Letters To The Editor

Screening Day’s goal is to save American lives | Letter

As a gastroenterologist, I am writing to remind you and your readers that while March is an exciting time in the world of college basketball, it is also Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Feb 28th, 2013

Metro Parks District will needlessly expand government | Letter to the Editor

The question is does the government need to grow to provide adequate services? The obvious answer is no. We currently have wonderful parks and are able to maintain them. Actually, over the last decade the city has increased the total acreage devoted to parks. Furthermore, the city’s comprehensive plan, in chapter six for parks, reports that the city government is not the only park builder in Bonney Lake. That is right, the recreation needs of citizens’ is being met by home owner association (HOA) facilities, county facilities and yes even private facilities.

  • Feb 25th, 2013

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month | Letter to the Editor

March 8 we are hoping to rally 2,013 first-time patients nationwide to schedule or have a colonoscopy for National Colon Cancer Screening Day.

  • Feb 25th, 2013

Federal courts, not local officials, have the power

The sheriff of Linn County, Oregon, (as quoted by Tim Personius) wrote that he would not allow his citizens to be “…turned into criminals due to the unconstitutional actions of misguided politicians.” To prevent that ludicrous hypothetical, Sheriff Mueller says that he will not “permit the enforcement of any unconstitutional regulations or orders by federal officials within the borders” of his county. Both gentlemen should better acquaint themselves with the U.S. Constitution that they claim to revere.

  • Feb 20th, 2013

Government has given too much power to lenders

In Rich Elfers’ recent column (Courier-Herald, Feb. 13) he refers to many of our large financial institutions and all of the ways that they seem to be above the law, but over the last several weeks I have experienced just how pervasive financial institutions are in our everyday lives.

  • Feb 19th, 2013

Financial institutions abuse their customers | Letter to the Editor

In Rich Elfers' recent column he refers to many of our large financial institutions and all of the ways that they seem to be above the law, but over the last several weeks I have experienced just how pervasive financial institutions are in our everyday lives.

  • Feb 13th, 2013

Letters become a home for the rigid and selfish

Suddenly it has become all clear to me why for so long I gave up reading these letters to the editor in the newspapers. I had forgotten this is place of the extreme left and the extreme right who like to stereotype everyone and voice their opinion in the black and white, all or nothing fashion.

  • Feb 13th, 2013

Sheriff’s constitutional argument is a very thin soup, indeed | Letter to the Editor

The sheriff of Linn County, Oregon, (as quoted by Tim Personius) wrote that he would not allow his citizens to be “…turned into criminals due to the unconstitutional actions of misguided politicians.” To prevent that ludicrous hypothetical, Sheriff Mueller says that he will not “permit the enforcement of any unconstitutional regulations or orders by federal officials within the borders” of his county. Both gentlemen should better acquaint themselves with the U.S. Constitution that they claim to revere.

  • Feb 12th, 2013

Church hymns bring about a melody of love

My, my, not only is Mr. DeVol an expert on federal, state and local government, but now he is an expert on the music played in our churches.

  • Feb 12th, 2013

Extremism accomplishes nothing | Letter to the Editor

Suddenly it has become all clear to me why for so long I gave up reading these letters to the editor in the newspapers. I had forgotten this is place of the extreme left and the extreme right who like to stereotype everyone and voice their opinion in the black and white, all or nothing fashion.

  • Feb 7th, 2013

Reggie Miles is a treat, Enumclaw should support Chalet show

As a musician, I was thoroughly impressed by Reggie Miles. He'll be in town on the 10th. If Enumclaw can bring this high level of talent to the Chalet Theater, we should support it.

  • Feb 6th, 2013

Outstanding EHS musicians reflect quality of teacher

I want to recognize the hard-working, talented students who play their hearts out at the high school football and basketball games. Thank you!

  • Feb 6th, 2013

Contrary to books, Lincoln wasn’t founder of GOP

The Republican Party was actually organized and started by a Marxist by the name of Alvin Bovay. He was the head of the National reform Association. He also was editor of Young America newspaper.

  • Feb 5th, 2013

Looking for sheriffs’ views on gun legislation

In the United States, a sheriff is a county official and is typically the top law enforcement officer of a county. Historically, the sheriff was also commander of the militia in that county. Distinctive to law enforcement in the United States, sheriffs are usually elected.

  • Feb 5th, 2013

U.S. Republican party had its roots in Marxism | Letter to the Editor

I want to compliment Rich Elfers' brief history article of Jan. 9. He mentioned the Republican party being organized during the Civil War and Abe Lincoln being one of the founders. The Republican Party was actually organized and started by a Marxist by the name of Alvin Bovay. He was the head of the National reform Association. He also was editor of Young America newspaper.

  • Feb 1st, 2013

Second amendment doesn’t create gun rights; it affirms them | Letter to the Editor

I read with some amusement the letter from Duane Simurdak in the Jan. 23 Courier-Herald. The problem with liberal progressives is they often come to a fight unarmed with facts and when they do so they must go on the attack implying that their opponent(s) are illogical, childish and egotistical or a conspiracy theorist.

