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Now that the 2006 election has just about jelled, let me get a few more things about it off my chest before we get caught up in Thanksgiving and Christmas.
As local football fans gear up to celebrate Super Bowl XLI, which will be played Feb. 4 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, it is an opportune time to look back at the changes which have occurred since MVP Bart Starr led his Green Bay Packers to a 35-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the first Super Bowl.
by Paul A. Morin
by Don C. Brunell
While I rarely, if ever, write letters to the editor or respond to newspaper articles, I could not let your statement (in a recent column) slide by, writes a Whitman County resident who must be Egyptian, judging by the hieroglyphic used as a signature.
by Don C. Brunell
I was in a queue at Safeways Western Union counter the other day, waiting to wire some money to a friend overseas. Four people ahead of me were scanning chits through a machine on the counter. It was a Lotto scanner, and written across its front was this message: Its good to play Lotto.
I figured Tim Eyman must have almost had a stroke the other day when he found his right to launch initiatives defended by the biggest (and super liberal) newspaper in the state, the Seattle Times.
The Snohomish County Council gave its initial approval Monday night for a zoning change for a proposed residential development in the Lake Goodwin area that would elevate the traffic issues in north Snohomish County to a whole new level.
by Charles N. Davis
by Alex Epstein
In your recent column about the world wide toilet revolution with the effort to expand the availability of public toilets, you wrote that most grocery stores did not allow customers to use their employees facilities, which was why Rep. John OBrien drafted the bill mandating public johns in new stores, writes Bill Farrell of Federal Way. I dont recall being turned down when I shopped, although, thanks to Rep. OBrien, my store has added a public facility. Why didnt the other grocers allow use of employee facilities?
By Mayor Margaret Larson
So Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Jay Inslee have asked President Bush to create a task force to investigate possible fraud and price gouging by oil and gas companies. Gasoline averaging $3.50 a gallon is dragging the economy into recession, they said in their letter to the president and its time to get to the bottom of it. Remember back in the 70s when the Legislature created its own Select Committee on the Energy Crisis which traveled all over the state conducting hearings in communities where lines for gasoline were getting longer and longer?
How far is it to Seattle? That depends. Among other things, it depends on the time of day, the season, weather and the particular day of the week. Add the price of gas. According to the on-the-ground measure, Seattle is 38 miles away. My cars odometer agrees with maps that 38 miles is close to accurate. Though the road still measures 38 miles, I can feel the distance growing every year.
Ballots for the May 20 special election should have already begun appearing in area mail boxes, as local residents will have the opportunity to decide if Arlington needs a new library. There will actually be two measures on the ballot an $8.8 million construction bond and a measure to form a Library Capital Facility Area. Both measures must receive a supermajority of 60 percent or more yes votes for the new library to be built.
by Jim Hightower
The front pages of both our community newspapers this week have crime-related stories prominently displayed. The Arlington Times headlines a request for information on a luring suspect, The Marysville Globe highlights the efforts of citizens in helping to stop a vicious assault on a Sheriffs officer.
It was a world of one-car families, one salary incomes, one-car detached garages, and one bathroom homes. So long as that was our neighbors situation, we figured it was the normal state of affairs, and it was. It worked well to have one parent orchestrating family life while the other brought home the bacon.
by Don C. Brunell