June 4, 2013 |


Law vs. Order

Dear Editor,

Military and political leaders, school teachers and administrators—even ministers and judges—are routinely charged with heinous crimes or moral indiscretions. Drunk drivers—some cited many times—remain on the road until they finally kill. Some police officers steal from their own; children are murdered for body parts; sick people, like Josh Powell, remain free to kill again because of the rules on “circumstantial evidence,” even though that evidence would weigh down an elephant. Infants are being found in dumpsters and shallow graves in the woods, and, two weeks ago, one sworn to help save lives was convicted of murdering three newborns with scissors—abortion after the fact, I guess.

When Americans got fed up with the “Roaring Twenties and Dirty Thirties,” things changed. “Baby Face” Nelson, “Pretty Boy” Floyd, John Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde, and others were stopped with the same level of violence they meted out.

With no groups screaming “police brutality,” (admittedly a problem, today) the car Bonnie & Clyde rode in that day in 1934 was riddled with more than 100 bullets. After that, they robbed and killed no more; they didn’t require millions of taxpayer dollars be spent on decades of appeals, or thousands on personal wants.

Similar lawlessness grips us, now. We have the option to keep laws on the books that coddle the criminal at the expense of the civil, or we can have the courage to write AND ENFORCE laws that better fit society’s new social DISorder. When will we be “fed up”? Will it take the death of a loved one?

We say we want “law and order.” Yet, it seems without competent legislation and rigid enforcement, our laws are buying us very little order.

“In matters of style, swim with the stream. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.”—Thomas Jefferson

Bill Cook

Lake Stevens

Miss Aquafest 2012 says thanks to all

Dear Editor,

A year ago I was crowned Miss Aquafest 2012-13 and right then I knew this was a chapter in my life I would always remember. I never thought a dream like this would become a reality that I would have made the relationships I have, helped the community as much as I have and become the person I am today.

I’ve learned that being Miss Aquafest is more than just receiving a crown and sash and acting the part. It’s about finding yourself, taking the journey with my Aqua-sisters and setting an example for all the girls who can look up to me. The best part about having my title was representing my community and being a leader.

For all the support they have given me, I would like to thank my mom, friends, family, my sponsors, and Lake Stevens High School.

I would also like to extend my gratitude to our pageant director Linda Elledge. Thank you for creating such a great pageant for us all and for giving my fellow sisters and I the chance to come closer with our community and ourselves.

As for the rest of the pageant committee, Mayor Little and all the Aqua-moms, thank you for the opportunity.

To all the judges, thank you for believing that I can take on such a big role, and lastly thank you to the people of Lake Stevens for your support and the chance to represent our town.

Though my reign is coming to an end, the experience and characteristics I have developed throughout the year will remain with me forever.

And to all the future Miss Aquafests, all your dreams can come true, if you have the courage to pursue them.

Aliyah Riggen

Miss Aquafest 2012

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