  • Jan 29th, 2013

Key is that our right to bear arms is protected

The problem with liberal progressives is they often come to a fight unarmed with facts and when they do so they must go on the attack implying that their opponent(s) are illogical, childish and egotistical or a conspiracy theorist.

  • Jan 29th, 2013

Metro Parks District numbers don’t add up | Letter to the Editor

The published numbers for the proposed "metropolitan park district" claims the cost to us taxpayers will be $95 dollars a year. I’m not sure where these numbers come from. What numbers I do find don’t match what’s been published.

  • Jan 28th, 2013

Parks add value to Bonney Lake’s quality of life | Letter to the Editor

First of all, thank you to Rebecca Giles and her staff, who have done a tremendous job of operating the Sumner/Bonney Lake Recreation Department (RD) for years. The cities of Sumner, Bonney Lake and Sumner School District have teamed up to share the costs of the RD, run by the school district. The last interlocal agreement passed by the Bonney Lake City Council was Jan. 25, 2011, Resolution 2094. It expired Dec. 31, 2012. It is indicated on page 180 of the current city of Bonney Lake budget that the city has set aside monies to share the cost of the program. Discussion of a future interlocal agreement is not showing on the city council agenda at this time.

  • Jan 28th, 2013

Opposes district’s effort to annex Tahoma property

I am a 1971 graduate of Enumclaw High School and am very proud of the education I received in Enumclaw schools during the 12.5 years I attended. I also live in Black Diamond, on Lake Sawyer in the Tahoma School District. My children attend Tahoma where they are receiving a fine education, every bit as fine as I received in Enumclaw so many decades ago.

  • Jan 23rd, 2013

No forever-tax in Bonney Lake | Letter to the Editor

I have a simple wish: let’s use the city’s existing resources to their full-potential before we invoke a forever-tax through the creation of a Municipal Park District (MPD).

  • Jan 23rd, 2013

Gun laws will not bring and end to recent tragedies

I am constantly amazed at some people’s perception of what a “good” fix is for some of the current dilemmas we Americans face. The obviously implied, “I am smarter than you” attitude that stands out in some recent letters about the gun debate in particular is a pretty good indication of why it is so difficult to have any kind of logical discussion about these types of issues.

  • Jan 22nd, 2013

Americans should complain about D.C.’s priorities

Is half the nation brain dead, blind and deaf? Does it seem right that people are on food stamps, welfare, living in their cars, losing their homes, lined up at the food banks and have this so-called “fiscal cliff” problem and the person occupying our Oval Office goes on an $8 million dollar vacation with his family and entourage to Hawaii for two weeks?

  • Jan 22nd, 2013

Something special can be found at The Summit

I’d like to give big props to one of the most amazing churches I’ve ever attended. There are a lot of great churches in the Enumclaw area, but The Summit has something going on that’s pretty special.

  • Jan 22nd, 2013

Childish jabs can’t dominate firearms discourse | Letter to the Editor

I am constantly amazed at some people's perception of what a "good" fix is for some of the current dilemmas we Americans face. The obviously implied, "I am smarter than you" attitude that stands out in some recent letters about the gun debate in particular is a pretty good indication of why it is so difficult to have any kind of logical discussion about these types of issues.

  • Jan 22nd, 2013

Stricter gun laws only burden law-abiding citizens | Letter to the Editor

I read that in sales the first person who mentions a number is the loser and in an argument the first person who apologizes is the winner. I like to win so I will say it first — I apologize. Apparently, I was incorrect in my quote attributed to George Washington in my last letter. The website Mr. Robert DuChaine, Buckley, refers to does indeed say that this quote is unverifiable and since the general is no longer with us and I can’t ask him about it, I stand corrected.

  • Jan 22nd, 2013

Neighbors Feeding Neighbors credited with saving a life

The importance of a hand-delivered, hot meal became evident the first week the Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation’s Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Senior Meal Program started January 2.

  • Jan 18th, 2013

Proud of those who care for our elderly citizens | Letter

On Friday, Jan. 4, the Enumclaw Fire Department responded to a fall victim at a local senior citizen’s residence. We were alerted by a volunteer for a program called Neighbors Feeding Neighbors.

  • Jan 14th, 2013

Debate needs to be on people, not weapon they hold

I read that in sales the first person who mentions a number is the loser and in an argument the first person who apologizes is the winner. I like to win so I will say it first — I apologize.

  • Jan 14th, 2013

Last year also provided many inspiring events | Letter

I was very upset and almost felt sick after reading the top 10 stories of 2012 (Courier-Herald, Jan. 2).

  • Jan 14th, 2013

We do not have a right to arm those who kill | Letters

In the late 1970s, cigarette smokers had free reign to smoke most anywhere they wanted in our country. However, the pressure was starting to build to limit smoking.

