Letters To The Editor

Metro Parks District would be a mistake | Letter to the Editor

I've only been attending Bonney Lake City Council meetings for a few months, but it's clear to me the importance of parks and the passion, effort and energy those who advocate for the Metro Parks District (MPD) have towards making the MPD happen. Their work has been unfulfilled and as a community, I hope we're all grateful for their selfless service.

  • Dec 11th, 2012

Money was big reason for the marijuana vote | Letters

Only a few short weeks have passed since election day and already it is clear that parents who reject the idea that recreational drug use is acceptable, whether you are an adult or a child, will have to work harder to ingrain that same value in their children.

  • Dec 4th, 2012

Framed? Romney framed himself. | Letter to the Editor

I agree with much of what Mr. Elfers wrote about politicians framing each other in order to win an election. I disagree with almost everything Mr. DeVol wrote about why the democratic candidate won.

  • Dec 4th, 2012

Those who control language, control policy | Letter to the Editor

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.

  • Nov 30th, 2012

Framed? Romney sure was. | Letter to the Editor

Rich Elfers' "In Focus" column on Nov. 21 stated several times how Obama was "masterful at pointing out" this and that about Romney and "very effective in framing Governor Romney." The fatal things that happened to Mr. Romney were a result of how "masterful" and "very effective" the media was in conjunction with Obama and the progressive/socialists in "framing" Mr. Romney.

  • Nov 29th, 2012

Elfers’ column on ‘framing’ dismissed the political worth of many | Letter to the Editor

After reading Rich Elfers' article in the Nov. 21 issue I am in complete agreement with his last three paragraphs, which had some very good points. The first part of the article, however, is pretty much a waste of good ink.

  • Nov 29th, 2012

I-502 has opened Pandora’s Box | Letter to the Editor

Only a few short weeks have passed since election day and already it is clear that parents who reject the idea that recreational drug use is acceptable, whether you are an adult or a child, will have to work harder to ingrain that same value in their children.

  • Nov 29th, 2012

Appreciated bus tour of school district facilities

We would like to thank Superintendent Mike Nelson, his staff and Nancy Merrill of the Schools Foundation for facilitating a most interesting Focus on Education Week tour of some of our schools.

  • Nov 28th, 2012

Mainstream media won, the United States lost

Rich Elfers’ “In Focus” column on Nov. 21 stated several times how Obama was “masterful at pointing out” this and that about Romney and “very effective in framing Governor Romney.” The fatal things that happened to Mr. Romney were a result of how “masterful” and “very effective” the media was in conjunction with Obama and the progressive/socialists in “framing” Mr. Romney.

  • Nov 28th, 2012

Former mayor thanks resident for rejecting change of government

"This resounding result clearly demonstrates that through the power of voting the citizens have a voice to speak to issues that affect them individually and affect the city as a whole," he writes.

  • Nov 17th, 2012

Favors Black Diamond’s Proposition 1: Government is in need of a city manager

Over the past few weeks I have read several misleading letters regarding November’s Proposition 1 to change our form of government in Black Diamond. Our City Council voted to place this issue on the ballot in response to citizens who are frustrated with the direction the city has taken over the past several years.

  • Oct 31st, 2012

Against Black Diamond’s Proposition 1: hasty decisions can end badly

I wanted to thank Howard Botts for his sincere support of Black Diamond and its current governing body. As Black Diamond’s mayor for over 26 years, Mr. Botts can speak with authority and intimate knowledge of our city’s government and future development with YarrowBay.

  • Oct 31st, 2012

State should give break to senior citizens

A couple is allowed up to $35,000 income. The only deductions are Medicare insurance premiums and out-of-pocket medical costs and prescription drugs.

  • Oct 24th, 2012

Appreciates changes at local library

I’m so grateful to the mayor, city council and the Enumclaw citizens who voted to annex our library to the King County Library System.

  • Oct 24th, 2012

School director explains opposition to initiative

It is election season. The time and chance we have to impact the direction of our government and our public schools. Wait. Initiative 1240 takes that away from us! And that is just one reason to vote no on I-1240.

