We are parents to four children who have successfully completed their elementary and secondary education at White River, continued on to higher education and have become successful members of their communities. Currently we have five grandchildren who are students in this district.
Teachers have a unique perspective when it comes to bonds and asking the community to stretch their budget. Teachers – specifically White River School District teachers – want the community to have the very best for our students, your children.
I am a senior at White River High School and have lived in this community my whole life; although I attended Carbonado School K-8th grade.
I find myself unable to resist the necessity to rebut the talking points of the anti-Obama right parroted by J. Buss ("With current president, our country is less safe," Jan. 6).
My mother came to Washington for a pre-holiday visit. She was the kind of mom who decorated the entire house at Christmas. Putting ornaments on the tree, singing carols, making and decorating sugar cookies are a few of things she did with us when we were children that made this time of year magical for us. Four years ago, our holidays took a different spin.
I think I have finally figured out President Obama’s strategy to deal with ISIS. It is a three-pronged approach.
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.
The nursery rhyme that opines that boys are made from snails and puppy dogstails and girls from sugar and spice is cute. However it is nonsensical because itspremise is not based on reality. I was reminded of this nursery rhyme whilereading "Human nature is a balancing act," a column by Rich Elfers (Courier-Herald, Nov. 4).
I'm relatively new to Enumclaw, moving here a few years ago to care for my elderly parents. However, I am continually overwhelmed by this unique and beautiful community.
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.