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May is National Foster Care Month, and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all foster parents for all the work they do caring for foster children. By opening their home and heart, they play a vital roll in the child’s healing.
The political views repeatedly expressed by your regular columnist Adele Ferguson, while welcome, are arguably not shared by at least half of your readership. Would it not be fair that her column space be equally shard by someone with an opposing viewpoint? In this critical election year, it is we the people who must make an informed decision about who will best work for us in these difficult times we face as a nation. Being subjected to only one biased viewpoint from an obvious fig-leaf partisan hack does not serve the best interest of our democracy. Please, let’s have a more open dialogue of the issues. After all, we have nothing to lose but our democracy itself.
When I was teaching, I was really surprised to find that several parents of my students were driving their kids to the Marysville Library to do research for their homework. The idea puzzled me, so the next time I drove by the Marysville Library I stopped in to see if I could figure out why. I could hardly believe my eyes. It was wonderful. I didn’t know libraries like that existed. It was hard to believe that library was in the same library system as our Arlington Library.
North County Firefighters currently have the privilege of providing emergency medical services to the residents of North County Fire and EMS. Some of the communities who we serve are Bryant, Freeborn, Warm Beach, Kayak, Lake Ketchum and Grandview just to list a few.
On Friday, April 18, Trafton elementary school got national recognition for having served the community for the last 120 years. It was recognized as a Washington State Heritage register and the national register for historic place.
Blessings to the Arlington School District‘s administration, staff, supportive services, students and parents (past and present). I have just received word of the passing of Tim Ingalls, kindergarten teacher par excellance. Last night was sleepless with memories of conversations, of his dreams for the future educational possibilities, of his kindness and dedication to children and with words for a letter that just had to be submitted.
In 2006, the Arlington Library Bond went to a recount. Ultimately, the bond failed by just 28 votes. Sam Reed, our Secretary of State for Washington at the time, was there that day. He handed us a Voter Intent packet which shows the statewide standards on what is a vote. You can find this packet at www.secstate.wa.gov/elections. While observing that recount, I learned a few things about voting that I would like to share because they impacted the vote in 2006:
After being appointed by Mayor Dave Weiser as one of three Civil Service Commissioners, I have had the honor and privilege to serve one of the most professional police departments in Washington state, the men and women of the Marysville Police Department. During my nine-year tenure as a civil service commissioner, I have been rewarded with friendships that will remain fondly in my memory for years to come. One could not ask for more. I believe that we have accomplished much during those years and it is my reward to think that I have made a positive difference to all I’ve had the privilege to serve.
Nearly a year ago we were on Komo TV problems solvers/people helpers for a contractor leaving our home unfinished and stealing our money for our remodel project. We would like to thank all the people of the Marysville community and beyond for all their support, prayers, comforting words and help to help us move on and heal our wounds.
In a recent letter to the editor I warned of the law of unintended consequences when it came to changes made for the sake of fighting global warming. If you were paying close attention to the news, you would notice that we are already starting to see some of these consequences. Food prices have soared as grain crops are diverted to biofuels as directed by government law in some countries and influenced by subsidies in others. Land once used to grow food is now being used to produce ethanol. The law of supply and demand has kicked in raising prices. Food riots have erupted in Africa and Asia.
I would like to encourage every individual to consider the value that a new library would add to this community. A vote for the library bond on May 20 is a vote for an increasingly vibrant and progressive community.
When I see a reporter from The Marysville Globe appear, I know our story will accurately be told. Tom Corrigan’s article on May 7 beautifully tells all of the residents bordering the new Marysville Food Bank what it will be, is informative and is a “Channel of Your Peace.”
Snohomish County will soon be holding community meetings to define rural character. This is an important process that demands citizen participation. The resulting definition will influence the kind and scale of development allowed in our rural lands. It is also important, however, that the county participate fully and actually make changes necessary to protect that rural environment.
Compass Health hosts a dinner every May honoring foster parents and the business partners that support them.
Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric of sponsors of Initiative 1029, an initiative designed to dramatically increase the training requirements for all home and community-based caregivers. Before signing on to this ill-conceived initiative we have to ask the tough question. Is this good public policy or simply an effort to thwart legislative process?
Passenger service at Paine Field would be an important asset to Snohomish County. The ability to get to an airport quicker will save on roads, time and auto fuel.
In the May 21 edition of The Arlington Times, A. Michael Kundu authored an article discussing global warming and those in opposition to the concept. His claims are nonsense and at wide variation with scientific research, personnel and knowledge of the present climatic warm period, that is, the “modern warm period.”
On Saturday, May 24, I received a parking violation for parking my truck in the wrong direction in front of my house. Not only did I get a ticket, but two of my neighbors got tickets also. I looked up the number that was on the ticket, MMC 11-08-040 on the city of Marysville Web site — but couldn’t find mention of this violation.
Mr. Stav’s opinion piece was entertaining to say the least. So allow me to get up on the old soapbox and have a stab at it. Does anyone even need a reason to vote yes or no? I personally know of five voters that told me even though they were born and raised here they had never used the library, so that is their reason for a no vote. I was told by 12 people who listened to my reasons for voting no that I’d convinced them to do the same.
In that part of heaven reserved for heroes of labor, I can almost bet Joe Hill is whistling a merry tune — way to go union members, way to go.