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YOUR | LETTERS for April 25, 2012


April 24, 2012

Property tax votes may be unfair to property owners

Dear Editor,

I sit here and it makes me wonder if in the world we want fairness and equality but in Lake Stevens there is neither. What? you ask.

Well let’s put this to point. There are at least 12 apartment houses in Lake Stevens, with at least 30 or more apartments, with at least two people living in them (on average). That would make about 720 or more people living in Lake Stevens that are in apartment houses.

They do not either pay mortgages nor do they pay property taxes. Yet these people who live here have a say when it comes to raising our property tax.

These almost 1,000 people can turn the vote to raise our property tax and we, who do own property, we who do pay mortgages, we who do pay for property upkeep and insurance have to abide by those who do neither of these.

Where is the justice for us who pay higher property taxes so these 1,000 or more can use the products we pay for?

Yes, they pay rent but some are on government paid subsidies which mean we pay for them to vote for us to pay higher taxes...something is not right here.

I say it is time for the county to say if you do not pay property taxes in the county you cannot vote on these issues. Just as I would not vote on closing schools since I do not have kids.

The Snohomish County Council, it seems, is grabbing people in this county that live in apartment houses and getting them to raise the property taxes of those who own property and we are just sitting back and letting them.

I, for one, say it is time to stop the madness.

John Worley

Lake Stevens

Relay for Life of Lake Stevens needs your support

Dear Editor,

Just as the effects of a challenging economy are felt by families in every community, cancer, too, has a far-reaching impact. No matter how the stock market is performing or what the current unemployment rate may be, there are still many people battling a cancer diagnosis and many others who are lending support alongside loved ones every day. These realities make the dollars donated and volunteer hours devoted to the American Cancer Society—a part of Lake Stevens for many years—critically important.

Local volunteers are a huge part of a nationwide effort to save lives from cancer, but additional people are needed for the progress to continue. Plans are under way for the Society’s annual fundraiser, Relay For Life®, which will be held at Lake Stevens High School on May 19-20. The money raised at Relay enables the American Cancer Society to deliver on its mission of helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures and fighting back against the disease.

Relay provides the Society with money to support vital, cutting-edge cancer research, provides cancer patients with free wigs, transportation to treatment, free lodging at our Hope Lodge and more and publishes lifesaving literature on cancer prevention, detection and tobacco control; and develops a new generation of medicines that help those battling cancer.

Now is the time for individuals, families, community groups, corporations and small businesses to commit their Relay For Life team participation. Join us at this event to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember those lost, fight back against the disease, and help the American Cancer Society realize its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

To sign up, participate or learn how you may volunteer, call 1-800-227-2345, or visit /lakestevens.wa or call me at 425-231-7485.

Kim Demary, Event Chair

Relay for Life of Lake Stevens

Do you think your income taxes are fair?

Dear Editor,

How do you feel about paying your income taxes last week? Do you feel like (1) you are participating in a fair taxation system, (2) you are only paying your fair share and (3) everyone else is paying their fair share too?

The Fair Tax is superior to the Income Tax. If adopted The Fair Tax would do away with the IRS with all its shortcomings and be a huge boon for American businesses.

The Fair Tax is essentially a national sales tax. Among its advantages: absolutely everyone pays (including illegal aliens and tourists) and American businesses will be on a more level playing field with their international competitors.

American made products will be cheaper for both American consumers and export. Those living below the poverty level are protected.

The Fair Tax was introduced into congress in 1999 and has been buried in congressional committees even since; it’s never been voted on.

If your congressional representative is unable to give you an acceptable explanation of why he/she has not been a supporter of the Fair Tax, you need a new representative! Defeat your congressperson in the primary if possible; even if that requires voting across party lines. There’s always November.

Edward Ferrell

Arlington, TX


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