Letters to the Editor

Bremerton Patriot Letters to the Editor | Aug. 16

Thank you

Community

support a blessing

On July 15, we lost our son, Malachi DeWalt, to a tragic accident. It was the most devastating day of our lives and will continue to keep hold of us for the remainder of our lives. When we were at our lowest, family, friends, complete strangers and local businesses came to our aid. So with this letter, we would like to thank the following families: Thomas, Dozier, Jones, Johnson, Stockton, Square, Lawrence, Wett, Gaines and extended DeWalt family members.

We would also like to extend our thanks and gratitude to Pastors Rachal, Litton and Coleman.

Thanks for all the love and support from all the families in Renton, Bremerton, Port Orchard, Bainbridge Island, Belfair, Poulsbo, Silverdale and Seattle.

Also, we would like to thank friends and family on Staten Island, N.Y., Plano and Missouri City, Texas, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

We would also like to thank the following businesses for their kindness: Kinkos of Silverdale, Fred Meyer of Bremerton, Puget Sound Energy, Peninsula Psychological Center; the following Port Orchard businesses: Albertsons on Sidney, Rent-A-Center, Flowers to Go, Port Orchard Signs, South Kitsap Helpline and Security Financial.

We would like to thank Sinclair Missionary Baptist Church, Emmanuel Apostolic Church, Rill’s Life Tribute Center, Burley Glenwood and View Ridge Elementary schools, Waste Management/Brem-Air Disposal, Warren Avenue PeeWee Association, the city of Seattle, J.C. Penney, all the semi-pro teams in the NAFL and NWFL and the organizer of the car wash held in Port Orchard.

All the love, support, food and donations have been greatly appreciated. We have been so blessed with the help we have received and it has been such a big help to have the community rally together and help our family.

We also appreciate Darlene for all her help with the programs and buttons.

THE FAMILY OF

MALACHI DEWALT

Bremerton

EMS Levy

Vote no on this tax hike

The Bremerton Fire chief bemoans that the EMS levy has decreased from 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to 31 cents in the past five years. This gives the misleading impression that their tax revenues have gone down significantly. In reality, because of the rapid rise in home values, they are taking in more tax revenues each year. The $980,744 they collected this year is a 4.65 percent increase from last year and a 14.45 percent increase from when it started at 50 cents in 2004. So what they are really asking for is not the restoration of lost money, but a 60 percent tax increase! By asking for it, they are saying that when our home values skyrocket, their tax revenues should too. A “No” vote will not end the levy; merely continue it near the current rate. A “Yes” vote will bring in an additional $600,000. Vote “NO” on this 60 percent tax hike.

STAN MANSFIELD

Bremerton

Iraq war

Excuse for

territorial expansion

The more likely explanation for the United States’ invasion of Iraq is the neo-conservative Bush Regime’s commitment to the defense of Israeli territorial expansion.

There is no such thing as a neo-conservative who is not allied with Israel. Israel hopes to steal all of the West Bank and southern Lebanon for its territorial expansion. An American colonial regime in Iraq not only buttresses Israel from attack, but also can pressure Syria and Iran from giving support to the Palestinians and Lebanese. The Iraqi war is a war for Israeli territorial expansion. Americans are dying and bleeding to death financially for Israel. Bush’s “war on terror” is a hoax that serves to cover U.S. intervention in the Middle East on behalf of “greater Israel.” Why don’t we let them let their men and women fight their own battles? God forgive us for not adhering to your word.

BILL COLLINS

Bremerton

Decision 2008

Vote for John Clark

Why does electing the right person to the position of Auditor of Kitsap County matter? It is a position which does not get much publicity or headlines except when something goes wrong, like four years ago in Seattle when votes were found in some very odd places.

Kitsap County has a record of honest voting procedures. It is important that we elect a person who will continue that tradition in a bipartisan way. We need a county Auditor who will protect the integrity of our voter registration process and will ensure our ballots are secure and counted accurately. Candidate John Clark shows the leadership and integrity to fill this important position.

Please vote for John Clark for Kitsap County Auditor.

KAREN QUINN

Poulsbo

Energy

conservation

Legislature should take the lead

I agree with Representative Rolfes that the state should find common sense ways to reduce energy use. Her example of turning off computers is a no-brainer.

The state perhaps could do more to help reduce emissions that are contributing to global warming. The Legislature should be taking the lead in creating policies that encourage development of wind and solar power. Our research universities should be leading the way on this.

We should remove barriers that may be hampering businesses and entrepreneurs from advancing the state of the art in renewable energy. That may mean tax breaks or even subsidies, or simply less regulation.

I say this as a father of three children. We need to act now for the health of future generations of Americans.

