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B8 o:. The Arlington Times/The Marysville Globe Proprietor beware! This letter is in response to "Consumer beware" letter printed in The Arlington Times on Dec. 22 1999 in the letters to the editor sec- tion: We recently had a customer who wanted to purchase a computer from our store. He claimed to be a college student who desperate- ly needed a computer for his schoolwork. After talking at length with him and explaining the system in full to him he decided that he want- ed to purchase it but that he would not be able to get the monitor he wanted if he paid all of the total cost right then. My wife and I talked about it and decided to do the young man a favor and let him come back and pay the remainder when he could afford it. We told him at that time he would then receive any software that came with the system and that his warranty would then be in effect. Weeks went by before he called. When he did call he said that he had purchased a new AGP video card and tried to install it, and was upset to find that the 8 Megabyte AGP video chip that was in the system when sold to him was on the mainboard and not in a AGP slot. All he had to do was call and ask about the possibility of upgrading to another AGP card and he would have found that he needed to get a different video card for a PCI slot instead. It also wouldn't have negated his warranty that way. He then became rude and abusive. His letter to the editor to speak for the "consumer" is at best a satire and at worst a public attempt to renege on the payment of the remainder of his bill. The last time we spoke to this "college student" he demanded a copy of Windows 98 and the certificate that goes with it or he would write a letter to the editor, to Microsoft and the District Attorney. We told him to pay his bill. Although it seems the lesson to be learned here would be that it doesn't pay to try to give someone a break, we will continue to provide the best service and support possible for our customers. Jeff and Laurie Watson "The new computer store in town" Arlington Contributions appreciated The family of Shirley Kaye wishes to thank those who contributed to the Shirley Kaye Memorial Fund at Frontier Bank, Arlington. The memorial fund has been sent to Children's Hospital Foundation in Seattle. The money was designated to Recreational Therapy "Wish List" and will replace books, toys and other needed recreational equipment. Our thanks and gratitude to all of you for your thoughtful and useful gifts. C.W.B. Arlington Giving trees, Toys for Tots hi y successful Once again the people of Arlington and surrounding areas came through for the less fortunate families this Christmas. I would like to thank all of you who had a hand in making a child's Christmas a little merrier by donating gifts and volunteering your time. With the combined efforts of the Giving Trees, Toys For Tots, toy drives in the schools and individual donations, we were able to give gifts to nearly 200 local children!! My thanks go out to Arlington Food Pavilon and employee, Christa Tri; Arlington Safeway and employee, Debbie Sullivan; The Arlington Times, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, DECA, Washington Mutual Bank, Arlington Hardware and the Arlington Fire Department. Thank you to the volunteers who helped to distribute the gifts, Karen Crouter, Robin Brooks, Sandy Brooks, Peggy Fowler, Shannon Baker, Sandy Carney, and interpreters Christie Simmons and Josy Rodriguez. Thank you, American Legion Post 76, and all of your volunteers with the Toys For Tots program. I would also like to thank the Legion for allowing me to use the second floor for dis- tribution. Happy New Year! Barb Lloyd Giving Tree Coordinator Thanks for participation American Legion, Toys For Tots and I would like to thank all participating merchants and their patrons for their participation in the toys for tots drive this year. Again we had a good year raising $8,531.68, in cash donations to purchase new toys for out local needy chil- dren (local includes Arlington, Darrington, and Granite Falls). Along with what was purchased, the schools had a toy drive and donated a mas- sive amount of toys which stayed in the Arlington area. The school drive was coordinat- ed by the Arlington High School DECA/Marketing Program, Post Middle School, President's Elementary and Eagle Creek Elementary also participated in the drive. Gifts from all the giving trees were also donated and used the the Arlington area. This year we did have extra, so we donat- ed toys to the Everett Gospel Mission women and children shelter. They were very grateful. Also some of the used toys we received were donated to the Navy Relief where they would be sold and proceeds would go to the Navy Relief Emergency Fund. Every year myself and volunteers spend alot of time organizing this drive, beginning in October. l would like to thank all of the volun- teers for taking care of their areas. The list is too long to name all, but I would like everyone to know how much you are appreciated. The legion had a silent/live auction in November to help raise money and merchants donated gift certificates, merchandise and time to help. Thanks to all of you too! The totals from each town were as fol- lows: Arlington ...................................... $7,731.39 Granite Falls ...................................... 