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YOUR|LETTERS August 31, 2011


September 1, 2011

Questions arise from previous letter to the editor

Dear Editor,

“If everybody is thinking alike, somebody isn’t thinking.” Gen. George Patton. The letter writer (8/16) who used this quote is a perfect example of somebody who “isn’t thinking,” This is a baseless argument since the writer has no idea what individual members of the Republican Party think; therefore, no “group think.”

If the letter writer is trying to discuss the need to close tax loop holes, I doubt that many Americans would object as long as they are real loop holes; however, are you aware that the deduction you take for your mortgage interest is a “tax loop hole” or the credit you take for each child living in the home another “tax loop hole?” Did you mean those loop holes? Or, maybe you meant ones like the one given to GE who is required to pay zero tax, but who donated over $530,000 to Obama’s campaign, laid off 18,000 employees and received over $24.9 million (those would be tax dollars) in stimulus funds and then sent their production to China?

If the letter writer meant to tax the wealthy, are you aware that the federal government actually received less revenue when tax rates on the “wealthy” were over 70 percent. Also, what is “wealthy?” Is it a small family run business (as mine was) which may gross nearly a million a year after three years of running a deficit and employing three part-time college students as the business grew and supplying a very modest income to its owners?

Frankly, what you are suggesting is that someone should only work to survive and nothing more. There should be no incentive to be successful. What happened to the America where hard work and productivity was rewarded?

Catherine Paxton


Friends of Library have another great Aquafest

Dear Editor,

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to all the volunteers who worked so tirelessly to help make our Aquafest Book Sale such a success. We started Wednesday night, with setup and bringing the books from storage, through the final cleanup on Sunday evening – you all know who you are. We couldn’t do it without you.

Thank you, too, to All Seasons Storage, for storing our books for us, gratis; to Target, Haggen Foods and BECU for providing us with bags and, finally, to the community for supporting our book sale year after year. We appreciate you all.

Janet Lundquist, Secretary

Friends of the L.S. Library

Blood donors help to save lives

Dear Editor,

Thank you Ebenezer Lutheran Church and all the wonderful blood donors–together saving lives.

On August 10, 2011 there were 28 volunteer blood donors registered, 25 pints of blood collected, and three first time donors.

A huge thank you to all the donors for sharing your good health. Because one pint of blood can save up to three lives, approximately 75 patients will benefit from the donations at this blood drive. This was a fantastic summer blood drive.

Thank you to Howard Espeseth and The Lake Stevens Lions, The Lake Stevens Kiwanis and The American Legion Post #181 for your fantastic support of the blood drives at Ebenezer Lutheran Church.

Your dedication and help in so many ways is greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to help with the success of the blood drives here. Your efforts and support will help so many patients throughout Western Washington in need.

Thank you to the Ebenezer Lutheran Church for allowing the Puget Sound Blood Center to come out to use your facilities and to provide a convenient place for donors to give the gift of life. We couldn’t do it without you.

The Puget Sound Blood Center relies solely on volunteer donations to meet the needs of patients in Western Washington.

Over 900 donors each weekday are needed to meet the demand. Approximately 50 percent of this supply is due to donations made at mobile campaigns throughout the community. The support from all of you makes this happen.

I look forward to the next blood drive with you next summer.

Thank you for your continued support in our blood program and for making a difference in so many lives.

Gayle Richards

Donor Resources Representative

Puget Sound Blood Center


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