The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has completed its annual trapping for gypsy moths, finding 42 of the plant-eating invasive pests in six counties, compared to 27 trapped last year.
Thank you to all citizens who voted in the recent election.
Upon reading the recent letter (Courier-Herald, Nov. 4) critiquing Rich Elfers' column on freedom and chaos, I felt as if I had followed Alice down Lewis Carroll's wondrous rabbit hole. Those familiar with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland may remember her conversation with Humpty Dumpty during which he proceeded to instruct her in his version of semantics:
Dear Citizens of Enumclaw,
I just love it when conservatives argue against something and then unravel their own point in the very same letter.
I dispute the premise(s) as stated in "Freedom without order is just chaos" as stated by Richard Elfers (Courier-Herald, Oct. 21). To denigrate freedom and conclude "any virtue becomes evil without limits" is both naive and wrong and another example of the liberal/progressive concept that controlling human virtues is the responsibility of government and that individuals need "intervention" in order to comply with government edict and benevolence.
In the printed debate between the candidates for City Council Lauk and Dickson, Lauk attempted to blame Dickson and the current council on hi-density housing developments. Dickson and the council didn't come up with the state Growth Management Act which is a progressive/communist law that forces local governments to abide by rules set by the Washington state unelected unaccountable bureaucrats. So blaming Councilman Dickson for the dense housing everywhere in the state and here is ridiculous.
Darrel Dickson has been a friend and confidant for over 15 years. During that time I have been witness to his charity and kindheartedness to myself and to a multitude of others. He has helped many small businesses which make up the heart and soul of our community. He has helped over 20 boy scouts achieve the rank of eagle. He actively sponsors and scholarships many college students and encourages higher education.
I have known Darrel Dickson for better than 35 years. I first came became familiar with him when he took second and third place as a state wrestling champion representing Enumclaw High School in 1977 and 1978. He and his family have long been advocates of supporting and preserving Enumclaw's unique and prosperous heritage. Darrel has a desire to follow in his father, Paul Dickson's, footsteps. Paul Dickson, a longtime Enumclaw pharmacist, owned and operated MD Pharmacy and was a long running sponsor of a number of community events, including the annual "Turkey Trot." Darrel is currently a mentor and scout leader in the Boy Scouts of America Troop 302, meeting one or more times a week with the youth in his troop. His suburban is often seen hauling soggy youth, tents and gear home after an outing that was sponsored in spite of in-climate weather.
There are a lot of people expressing their support of Darrel Dickson for City Council in this newspaper and in other media. There are others expressing concerns. You too may be wondering, "Who is the real Darrel Dickson?"
I'm not writing this as your elected city council member but as a private citizen. You have a choice on the ballot , to once and for all, fix our streets. By law, money can only be used for streets. The total cost is only 1/10 of one percent sales tax increase. That is only an increase from 8.6% to 8.7%. Keep in mind, we don't pay sales tax on food or pharmaceuticals and on some services. In fact, the average family probably spends less than $3000 in taxable sales in the city per year. This equates to only three dollars a year out of your pocket. Please join me in voting yes to fix our terrible streets.
I am writing to express my disgust with Councilman (Darrel) Dickson and his actions, along with other members of this current council, in regards to trying to bring massive new development to Enumclaw. Their attempts in the last couple of years to overturn the building and development ban on the Thomas Farm and the White River Tree Farm so their own real estate businesses could make money at the expense of the rest of the citizens should be illegal, if it is not already.
Our (Enumclaw) City Council has been plagued with failed proposals, mismanaged funding, petty bickering among themselves and with other city services long enough. A few examples are the nonexistent “Welcome” center with an appealed debt of $582,000, the failed proposed town theme (Equestrian City Of The West), the Expo Center that recently needed bailing out along with the district’s proposed $65 million needed for our failing school’s infrastructure. All of which has become a crippling strain on the citizens of our community.
Although I am not a resident of the city of Enumclaw, I live in the county and call Enumclaw home. I have, however, worked in visible jobs for the past three years in the city and have had many dealings with the city administration as well as council.
I am voting for Darrel Dickson because he understands he has a duty to the taxpayer and is not afraid to ask the tough questions. He stepped up and had the taxpayers’ best interest at heart when the PSE gas utility negotiations for the city of Buckley were in front of the Enumclaw Council.
Competitive political races can be trying on a community, but they are an outgrowth of the fundamental freedoms we are privileged to experience in a nation based on democracy and the voting rights of its citizens.
As many of you know, my husband and I have been in business for 50 years in this community. I like to think “community” is still a big part of why we choose to work and/or live here.
I don’t get involved nor want to know all of the political issues in Enumclaw. I do watch, listen and look around Enumclaw to see what is being done to make it better.
What’s the problem with fireworks? It’s 2 a.m. and the fireworks are still going off. The Fourth of July was over a week ago. What can be done to stop the noise? That’s the problem.
Yes, it is a mistake to assume all Christians in the USA and the world are really Christians. I will agree with M. Thornton of Enumclaw (Letters to the Editor, Aug. 19).