Slow business for love and fly-fishing

July 16, 2014

Things were going kinda slow down at the Fly Tying Love Center and it bothered Marvin Pincus a lot.

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Letters to the Editor

July 16, 2014

Many things needed to end homelessness

I recently read the article on our community’s issues with homelessness, as well as the responses. I, too, found the suggestion of a Tent City disturbing, but for other reasons.

Having worked with non-profits for over a decade the number one issue faced by any in-need population is how to move forward into a better situation. This means turning band-aid solutions into life-changing solutions, and in order for a community to enable that they must have the infrastructure to support that transition. This includes things such as food banks, transition-shelters, mental health facilities, drug rehabilitation, etc…

North Bend is simply not equipped to turn a Tent City (aka band-aid solution) into a better path forward for transients. This doesn’t mean we can’t be compassionate and intelligent about how we approach the issues. Winter Shelters, for example, provide humanitarian relief but are not permanent do not invite more problems than already exist.

We can be compassionate beings and still protect ourselves, our families, and our community.

Amanda Kay

North Bend

 

Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank receives tax exempt status

 

It is with great joy that the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank (SVFB) announces we received 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS.

The good news is that with our tax exempt status, all donations made to the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank are tax deductible and retroactive to our application date of December 27, 2013. In addition, our 501(c)(3) allows us to operate as an independent non-profit entity and opens doors to other funding opportunities.

Having a sustainable food system in our community is important. The face of food banks have changed over the years. No longer are food banks strictly for the homeless and downtrodden.

Across the nation, food banks operate to fill the gap for the working poor, seniors living on a fixed income and broken families – the list could go on and on. People from all walks of life rely on the food bank from time to time.

Our goal is to be a place where all are welcome and help is available. We do more than just hand out food. We are a place of resources, where cycles of poverty can be overcome.

It takes money to operate a food bank. We are deeply grateful for the wide diversity of support.  SVFB is able to be a beacon of hope and health because of the assistance we receive from businesses, churches, service organizations and neighbors, like you.

We love serving the Snoqualmie Valley! We believe that everyone should have access to healthy food and that the service we provide is an invaluable link in the chain to a healthy community. Thank you for your patience and your trust as we grow stronger and more organized to serve our neighbors. If you have not yet contributed time or money to the food bank, the time is now. Come on down, give us a call or learn more at www.snoqualmievalleyfoodbank.org.

We are Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank. We are a Community in Action – please join us.

Heidi Dukich

Executive Director

And the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank Board of Directors

 

 

Enforce fireworks laws, please

Just because it’s legal for Native Americans to sell fireworks on their reservations doesn’t mean that it’s legal to use them off of the reservation. State law defines what a “legal” firework is outside of the reservation, and the City of Snoqualmie currently permits use of these “legal” fireworks on July 4th from 9 a.m. to midnight. The problem is there’s almost zero enforcement of this law. That, plus having a reservation in our backyard, means that more often than not, people are not just firing off “legal” fireworks even during the 9-midnight time frame, but instead are lighting  “illegal” fireworks of the kind that likely caused the house fire just down the road from my house on July 4.

I think there’s a need for (1) education on what is a “legal” firework, (2) enforcement of the existing state and city laws, and (3) a serious discussion about whether or not any fireworks should be permitted in an area that has less than 100-feet of space between houses here on the Ridge. I think we’re fortunate that the recent fire was limited to a single house, but there are certainly steps that we as a community and as a city should have taken to ensure that nobody’s house burns down.

Now, before someone thinks I’m a humbug about fireworks, I’m not.  As a kid, we lit off fireworks in large, open parking lots, gigantic empty dirt fields, or over the water on the Sound.  We never lit off fireworks within close proximity to someone’s home, or in close proximity to dry grass, trees, or other combustibles.  When you create a planned community like ours that puts homes so close together, certain considerations need to apply – not the least of which is to not light off Roman candles, bottle rockets, and aerials within 100 yards of peoples’ homes. There’s a time and a place for fireworks; in front of my house and my neighbors’ homes is not an appropriate place.

Cliff Gilley

Snoqualmie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marijuana is legal: Use it responsibly

July 10, 2014

No matter how you feel about it, it’s now legal to purchase and smoke it in the state of Washington. (Leave it to officials to sort out the federal vs. state issue, though at this point, no one has announced plans to crack down on people who take a toke.)

The Washington State Liquor Control Board granted licenses this week to 24 retailers in the Puget Sound area.

Marijuana shops are not legal in Snoqualmie.

In June, the North Bend City Council passed an ordinance drawing a boundary where a marijuana shop would be legal but no retailer has yet been granted a license for that area.

A majority of voters wanted marijuana, and now we all have it. In order to turn that initiative and vote into a real win, people must be responsible with their pot.

Don’t share your weed with your teenaged son or daughter. Marijuana for anyone under 21 is still illegal.

Don’t leave your stash out where your pets can get into it. (And don’t blow the smoke into their faces. It isn’t humane to get an animal high.)

Just as driving drunk is illegal, driving stoned is illegal. Police have received training and are able to identify people under the influence of marijuana – you will be caught. So be patient and don’t take a hit on the way home. Purchase your Doritos before you smoke or call for takeout when you get the munchies.

