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Page 2 GUESTI EDlTORlAL Americans should get their heads out of the clouds IV MI C. mum l PRES. ASSOC. 0t WA BUSINESS Americans live in an idealistic world where, no matter what happens, we'll still be able to go home at night and switch on the lights or pull into a filling station and gas up thefamilySUV. Most folks —— including many elected of- ficials—don‘t connect the dots. They some- how believe there are no consequences to ldllingasmallbiomass project inVancouver, stoppingawindfanndevelopmentbecause it spoils their View, taking a coal-fired plant 011’ line, or opposing a natural gas or electric transmission line. r There's a smug attitude that we’ve always had all the energywe need, so we always ‘ wilLWell, it ain’t. so! For example, the new president of the Organization ofPetroleum Exporting Coun- tries (OPEC) is a senior commander oflran’s Revolutionary Guards. Rostam Ghasemi, head of the Khatam al-Anbia and industrial base, was appointed Iran’s oil minister by President MahmoudAhmadinejad. That automatical- ly makes him the new head of OPEC, which has a crucial role in setting world crude oil prices. Ghasemi is currently subject to sanctions by the United States, European Union and Australia, and his assets have been blacklisted by the US. Treasury and other western powers. OPEC is made up of a dozen oil-exporting nations, many of which aren’t friendly to America. BetweenAlgeria, Angola, Ecuador, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, andme OPFCntemberscollectively hold 79 percent of the world’s crude oil re- serves and 44 percent of the world’s crude oil production, affording them considerable control over the global market. Why should we care? Americastilloonsumes nearlyaquarterof the world's oil production, yet has just over one percent of the total proven oil reserves. So our nation is dependent upon others for oil, and whetlierwe like it or not, we still use petroleum for fuel and millions of other , . wwwncm'smmioumar Inc. cinnamon, { Editorial Policy The editorial philosophy of the Lake Ste vens journal is to provide informative and ' entertainingvstories ab0ut the people, events and issues of our community. The journal reserves the right toredil all submitted material, whether news or edito- > rial, for content, grammar, taste, style or . length to beSt serve the paper and the com- munity. Submitted items are published at the journal’s discretion and reflect solely the ' opinion otthe anthor and are not necessar- ily the opinion of the journal or its stall. / Letters to the editor aregwelcomed and must be less than 300 words. include a signature, address’ond daytime phone number lor verification. Published letters will include the letter-writer’s name and city of residence. Anonymous letters‘and letters to ' third parties are not accepted. No advertisements, columns, letters to the editor or other information will be published that contain discrimination based on sex, color, creed, race, religion, national origin, age, sexual preference; or which are simply in bad taste. Member-of the Washington Your hometown newspaper slnco 1960 v Distribution Manager/lorry Rolt products we use every day in our hospitals, schoOls, factories and homes. President Obama and other elected of- ficials need to get their heads out of the clouds, look around to see who our friends are and act accordingly. Case in point: Canada has been our best friend and ally for hundreds of years. We’ve fought wars together, and our citizens are joined at the hip. Our economies are inter- connected, and we cooperate daily on any number of issues. Canada is second to Saudi Arabia in proven oil reserves, but most of it is housed in the oil sands of northern Alberta. While some of the oil is mined, the majority of it will be extracted through pumping steam into deep wells and bringing the oil to the surface for refining. The Canadians have extensive invest- ments in environmental improvements, including water reclamation and conserva- tion, and the Canadian government has ad- opted extensive pollution and greenhouse gas reduction programs. Yet, alternative energy activists want to stop, oil sand development. But the fact is, even with energy conservation, increasing reliance on electric cars and hybrids and switching to natural gas—powered vehicles, America’s demand for oil will continue to grow. So will that of China and other devel- oping nations. We will continue to need oil for the fore- seeable future. The only question is where we’ll get it. Elected oflicials need to come to grips with the fact that byhalting development of our proven oil reserves, delaying and killing energy projects, and snubbing our nose at Canadian suppliers, we will be placing our energy future and national security in the hands of OPEC and the head of Iran’s Revo- lutionary Guard. , Ironically, by controlling the energy that fuels our nation’s economy, our enemies could