Praise and raze

Dec. 8

  • Saturday, December 8, 2018 1:30am
  • Opinion

Praise to the city of Marysville and Arlington for the Tour of Lights, Merrysville for the Holidays, the Fire Santa Run and Home for the Holidays celebrations.

Praise to the Festival of Trees for putting on another great event this year for Providence General Foundation.

Praise to Amber and Kevin Brown for turning their lives around, with the help of Steve and Lynn Reid and many others. We need more success stories like that.

Raze that the Cold-Weather Shelter in Marysville can’t find a home this year. Organizers are working hard to find different places for them, but it’s not as nice as having one spot everyone could count on.

Raze to the Arlington woman arrested for alleged sex crimes against teens. That could harm them the rest of their lives.

Praise to the Marysville School District for not wasting time and money and just deciding to pick the right person for the superintendent’s job – Jason Thompson.

Praise to Arlington for giving the community “Know Your Schools” field trips to see what’s going on in the classroom. We hope that is just one more reason why voters would be willing to pass a bond.

Praise to the vendors who participated in the recent craft show at Totem Middle School. We like all such events, but especially those that donate money to a worthy cause – such as the American Cancer Society. More vendors did the same thing last Saturday, helping out the Marysville Boys and Girls Club.

Praise to schools going on more tours of the Hibulb Cultural Center in Tulalip. It’s a top-notch museum in our own back yard.

Raze that the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce can’t find more volunteers. There are so many seniors out there who would benefit from volunteering. Please step up and make a difference by volunteering somewhere, if not there.

Praise that Marysville is working on an overpass on Grove Street between State and Cedar avenues. We’ve been needing routes to bypass the railroad tracks for years, and now it seems like a number of them is coming.

Praise to all of the organizations in Marysville and Arlington that are doing food and toy drives this winter. Praise to the Transitions programs in Marysville and Arlington for all they do to help special needs students.

Praise to Sunnyside Nursery owners Steve and Pauline Smith for all they’ve done, and also the desire to keep that business going after they retire, instead of bulldozing it for more houses.

Praise that Marysville and Fire District 12 have agreed on a Regional Fire Authority. Voters eventually will decide in April, but it’s good to have this part of it over.

Praise that Arlington is getting a $1.6 million grant for a 204th Street roundabout.

Praise to the city of Marysville for again not raising taxes in its two-year budget. Praise to Snohomish County for doing the same thing.

Praise to Arlington for planning to get a traffic signal in place before the big Pilot Travel Center opens in mid-December.

Raze to those in the Mother Nature’s Window area who are bothering neighbors with small crimes.

Praise to all of those students turning out for sports at our high schools. We look forward to following your progress this winter. And congratulations for those who competed in the fal.

Praise to those athletes who signed letter of intent to continue their careers in college. What a great accomplishment. Your community is proud of you.

Praise to Arlington for putting on its annual Veterans Day Parade. It’s great to see their efforts recognized.

More in Opinion

Emily Countryman
Want to soak up the sun? Do it safely

Are you ready to soak up the sun? Most of us in… Continue reading

How can anyone be against having clean water?

I don’t know how you can be against clean water, but some… Continue reading

Our cities offer free entertainment

We are very fortunate to live in Marysville and Arlington. Both communities… Continue reading

5 real estate tips to avoid stress

Stressed is desserts spelled backwards. So let’s start the meal with pie… Continue reading

We’re proud of our students, staff at MSD

Great things are happening in the Marysville School District. If you’ve read… Continue reading

In 1 year, embedded social worker program making a difference

Police Chief Rick Smith and I joined officials Tuesday from Snohomish County… Continue reading

HIts and misses

Hits Marysville Rotary for giving out $178,500 in scholarships to Marysville graduates.… Continue reading

Help your child stay connected with fun learning activities this summer

With the end of the school year fast approaching, many families are… Continue reading

Growth is a gift, but it can also cause grief

Do you remember getting growing pains as a young kid? I felt… Continue reading

State budgets include lots for this area

By Nate Nehring Every two years, the state Legislature adopts a biennial… Continue reading

Infrastructure investments essential to supporting Arlington

Over the last few months, we have been sharing the city’s strategy… Continue reading

80 percent of ACS donations benefits patients

Did you ever give to a charity organization only to discover that… Continue reading