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November 21, 2011



More police patrols are a great idea

Dear Editor,

When I saw that local law enforcement agencies are going to be patrolling more to look for drunk drivers, I thought, that is great news.

That is a great example of taxpayer money being spent the right way. Far too many innocent people have lost their lives due to drunk drivers unfortunately.

If more patrols can prevent loss of lives, I am all for it.

Jeff Swanson

Lake Stevens


Random acts of kindness still exist in Lake Stevens

Dear Editor,

I would like to give a big Thank You to the two gentlemen who helped Paul (who is in his 80’s) when he fell at the gas pumps at Tom Thumb Grocery on Sunday morning Nov. 6. Paul, is a regular customer of Tom Thumb.

While one of the men helped Paul, the other was on his phone calling 911 and also called Paul’s niece to let her know what had happened.

I didn’t get a chance to get their names, but I know these two are also regular customers of the store.

It’s so nice to see the people of Lake Stevens be so kind.

Joni Isaacson,

Manager of Tom Thumb, Lake Stevens


Legalizing marijuana is not the right choice

Dear Editor,

I have shopped at our local Safeway store for many years. I’ve always enjoyed their friendly service. However, recently I’ve become increasingly irritated with the fact that the last three times I’ve shopped there I have been approached by an extremely pushy girl who has tried to get me to sign the bill to legalize marijuana.

I declined politely the first time approached and she hounded me some more. Then I explained to her that my brother died of addiction and I have a son who struggles with addiction. Both of their addictions began with marijuana.

She then replied, “Have a nice day.”

I now have had the same conversation with her three times and she keeps getting more aggressive with me.

Although I understand many believe marijuana is the most effective drug in combating their medical ailments, I would caution against this assumption due to the lack of consistent, repeatable scientific data available to prove marijuana’s medical benefits.

Based on current evidence, I believe that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that there are less dangerous medicines offering the same relief from pain and other medical symptoms.

Smoking marijuana damages the brain, heart, lungs, and immune system. It impairs learning and interferes with memory, perception, and judgment. Smoked marijuana contains cancer-causing compounds and has been implicated in a high percentage of automobile crashes and workplace accidents.

By characterizing the use of illegal drugs as quasi-legal, state-sanctioned, Saturday afternoon fun, legalizes destabilize the societal norm that drug use is dangerous.

They undercut the goals of stopping the initiation of drug use to prevent addiction. Children entering drug abuse treatment routinely report that they heard that ‘pot is medicine’ and, therefore, believed it to be good for them.

Therefore, I won’t support this bill or the stores who support it. I’m hoping if others see my point of view that they will join me in banning stores that support this bill.

Alisa DeFalco

Lake Stevens


Random acts of kindness still exist in Lake Stevens

Dear Editor,

I would like to give a big Thank You to the two gentlemen who helped Paul (who is in his 80’s) when he fell at the gas pumps at Tom Thumb Grocery on Sunday morning Nov. 6. Paul, is a regular customer of Tom Thumb.

While one of the men helped Paul, the other was on his phone calling 911 and also called Paul’s niece to let her know what had happened.

I didn’t get a chance to get their names, but I know these two are also regular customers of the store.

It’s so nice to see the people of Lake Stevens be so kind.

Joni Isaacson,

Manager of Tom Thumb, Lake Stevens


Take action against more education cuts

Dear Editor,

Washington schools have ranked among the Nation’s best for decades. Our state’s SAT scores continue to rank in the top ten among states where more than 50 percent of the students take the college preparatory exam.

But that could soon change. Our schools are already dealing with more than $2.5 billion in recent school funding cuts.

Now lawmakers have proposed slashing an additional $1 billion or more. This would tie the hands of teachers and other education professionals, and deprive students of a quality education.

Our schools and students have already absorbed more than their fair share of cuts. Additional education funding reductions could mean layoffs of up to 2,400 educators, increased class sizes, less individualized attention for students, and slashed funding for pre-school, higher education, and all-day kindergarten. Plus, a proposed $150 million reduction in school levy equalization would result in an inequitable system of educational winners and losers; rich school districts and poor school districts.

Enough is enough. I urge everyone who cares about education, children, and Washington’s future to join me for the Day of Action in Olympia on Nov. 28 at noon. Together, we can send a strong message to lawmakers that it’s time to protect school funding to give our students the well-rounded education they deserve.

If you’re not able to attend the Day of Action at the State Capitol, please contact your legislators and tell them to respect Washington’s long-standing commitment to education and vote against further funding cuts to education.

Join us Nov. 28 when educators, parents, and community members from around the state wear Red to send a message to the legislature that an all-cuts budget hurts kids.

LSEA members are wearing Red for Public Ed. on November 28th, join us.

Kelly Snow

LSEA President

 

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