Don’t smoke in public. Part of the initiative states you can only partake in private – not at a park or restaurant.

Don’t buy in bulk. Possession of up to one ounce is legal (or up to 16 ounces in a solid form or 72 ounces in a liquid form), anything more is too much.

If you don’t smoke, no one is going to force you to, but you might see some benefits.

The state estimates marijuana could bring in up to $2 billion in tax revenue over the next five years. Whether you smoke or not, you should be pleased that social services may be saved, children may get better educations and roads may get fixed with more money available in the piggybank.

Along with Colorado, we’re engaging in an experiment in how well this can work. Let’s set a positive national example.

 

Gardener enjoys planting a conversation starter

July 10, 2014

Like a doctor removing something important, Herb Collins gently peeled the wrapper back from the root ball and tenderly placed the baby tree in the hole. Then he stood and walked around it to see which way he should align it. Actually, looks pretty good just the way it is.

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Letters

July 10, 2014

Reader disagrees with award to Reichert

I’m sorry but I must disagree with their choice of Tech America’s Congressional Tech Leader. Rep. Dave Reichert has a horrid history of hurting the IT industry by allowing US Executive branch spies to wiretap citizens. The government was revealed several times since 9/11 to be breaking the law and still Rep. Reichert supported their illegal and unconstitutional spying on his constituents. After Edward Snowden’s revelations, Rep. Amash proposed an amendment to stop the NSA, but Rep. Reichert again voted to keep the illegal wiretapping in place. Now the US technology sector is hurting from their government’s arm-twisting, hacking, and overwhelming gathering of all world traffic. How does this make Rep. Reichert a beacon for Technology Leadership?

Reference items:

Voted for the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act (2006) http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/109/hr3199

Voted for the Protect America Act which allowed warrantless surveillance (2007) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protect_America_Act_of_2007

Voted for legalization of domestic surveillance by amending FISA (2008) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_Intelligence_Surveillance_Act_of_1978_Amendments_Act_of_2008

Voted for an Extension in (2011) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/27/patriot-act-extension-signed-obama-autopen_n_867851.html

Voted for another FISA Extension (2012) http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr5949

Voted against the best proposed amendment to stop domestic spying. Amash Amendment (2013) http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jul/24/amash-amendment-nsa-surveillance

Voted for the NDAA 2012 which includes the ability of US military to permanently detain US citizens on US soil if they’re deemed “terrorists”, such as those of the Occupy movement have been labeled.

NSA spying, which Reichert has supported over several years, is hurting major US and Northwest companies. US IT companies are trying to instigate changes to recreate trust with their international customers: http://www.itic.org/dotAsset/9c88f111-2149-434f-a250-7700ede27dd8.pdfhttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/22/business/fallout-from-snowden-hurting-bottom-line-of-tech-companies.htmlhttps://www.reformgovernmentsurveillance.com/

George Jenkins

 

 

Reader notes Annette Lake hike wasn’t hard

I’ve done this hike while pregnant and again with children. We try to do hikes our 11 and 8-year-old would appreciate. And they had a blast walking up the switchbacks as did I.

We took the long way from the parking area versus going through the tunnel of the Iron Horse Trail.

While you complain about the hike being hard, it is a rated hike with posted gains and is roughly about three to four miles one way from the parking lot.

As for my hiking experience, I’ve done it while Annette Lake still had snow on the ground because of the elevation, slipped on snow at the rock scree while pregnant (yeah, graceful is not my middle name while pregnant) and I’ve done it in July and August with biting flies and mosquitoes.

The lake is impressive with small fish, ground squirrels and various birds! And your state park pass can be used as well. We get one every year when we register one of our vehicles.

There are more switchbacks now once you cross the Iron Horse Trail than my first time, when I slipped on the snow.

What came out of that was that I need to remember my inhaler when I hike and not take grumpy people along who complain about the elevation gain.

The water was great to soak our feet in and the fish were amazing to see as they jumped. But those biting flies were a pill.

You also might want to hike Snow Lake as well!

Cathy Uthus

Tacoma

 

 

 

Editorial: Challenge friends with American trivia

July 3, 2014

The Fourth of July can be more than a day of celebrating your patriotism, grilling hotdogs and watching fireworks. Challenge your friends and family with some Independence Day trivia.

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Letters

July 3, 2014

Tent City 4 would bring more transients,  more drug users and more thefts

I just read your article on the homeless. It was a bit disturbing that it implied North Bend residents have to help the transients in our own backyards.

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Home Country

July 3, 2014

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

Windy celebrates the Fourth creatively

Windy Wilson was on the prowl, this beautiful Independence Day morning, searching the neighborhood for something to do for others. He decided to let his weekly day helping others come on the Fourth this week, because he was feeling very American.

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Homeless issues still need a solution

June 25, 2014

The numbers are impressive. Since the Snoqualmie Police Department began providing police services to the city of North Bend, officers have turned out residents of more than 40 transient camps and cleaned up the camping sites.

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Letters

June 25, 2014

Snoqualmie solicitation rules clarified

Editor’s note: We felt the article about licenses for door-to-door solicitation in Snoqualmie that ran in the June 19 edition of the SnoValley Star need further clarification because of youth organizations that sometimes do fundraising and community-service activities. After all, we don’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy Girl Scout peanut butter cookies or Campfire mints.

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