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Letters to the Editor - April 13, 2011


April 11, 2011

Strong public education includes art

Dear Editor,

Congratulations to the eight LSHS students chosen to receive the Snohomish County Regional Scholastic Art Awards, very nice work girls. Keep creating art.

I have a few questions. Why were no boys chosen to receive the award? Are there no boys in art classes these days? It’s very troubling to me to think boys aren’t being encouraged to explore their creativity.

I am a professional artist, and have pieces in private and corporate collections in nine countries.

My two adult sons are also professional artists with very successful careers. I (nor could they) ever imagine what life would have been like had we not been encouraged and supported in our artistic endeavors. Art isn’t what we “do”, it’s who we are.

With all the violence and raunchiness in movies, music, games, online and elsewhere, art is a natural alternative that allows young people to express themselves. But week after week of front page articles glorifying violent contact sports that create injuries and aggression, is disturbing.

How about more appreciation for, and articles about, local artists and musicians, science fair winners, inspirational teachers and other professionals?

In this tough economy we need to be thoughtful about how our taxes are spent.

Today’s students should be encouraged to do well in math, science, history and art class. Intelligence and creativity need to be the highest priority. Let’s keep our public education system strong, reward good teachers and students, and fund programs that will determine all of our futures.

Carolyn Fox-Allen

Lake Stevens

Incarceration of Guantanamo Bay prisoners questionable

Dear Editor,

The United States is a nation created on personal freedom and that government can and should be legally limited in its power.

The President recently signed an Executive Order claiming the right to incarcerate persons in the Guantanamo Bay Military Prison for the rest of their natural lives even after they have been acquitted by a jury of their peers.

I realize most Americans, including myself, do not feel remorse for the people imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, but if they can incarcerate those prisoners after being found not guilty, what keeps them from doing the same to any of us.

The Patriot Act allows federal agents to write their own search warrants. The Agents can even arrest you for telling someone that they served a search warrant on you.

The federal government is trying to find ways to infringe on our basic freedoms; it is our responsibility as informed citizens to not allow the threat of terrorism to erode our freedoms. Thomas Jefferson said, “When the people fear the government there is tyranny, but when the government fears the people there is liberty.”

Students ask for help to support fellow student

Dear Editor,

Kayla Healy, a student at Jackson High, needs a double lung transplant. Kayla, 17, has lived with Cystic Fibrosis her whole life, but recently she learned that her disease has progressed to the point where her life expectancy can be measured in months, rather than in years.

The estimated out-of-pocket cost of the operation, not covered by insurance, is $100,000.

It was after the Local Association of Student Councils, a meeting of the school presidents, learned of this that we decided we wanted to do everything we could to help save Kayla.

This is what gave us the idea to hold a WESCO charity talent show.

Fifteen WESCO high schools have been collaborating for several months in order to put on a public, district-wide charity talent show which will be held 7 p.m. on April 22 at the Everett Civic Auditorium.

This represents an opportunity to see high schools from across Western Washington coming together cooperatively, rather than competitively.

More importantly though, it is a chance to see the community come together to help Kayla. We hope to raise $20,000 to help offset the cost of her operation.

The talent show will consist of over 20 acts by High School students from around the district.

Tickets are $5 at the door, and the winning act will be the performer who raises the most money for Kayla during the donation period after the show.

We need your help to meet our goal. By coming to the show and donating to the act of your choice, you can help to save Kayla.

You can read more about Kayla at

All funds will be handled through the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA).

Thank you from the Presidents of: Cascade, Edmonds-Woodway, Everett, Glacier Peak, Jackson, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Mariner, Marysville-Getchell, Marysville-Pilchuck, Meadowdale, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, and

Snohomish High Schools

Todd Welch

Lake Stevens

LSHS student volunteers made auction a success

Dear Editor,

Thank you to the amazing LSHS students who rocked their volunteer duties for the March 26 LSHS Grad Night Auction (donating art, helping with decorations, and/or volunteering the night of the event) to help make it a success.

Your energy, willingness, and “Viking Pride” made it a very special night.

Tucker Hudspeth, Tatiana Boyles , Alex Tweedie, Ashley Graeber, Bre Rinear, Bri Cline, Cody Shaner, Ian Anderson, Jonathon Lemieux, Josh Berg, Kyle Daggett, Megan Home, Mikey Kemp, Page Moore, Rebecca Alewine, Ricky Kemp, Sara Bingham, Sarah Bliven, Stephanie Myers, Sydney Gellerson, Alicia Berlin, Dylan Boyce, Cassie Davis, Kayle Gallagher, Jessica Leptich, Samantha Whalen, Brooke Dalgleish, Jessica Cornell, Florence Arias, Rosemary Reyes, Jasmine Rommel, Emily Bainey and John Gleason.

LSHS Grad Night

Auction Committee


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