  • Oct 24th, 2012

Separation of church and state is supported

“As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…”

  • Oct 24th, 2012

Legislature a well-paying part-time job | Letter to the Editor

A reader writes in to discuss Medicare, inflation and legislator pay.

  • Oct 23rd, 2012

I-1240 would create unaccountable schools | Letter to the Editor

I am not opposed to the concept of charter schools, but this law, at this time, is not the answer.

  • Oct 22nd, 2012

Had a great experience while at St. Elizabeth

I am taking this opportunity to express my appreciation for not only Dr. Bishop’s skills but towards the staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

  • Oct 17th, 2012

Kindness of residents made the day special

This is a bit belated but we wish to thank some of your wonderful Enumclaw families.

  • Oct 11th, 2012

Postal worker took extra step to help a customer | Letter

Last week I stopped by the drop box at the Enumclaw U.S. Mail Distribution Center to mail a birthday card for my grandson, Garrick, who was turning 16 in a few days.

  • Oct 3rd, 2012

Enumclaw High School Daily Bulletin | Sept. 27

Ordered a corsage or boutonniere through the floral shop? You must have your receipt to pick it up. Please pay the cashier before Friday. Your items will be ready for pick up after 1st lunch and until 1:30pm.

  • Sep 26th, 2012

Urge Congress to reject latest Free Trade accord

The American people are not being told that the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas is much more than a simple trade pact.

  • Sep 25th, 2012

FTAA seeks to expand NAFTA powers | Letter to the Editor

The American people are not being told that the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas is much more than a simple trade pact.

  • Sep 19th, 2012

Parks question can’t wait any longer | Letter to the Editor

After the past great summer of events and activities, it is now time to plan for the future of Bonney Lake parks.

  • Sep 17th, 2012

The Friends of the Library summer book sale | Thank You

Thank you to everyone involved in the success of The Friends of the Library summer book sale.

  • Sep 14th, 2012

Thanks to all for making Night Out a terrific event | Letters

Thank you Trip Hart and the LINCCK committee for promoting Neighbors Night Out in Enumclaw.

  • Aug 30th, 2012

Rex Amburgey and family thank you

Our family would like to sincerely thank all who were so kind during the loss of our wife, mother and grandmother Shirley Amburgey

  • Aug 27th, 2012

Proud of Moose; now is time to lend a hand | Letters

It is amazing to me how many people around the Enumclaw and Bonney Lake area are hard-working, generous and kindhearted. I am especially proud of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Enumclaw.

  • Aug 27th, 2012

Kumbaya is no substitute for political conviction | Letter to the Editor

Richard Elfers ostensibly seems to be an advocate of kumbaya and “Can’t we all just get along?” What I get from his musings is conflicting interests and moral confusion in dealing with contemporary political and historical forces. I also find his understanding of historical political history to be somewhat shallow at times.

  • Aug 23rd, 2012

Clothing banks could use donations as start of school draws near | Letter

Both the Donald Loomis Memorial Clothing Bank and the Enumclaw Clothing Bank will be opening for “back to school” shopping in a few weeks.

  • Aug 22nd, 2012

Elfers’ three ‘different’ disciples follow one messiah | Letter to the Editor

Rich Elfers for some reason seems content to recite a dry and historically incorrect labeling of what is in fact a compendium of the same ideology on an upward curve ('Socialists, Liberals, and Fascists, Oh My!' Aug. 1).

  • Aug 21st, 2012

Proud of the Loyal Order of the Moose | Letter

It is amazing to me how many people around the Enumclaw and Bonney Lake area are hard-working, generous and kindhearted. I am especially proud of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Enumclaw.

  • Aug 20th, 2012

Family of Jack Zimmerman extends thank you

The family of Jack Zimmerman would like to extend their heartfelt thanks for the flowers, food, gracious generosity and condolences during our time of loss. In appreciation,

  • Aug 8th, 2012

Megan Smith and Dan Anderson announce marriage | Special Occasion

Megan Smith and Dan Anderson were married June 23, 2012, during an evening ceremony on the campus of Washington State University in Pullman.

