It’s spring, and you know what that means?
Thank you for putting our Boy Scouts picture in the paper. Thank you for all you do for our community. I really enjoy the paper. I noticed the web version seems to have more content. I like that as well.
I would like to suggest three ways for people to use all or part of their economic stimulus tax rebate: (1) Make a financial gift to charity and help a neighbor in need who is suffering from layoff, injury, illness or the effects of poverty. (2) Spend some of your rebate at a non-profit thrift stor. Stretch your funds and help a worthy mission. (3) Finally, if you really have to buy a new furniture set or plasma TV, contact a charity and offer your good-condition used one.
I have recently read two articles in your paper that speak to the continual questioning of some of the Valley Medical Center Board of Commissioners’ ethics. I was dismayed in 2006 with the annexation fiasco and began following the news concerning Valley Medical Center.
Let me first say that I work full-time, live in a working-class neighborhood (no upscale residence for me, no favored consumer status), and my kids go to public school. And you don’t need to worry that you pay for my healthcare. I also pay a separate health insurance premium through my work, plus office deductibles, just like most people do. I also don’t mind paying taxes for schools and emergency services used as common resources by the community.
It’s good that a squabble over meetings of the Hospital District 1 Commissioners is over. I have a feeling the public is more interested in the healthcare that the commissioners help monitor than their finger-pointing.
I don’t know how many of you look through all the inserts that are added to your monthly bills. Normally I give them a quick scan of the titles to see what someone wants from or to do to me. With last month’s Puget Sound Energy (PSE) bill I knew there would be an insert about the upcoming rate increases and how much it was going to affect me. I’m not against giving the company a little extra to buffer the increased cost of fuel, labor and storm damage to their system. I was thinking a 3 or 4 percent increase would be in line with my standard of living (fixed) and be fair to have power 24/7. I’ve been to other countries where even 2/7 was asking a lot.
The King County Charter is currently open for a review that occurs once every 10 years. The Charter Review Commission has been gathering information and deliberating and will soon forward amendments they endorse to the County Council. The council will consider those recommendations, then decide which amendments will be placed on the ballot this fall. The voters will have the final say.
Thanks for letting me have this opportunity to give a big shout-out to Maple Valley Family Dental Care (the one behind the Pink Elephant car wash at Four Corners, near Safeway). Let me tell you how they have “given big.”
One of our readers, after driving past an intersection near a group of newly built homes in Maple Valley, e-mailed that “there is a new banner that says Huge Price Increase. I don’t know if they meant to order a sign that said Huge Price Decrease or if they are truly announcing a huge increase in a time when the real estate market is flatter than a crepe. We burst out laughing when we drove by.”
Julia Patterson Patterson is head of the Metropolitan King County Council. Ron Sims is the County Executive. Both are astute politicians, the kind of people you want helping run our government.
Put aside for a moment the pros and cons of Dino Rossi’s just released transportation plan and consider this: It outlines what direction we should go in, why, how to get there, and how we’ll pay for it. Sound unusual? It should. No gubernatorial candidate or sitting governor has done that in nearly 30 years.
I am writing to extend my thanks to the city of Maple Valley and Clear Channel Outdoor for listening to community response and removing a controversial billboard that was, until recently, displayed near the 7-11 store on State Route 169 and Witte Road. I am also writing to ask the organization responsible to reconsider their message and their choice of venue, so that other communities might be prevented from being as offended as I was by the billboard.