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Letters for November 17 issue


November 15, 2010

Speed limit change on 20th needed

Dear Editor,

I noticed recently that the speed limit on 20th St. SE between the Hewitt Avenue Trestle and Highway 9 has changed from 45 to 35. I’ve been living in the area for more than 10 years and 45 mph was deemed perfectly acceptable. It surprised me that now the road has been improved and widened it got cut to 35 mph.

An email to the county confirmed that with annexation this road is under control of the City of Lake Stevens. So my next email was to the city where it was explained that a test was done in August of 2010 and 20th St. SE was determined to be a minor collector street and as such given the 35 mph speed limit.

I was told my opinion was noted, but that any appeal to that decision was not likely. Am I the only one to think that 20th should not be considered a “minor collector” and that an appeal should be heard?

Testing was done just after construction, which imposed a 30 mph speed limit which would seem to artificially skew the results. I would argue that with the amount of traffic along 20th and the new improvements that the speed limit should be higher all the way to Tom Thumb.

If anyone does agree you can make your voice heard by respectfully emailing the Public Works Director at

City should help in providing food bank for residents

Dear Editor,

As you know, the L.S. Food Bank is in desperate need of a larger location. I understand they have requested the use of a building in Eagle Ridge Park, but have been met with resistance from members of the city council and staff.

My concern is that the only reason I have heard is, “it’s not the right place for a food bank,” but so far I haven’t been able to get a more definitive answer.

Several local cities provide space for their food banks; in fact the City of Snohomish houses their food bank in a park building owned by the city.

According to food bank rules, clients must show proof of residency in the 98258 zip code. As residents, they are paying taxes and should have an expectation of “services” provided by the City.

The building in question is already in place, and the Food Bank has the funds for any and all improvements that will be needed.

The Food Bank is supported by the citizens of our community, so why shouldn’t the citizens expect the city to do their part? Especially since the cost to them is nothing? The City of Lake Stevens needs to step up, or provide a better answer.

I’m asking concerned citizens to please contact your city council to let them know that we need their support too.

Donna Foster

Lake Stevens

Torture is not only illegal but immoral

Dear Editor,

In his new biography, Decision Points, former President George W. Bush claims he responded with “damn right” when asked if the CIA should torture Khalid Sheikh Mohammed by waterboarding him.

This defense of torture is a sad departure from a moral truth, enshrined in all faiths, that torture is always wrong. All human beings are children of our Heavenly Father and are endowed with dignity and worth which should be preserved rather than destroyed.

Torture doesn’t make us safer; instead it inspires extremists and victims of torture to frequently provide false information. Torture does not make us safer; it makes us a target.

Torture is also against the law. Our nation has ratified the Convention Against Torture, which prohibits the use of torture.

President Bush has openly admitted to authorizing the use of waterboarding, a technique that violates our nation’s morals and our laws.

There is consequently a profound question before the American people: Should we as a nation hold accountable those who violated U.S. law and our most fundamental moral standards?

I join with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture to call for a comprehensive investigation of our nation’s use of torture. Only then can we understand how to prevent it from happening in the future.

Bruce Morton

Lake Stevens

Help local students through LSEF phone-a-thon

Dear Editor,

The Lake Stevens Education Foundation is conducting its first “Calling for Kids” Phone-a-thon this week.

One of the main reasons many of us have chosen to live in Lake Stevens is the quality of our schools. Washington state funding is dropping, classroom grants are even more critical now.

LSEF is a 501 (c)(3) charitable foundation; 100 percent of your tax deductible donation will be used to fund educational projects in all 12 Lake Stevens Schools, programs for pre-school age children and families and scholarships for graduating seniors.

Our goal is to raise $40,000 by December 31. Please answer your phone November 15 through the 18 when volunteers reach out to households in Lake Stevens.

You may donate by returning the bright blue envelope you received in the mail, online at, or by mailing a donation to LSEF P.O. Box 1495, Lake Stevens 98258. Every gift matters, please give generously.

Leslie Elsemore

Lake Stevens Ed Foundation V.P.


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