Letters to the Editor for week of 3-8-2012
Preserve services for victims
On Tuesday the Senate released its proposed supplemental budget, which made protecting victims of domestic violence a priority.
The Senate’s proposed budget preserves funding for domestic violence emergency shelters and other crucial social services, without shortening offenders’ prison sentences.
On a single day in 2011, Washington State domestic violence programs served 1,884 domestic violence victims, including providing 1,080 victims with emergency shelter or transitional housing, and 804 victims with non-shelter services, such as individual counseling, legal advocacy, and children’s support groups.
On that same day, Washington domestic violence programs were unable to meet the needs of 502 requests for services due to a lack of funding or resources.
Clearly, the Senate understands that further cuts to these life-saving services for domestic violence victims and their children would have grave consequences.
We appreciate the Senate prioritizing the protection of life-saving services for domestic violence victims.
We hope the Legislature makes sure the final budget preserves these services for victims and their children.
Vicci Hilty, Deputy Director
Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County
Stay on ‘5 corners’ issue
Politicians and bureaucrats these days depend on the public forgetting important issues, due to the amount of issues deluged upon us daily.
One case in point, the “5 Corners Turnaround”.
Thanks to the Constant Curmudgeon for staying on this, however all citizens who have a stake in this need to stay aware.
The engineer claims that the average vehicle takes 1-1/2 to 2 minutes to get through this intersection.
I have driven a school bus through that intersection for nine years, and my personal vehicle for 34 years.
The only back up at this intersection is the westbound traffic in the early evening. That can run two to three minutes.
Typical wait times for all other hours of the day run from immediate to 45 seconds.
A larger problem if time is an issue, is the intersection at 76th Ave. West and 220th Street S.W.
Wait times for vehicles that wait a full cycle can run up to three minutes and 50 seconds.
Where city money needs to go, is Robin Hood Drive, between Sherwood Elementary and Hickman Park.
If this road gets any worse we will need 4-wheel drive trucks to navigate it.
Wake up city council and listen to your constituents.
Far from feeling (like) a fascism fanatic
Far be it from me to beat a dead horse but I have just been chastised severely for taking Nat Brown to task over his loose definition of "fascism."
I'll just add this and, then, let the matter drop as it is getting to be old hat.
According to Merriam Webster's Desk Dictionary:
"Fascism: A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race and stands for centralized often militaristic government."
I'll be hornswoggled if I can find a word about big business being part of fascism.
And, while I don't rely upon Wikipedia for knowledge, my computer, at Dictionary.com reports:
1. (sometimes initial capital letter) a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.
2. (sometimes initial capital letter) the philosophy, principles, or methods of fascism.
Once again, I don't see any references to big business being aligned with government as part of fascism except as it applies to a government taking over and regimenting business as seems to be happening in our country at the present time.
Neither definition seems to refer to the "unholy alliance between big business and government" as implied by the writer but, again, I except situations where government takes over business.
We must bite the bullet
The Mayor has asked us what direction we advise the council go in trying to figure out funding for our projected $800,000 budget shortfall in the year 2013.
I based my advice on several criteria gleaned from articles local newspapers and what I already know about our monetary crisis. one enlightening article recently dealt with the comparison of South County.
These examples helped decide this input.
For example Lynnwood has a population of 35,860 and has 468 full time employees and Mountlake Terrace has about 20,000 residents and an employee base of 261 full timers. Edmonds on the other hand has nearly 40,000 residents yet employees only 200 full time employees. Wow! we must be doing something right.
One thing I learned in these articles is that for every dollar that Edmonds citizens pay sales tax, the city gets less then one penny. What, where is the equity in that deal?
Our city also only gets around12 percent of all the money we pay in property tax.
The Mayor and the staff have shown that we can't make it up in tourism or Economic development.
Our city is doing more with less the any city in the area, we are scrapping the financial bottom of the barrel.
My advice to the council is to approve one levy package that you all can agree on and bring it back to us the citizens.
Edmonds gets all of the money passed in a levy, it's time to bite the bullet.