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22, 2000 !q i/ LETTERS -:- OPINIONS ":o COLUMNS ": READINGS o:. CROSSWORD o:- HOROSCOPES to this strive for conciseness signature, and daytime for verification cerified prior to selected for l naay be edited for grammar and taste or libel. Letters to the Times, P.O. Box WA 98270. Deadline at 3 p.m. for education is under to produce bet- In the past -- and the profession has to such pres- untested but and innova- not improve acade- Its experts the process [of results] by ideology and CARNnVE (Apr. 2000) many or in what was Book. go beyond limits What our cops do and are asked to do often goes beyond human limits. I don't fed deputies should have to "ask" for help or debriefings. I believe management should have a built-in-support system that is priori- tized and funded in the same budget as vehi- cles, uniforms and weapons. Far too many fine men and women have fallen through the cracks in this present para-mflitary police system and far too many people have been gutted, used up, and spit out by that system only to leave on disabilities, retire early, die, or go shell shocked into some other job where their knowledge and skills are under used and under valued. I remember when Rick Bart was first running for [Snohornish County] sheriff, and the deputies who passionately and diligently campaigned and posted signs for him, described him with pride as a "cop's cop." But that title should not mean that he or any other "cop's cop" must sacrifice and martyr himself and his personal life for the system. Neither Rick Bart, nor his managers, nor any of his deputies should have to shoulder such awesome crime fighting responsibilities alone. Ten and 12 hour shifts, budget con- straints, excessive work loads, overtime demands and a rigid para-military system seem only to compound and exacerbate the stresses of dealing with the worst aspects of humanity's darker side. Many police person- nel who are obligated to be so many things to everyone rise must be educated and encour- aged to first be true and real to themselves. Rick Bart, his deputies, and all of our other town and city police personnel need to know, and to be told often that the good hon- est work they do is very much appreciated and supported by us, and that they aren't alone. Just as they care, so do we, and when any system doesn't bring out the best In these dedicated individuals and support them, then it is time for the citizens and pub- lic to speak up and demand that changes be made to that system. Carol Richter Lake Stevens Democracy at work J This is democracy a work. It is not a con- stitutional crisis -- it's a great civic lesson! How wonderful it is to be discussing these issues at the grocery store, at the gas station and, most importantly, at the dinner table in our own homes. It is unfortunate that more credit has not been given to the citizens of this country during this time. We, as observers and con- cerned citizens, are learning of the faults, checks and balance of our republic, as well as Age the safeguards of our systems and institu- tions. This issue has underlined how impor- tam every vote and every voice is In a democ- ratic society. It is now our responsibility as concerned and caring citizens to let our elect- ed offidals know where we stand on the issues focused on during this struggle to determine who will hold the greatest office in our land. As I see it the following seem to be the major issues: 1. The validity and need of the electoral college to determine the presidency 2. A universal ballot or national uniform electronic process 3. Uniform national polling time 4. A voting day (i.e. Saturday or Friday/Saturday 24 hour voting time) that makes voting easier for all citizens of this country 5. Legislation that does not allow for media access/interpretation of the actual tally of the vote until all polls are closed and/or the vote totals certified. Let's do something as a nation - tell your elected officials how you feel about these issues, or any that you feel are the result of this time in history. Let that official know what you will do in relation to the issues or ask what can be done. They are your elected officials and they should hear you! Get on the phone - get on the Net-fix what you may see as broken and democracy will have been served. To get the e-mail addresses of your elected officials you may go to http://www.metrokc.gov/eomail.htm on the internet. Jackie Berkey Camano Island Electoral College system under attack There is a recognized ignorance concern- ing the origin and purpose of the Electoral College. The reason we have the Electoral College is to avoid a totalitarianism of the masses. We have this system so the large interior of the country, which can't surmount the population centers of power on the coasts, has some influence on government and the direction of our country. The disagreement voiced by uneducated segments of our nation is a deliberate action that would, over time, abolish our ~constitu- tion with the rules of law provided by our founding fathers. The malignant segment of our population, with active voice, is currently called the "Politically Correct." Our Constitution is venerated through- out the world by those who wish to be free. Yet the fact that our Constitution stands sec- ond to none in guaranteeing freedom is ignored by these politically correct minds. Political correctness