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Holidays are a time when communities come together

I don’t know about all of you, but I love the Christmas season. For me, it’s not about the gifts, although I really do enjoy giving gifts to people I love, it’s about the ambiance that this time of year brings. The music playing throughout stores and cars passing by and from every room of my...

 

A lot to be thankful for

Every year we each get the opportunity to share in the tradition of Thanksgiving. With most of my family living far away from us, we get the privilege of sharing Thanksgiving with our dear friends this year. Of course, we all have our favorites from the dinner table. Mine are mashed potatoes and...

 

911 calls only make us relive a dark moment in our history

The Marysville community has continued moving forward after the tragic events at Marysville Pilchuck High School on Oct. 24, however, the media seems to want to continue to glamourize what happened that by requesting the 911 calls that were made from scared and innocent victims. I, for one, have...

 

Keep up the good work Marysville

The last couple of weeks have certainly been an emotional roller coaster, especially for the Marysville community. Hearts continue healing and minds continue to try to wrap themselves around such a sad situation in so many young lives and those of their families. Red and white continues to wave all...

 

Community support of students, families is awesome

It’s been over a week since the devastating news of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting and the loss of four young lives. My thoughts went first to the families of these kids, all of them, and to those who had witnessed the shooting that day as they sat in the safety of their high school...

 

Get those ballots filled - It's time to vote

If you haven’t registered to vote in this year’s General Election, well, it’s too late. But if you are one of the over 400,000 voters in Snohomish County who has received our ballot in the mail, its time to make sure you cast those votes, and soon. It’s pretty disappointing when you realize...

 

Thank a cop for their service

Last week there were shootings all over North Snohomish County. A 43-year-old Granite Falls man started his morning by shooting up the Granite Falls Police Department on Thursday, Oct. 16. After firing several rounds there he headed to Lake Stevens where he shot at the police station as well as...

 

What should you ask when diagnosed with breast cancer

Millions of women in the country have heard those dreaded words from their doctor, “You have breast cancer.” One in eight women will be diagnosed with this often-deadly disease but with early detection the chances of survival go up immensely. If you are one of those who have to face those words...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinion    October 8, 2014

Streets are for getting you from one place to another, not for racing

A couple of months ago I was driving south on I-5 with two friends after leaving a business lunch at Bob’s Burgers and Brews. We were driving 65 miles per hour, as was every other driver around us. Soon, the driver of our car gasped as she looked into the rearview mirror. What she saw was...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinion    October 1, 2014

Should anyone think they are the exception to rules?

After spending hours getting dolled up for the high school Homecoming dance, dozens of girls were not allowed in because their dresses weren’t up to the school’s dress code. Girls were crying and upset because they had not only wasted hours preparing for the dance but had also spent hundreds of...

 

Domestic violence is never OK, but why do women stay?

Last week our televisions, newspapers and computers were inundated with news regarding Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice and the video showing him punching his then fiancé, now wife, Janay Palmer Rice in an elevator on February 15. Not only did the video show him punching her, he then dragged her...

 

Remembering September 11

It’s hard to believe that it has been 13 years since the brutal terrorist attacks on America September 11, 2001. I’m sure that most adults can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the planes hitting the World Trade Center and Pentagon. I remember...

 

Have you taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

Just what exactly does having a huge bucket of ice water dumped on your have to do with ALS? Well, obviously a lot! Millions of people (over 2.4 million) from celebrities to young children, have taken the Ice Bucket Challenge in an effort to bring awareness, and hopefully funds, to ALS, or as many...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinion    August 27, 2014

Can social media hinder police, help criminals?

Just last month Washington state patrol, the Seattle police and seven other agencies began a campaign entitled “Tweetsmart,” which is meant to educate citizens about the hazards of social media when police are trying to apprehend or search for a suspect or when they are in the middle of a crime...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinion    August 20, 2014

Suicide can be prevented; mental illness needs to be talked about

Just last week we all received the tragic news regarding the death of actor, Robin Williams, 63. What was even more heartbreaking was that he committed suicide. It has been hard to fathom how a man who always had a fun and cheerful face in public could be so severely depressed that he no longer felt...

 

Raising kids may be tough but it should be a parent's first priority

Social media ran rampant last week with the story of the man at Burger King who was standing in front of a mom and her child while waiting to order at the counter. For those of you who didn’t see or hear about it, apparently the child was begging, screaming and repeating that he wanted an apple pi...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinion    August 6, 2014

Staying safe at railroad crossings

I saw a news clip on the ABC News last week where two women in Indiana came exceptionally close to being run over by an approaching train. The two women, in their 30s, are seen running on the tracks which were on a bridge. They heard the conductor of the train blaring his horn and tried to out run...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Opinion    July 30, 2014

Kindness and compassion can go a long way

I am a dog lover and lately I’ve been investing a little too much time watching dog videos that people are posting on Facebook. While this may not be the best use of my time I have found, through these touching and sometimes funny videos, that kindness and compassion abound in this world. One of t...

 
 By Beckye Randall    Opinion    July 9, 2014

Moving on

Seven years ago, I had the opportunity to help create a new business, a local community newspaper serving the Marysville-Arlington community that would focus on hyper-local news and community events. Now it’s time for me to say goodbye to North...

 

The realities of aging

My husband turned 65 on Sunday. Medicare age. How did that happen? It seems like just a few years ago that he was loading up his backpack for a five-day hiking adventure with our son. Climbing around, sure-footed, on our steep roof as he nailed on...

 

Summer means community togetherness

We look forward to it all year round. Summer. Warm air, long days, boats on the water and the smell of backyard cookouts in the air. When it finally arrives in the Pacific Northwest, the reality is usually less perfect than the images in our minds....

 

Tragedy strikes again

Once again, a disturbed individual armed with a deadly weapon has shattered the peace of an entire college campus and taken the life of a young person whose potential will never be known. This particular incident occurred in our corner of the world,...

 
 By Beckye Randall    Opinion    June 4, 2014

Veterans deserve better

The recent resignation of General Eric Shinseki as the head honcho of the Veterans Administration is another head-shaking result of the ongoing inability of that organization to get its act together. Most of us probably wonder, are the problems with...

 
 By Beckye Randall    Opinion    May 28, 2014

Summer outings with less impact

As the sun comes out and the ground dries out, Snohomish County residents flock to local parks and trails, anxious to make the most of our sometimes abbreviated summer. The additional traffic can cause unintended consequences, as trash and other...

 
 By Beckye Randall    Opinion    May 14, 2014

Start small to do big things

This Friday is the deadline to throw your hat in the ring for elected office this November. A number of federal, statewide and local positions will go to the voters this year. The primary is set for Aug. 5, with the general election held Nov. 4....

 

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