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Letters to the Editor December 1, 2010


November 30, 2010

Let’s find the right space and location for a new food bank

Dear Editor,

In response to the letter published regarding the Food Bank needs in Lake Stevens, we all know a new larger location is needed for the local food bank.

But Eagle Ridge Park is not the proper place for several reasons, mainly the funds used to purchase the area of the park where the pole building is located does not allow for this type of operation. It can only be used for park related activities.

The food bank folks have been aware of this situation but seem to choose to ignore it,and want to blame the city for not caring.

The City does care, the food bank just has to meet the necessary requirements.

Let us work for a proper new location and size for the food bank. Let us look to the future and review all the requirements that will be needed to correctly store, handle the food and its distribution.

Since a larger square footage is going to be needed, let’s do it right.

Carl Johnson

Lake Stevens

Send ‘Touch of Home’ to Service members, Veterans, military families

Dear Editor,

Every year during the holiday season, Americans take time to reflect and give thanks for the many gifts in our lives. Whether down the block, across the country or around the world we gather with family and loved ones to share a “touch of home.”

It’s during this special season we ask each of you to take time to remember the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, their families and our nation’s veterans who may be separated or far from home.

Bring a Holiday Card (or cards) to the December 9 Real Heroes Breakfast (or drop them off at our 2530 Lombard Avenue office before then).

We’ll get everyone at the Breakfast to sign the cards with their own message of thanks and support. As part of our national Holiday Mail for Heroes efforts, Red Cross and Pitney Bowes volunteers will screen, sort and return cards back to us so we can deliver to local military installations and veterans as well as to military hospitals across the U.S. and around the world.

Or, visit for details about donating to send a special card from our celebrity supporters (Amy Grant, Dr. Phil, Miley Cyrus, or Jane Seymour). Holiday Cards must be dropped off locally or mailed to the below address by December 10:

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P. O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

(Cards postmarked after December 10 cannot be guaranteed delivery.)

Spread the word to your friends, family and neighbors, and let’s send a special “touch of home” this season to our service men and women, veterans and their families around the world in gratitude for their service.

Chuck Morrison

Executive Director

Snohomish County Chapter

American Red Cross

Democrats run the country like a Socialist government

Dear Editor,

The Democrats have failed Economics 101. They’ve failed in the classroom and on-the-job.

The economic depression sinks deeper by their ‘tax and spend’ policies.

The Democrat’s stimulus, giving money to those on Social Security did not stimulate economic growth. Those on Social Security would spend much of the stimulus money to pay bills or save for future needs.

It did not stimulate the economy, increase the dispensable income of the middle class and rich who would then put it back into the community.

The problem is that Democrats hate the rich and are only talk when it comes to real tax breaks.

Democrats are doing great as socialists, doing what they can to bankrupt America and break down our American fabric. Democrats govern as though infiltrated by socialists.

Democrat policies, of penalizing the rich, copy socialist countries.

Obama, in his first political campaign in Chicago, extensively used socialists volunteers. So why are we surprised?

The Democrats spend our money as though all our labors belonged to the government. That is what socialist countries do. Now that Republicans have gained the House they have the power to slow and sometimes stop the socialization of America. However, now looking back, the Republicans failed to use their power, misguided by the ‘spirit of by-partisanship’ to stop or repeal damaging legislation.

Republicans must begin to act like winners, not caving to the rampant accusations of the socialist Democrats.

If the Republicans fail to actively oppose the socialist policies of the Democrats our liberty will further wane.

Roger W. Hancock


Speed limit on 20th St. keeps us safe

Dear Editor,

I would like to respond to the article about the speed limit change on 20th St. SE. I disagree.

I have been living just off 20th for over 16 years. At first, I was surprised at the change in speed. However, as I considered the reason that may have been given to the change, I have come to agree with the speed limit of 35.

First of all, 10 mph slower won’t cause anyone to be “late” or cause any problems.

Secondly, there is now a lot more traffic than there was 16, 10 or even three years ago.

Finally, there is a school nearby and kids walk along this busy road with no sidewalk to and from school.

Before the time change, it was dark in the morning and this along with nearly 50 mph (let’s admit it, many go over the posted speed limit) is dangerous.

So, my response is “no” to allowing faster speeds on 20th.

Let’s remember, although there are more lanes for a short distance, I have witnessed many cars trying to pass others to get in front of the traffic in the left lanes.

I’ve even seen vehicles rush to get through the traffic lights when they change to yellow causing many to run the red light. Yellow, as far as I have been taught, is for slowing down or preparing to stop for a red light not for speeding through it.

I hope this gives residents something to ponder. It’s really all about safety. Let’s slow down.

Audrey Moore

Lake Stevens


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