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A multitude of reasons
I am most definitely in support of a new library, for a multitude of reasons. My love for the library began in childhood. I would often find myself there during recess, listening to a Curious George book on tape or playing board games with friends. To me, those are priceless memories.
Also, having no internet access at my residence, I utilized the free Wi-Fi at the library on a very regular basis. Having been (until recently) unemployed for five months, I did the majority of my job-searching on the internet. To this extent, having access to the library's network was invaluable.
In addition, I am an avid reader. I love losing myself in a library's fiction section. Every time I leave, I always walk out with at least two or three exciting new novels, my mind counting down the days until I can start reading them.
I would love to see the Arlington Library expanded. Being a Stanwood resident and often frequenting that branch as well, I have seen the extreme limits of space and material that a small library faces. In addition, I have noticed an increase in the number of school-age kids that need and use its resources. I have seen many of them working on homework, often sharing tables due to lack of space and I can only hope that someday there will be enough space for all of them to be able to work creatively and productively.
Larger library needed
A larger library facility is sorely needed. A recent performance of The Celtic group left many people standing and many not able to view the performance. This area is growing and the schools are enlarging.
Even Granite Falls, which is a much smaller community, has a more spacious facility.
The present facility is many years old and has outlived it use. Also the city needs the space now occupied for a community center.
Please vote Yes.
C. A. Strouss
The Old Bags of Arlington are now selling Reno raffle tickets. The drawing for this is on July 4th. You don't have to be present to win.
On May 17 in Arlington we will have our first yearly bake sale with lots of homemade baked goods. A spring basket with lots of nice items will be raffled.
We use the money we make throughout the year to help families at Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as other things. We want to thank all the people who help us out every year.
Sherry Cox, Arlington
Caroline Stevens, Everett
My Snohomish County Council member John Koster worked hard at his editorial "Base Growth Decisions on Fact Not Hysteria" to try to convince the voters that he is working hard on their behalf and that anyone who disagrees or sees things in a different way are just hysterical. But to me, Mr. Koster's position on allowing for a new city to be built anywhere in our rural Snohomish County is like an ostrich sticking its head in the sand. He's telling folks to trust him, to not worry, that he'll make sure a city won't happen when it comes before him. Clearly this is the same way he has dealt with other issues facing Snohomish County, in particular our mess with roads and traffic.
Mr. Koster obviously doesn't get it that the whole idea of the moratorium was so the public can discuss the issue of Fully Contained Communities rationally without being under the burden of a pending application. To say the public already had their chance when the policies and regulations were adopted during the 10 year comprehensive plan update is really saying that even if things change, we must stay the course. Sound familiar?
Death with dignity
Washington Death With Dignity Initiative 1000 may be on the November 2008 ballot this fall, if supporters collect the required 225,000 signatures before the July deadline. The initiative, sponsored by former Governor Booth Gardner and the Death With Dignity campaign, grants terminally ill patients with less than six months to live the freedom to receive a lethal prescription of barbiturates to end their lives.
Thursday, March 6, the Lynn-wood Knights of Columbus Council No. 5816 sponsored a pro-life night for its members and the community. State Pro-life Director, Jim Toth, spoke on issues of concern, such as abortion and assisted suicide. In regards to I-1000, Toth said, "Washington state is at the epic-center of the assisted suicide debate." The world is watching to see our results. Oregon is the only state where assisted suicide is legal.
KCTS Connects survey question on Feb. 29 asked, should it be legal for patients to receive lethal drugs to end their own life? Respondents overwhelming opposed this barbaric concept by at least 75 percent.
Contact the Coalition Against Assisted Suicide website for further information at www.noassistedsuicide.com.