332.98 Darrington .......................................... 467.31 Arlington's total of $5,300.13 was raised by the American Legion Post #76 in Arlington. Participating merchants were: From Arlington: Willis Brothers, First Heritage Bank, Frontier Bank, Cascade Surveying, Cordz, Dwayne Lanes, Hills Maytag, Enviro Propane, Napa, Pilchuck Rentals, B.P. Gas Station, Benchmark Jewelry, B&T Motors, La Hacienda, Bryant Store, Sharkey's Pawn Shop, Melady Lanes, Country Charm Dairy. Arlington Hardware, Brooster's, Longhorn, Porky's, Magic Shears, Pizza Factory, Road House, Helgas Disc Fashions, Shotze's, Steak House, Dollar & Mail Center, 7 Lakes Video, Olympic Tavern, Town Tavern, Denny's, O'Brien Turkey House, Strotz Feed, 2 Bits & More, Original Rome, Buzz In Steakhouse, Danny's, American Legion Post #76, Sons of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, Old Time Cloggers, and Sbarro. From Darrington: Backwood's Cafe, Serv-U, Red Top, Shell, Deli, White Horse Store, Sea- First, I.G.A., Hardware, Pioneer West, Mountain View Ceramics, and Sporting Goods. From Granite Falls: Timberline Cafe, Texaco, Key Bank, Ike's Drive-In, Konner UPS, Corner Tavern, Eagles, and Omega. Thank you, again. You "toyed" a lot of our less fortunate children and we'll be looking forward to all your help again this year! Lisa Easley Toys For Tots Chairman LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: 3 p.m., Fridays for next Wednesday issue. GLOBE Wednesday, FROM' THE DESK OF G0v. GARY LOCKE the priorities for mfllenmurnt by Gov. Gary Locke state's budget is the fundamental outline of our And while writing a state's budget is never eas of Initiative 695 gave us additional challenges in our top priorities: education, community safety and prosperity. To meet these priorities, I have proposed a budget that sify our commitment to achieving excellence in education, focus of tax cuts from businesses to individuals, responsibly the challenges of 1-695, and maintain an adequate budget I am committed more than ever to creating the strongest ( tion system in the nation. I will not slow down until every our tough new education standards and is rewarded for will not slow down until our classes are smaller and our the individualized attention they need. To meet these goals, my proposed budget puts 1,000 ers in our schools. I've proposed letting communities keep their hard-earned tax dollars to help local school districts es smaller and provide more individual attention for students. the bipartisan A+ Commission to ensure accountability, we will be certain size reductions lead to increased student achievement, that our education investments will raise our children's test and secure their future prosperity. My budget seeks to spread that prosperity, while taking step for schools and working families, by settling how we plus state revenue. I propose that we split future surpluses schools and individual citizens, giving our schools needed and giving every citizen a prosperity dividend. This 50-50 surplus will ensure that schools can raise student achievement,: taxpayers will see surplus tax dollars go back into their own l'm also proposing to fix our property tax system. 695 campaign, people complained that it took more than 60 government to realize how much people disliked the car tax. also are concerned about property taxes, and we need to fix erty tax system now. I want to permanently eliminate the state portion of for our low-income senior citizens and people with reform proposal also includes a 6.2 percent tax cut on the tion of our property taxes for all property owners. And sales in a neighborhood can cause property values to soar, I pass a constitutional amendment to institute a four-year age of values. Beyond these forward-looking steps, we must effects of 1-695 on local communities. So, I am proposing that money from reserves to protect basic public safety and health through a combination of ongoing and one-time funding and its. This will help local governments adjust to the in the long run, local governments will have to rely on their resources to fill the gaps. While implementing 1-695 is this year's problem, address the needs of our children and their schools will be year's problem unless we make a sustained commitment to education. We must set the course for the new millennium, course is making our schools the best, making taxes fairer the state's prosperity with every household in every region of i state. Gary Locke is governor of Washington state. I CERAMIC TILE : CARPET VINYL LAIs,ItNATE marysville-everett ceramic tile co. 3G0-659-4706 Maryfest, Inc. strives to br/n M ever Strawberry Festi g arysvll!e the best us 1o just that val 2000t Your Ideas will help 1. What do you like most about the Strawberry Festival? 2. What do you like least about the Strawberry Festival? 3. What would YOu like to see done differently? 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