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August 5, 2011

Thanks to those who help adults with disabilities

Dear Editor,

The Lake Stevens School District Transition Program, a work based learning program for students in the Lake Stevens and Granite Falls School Districts between the ages of 18-21 with developmental and cognitive disabilities, would like to thank the following businesses and agencies for their continued support of our students during this past school year:

Lake Stevens Boys and Girls Club, Inn at Port Gardner, Albertsons, Fred Meyer (Snohomish), Haggen, Team Fitness, Snohomish County Parks and Recreation Department, Providence Hospital, Sahara Pizza, Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce, Lake Stevens Food Bank, Lake Stevens Family Center, City of Lake Stevens Adopt-A-Street Program.

Through partnerships with these local businesses and agencies students in the Transition Program learned practical, real world work skills.

Through these volunteer experiences, students graduate with vocational, social, and independent living skills that can assist them as contributing members of the Lake Stevens and Granite Falls community.

The Staff of the Lake Stevens School District Transition Program

Legislators and teachers union need to listen to voters

Dear Editor,

A lawsuit was filed by a dozen state legislators, including Mike Sell of Everett, along with other individuals and the Washington Education Association teachers union, against the citizen voted initiative that requires the legislature to have a two-thirds majority to raise taxes.

The voters in our state have voted three times to require the two-thirds majority and the legislature has either suspended it when they wished or used fees to raise money instead of changing their spending priorities.

These individuals and organizations are using the courts to legislate rather than listen to voters. I can only hope that the courts pass on this issue and allow the will of our citizens to prevail. I am particularly offended by the WEA’s joining this lawsuit.

Instead of going after legislators that voted to cut the education spending, have instead decided that we (the voter) cannot make informed decisions for ourselves.

I support our school district and the teachers, but not their union. The lawsuit shows why we have little-to-no leadership in Olympia.

Todd Welch

Lake Stevens


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