Letters to the Editor

School board thought about taxpayers when deciding on bond issue | Letter to the Editor

While many school districts ask for tax increases when attempting to pass bonds, our Enumclaw School Board members kept its constituents in mind when they were working on their bond proposal. They were adamant that the growing communities of Enumclaw and Black Diamond could fulfill their needs by simply renewing the expiring bond, therefore not increasing taxes over the current rate.

  • Mar 9, 2015

Columnist misses mark regarding Eastern Star; men must be present | Letter

There was an error in Wally’s recent column. He has been contacted directly but it also seemed in order tooffer some additional information.

  • Feb 19, 2015

Support Enumclaw School District’s coming bond issue | Letter

Please vote “yes” to approve the Enumclaw School District capital facilities bond measure on April 28.

  • Feb 19, 2015

Reader sounds off on Elfers’ columns, fire district, school proposal | Letter

If I may I would like to comment on a few items in several weeks of Courier-Herald papers.

  • Feb 19, 2015

Columnist misses mark regarding Eastern Star; men must be present

There was an error in Wally’s recent column (Courier-Herald, Feb. 4). He has been contacted directly but it also seemed in order to offer some additional information. Wally mentioned that the organization of Free and Accepted Masons is for men only, which is correct. He then mentioned an affiliated group – Eastern Star, saying it is for women only. That is incorrect. In fact, The Order of the Eastern Star must have Master Masons as members in order for a chapter to exist. And, of the group of 18 officers in a chapter, at least two must be brothers. Nine of the officers must be sisters, and the remaining seven may be either sisters or brothers.

Enumclaw community event will show how students can help shape the future | Letter

There is an event happening in Enumclaw that will give our community a peek into the future.

  • Feb 9, 2015

Need to be correct with our form of government | Letter to the Editor

I would like to comment on Rep. Hurst’s article (Courier-Herald, Jan. 21) in regards to lobbyist’s wining and dining politicians. There is one correction I would like to make and that is reference to our type of government. Five times he makes use of the word “democracy” and a democracy is one of the worst forms of government. Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution or the constitution of the 50 states is democracy used. The founders that gave us our form of government knew the difference between a republic and a democracy. A democracy is rule by majority and a republic is rule by law (constitution).

Column mirrored recent Islamic propaganda | Letter to the Editor

Congratulations, Mr. Elfers. Your article (Courier-Herald, Jan. 28) is in the best tradition of modern Islamic propaganda (worthy of a run of the CAIR website) and while fresh to the Plateau, it sounds rather stale on the national and world stage.

Need to be correct with our form of government | Letter

I would like to comment on Rep. Hurst’s article (Courier-Herald, Jan. 21) in regards to lobbyist’s wining and dining politicians.

  • Feb 2, 2015

The average citizen can’t compete; ban gifts and free meals to lawmakers | Letter to the Editor

Our democracy is strongest when average, middle-class people trust their elected representatives and have a voice.

Giving tree, food drive community thank you

It is with great pleasure that I am sending out this thank you and appreciation note to the greater Bonney Lake citizens, businesses, Sumner School District schools, organizations and families for the most generous giving to our department for this year’s Bonney Lake Giving Tree and Citywide Food Drive.

Time for a change to brutal elk hunting policy | Letter

Humanity disappoints yet again.

  • Jan 13, 2015

Emphasis on schools makes Enumclaw a great place to live | Letter

Isn’t it great Enumclaw is a community where our citizens and our school board both work together to fully support our schools?

  • Jan 12, 2015

Thanks, Enumclaw, for all you do | Letter

As the end of the year approaches, I always think a simple “thank you” note.

Inslee not sticking to his campaign promises | Letter

Last week Rich Elfers’ column “Careful with those promises” was timely not only as a personal point but as a political one, too.

  • Dec 30, 2014

Inslee not sticking to his campaign promises | Letter to the Editor

Last week Rich Elfers’ column “Careful with those promises” was timely not only as a personal point but as a political one, too. Democrat Gov. Inslee would do well to read the column and take it to heart. Two years ago in the Olympia Journal Inslee emphatically stated he was “sticking to his guns” that “new taxes won’t fix Washington’s budget woes.” Oops – is that one of those broken promises to which Elfers referred?

No love for those who hunt elk with arrows | Letter

Every year, bow hunters are running through private properties around the perimeter of Enumclaw city limits chasing wounded elk.

  • Dec 22, 2014

Inslee’s budget doesn’t work with McCleary ruling | Letter to the Editor

Gov. Jay Inslee’s education budget proposal falls far short of what is needed to comply with the orders issued by the Supreme Court in McCleary v Washington. If adopted, it would move this state one step closer to a constitutional crisis.

No love for those who hunt elk with arrows | Letter to the Editor

Every year, bow hunters are running through private properties around the perimeter of Enumclaw city limits chasing wounded elk. Last time, they’d been chasing one for three days. This year, our biggest bull elk, leader of a big herd, came into my boss’ field to die and we had to watch. He’d try to stand and then fall, over and over. His herd stayed with him for a long time, but finally fled, scared and confused.

Columnist insulted all who re-elected senator | Letter to the Editor

Sometimes I wonder if The Courier-Herald editor hires a liberal like Elfers to write stuff just to get others to write stuff back, to counter the liberal stuff that most of us in the rural areas of America totally disagree with.