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December 5, 2011

Flat boat roof covers should be allowed on lake

Dear Editor,

On November 28 the city council voted 5-2 to make new, flat, boat covers illegal on Lake Stevens while allowing roofs of any other shape.

I wholly disagree with this action and wish the city council would reconsider and allow all types of covered moorage. This was done as part of the new Shoreline Management Program (SMP) that is being submitted to the state Department of Ecology for final approval.

The purpose of the SMP is to maintain “the ecological functions of the lake and shoreline.” But a majority of the city council feels that this is an opportunity to impose their personal tastes on all the lakefront homeowners.

During the discussion among the council members, Councilman Spencer expressed his distaste for flat roofs and considers them ugly. Councilman Tageant doesn’t like that people recreate on their boat covers. Well that is too bad. The SMP is not intended to judge architectural styles or to regulate our recreational activities.

A flat, solid roof for covered moorage is the simplest, least obtrusive, lowest cost, and safest option for lakefront homeowners.

These council members, who feel the need to control others actions, don’t understand that there will be unintended consequences by requiring peaked or domed roofs for covered moorage.

Peaked roofs block views more than flat roofs, and if they think that restricting flat roofs will eliminate rooftop diving, they don’t understand thrill seeking teenagers.

Bruce Morton

Lake Stevens

Important info not shred until after election

Dear Editor,

I can’t believe that the Everett Herald stooped so low when it did not do its due diligence when presented with a news tip on Snohomish County Executive Reardon’s investigation.

Apparently the Herald knew about the investigation for weeks but chose to keep it out of the papers for political reasons as to favor Reardon in the election. The news was not a campaign smear attempt, but a serious, possibly criminal, investigation.

Thanks to the Herald, we the people of Snohomish County, to which the Herald claims to serve, were denied information that might have affected the outcome of the election. Here is proof that mainstream media is not fair and balanced.

Stephanie Haynes

Lake Stevens

Love and support helped in time of need

Dear Editor,

We wish to thank the many friends that supported our family at the recent passing of Richard Wolfe.

The outpouring of love and concern was overwhelming as shown by the standing room only at the service.

His legacy will live on in many lovely gardens in the area.

Thank you all very much!

Greta Wolfe and family

Lake Stevens

Initiatives give voters a fair shake

Dear Editor,

In response to Alisa DeFalco’s letter to the editor entitled “Legalizing marijuana is not the right choice.”

I too have been approached by initiative signature gatherers throughout the years and have signed each and every one of them regardless of whether or not I was for or against them.

Why? Because these are Citizen Initiatives. To not sign it is to hinder the democratic process and allow the government and other like-minded people to control society.

Haven’t we all had enough of being controlled by the one percent? Isn’t that what these “Occupy Wall Streeters” have been working for?

Sure, we live in a Republic not a Democracy, but the initiative process is the only thing ‘We the People’ have in our arsenal against all of the injustices we have had to endure the last few years.

Because of government actions and inactions I lost everything I worked 20 years for.

In repayment do you know how people have chosen to vote on initiatives the last few years? If I don’t care one way or the other or don’t have the time to really research the issue I simply try to find out which vote is supported by the government and law enforcement ... and then I vote the opposite.

Brad Ashforth


American Legion, Auxiliary thank L.S. community

Dear Editor,

The men and women of American Legion Post 181 and Auxiliary Unit 181 would like to express their appreciation to the citizens of the Lake Stevens community for their generous donations during our Poppy Day the Saturday before Veterans Day.

No overhead costs are used, so 100% of the donations from the Poppy Day are set aside for the various programs that assist and support local veterans, their families, and their community.

Hospitalized and disabled veterans make the crepe-paper poppy flowers and earn a small wage to supplement their incomes. This work helps to make them feel more self-sufficient as well to provide therapeutic physical and mental activity. The Legion and Auxiliary purchase these “flowers” and then distribute them to the community.

The Poppy Program helps to remind us all of the past sacrifices and continuing needs of our veterans. The Legion and the Legion Auxiliary volunteers endeavor to explain the true meaning of this little flower to all those who receive it. The poppy has become a nationally known and recognized symbol of sacrifice to honor the men and women who served our country at any time during our nation’s history.

Also appreciated during this time were the words and actions of thanks to individual veterans. For several this was the first time they had ever personally been thanked.

Thank you, Lake Stevens!

Tom Thorleifson & Karen Morea, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 181


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