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A big thank you for the wonderful support from the Enumclaw community for the AIDS/HIV Caregiver Kits Project sponsored by Enumclaw Rotary working through World Vision. On June 6, more than 30 volunteers from Rotary, Calvary Presbyterian Church, Mutual of Enumclaw and community members assembled 175 basic health care kits to send overseas. This was made possible by the $5,260 raised by the community to underwrite this international outreach. We hope to continue this fun and productive project again. Anyone interested in helping to plan the next kit build can contact Nancy Baer at 360-825-4484.
The scar has faded, but the firework injury that my friend and I suffered last year taught me a lesson that I will never forget.
Reader unhappy with Hurst’s take on budget
Editor’s note: the following letter is addressed to state Rep. Chris Hurst.
In the 20-plus years I have climbed Mount Peak, people have been working to save it for public use. The last attempt produced a King County purchase, which made it a park and therefore safe from development. Hats off to all who had a part in this; now it is time to save Mount Peak from ourselves.
At last, a worthy adversary.
It’s refreshing to see an effort to maintain a program necessary for student development, but as the article is read one wonders about the necessity of this action originally (“District officials bypass pay hike,” Courier-Herald, April 1).
Utility charges are fair in
As a parent in the White River School District I am concerned about some of the programs being cut to meet the upcoming funding shortfalls. The superintendent, Mr. Lockyer, has presented the cut of ALL elementary P.E., health and music. I understand that large cuts need to be made due to the education funding shortfall at the state level and that no decision in this situation is easy, but do we need to risk our children’s health to save money?
Don’t expect to pay less for city natural gas
City easier to deal with than outsider forces
Recent letters to the editor from School of Discovery parents, concerned about the possible closing of the school, have reflected how much this school is loved and valued.
For a long time I have been extremely saddened and frustrated at the city’s attempt to spend money out of town and make it seem as if it is an attempt to bring in business. Here is what we know: the city of Enumclaw has spent thousands of dollars with a company called Destination Development, an out-of-the-town company. This was all an attempt to give the city a new look and bring dollars back into the city.
Writer doubts councilman’s conduct give voters a larger voice charter that has no plans undo what already works group instead of one person keep his nose to himself dedicated village parents ignored at meeting
A few months ago, after the last local election, I submitted a letter to the editor offering my observations on the conduct of one of the newly elected City Council members, Dan Decker. As I have no personal knowledge of Mr. Decker, I limited my comments to my observations of his conduct during City Council meetings.
On Feb. 3 the future of Bonney Lake government will be determined in a special election based on Councilman Dan Decker’s petition regarding whether or not Bonney Lake should become a charter city or remain a code city. If passed, the proposal is expected to cost the taxpayers of Bonney Lake hundreds of thousands of dollars to implement; current projects and positive improvements currently occurring in the city will likely be disrupted or delayed. Bonney Lake does not need a change, especially not another one initiated by Dan Decker.
Economic times are tough and we are all looking for ways to economize. While we are all cutting out unnecessary expenses we must be careful not to embrace false economies.
There has recently been one or more false reports circulated throughout the community and in The Courier-Herald that stated the city was in the “red” (deficit) and that I and city staff have been deliberately lying to the people about the city’s financial status.
As we usher in the new year and look forward to a brighter future, let’s remember to vote “yes” on Feb. 3 for the Enumclaw School District’s capital facilities and technology levy.
Recently we received a very upsetting letter from White River School District Superintendent Tom Lockyer about serious budget cuts for the district due to the changes to I-728. One possibility that has been put forth is the closing of Wickersham School of Discovery.
The stock market is down, unemployment is up, home sales are falling, foreclosures are up, and the GDP is down. On the bright side one sector thrives in this disappointing economy – Congress. Congress will receive a 2 percent raise, which on a $174,000 salary means a meager $4,700 increase. Know anyone who couldn’t use an extra $400 a month? How do these public servants eke out a living on such a paltry sum? What makes the raise more onerous at this time? Congress has an approval rating hovering around 10 percent (Rasmussen Poll), which makes President Bush look like the Christmas Star in the East. The politicos had a chance to vote against this raise, but after much squirming and hand wringing. . .that didn’t happen – after all, there are those pesky holiday expenses. There is a bright spot though – the same poll indicated that 2 percent of the people believe Congress is doing an excellent job!