is now new on the world scene. It is totalitarian and identifies directly with impractical socialism. Included within this political correct activity is the worship of environment, psychology, gender wars, sexual orientation battles, disability, labor disputes and race difficulties. Totalitarian tactics, including [those of] Hitler, the Soviet Union and China, have used this politically correct technique to overpow- er the desires of free men. They use intimida- tion and vilification to control and frighten the populace of nations. Our freedoms are being suppressed and perception of its origin hidden from our chil- dren by the corruption of our educational systems. The standards of our schools and our government are grounded in the political correctness of these destroyers of our nation. Our Electoral College system of selecting individuals for public office is under attack by the power hungry. Their operators have infiltrated every aspect of our lives and espe- cially the Democratic Party. Even small town news depend upon the 1st amendment of the constitution in their editorials, and unwitting- ly succumb to this totalitarian effort to destroy the Electoral College. In summation, the Democratic Party is dead and the old- time hangers-on have not yet got the mes- sage. Bel amin Franklin said, "Where liberty is -- there is my country." John Coatney Camano Island Thanks for support of Dunshee As a supporter of Hans Dunshee, 39th District Representative, I would like to thank all of you who supported Mr. Dunshee. Mr. Dunshee has shown his loyalty to his con- stituents by his hard work and desire to serve us in the legislature. Mr. Dunshee's presence was known to us during the cam- paign and afterward at various places in the district, waving to motorists, and giving the public an opportunity to stop and talk with him. I was impressed by his never-failing presence in these areas in cold and inclement weather, early mornings and late evenings. This was my first opportunity to person- ally work on a candidate's campaign. I had always been impressed with Mr. Dunshee's presence in the mornings on my way to work at the end of the Hewitt Avenue trestle. By working on his campaign I have come to know the type of person Hans Dunshee is and his desire to work for and represent us in his district. I am confident that Mr. Dunshee knows the issues and will continue to be a strong voice for the residents of the 39th District in Olympia. Carrie Darlington Lake Stevens Give to our youth At this time of the year when gift-giving is upon us, please consider giving your youth, or kids you care about, a gift of your time. One way is to invest your energy in an orga- nization that is geared to FAMILY involve- ment; the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouting movements are wonderful choices. This letter is an invitation for you to consider joining the Boy Scouts of America (B.S.A.), as well as an invitation for inactive Eagle Scouts to step forward to help. The scouting program is alive and well in the U.S.A., as additional organizations become chartered partners to sponsor local Cub Scout packs (for boys in lst-Sth grades), Boy Scout troops (for boys in 6th grade till their 18th birthday), Venturing Crews (coed for young adults 14-20 years old), and Explorer Posts. At least two-deep leadership is required for meetings and activities. For more information on these programs, contact the Mt. Baker Council Office at 425.338.0380. Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has been providing for boys and adult lead- ers a high-quality program that develops leadership, citizenship, outdoor skills, friend- ships, values, honor, encourages doing your best and learning to be prepared. The Boy Scout Law says, "A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obe- dient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and rev- erent." If these are points that are important to you, too, get involved, now. The fall membership drive is in process and application forms are available. Please check with your local school to find out which pack or troop serves their students, or call 360.652.9227, or e-marl M~e17274@aol.com to reach the membership chairperson for north Snohornish County. Let other Scouts (boys) and Scouters (adults) say to you, "Welcome to the Adventure of Scoutingl!" IAsh Tyee District Membership Chairperson Arlington No slim jim to unlock child from vehicle It may not be common knowledge to all in the Arlington area that the Snohomish County Sheriff is not authorized to carry a slim jim, due to liability, or that it could take up to two hours for a sheriff to locate you after you call 911. I discovered these very dis- tressing facts two weeks ago, when I called 911 to tell them I had accidently locked my two- year-old daughter in our van. I was panicked, and I decided that the safest and quickest way to get her out would be to call 911. When I called, I was reassured that everything would be OK, and that they would send a sheriff to the remote area in Oso where we were stranded. So I waited, and did not call anyone else to help me out, since I thought everything was taken care of. Unfortunately, the sheriff could not find the place I was located, because I had given him an out-of-date or incorrect address. Meanwhile, it was dark and cold, and I did not have a coat, and my daughter was screaming in the car. It took two