ROSS COTTRELL

Bainbridge Island

Thank you

Community

support a blessing

On July 15, we lost our son, Malachi DeWalt, to a tragic accident. It was the most devastating day of our lives and will continue to keep hold of us for the remainder of our lives. When we were at our lowest, family, friends, complete strangers and local businesses came to our aid. So with this letter, we would like to thank the following families: Thomas, Dozier, Jones, Johnson, Stockton, Square, Lawrence, Wett, Gaines and extended DeWalt family members.

We would also like to extend our thanks and gratitude to Pastors Rachal, Litton and Coleman.

Thanks for all the love and support from all the families in Renton, Bremerton, Port Orchard, Bainbridge Island, Belfair, Poulsbo, Silverdale and Seattle.

Also, we would like to thank friends and family on Staten Island, N.Y., Plano and Missouri City, Texas, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

We would also like to thank the following businesses for their kindness: Kinkos of Silverdale, Fred Meyer of Bremerton, Puget Sound Energy, Peninsula Psychological Center; the following Port Orchard businesses: Albertsons on Sidney, Rent-A-Center, Flowers to Go, Port Orchard Signs, South Kitsap Helpline and Security Financial.

We would like to thank Sinclair Missionary Baptist Church, Emmanuel Apostolic Church, Rill’s Life Tribute Center, Burley Glenwood and View Ridge Elementary schools, Waste Management/Brem-Air Disposal, Warren Avenue PeeWee Association, the city of Seattle, J.C. Penney, all the semi-pro teams in the NAFL and NWFL and the organizer of the car wash held in Port Orchard.

All the love, support, food and donations have been greatly appreciated. We have been so blessed with the help we have received and it has been such a big help to have the community rally together and help our family.

We also appreciate Darlene for all her help with the programs and buttons.

THE FAMILY OF

MALACHI DEWALT

Bremerton

EMS Levy

Vote no on this tax hike

The Bremerton Fire chief bemoans that the EMS levy has decreased from 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to 31 cents in the past five years. This gives the misleading impression that their tax revenues have gone down significantly. In reality, because of the rapid rise in home values, they are taking in more tax revenues each year. The $980,744 they collected this year is a 4.65 percent increase from last year and a 14.45 percent increase from when it started at 50 cents in 2004. So what they are really asking for is not the restoration of lost money, but a 60 percent tax increase! By asking for it, they are saying that when our home values skyrocket, their tax revenues should too. A “No” vote will not end the levy; merely continue it near the current rate. A “Yes” vote will bring in an additional $600,000. Vote “NO” on this 60 percent tax hike.

STAN MANSFIELD

Bremerton

Iraq war

Excuse for

territorial expansion

The more likely explanation for the United States’ invasion of Iraq is the neo-conservative Bush Regime’s commitment to the defense of Israeli territorial expansion.

There is no such thing as a neo-conservative who is not allied with Israel. Israel hopes to steal all of the West Bank and southern Lebanon for its territorial expansion. An American colonial regime in Iraq not only buttresses Israel from attack, but also can pressure Syria and Iran from giving support to the Palestinians and Lebanese. The Iraqi war is a war for Israeli territorial expansion. Americans are dying and bleeding to death financially for Israel. Bush’s “war on terror” is a hoax that serves to cover U.S. intervention in the Middle East on behalf of “greater Israel.” Why don’t we let them let their men and women fight their own battles? God forgive us for not adhering to your word.

BILL COLLINS

Bremerton

Decision 2008

Vote for John Clark

Why does electing the right person to the position of Auditor of Kitsap County matter? It is a position which does not get much publicity or headlines except when something goes wrong, like four years ago in Seattle when votes were found in some very odd places.

Kitsap County has a record of honest voting procedures. It is important that we elect a person who will continue that tradition in a bipartisan way. We need a county Auditor who will protect the integrity of our voter registration process and will ensure our ballots are secure and counted accurately. Candidate John Clark shows the leadership and integrity to fill this important position.

Please vote for John Clark for Kitsap County Auditor.

KAREN QUINN

Poulsbo

Energy

conservation

Legislature should take the lead

I agree with Representative Rolfes that the state should find common sense ways to reduce energy use. Her example of turning off computers is a no-brainer.

The state perhaps could do more to help reduce emissions that are contributing to global warming. The Legislature should be taking the lead in creating policies that encourage development of wind and solar power. Our research universities should be leading the way on this.

We should remove barriers that may be hampering businesses and entrepreneurs from advancing the state of the art in renewable energy. That may mean tax breaks or even subsidies, or simply less regulation.

I say this as a father of three children. We need to act now for the health of future generations of Americans.

ROSS COTTRELL

Bainbridge Island

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