bring the United States to its knees without firing a shot We had better get our heads out of the clauds, come down to earth and face reath before it's too late. Contact Us The Lake Stevens journal PO Box 896 Lake Stevens, WA 98258 4253 34-9252 Fax 425-3 34-9239 ' wwwlakestgvengournalgom President and Publisher Desiree Cahoon Co-Publisher Pam Stevens News: Deadline Thursday at pm. e—moil news@lol< Managing Editor Pam Stevens Nina Lawrence Deadline Thursday at pm. email ' Art Director/Graphics Shane Kontzer Graphic Designer Kelcey Hatch Classifieds: Deadline Monday at lO a.m. Call 425-334-9252 or e-mail classilieds@lal< Classifieds/Calendar Michelle Templeton : Office Manager/Accounting Leah Hughes-Anderson Distributed every Wednesday via US Mail to the greater lake Stevens and Granite Falls communities. Subscriptions: Within Snohomish County: $47 year, $A2/ senior citizens. Outside Snohomish County: $bO/year, $50/senior citizens. Lake Stevens Journal August 24, 2011 YOURl LETTERS lhankyou from the Kiwanis Club for Aquafest volunteers? Dear Editor, The Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club would like to thank the volunteers who gave their time to make this Aquafest event a great success. We couldn't do this with- out you. Thank you to the community of Lake Stevens for their continuing support. Our Thursday night LSHS Alumni Night gets V better each year and we hope to see more graduates next year. Thank you to LSHS Purple and Gold Club fontheir dedication to this annual get together. All proceeds from this event go back into the community in the form of scholarships, Christmas and Thanksgiv- ing baskets, support for athletic teams, Scouts, Food Bank, Senior Center, Boys and Girls Club, Easter Egg Hunt, school supplies and other needs as they arise. ' Thanks again for your support and help, see you next year. Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club lSHS grad thanks community for support in education Dear Editor, Kelly Bay (LSHS ’01) graduated with distinction from the University ofVirginia in 2005 with her BA. in Foreign Affairs. After studying sustainable development in Central America, she decided to com- bine her passion for politics and teaching by pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 2005. She earned her MA in" Political Science from Brown in 2006 and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown in May 201 1. Her doctoral dissertation entitled, “Does Participatory Governance De- liver? Citizen Participation and Social Service Delivery in Nicaragua,” uses original ethnographic data that Kelly col- lected over ten months of independent fieldwork in rural Nicaragua to analyze . the effectiveness of two policies—one intended to improve parent participa- tion in elementary schools and another that created neighborhood development councils to distribute goods and services. .. to low—income families. As a graduate student, Kelly presented her work at several regional, national and international conferences. She also taught her own undergraduate course in Brown’s Education Department, entitled Politics and Public Education. Kelly now serves as a college professor in the Insti— tute of Public Service at Seattle University V D US YOUR LETT? . news@lakestevensjournal.corn‘ I Stevens Journal, P.O.Box 896, Lake Stevens CREMATION $795 Peoples Memorial Members Welcome a tourism Locally owned if: operated ‘ r GLEN JOHNSON PET. THIS WEEK g Noah'Animal Adoption Center . 360-529-7055 ' where she teaches Foundations of Public .1 Administration and Policy and Program Research inthe Masters of Public Admin- istration program. Kelly and her family would like to ex- press their gratitude to the Lake Stevens Community for their supportover the years that afforded Kelly such remarkable educational opportunities. In addition . to her teachers and coaches, Kelly would like to thank the following people and organizations for their generous college scholarships: ' -Iill RenshawHuman ServicesAca‘demic . Scholarship - Lafayette Masonic Lodge Scholarsz - Lake Stevens Educational Association Scholarship -Lake Stevens High School Scholarship -Lake Stevens Rotary Club Scholarship 0 lake Stevens Lions Club Scholarship - Mike Heath Memorial Scholarship Viking Drive-In Work-Study Scholarship Thankyou for 3'th- ment to the students of Lake Stevens. The support and encouragement from each of your organizations truly make a difference. ‘ I hope to make it count and pass it on! Cathy L. Grotjahn Shoreline . 1 360-658-1921 Marysville 1 1 State Avenue . 31300 .Brandstrom Rd Stanwood Brooke Female, 11 pounds 6 Yam old Domestic Shorthalr Tabby 1 Brooke is such'a sweet girl as long as you don't sneak up on her. She is a little unsure of quick movements so she can get scared really quickly. She is not a big fan of other dogs and cats so a nice quiet home that she can curl up with you while watching TV would be best. 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