  • Jan 8th, 2013

Gun rights end where the risk to innocent lives begins | Letter to the Editor

In the late 1970's, cigarette smokers had free reign to smoke most anywhere they wanted in our country. However, the pressure was starting to build to limit smoking. It had become increasingly clear that smoking was a health risk, not only to those who smoked, but to those breathed second-hand smoke. In those days, the smokers started to push back, claiming that they had the "right to smoke". I remember discussing the issue with a Navy friend, Carl Chin. Carl told me that his response to the smokers was that: "Your right to smoke ends where my nose begins."

  • Jan 4th, 2013

Long-term vision vs. short-term indulgence | Letter to the Editor

It has been well documented that the Bonney Lake community is short of adequate park space, ball fields, trails and community meeting/services facilities.

  • Jan 3rd, 2013

Pro-gun writer missed the mark | Letters

In response to the letter by Mr. Personius last week I have several comments. Firstly, there is an excellent website run by the Second Amendment Foundation at saf.org; this site has a page related to “bogus and fake quotations” by the Founding Fathers.

  • Jan 2nd, 2013

A lump of coal with meaning | Letter

The staff of Palmer Coking Coal Company would like to thank your readers for their donations to Vine Maple Place.

  • Dec 29th, 2012

Black Diamond Community Center gives thanks to supporters | Letter

As the year 2012 comes to an end, the Black Diamond Community Center has a food bank full of food to feed the hungry; warm coats and blankets to take away the winter chill; and activities for seniors, youth and community groups that keep us healthy.

  • Dec 29th, 2012

Pro-gun letter misses the mark | Letter to the Editor

In response to the letter by Mr. Personius last week, I have several comments. Firstly, there is an excellent website run by the Second Amendment Foundation at saf.org; this site has a page related to "bogus and fake quotations" by the Founding Fathers.

  • Dec 28th, 2012

State Superintendent Randy Dorn statement on Supreme Court order | Letter

On Jan. 5, the Washington state Supreme Court ruled (McCleary v. Washington) that the state isn’t amply funding basic education. On Dec. 20, the Washington state Supreme Court issued an order regarding progress made in McCleary. Below is a statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn on the order.

  • Dec 28th, 2012

Thank you to good samaritan

To the person who found my purse in the Safeway shopping cart, I thank you.

  • Dec 26th, 2012

Saying thank you for a great idea | Letters

About 10 years ago, I received a phone call from Tom Poe, our local diamond and fine-jewelry store owner. He asked if he could send me a packet of information, along with an invitation to a meeting at a private residence here in town.

  • Dec 26th, 2012

Take some time to heal, then start a discussion | Letters

It didn’t take long at all — and I actually thought that people would at least wait until those families struggling with this horror had time to put their little ones to rest. Silly me.

  • Dec 26th, 2012

Gun control advocates are exploiting a crisis | Letter to the Editor

It didn't take long at all — and I actually thought that people would at least wait until those families struggling with this horror had time to put their little ones to rest. Silly me.

  • Dec 20th, 2012

A new taxing district would make a terrible Christmas gift | Letter to the Editor

A lump of coal—that’s what the members of the Bonney Lake City Council deserve in their stocking this Christmas.

  • Dec 17th, 2012

Parks improvement a long, slow process | Letter to the Editor

In my travels trying to pass a bond in 2004, as a former park board member and former city councilmember, and as a resident of the Bonney Lake area for over 25 years, I have heard many wants and needs for our parks, trails and a community center or YMCA.

  • Dec 17th, 2012

Columnist shouldn’t try to speak for Republicans | Letters

I would like to put in my two cents. You know when you are driving down the road and see a dead animal? And for whatever reason, you have to look at it? I get the same thing when I read Mr. Elfers’ articles each week. I don’t care much for his topics of discussion. But I have to read it.

  • Dec 17th, 2012

Control our language, set the social agenda

Well, how many of you have been to a town hall, community or PTA/school board meeting of late? Who has heard the buzz words vision for the town or consensus, no need for a debate when we have a consensus, or social justice, free trade, global truth, partnerships, preservation, stakeholders, land use, environmental protection, development, diversity, visioning, open space, heritage, comprehensive planning, critical thinking and community service are all part of our new language.

  • Dec 12th, 2012

Resident concerned about Black Diamond budget

I have looked over the budget and I am very concerned about the drastic measures being taken. Raising taxes and fees to the tune of 16 percent, eliminating two police officers, the DAR program and parks services and maintenance all to pay for a city administrator.

  • Dec 12th, 2012

After 14 years, it’s time to say goodbye to all

I would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to the charming city of Enumclaw. Over the last 14 years I have called this city my home and have been blessed to call some pretty amazing people my friends.

  • Dec 12th, 2012

Voters realized Romney stood for nothing at all

I agree with much of what Mr. Elfers wrote (In Focus column, Nov. 21) about politicians framing each other in order to win an election. I disagree with almost everything Mr. DeVol wrote (Letter to the editor, Nov. 28) about why the Democratic candidate won.

  • Dec 11th, 2012

Remembering a good friend, a public servant, Kevin Mahelona

Kevin’s shoes are big ones to fill. I hope we can find someone that had the same passion for our community and the ability to bring our city council together the “Mahelona Way.”

  • Dec 11th, 2012