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Thank you for participating in Kiddies Parade
The Arlington Fire Department Womens Auxiliary would like to thank all the kids who endured the heat and participated in the 2008 Arlington Kiddies Parade. Its fun to see the creativity that kids and parents put into it and making this event so special. Our gratitude to those who showed up to watch the event, a parade isnt complete without a crowd to cheer you on.
The AFDWA is a volunteer group and we rely on donations to fund this event. We would like to thank the following individuals and businesses, we couldnt have done it without them. Norma Jean Syrie of Olympic Escrow, Georgia Swift of New Beginnings Thrift Store, Coca Cola Dist. in Marysville for the beverages, Haggen Food and Pharmacy for the popsicles and Splash the Mascot, Bostons Gourmet Pizza for pizza, coupons and Lionel the Mascot, Cold Stone Creamery, Red Robin, Olympic Theatre, Local Scoop, Walmart, Copy Mail & More, Cascade Valley Hospital, The City of Arlington and The Arlington Fire Department.
We would like to thank those who volunteered their time for our event.
Judges: Darlene Strotz, Sandee Scribner, Kathy and Kaitlin Larson.
Sign Carriers: Jordan and Olivia Kraski, Nate and Grace Metcalf, Katelyn and Ella Strittmatter, Joseph Brand, Camden Schmidt, Cody and Riley Oakes, Nick and Kyle Schroeder, Kyle and Alex Nyblod, Molly Nyblod, Brody and Aspen Bates. Last but not least our M.C. Sarah Cofer.
We look forward to next years event, mark your calendars for June 27, 2009. We cant wait to see what youll come up with next.
Jonna Dickison, Kiddies Parade Chairperson, AFDWA
We are more barbaric then the vigilantes
Absolutely unfair is the sentence that non-violent 3-Strikers are serving in prison after harming no one. There is no equal justice under this law. We have those spending their entire lives in expensive prisons who do not deserve this harsh punishment given the heinous crimes those who really do deserve it commit.
One example, a 3-Striker who robbed a store pretending to have a weapon stole $151. His total take for all strikes was $611 and he never physically harmed anyone.
Another asked a sales person to give me your money, then left the store after a change of mind. Attempted robbery is a strike.
A young woman with a history of mental illness and drug addiction was sentenced to life. She had three second-degree robberies netting some $900. She has never actually used a weapon and has never harmed anyone.
With our 3-strikes law, we are more barbaric than the vigilantes who used to simply string up alleged offenders and go about their business because we have a system that if used properly should assure fairness to all.