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October 31, 2011

I-1183 won’t make a difference on kids’ drinking

Dear Editor,

I would like to state that I am of the neutral position when it concerns this current initiative.

But I will offer this opinion on the subject. Kids will always find alcohol. That has been going on for years.

Whether it is hard alcohol at a grocery store or beer in a convenience store. No initiative will or can stop that.

Jeff Swanson

Lake Stevens

Teen’s fatal car crash in Marysville reminds everyone of the seriousness of teen driving

Dear Editor,

Last week’s fatal crash in Marysville has been on my mind since I heard about it. I am so sad to hear of this loss.

As a parent of a teenage son and the owner of a driver’s education training school, I keep imagining what might have happened that led up to this crash.

I keep thinking about those last few seconds in which this outcome could have been avoided.

Details are unknown in this situation, and I keep wondering about what might have made that last, critical difference for them.

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for teenagers—far more than all the other causes combined—so learning the skills needed to prevent a collision is so important.

Teens and other new drivers need to use safe driving habits such as slowing down earlier, being aware of the car’s position on the road, and focusing on the task of driving rather than other possible distractions. Driving defensively is the best offense.

My heart goes out to the family of the young man who died, as well as the other young men in the car with him and their families.

Larry Pierce

Lake Stevens

I-1183 takes the government out of the liquor business

Dear Editor,

I-1183 opponents are spinning this campaign as close to being dishonest as possible.

One ad has a Longview restaurant owner who fears that the liquor tax in I-1183 would impose could force her to close the restaurant doors, but wait one minute, her restaurant doesn’t even sell alcohol.

The most recent ad on the radio has two people criticizing the “large corporations” that are behind Yes on I-1183 would line their pockets with the liquor sales profits and I say good, they employ people, pay taxes, and citizens invest in these corporations which helps with our retirement.

No one mentions the individual freedom expansion, less government in our lives is always better and liquor sales is just an over-reach by the state government.

We will sell all state assets regarding liquor sales and eliminate over-paid counter people at the stores and their benefits.

I hate seeing people lose their jobs, but the large, over 11,000 sq. ft. stores that will sell the liquor will add jobs and also add to their stock prices which makes us happy when I look at how my 401K or mutual funds are doing each quarter.

The opposition to I-1183 also have this soft spoken name of “Protect our Communities”, but are primarily financed by a big lobbying firm out of Washington D.C.

Todd Welch

Lake Stevens


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