Letters to the Editor
August 28, 2008 · Updated 1:28 PM
Thanks to Fannys
On Friday, May 30, I was fortunate enough to participate in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer fundraiser at Fannys Restaurant in Marysville. I saw a terrific family unit working together as one with the sole purpose of helping others.
Fannys has been in Marysville for many years. Terry, cook and brother, provided beautiful hors doeuvres; John, brother-in-law, provided background guitar music; Darrin and Denny (brothers-in-law) bartended and assisted with auction items; Pat, matriarch of the family, baked for Dessert Auction, giving hugs when needed. Then there were Jenny, Tanya, Cindy and co-worker Amy, all of whom will participate in the 60-mile walk in September. These young ladies produced one of the most organized and professional events I have ever seen and I have seen and worked many over the years. Last but not least, the patriarch of the family, Denny, husband and father on this night was grandfather, babysitting his six grandchildren while the rest of the family worked the auction.
Because of their efforts, the generosity of their customers and the community at large, these young ladies raised over $6,700. What an accomplishment and truly a class act all the way. For all their hard work, they deserve our thanks for a job well done.
However, the girls are not done yet, so the next time you visit Fannys, leave little extra tip to help the girls complete their goal it will be money well spent in a terrific family business built on equal amounts of love and respect for one another. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this, it was an honor.
Discussion, and even debate, on issues is a good thing. Democracy depends upon an informed and participating citizenry and we have too little public involvement in public issues. Fortunately, we have a local newspaper which not only reports on local events and issues, but reserves space for citizens to express their own views and concerns by submitting a Letter to the Editor.
I enjoy reading these letters. Sometimes I agree with the writer, sometimes I dont. Sometimes I become better informed, sometimes not. Whichever the case, these letters make me feel more connected and involved with our community. I suppose writing a letter and having it published in the newspaper isnt really a right. I dont know of a requirement that forces newspapers to provide this service. Maybe there is. More likely, it is a civic service to the community which newspaper owners and editors have long honored. I also suspect it makes good business sense.
What I dont enjoy, and I speak only for myself, is turning to the Letters to the Editor and finding a supposed letter that is actually an overblown soapbox tirade that goes on and on, paragraph after paragraph, while the writer vents on his or her topic of the day. (Ive seen State of the Union speeches that were shorter.) I imagine most people do what I do read one of these marathon letters to the editor once, note who wrote it and dont waste time reading their letters again. I dont expect the authors of such letters to change their behavior. What I would like would be for The Arlington Times to change by setting a reasonable word limit for letters to the editor and then enforcing it. (And, if this letter is over 350 words, please feel free to edit it.
What is Marysvilles Planned Parenthood Clinic contribution to the national abortion statistics? Have they gone down as the national trend has gone down? According to LifeSiteNews.com, Planned Parenthood reported 289,650 abortions and received $336 million in public funding in 2006, while their bottom line indicated $112 million profit.
Does Marysville Planned Parenthood Clinic support racism? Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthoods founder, encouraged racism.
Does Marysville Planned Parent Clinic promote pornography and the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender (LGBT) lifestyles? Planned Parenthoods Teenwire.com Web site openly encourages this sort of illicit sexual activity.
Does Marysville Planned Parenthood Clinic believe that kids 10 years and older be exposed to graphic, explicit details regarding the kids changing bodies, growing up, sex and (their) sexual health. According to Planned Parenthoods booklet, Its Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley, it appears they do. This material is too explicit for their target audience, our young children.
Foodbank thank you
On behalf of the Marysville Community Food Bank, I want to express our deep appreciation to all the Postal Workers who participated in the Letter Carriers Food Drive on May 10. We extend a special thanks to Rocky and Abe at the Marysville Post Office and Annex. The extra time and effort resulted in a collection of over 21 tons of food, all of which will remain in Marysville and will be distributed to the hungry in our service area.
We also want to thank all the residents in the Marysville Postal service area who gave so generously to this food drive and who made it such a huge success. Over 70 volunteers transferred donations from the main office and the annex at 136th Street to the Food Bank and sorted the food. This is a critical food drive that allows us to maintain a consistent supply of food, particularly during the summer months.
Again, our deepest thanks to all those who took part in this Food Drive letter carriers, other Post Office personnel, contributors volunteers and staff. All your efforts enable us to carry out our mission of feeding the hungry in our community, especially in this tie of higher food and transportation costs.
Mike Mulligan, President
Marysville Food Bank
Gleneagle thank you
On behalf of the members of the Arlington Masonic Lodge 129, we would like to thank all the families in Gleneagle who participated in the Lodges 3rd annual clothing drive, coinciding with the Gleneagle garage sale. Your donations were greatly appreciated. The Masons collected and sorted 50 yard bags full of clothing. The clothing was then given to the Kids Kloset and Helping Hands, both non-profit organizations here in Arlington. The clothing drive was once again a success, thanks to you.
Warren R. Schoeben
Arlington Lodge No. 129