Editorials like these are never easy for me to write. But I will attempt to do so anyway and hope you will bear with me.
The Marysville Police Department is recognized as proactive; doing more than responding to 9-1-1 calls.
Praise to the city of Marysville for passing its new public nuisance law. Some say it doesn't do enough. Others say it took too long. But the fact is new City Attorney Jon Walker and the council did what others previously couldn't do. And they did it with respect for the private property rights of homeowners. And the goal was accomplished to get folks to clean up some properties for health and safety reasons.
Raising our own taxes is never easy. It is an idea, frankly, that we likely would seldom support. Seems like government gets enough of our money, and much of it seems to be wasted at times – at least at the federal and state levels.
Hiring people with disabilities makes sense
Praise to all of the volunteers with Maryfest for putting on such a wonderful Marysville Strawberry Festival in 2016.
Summer hasn't officially started yet – though you wouldn't know it by the great weather we are having.
The stories are heartbreaking and all too frequent. One mother from Everett shared of her son's struggle with addiction that led to an overdose. Another mother from Bellingham told me that her daughter is in and out of jail and the hospital as she struggles with a heroin addiction.
I want to thank you for the honor of being able to offer some remarks at this great event. I want to thank Cmdr. Jim Sewell and American Legion Post 178 for putting on this important event. It is so heartening to see so many come out on such an important day to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Praise to veterans such as Farlan Dubarry, who sacrificed so much for our country's freedoms.