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YOUR LETTERS | August 21, 2013


August 20, 2013

Thank you blood donors and life savers

Dear Editor,

Thank you very much for registering to give blood at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church blood drive on August 7, 2013. A total of 35 donors registered, 28 pints of blood collected and eight first time donors. This was a fantastic turnout!

We truly appreciate everyone’s time that came out to save lives. Because one pint of blood can save up to three lives, your blood drive will help the lives of up to 84 patients!

Already patients in local hospitals may be benefiting from the gift of your donation. Thank you for making a difference in so many lives!

With great appreciation to Ebenezer Lutheran Church for your sponsorship and to Melissa Hemrich for your tremendous support and for organizing the blood drive.

I would also like to give thanks to the Lake Stevens Lions and the Lake Stevens Kiwanis for your sponsorship and ongoing support in helping to promote the blood drives here. You are all greatly appreciated and will make a difference in your community and for many patients throughout Western Washington.

If you gave blood at this blood drive you will be eligible to donate again on October 2, 2013.

We will be back in Lake Stevens on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at Elim Lutheran Church so please mark your calendar!

Thank you all and have a wonderful summer.

Gayle Richards

Donor Resources Representative

Puget Sound Blood Center

Kiwanis thanks community for support

Dear Editor,

The Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club would like to thank the volunteers that helped during the Lake Stevens Aquafest weekend, we couldn’t do this event without you!

A big thank you goes to the 2013 Aquafest Planning Committee for all their hard work, to the community of Lake Stevens for their continuing support, and to all our Kiwanis members and their families for their yearly commitment to this fundraiser!

The Thursday night Lake Stevens Alumni Night is well attended and gets better each year! Thanks to the LSHS Purple and Gold Club for their dedication to this annual get together.

All proceeds from this event go back into our community in the form of scholarships, Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets, local athletic teams, Boy Scouts, Lake Stevens Food Bank, LSSD Elementary school supplies, Lake Stevens Senior Center, Lake Stevens Boys and Girls Club, our annual Easter Egg Hunt and other needs as they arise.

Thank you again for all your support. See you next year.

Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club

Beverage Garden Committee 2013

Roundabouts are avoided by some

Dear Editor,

Two roundabouts planned, and now in work, on Highway 92 at 99th Ave. NE and 113th Ave. NE are, in my opinion, the most irrational decisions made in Lake Stevens, Snohomish County and Washington State DOT.

The cost quoted of $7.7 million of taxpayer dollars for these two roundabouts surely cannot be justified. The installation of simple “on demand” stop lights at these two locations would be more practical and cost effective than two roundabouts.

In my opinion, these roundabouts are putting every person’s lives on the line in a dangerous game of “Russian Roulette with two ton projectiles”.

Several times my wife and I have even encountered aggressive drivers, including local school buses, charging through roundabouts with their 20 ton buses causing us to brake, and even stop, to avoid hitting or being broadsided.

I personally do not believe the roads are safer because of the roundabouts. Drivers, like me, have changed their travel routes to avoid these roundabouts.

The rationale stated by some that roundabouts “saves fuel or will move traffic faster and save lives,” is unfounded.

The quote in The Lake Stevens Journal on June 5 that “the students wanted a safer intersection, and that the students would like the “older folks” to move a little more quickly through the roundabout” is a silly statement. If people left a few minutes earlier they might not be in such a hurry.

We, by choice, travel roads that do not involve roundabouts, because, in my opinion, they are dangerous to travel and certainly not the way we were taught to drive. Stop signs, stop lights, turn lanes are how we have driven for years, why turn us into European drivers?

The two “mini roundabouts” at Frontier Village area are a joke and prime example of “non-logical road revisions”. Start justifying expenditures; repair existing roads; stop wasting tax payers money on road obstacle courses.

William Bruns

Lake Stevens


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