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YOUR|LETTERS- November 2, 2011


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

Candidates should take time to send info for voter pamphlet

Dear Editor,

In popularly elected government the most important thing a citizen can be is a voter, a well-informed voter.

I am sure you are aware of this. I say so because both of the men running for Sewer District Commissioner failed to send a letter regarding their candidacy for Lake Stevens Sewer District to the Snohomish County Elections and Voter Registration Division.

The succeeding candidate is commissioned to the sewer district for six years! One of you must be elected -- this just stinks!

Kirk Bigger

Lake Stevens

Teen’s fatal car crash reminds us 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

Voting time in Lake Stevens

Dear Editor,

It is time once again to vote! But do you know who you are voting for in our town of Lake Stevens?

Let’s look at the Mayor’s race. Incumbent Mayor Vern Little has a great record, the city is growing as is required, plans are underway for economic growth in a sustainable, fiscally conservative manner.

Then there is the budget; unlike most of the cities and towns in this county it is in the black without layoffs, furloughs or any other hocus pocus that others need to balance their budgets.

His opponent, Arnold Clark, says he wants to do the same things that Mayor Little is already doing and does not mention why he is no longer an employee of the city.

City Council positions are about the same. Tony Morea is running against Todd Welch. They are running for the position that Mark Somers is leaving after doing a great job during his tenure. Both have good ideas. They both say basically the same things.

One difference is that Tony Morea has been in this community serving in many other capacities through the years and of the two is the only one that attends the council meetings.

Tony knows what is going on in the city and in the Council and I believe he is the best choice for this Council position.

Another Council position up for grabs is between Suzanne Quigley and Craig Suhadolnik.

Suzanne, the incumbent, brings a refreshing and no nonsense set of values to the council. She has a firm grasp of what is good for this city and she is the best person for the job. Her opponent has never been to a council meeting.

All of the council members represent you. All you need to do is call or email them. Better still, come to a council meeting and find out for yourself what is really going on in your city.

Kim Daughtry

Lake Stevens


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