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Page 2 JOURNAL] EDITORIAL "A community that works together for the greater good IV HM WEB I MANAGING EDITOR Each day I wake up and get to look at the beautiful lake as I drive out of my neighborhood. Big beautiful evergreens and white capped mountains surround this quaint little town and I feel blessed to be a part it. This past week has been a big reminder to me of other reasons I love Lake Stevens and that’s the people who live and work here. They never cease to amaze me with their open hearts and giving souls and their support of one another. At Friday night’s high school football game, the stands were packed vvitthking fans of all ages. While standing on the field looking up at the throngs of people, sitting, standing and walking around the stadium I got a flash of high school football in Texas. You always hear about how fans all over the state of Texas hit their high school stadiums to support their local boys on the field. I don’t think they have anything on Lake Stevens’ fans. Covered in purple and gold, many of them from head to toe, Viking fans cheered their team to victory for the third week in a row. I SEE EDITORIAL 0N PAGE I2 ls "job creation" really just "job destruction?” Dear Editor, Hypocrisy is “the practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc, contrary to one’s real character or actual behavior.” There doesn’t seem a more clear ex— ample of exactly this when one hears Pres. Obama’s words about “job creation” and then reads that under his administration, theEPA, inthiscase,willactuallydestroy ' 1.44 million jobs. So, is “job creation" just another word for “job destruction?” Be- sides destroying jobs, these proposed EPA regulations will also increase the costs of electricityas much as 23 percent in some areas, aVerage of 11.5 percent nationwide and would have a substantial impact on mmgpflces Ofnatural‘gasmmfl', ,, This statistic is from the federal govem- ment's own data which was discovered when an analysis was completed for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electric— ity and is the result of primarily two new regulations being proposed by the EPA. One is the “Maximum Achievable Con— trol Technology" (MACT) and the other is the “Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) ." And, the EPA's air pollution rules flake I Publishedbytholokoflwcmhudenc. W201]. The editorial philosophy of the Lake Ste vens journal is to provide informative and entertaining stories about the people, events and issires of Our community. Thejournal reserves the right to edit all submitted material, whether news or edito- rial, for content, grorr’rnar, taste, style or length tobestservethe paperand theoom~ munity. Submitted items are published at the journal’s discretion and reflect solely the opinion of the author and are not necessar- ily the opinion of the journal or its staff. Letters to the editor are welcomed and v must be less than 300 words: Include a signature, address and daytime phone number for verilicotlon.’ Published letters will include the letterwriter’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 I ‘ that contain .disCrimination based on sex, ' color, creed, race, religion,.national origin, v age, sexual preference; or which are simply in bad taste. Memberth Your hometown newspaper since 1960 may even extend to your own backyard as you disturb your own soil to plant a garden which may result in soil particles becoming air home and contaminating something, someplace else! So, in addition, to potentiallylosing your job, paying a lot more for electricity and hear, you may have the additional burden of paying high finesto the EPA forair, water, dirt, plant and finally people pollution. Senator Maria Cantwell supports these measures as does Senator Patty Murray, but Cantwell has gone a step further by calling for the EPA to preemptively prohibit resource development in a huge area of Alaska an area rich with copper, gold and other valuable metals. She wants the'EPA to deny the pennit‘ before it has even been applied for. If this occurs, the precedent could potentially lock up lands throughout the US. So, while “job creation" is the buzzword for the moment, the truth is that this ad- ministration and our own elected officials actually prefer job destruction as evidenced by their actions. , Catherine Paxton Arlington, WA Contact Us The Lake Stevens journal l8 lb Soulh Lake Stevens Rd, Suite 2 Lake Stevens, WA <98258 425—334-9252 Fax 425-334-9239 m.lgk§steveng|9grngl.gom I President-and Publisher Desiree Cahoon Col’ublishor Pam Stevens Nam: Deadline Thursday at 5 pm. e-mail newsOlakestevens ournal.corn Managing Editor Pam Mtg: Nina lawronco email odsOlakestevengoumalcom Robyn Brownfield e-moil salesGlakeslever‘ournalcom Deadline Thursday at pm. Art Director/Graphics IShano Kantzer Graphic Designer Kelcoy Hatch Classifieds: Deadline Monday of IO am. ‘ Coll 4253349252 or e-mail classifiedsQIakestevensiournoI.com Classifieds/Calendar Michelle when Ollie: Manager/Accounting Leah Hughes-Anderson Distrbofiom Distribution Manager/lorry Roll I Distributed every Wednesday via US Mail to the greater lake Stevens and Granite Falls'communities. , Subscriptiom: Within Snohomish County: $47/year, 542/ senior citizens. Outside Snohomish County: $60/year, $50/senior'cilizens. Lake Stevens Journal September 28, 2011 GUESTI EDITORIAL BY llllll I). BRllllEll PRES. ASSOC. OI WA BUSINESS Looking at the opinion polls, it's easy to be depressed these days. Three out of four likely voters say America’s on the wrong track, consumer confidence has tanked, investors are sitting on the sidelines and job growth has stalled. In short, this is not a recipe for opti- mism. In his most recent survey, Seattle pollster Stu Elway found that voter con- fidence has sunk to an all-time low, the worst he's seen in 20 years. Elway writes: “Economic recovery is a little like the five day weather forecast around here this year ~—— the sun is always five days away. 