I needed to know that I wanted nothing to do with Mr. LaRouche and I let them know so.

Mr. Holmes is absolutely spot on when he says that, regardless of your political persuasion, we need to let these people know their message will not be heard when they resort to such tactics.

Or maybe better yet, that the message of their tactics is heard and as a result we want nothing to do with who or what they represent. I would also urge folks to let the LaRouche camp know how they are being represented.

What we can not do is dismiss these people as simple, misguided lunatics and remain silent ourselves. Each one of us must make a concerted effort to do our part and confront evil and/or wrongs when we see it.

There have been far too many things and far too many times where the course of action has been to just look the other way or shake ones head in disbelief or incredulity and simply walk away without saying a word.

These people and others like them need to know their behavior is unacceptable and we will not tolerate it without answer.

Be polite, be respectful, but be firm. Send them the message that there is a right way and a wrong way to voice a message. Maybe when each one of us does our own part to speak out for right and against wrong, we can begin once again to have a society that understands and lives by The Golden Rule.

I don’t remember who said it but someone once said, “The only thing required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”

From where I sit, many a good man has been doing nothing for a long, long time.

Let’s start turning that around, ok?

Royce Blaricome

Granite Falls


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