Letters for the week of March 28

Mar 28, 2012

Try obeying traffic laws

Dear Editor,

I have an airtight solution for the red-light camera debate, and it’s so crazy that it just might work – OBEY THE LAW. It’s guaranteed to make our streets safer and reduce the number of tickets given out [“Seeing red over ticketing cameras,” The Beacon, page 4, March 21].

Here’s how it works: If the law says don’t enter an intersection when the light is red, then don’t. Or if the law says come to a complete stop before you get to the crosswalk, then do that.

Every argument against the cameras – either voiced to a judge or the editor – is basically advocating giving individual citizens the right to decide when it’s OK to ignore the law (or at least bend it a little). Brilliant.

Do you know why the cameras are such revenue-generating machines? BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE BREAKING THE LAW IN THAT PARTICULAR SPOT. Stop doing that and the cameras will be taken down due to lack of use.

Problem solved, you’re welcome.

Corey Friesen,

Mukilteo

Bring on the cameras!

Dear Editor,

With regard to the Washington state Supreme Court ruling on red-light cameras, I am happy and would love to see them installed in all school zones! Speeding in our neighborhoods and in our school zones is a Big Pet Peeve of mine!

I think our police officers have better things to do than sit in our school zones and enforce the law. The law is the law and the speed zone is 20 mph when yellow lights are flashing OR WHEN CHILDREN ARE PRESENT.

I see quite a lot of people speeding through all of the zones along Harbour Pointe Boulevard and on Beverly Park Road in front of Fairmount Elementary. By the way, neighborhood's speed is 25 mph not 35+ mph, Double Eagle Drive and 52nd Place W. drivers!

I am also noticing a lot of rude drivers on our roads – impatient, on cell phones, disregarding all laws – pedestrians have the right of way, yield to cars making a U-turn at Harbour Pointe Boulevard and Mukilteo Speedway.

One recent rainy day in the parking lot of QFC, I was trying to walk into and out of the store and none of the drivers in the parking lot were giving the right of way to the pedestrians! What the heck?!

People were trying to cross along Harbour Pointe Boulevard (anywhere, really) and no one was stopping to allow them to cross! Really?!

Too many people are becoming self-absorbed and thinking they are too important or in too much of a hurry to obey common courtesy, let alone traffic laws!

Bring on the cameras! If I'm speeding or disobeying the laws, a ticket is what I deserve, and so do you!

Sincerely,

Debra Hamilton,

Mukilteo

Mukilteo Beacon an asset to community

Dear Editor,

This newspaper is truly an asset to our community. People like editor Sara Bruestle and former editor Rebecca Carr and the rest of the staff that give us the news, but best of all allow the public to voice their opinion.

We all need to be heard and we all need to listen to what other people think. We might just learn something valuable.

Anders F. Jacobsen,

Everett

Mukilteo raises funds to sponsor ‘little chief’

Dear Editor,

The Mukilteo Police Department held a successful fundraiser for the Chief for a Day program on Friday at the Harbour Pointe Golf Course.

This program takes local children with life-threatening illnesses and lets them live out their dreams by becoming the honorary police chief of their sponsoring jurisdiction. Our goal on Friday was to raise funds to sponsor our honorary police chief.

The MPD on Aug. 16 will join 25 other law enforcement agencies and their “little chiefs” to provide them with a day of fun they will never forget and become a part of their precious lives. It is our mission to help these children, and their families, to forget about their illness if only for one day.

I’d like to take a moment to thank our sponsors and donors: Everett Wal-Mart, Vicki Derks Photography, Mukilteo Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Matt and Shannon Martin, Celtic Coffee, Jersey Mike’s, Wine 101 and Jim Brice.

We had a fantastic night filled with food, friends, and live entertainment provided by local Mukilteo band The Charlies. Special guest emcee, Jesse Jones of KING 5, joined the festivities as well.

The star of this night was, of course, our honorary police chief, Aylin Bustos.

Aylin is a third grader at Endeavour Elementary. She has brain lesions and an acrachnoid brain cyst.

The highlights of the event were watching Aylin enjoying the festivities and forget about the stress of dealing with a life-threatening illness.

The Mukilteo community truly came together that night to give Aylin a fantastic party while raising money for a worthwhile cause.

Cheol Kang,

Crime Prevention Officer,

Mukilteo Police Department

Navy exercises harm NW Marine life

Dear Editor,

The untimely and tragic death of a 3-year-old female orca, designated as L112, who represents in large measure the hope for recovery of the Southern Resident Orca Community after decades of shootings, captures for revenue generation, pollution of their habitat and decimation of their essential prey, demonstrates the apparent disregard for marine life by the U.S. Navy relative to training priorities.

Although chemical examination of the fluids obtained from L112’s cranium and other organs has been delayed for up to several months due to cross-border permitting issues, every line of forensic evidence resulting from the gross necropsy of her carcass and the examination of her head revealed that she had been impacted by a powerful explosion coming from her right side.

Southern Resident Orcas are bonded for life with their maternal families, so there is little doubt that L112’s mother, brother, and probably several other close relatives were also killed or maimed by the same explosion or explosions.

The column by Ken Balcomb, executive director and chief scientist of the Center for Whale Research, helps clarify that the Navy was acting outside the legal parameters they are entrusted to uphold when they killed L112 and probably her maternal family, and have redacted specific information on lethal training exercises they are required to provide [“Dead baby killer whale was blown up,” The Beacon, page 4, March 28]. No killing is allowable, and yet L112 was killed.

Other scientists and non-governmental organizations agree that these and other developments, including the operation of sonars from the dock at Naval Station Everett (in the presence of two Gray whales, a situation we alerted the Navy of and received no response), and the sonars detected from the HMSC Ottawa quite likely impacted members of K and L pods.

The dangers resulting from international hostilities are obvious. No doubt many potentially hostile nations are deploying silent diesel-electric submarines the must be detected and destroyed if they threaten U.S. assets.

However the resulting destruction of the Southern Resident Orca Community, and a wide array of marine life, is a price too high to pay to maintain a state of permanent war.

As intelligent mammals, is it possible to use our powers of deduction and reason to formulate a way to avoid killing off the marine life that sustains us while maintaining our safety and economic security?

Susan Berta and Howard Garrett,

Orca Network,

www.orcanetwork.org

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