hours for the sheriff to find us, and that was after I had called 911 again to give them very specific directions to find us. I know the officer, and he is excellent, and very understanding. I appreciate the many hours and hard work he puts into this area where he is one of the few sheriffs on duty. Unfortunately, he, not the 911 dispatch- er, was the one who had to tell me that, due to liability, he was not permitted to carry a slim jim. This is about the only tool that could break into such a secure car as my Dodge Caravan. All residents of this area should know this, in case they have an emergency that is perhaps worse than mine, and requires a quick break-in into their car. The dispatcher should be required to tell this to all people who call regarding children locked in automobiles, so that parents and kids aren't put through additional stress and heartache. The sheriff was very kind, and tried all he could to break into the van, but to no avail. Finally he asked the 911 dispatcher to call a tow truck, because apparently they always carry a slim jim. He had to leave to tend to four other 911 calls that were waiting for him after my situation. This is a testimony to how overworked the police are in our area. He could have avoided spending time to help me out, had I known from the very beginning to call a tow truck instead. Unfortunately, it took another 40 minutes or so for the tow truck to arrive from Darrington, because the 911 dispatcher gave him my original Incorrect directions to our location. When he did arrive, however, he had my van unlocked within three minutes, and I paid him, and was able to go home with my then sleeping daughter. This letter is a plea to the sheriff's department to get more organized and to know our area better. What if I had been in a critical emergency? The police would not have arrived in time because they apparently don't have a sufficient means of tracing the location of each 911 caller. And what if it had been a very hot day as nay daughter sat locked in the car? I am sure I would have bro- ken the window long before the sheriff arrived, but that would not be necessary, ff it were made common knowledge that the police most likely cannot get your child out of your car. So, parents of Arlington, Darrington and Oso, here's what to do the next time you get that sinking feeling and see you have locked your child in the car. Call 911 as back-up in case of an emergency, but if you really want your child out quickly, call the tow truck. Angle Donnelson Arlington Thank you for donations The seniors, volunteers and staff at the Stillaguamish Senior Center want to thank you for your donation to their first annual Dinner Dance and Silent Auction. Because of your generosity our fund raiser was a suc- cess. The mission of the Stillaguarnish Senior Center is to provide services to all seniors that enhance the quality of life, limit isolation and prevent a need for institutionalization. Each of the Stillaguamish Senior Centers pro- gram areas strives to achieve this mission. The program areas are health, nutrition, social services, housing, recreation, educa- tion, and transportation. Your continued support is greatly appre- ciated. Jo Olson Executive Director Stillaguamlsh Senior Center Arlington Lack of balance in editoral pages I look forward to the editorial pages and letters section of the Arlington Times ~ach week, but would like to object to a lack of balance on the opinion pieces, You continue to publish pieces by the "Future of Freedom Foundation," an extreme right-wing, anti-envi+ ronment "think tank," with no counter opin- ions. Seldon Richman's piece last week oppos- hag environmental regulations would have us believe that industries don't pollute because it doesn't pay. B.S.! Pollution is a by-product of many Industrial processes, and handling and disposing of these wastes in a responsi- ble manner is more expensive than just dumping them into our water, air and soils; and that is why we have hazardous waste dean-up sites from one end of the country to the other. (See Love Canal and the dioxen in Port Gardner Bay.) I would like to request that you either label extreme anti-government, anti-environ- ment pieces as such, or better yet, balance it with commentary from, maybe the Sierra Club or Jim Hightower. Like our locals who use "freedom" to mean license (see Freedom County propo- nents), the "Future of Freedom Foundation" uses the word to mean freedom from sodal and community responsibilities. Dennis W. Umram Arlington Arlington Boys & Girls Club thanks coaches The Arlington Bays & Girls Club would like to thank the vohmteer coaches from our Girls Basketball, Little Dribbler's, and lst/2nd Boys Basketball Leagues. These people donate countless hours to allow our ldds the oppor- tunity to partidpate in athletic& It is only through their el'forts that our athletic pro- grams are a success. Dick & Amy Langley Tim Duffy , Abby Christiansen Sarah Bowen Wade Ellsworth Rodney Mack Jeff Smith Tony Czaban Tony Devery Jim Weber Jason Sandven Jack Murrin Kim Halverson Stacy Millar Jerry Twitchell. Tom Cooper Randy McDanold Patsy Eddy Kevin Coghill Jack Evans Diane Appell Marrianne Prause Ben Wells Sld Kerkorian Jay Wilson Wayne Keezer Bill Wilrnerton Chuck Alskog Leonard Kelley Wayne McPherson Dennis Modahl Scott Taylor David Warby Mitchell Whltehouse Josh Martin Athletics Director Arlington Boys & Girls Club