'IWo years ago, 68 percent of Washington voters thought there’ would be "noticeable improvement" in the Washington economy by now. Last v week, 72 percent said improvement was still more a year away and 39 percent said it would be at least two more years before they saw improvement." National pollster Scott Rasmussen's latest survey shows that 18 percent of Americans believe the economy is getting better while 64 percent say it is getting worse. Among investors, 2 1 percent think things are improving while 63 percent disagree. That lack of confidence is having an impact on our state's economy as well. Tax revenues for the first quarter of the new two-year budget are expected to be substantially under budget, which may prompt Gov. Chris Gregoire to call a amnormke deep additional, spending cuts. The final ingredient is job growth—or rather, the lack of it. In 2008, the nation lost 2.6 million ’ jobs, the worst performance since 1945. While the US. Chamber of Commerce has called for the creation of 200,000 new jobs each month over the next decade to restore prosperity, actual job growth has been anemic. The New York Times summed up the Honesty and integrity in LS. Dear Editor, OnSept.17,2011,Iwenttotheswimnnng pool at Lake Stevens High School. Prior to getting out of my vehicle I was opening some mail and placed'a newly sent credit card on my. lap. I intended to place it in my wallet be~ ’ fore going to the pool. However, I got distracted and exited my vehicle prior to placing the credit card in my wallet. I thought nothing of it until the next day when I returned home from church 60-629-7055 ' 300 Brandstrom Rd. Domestic Shorthalr Tabby, Spaysd Female 1 ‘A year: old, pounds . ADUPT'A PET THIS WEEK oah Animal Adoption Center , ' Helloll My name Is Bianca and I am looking for my forever family! I love spending time_with everyone, and my favorite thing Is getting potted from my nose all the way to the tip of my‘ tall, whlch brings out my deep deep purr of appreciatiOnll Second to being potted I love playing with feathers and strings. So far I haven’t had the opportunl to meet the famil of my dreams, but I he Pot of the week sponsored by -, DOG DAY AFTERNOON Doggy Daycare 0 Pet Grooming ' . 512 9151 Ave. NE. Ste. D - Lake Stevens 0 425-377-1304 Restoring confidence is job one situation best last week: “The problem is less that companies are laying people off than that they are not hiring. Consumers and employers alike seem almost frozen in place, with many economists saying that they seemed paralyzed by uncer- tainty about the future after the brinks— manship of the debt ceiling debate, the ensuing cut in the United States credit rating by Standard 8: Poor’s, stock mar- ket whiplash and more bad news from Europe." So how do we get out of this mess? Where is the bright spot in the gloom? First, it is important to recognize that the recovery is slow, and we must take steps to make sure our economy avoids the feared double-dip recession. Second, there are hard choices to be made as the super committee co-chaired by US. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) tries to 'find $1.5 trillion in savings. But in the end, we will recover if voter confidence is restored and orir elected officials remove barriers to economic expansion. Irwin Stelzer, a senior fellow and direc— tor of economic policy studies for the Hudson Institute, recently wrote, “The American economy still produces more goods and services than the next three largest economies (Japan, China and Germany) combined. And is likely to hold that position as successive Japanese governments wrestle with decades of stagnation, China attempts to cope with the problems created by its centralized economic management and currency manipulation, and Germany wallows in a eurozone financial crisis that seems to worsenby theaters; . , ,_ Stelzer notes that America’s per capita GDP far exceeds that of emerging rivals such as China and India, we have abun- dant natural resources, and our compa- nies are well-managed. But perhaps our greatest strengths, says Stelzer, are our entrepreneurial spirit and something he calls our “American dynamism.” So, there is some reason for confidence in the long run—if we can survive the next couple of years. to a voicemail from Rachel at the Lake Stevens Pool. ‘ She noticed my credit card sitting in the lost and found. She wondered if the owner of the credit card had been contacted. Rachel made the extra effort to get my loSt credit card back to me. Iwouldlike tothankthehonestperson(s) responsible forlocating my credit card and turning it into the lost and found. Iwould also like to thank Rachel from the Lake Stevens Pool for taking the time to help one of her careless neighbors! LakeStevens e on will come see me soon!