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Lake Stevens July 13, 2011 Page 3 YOURl LETTERS life jackets save lives, new law may help Dear Editor, I am writing this letter in response to a previous letter entitled “Does our state have too many ‘Nanny’ type laws?’ on June 29, 2011. Mr. Welch feels that our intelligence is being insulted by the new life jackets on the river law. We lost our son on the Skykomish almost 11 years ago. A friend lost her four-year—old in the river at Darrington, notably at a 4th of July picnic. Every summer, Iwish I could somehow effectively warn kids to respect the wild and beautiful forces of nature we are blessed to live among. Even with that law in place back then, I don’t know that my son and his teenage friends would have heeded it. Nor do I think that anyone is going to track down Mr. Welch to enforce the life jacket law if he chooses not to follow it. Like me, the legislators are disturbed by the loss of life in our rivers and hope the law will save some lives. . I hope so as well. Ann Chessman Lake Stevens Government should. providetpr the welfare of the people Dear Editor, This is in response to the infuriating letter in the June 15 edition titled “Chari— table contributions should come from the heart not government.” ' The writer of that letter fails to un— derstand the role of government at any level. Foisting his extreme views upon the reader of the journal is outrageous. The small portion of our taxes that goes towards charity needs to be distributed wisely, it isn’t up to the citizens to do that, it’s the job of elected representatives. $2.2 million? A pittance. That’s one-sixtieth of one day’s worth of the tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of Americans. The Constitution states that it’s the duty of the government to provide for the welfare of the people. Gaps exist in the system, charity works there. People want jobs, homes, food and healthcare. If accepting a hand up can be demon- ized, especially in this time of economic chaos, those of us who do understand gov- ernment, and are engaged in the recovery of this nation should continue to support those in need. To relegate charity to only individuals and churches is incredibly unpatriotic. How is paying our taxes, or accessing social services when we are in need, a “loss of our freedom?" Don’t think your taxes should pay for food programs or home— less shelters? What about roads, hospitals, schools, and law enforcement? Or clean air and water or safe food? It is not “govem- ment’s job to only protect us from fraud and force” and our freedom does not “come only from our humanity and God". Maybe the letter writer should read the Constitution, do some community service, then move to Iran. Maybe then he’ll ap- preciate his freedom here, and will stop bashing America. Carolyn Fox-Allen Lake Stevens lake Stevens * ? arm-Es lINE SUMMER§I1EGIAIS Ififi * * * 'k cerium *‘k: mm was Simus o sauu. fsiaanm - Sammie - 1N3ll|llll9l1|1 Sen. Hobbs honored by ASsociati‘on of . WashingtOn Business JOURNAL STAFF Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, just became the third Democrat since 1995 to receive the Matson Award, a recognition given to the legislator of the year by the Association of Washington Business. Hobbs, who received the award along with Sen. Ianéa Holmquist Newbry, R-Moses Lake, earned this recognition for his work on workers’ compensation reform and various tax issues, according to a statement from AWB President Don Brunell. Named after the late Sen. Jim Matson, a veteran state legislator and AWB member, the award honors lawmakers who sup- port issues that are critical to Washington state employers and competitiveness. The award is voted on by AWB members who serve on its Governmental Affairs Council. “This award is indicative of a session highlighted, for the first time, by the bipartisan approach we took toward writing a responsible and sustainable budget," Hobbs said. “I'd like to thank the AWB for singling me out, but I believe this recognition goes to everyone that worked together to put our state on more sound financial footing now and in the future.” Hobbs added that his focus is to im— prove the business clirnate inWashington State with the intention of stimulating job growth and helping out struggling Contributed Photo Sen. Steve Hobbs small businesses. “We must continue to find ways to create more jobs at home in Washington and not force businesses to otherlstates.” The Matson Award is presented each year at AWB’s Policy Summit. This year, the event will be held Sept. 20-22 at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum. For more information about the Policy Summit, visit or follow the Policy Summit on 'IWitter at @awb— summit.» Stolen life jackets restocked, at 'Wya‘tt Park, open for use ’ JOURNAL sun The Safe Kids Snohomish County Wyatt Park Life Jacket Cabinet has been restocked with 25 life jackets and is now open for day use. Thank you to the owner of the Main Street Center in Lake Stevens and Harbor Marine in Everett for their donations. Remember to always follow these safety rules when swimming: 0 Never swim alone. 0 Life jackets are not babysitters; keep children within reach at all times. 0 Life jacket size and weight must be correct for the person wearing it and must be a snug fit. 0 All life jacket zippers and straps must belfastened. ‘ 0 Inflatable water wings and tubes are not safety devices. Answers For Better Health —Are you tired of brief appointments? ~Do you wish your doctor would listen more? —Would you like health care closer to home? 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