  • Aug 8th, 2012

Appreciation for the staff of St. Elizabeth Hospital and the Franciscan Healthcare System | Thank You

Our family would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the staff of St. Elizabeth Hospital and the Franciscan Healthcare System for the wonderful care given to our mother, Anna Mae Jensen, during her recent stay at your facility.

  • Aug 8th, 2012

School made wrong call when hiring new coach | Letter

As many of you probably know by now, Enumclaw High School has hired a new football coach. What most of you probably don’t know, however, is the significant impact that hire had on another staff member. I believe it is only fair for the citizens of Enumclaw, and the students at EHS, to know the full story.

  • Aug 6th, 2012

Eastown deserves another look | Letter to the Editor

I was shocked and saddened to read the breaking news on the Courier website last week. This council tossed out years of planning by staff and negotiations with Eastown property owners, not to mention the cost incurred thus far to bring sewers so close to fruition. Sewers are vital for development of Eastown to take place.

  • Aug 6th, 2012

Creation Fest volume was much better this year | Letter

First off I must apologize for being so late in sending a letter to the paper regarding the latest Creation Fest.

  • Aug 3rd, 2012

Run-in showed how our society lacks tolerance | Letter

The following is intended for “the man in the yellow (Jeep) Rubicon” from “the lady in the Geo with the Obama bumper sticker.”

  • Aug 1st, 2012

East Pierce’s outer settlements must pay their fair share | Letter to the Editor

In regards to East Pierce Fire and Rescue special levy one has to wonder why they are the only fire district in Pierce County Voter pamphlet asking for an excess levy. It's an easy answer – management.

  • Jul 23rd, 2012

Stunned and sickened by Colorado massacre | Letter

I am stunned, outraged and sickened by the massacre that took place in the Colorado move theater. I took a communications class in college and the teacher's premise was that the culture contributed 50 percent to a criminal committing a crime.

  • Jul 23rd, 2012

When Rich Elfers creates life in the universe, then he can tell people how to live | Letter

I am a Christian Zionist who made the decision to be one based on Judeo-Christian values and beliefs.

  • Jul 19th, 2012

Group urges involvement in Black Diamond’s future

There is a movement afoot to change Black Diamond’s form of city government from a strong-mayor to a council-manager. The Black Diamond City Council is attempting to change over 50 years of rich history without citizen involvement.

  • Jul 17th, 2012

Column mischaracterizes Christian Zionism

The article on Christian Zionism by Rich Elfers was definitely biased, naive and a very uneducated one.

  • Jul 11th, 2012

Vote against socialism during the next election | Letters

They officially call it the Affordable Healthcare Act. Those are pretty deceptive words.

  • Jul 11th, 2012

Pleased with decision to protect young eagles | Letter

We have to congratulate most neighbors of Enumclaw’s newest bald eagle nest near the Expo center. After the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service notified many of us who live near the nest of it’s existence, most complied with the “no fireworks” restrictions over the Fourth of July holiday.

  • Jul 9th, 2012

Affordable Healthcare Act a deceptive name | Letter

They officially call it the Affordable Healthcare Act. Those are pretty deceptive words.

  • Jul 5th, 2012

Thank You | Annual spring luncheon for Seattle’s Children’s Hospital Enumclaw Guild

Our annual spring luncheon for Seattle’s Children’s Hospital Enumclaw Guild was held May 18 at the Masonic Lodge in Enumclaw.

  • Jun 30th, 2012

Depression-era ideas could serve country now | Letters

Since I was born in 1924, I spent my “growing up years” during the 10 years of the Great Depression. During the Depression there were several so-called “stimulus projects” developed by the U.S. government. I would like to mention a few that seemed to have worked well. Variations of these may help our country today.

  • Jun 27th, 2012