Letter: Gambling with Lakewood’s future


Within sight of Lakewood City Hall there’s a bank with a sign on the door – both entering and exiting – that indicates you are “entering a no-surprise zone.” Given a number of factors, not the least of which is our struggling economy, imagine then the surprise to read that Lakewood’s number-crunchers are counting on residents gambling significantly more in the foreseeable future. [Read more…]

Christ Lutheran to compete in ‘SOUPer Bowl’

Lakewood’s Christ Lutheran Church has challenged Westborough, Massachusetts’ Good Shepherd Lutheran Church to a “SOUPer Bowl” food drive. “I thought it would be fun to find a fellow Lutheran church back east to raise the stakes a bit,” said Christ Lutheran parish administrator Lyndi Reed. “Good Shepherd is in Patriots-country and is the same size we are.” Regardless how the Super Bowl turns out, two food banks will soon be a little better stocked. If you’d like to show your Seahawks “12” spirit, stop by Christ Lutheran (8211 112th St SW) before February 1 with your donations. Christ Lutheran donations will benefit the Tillicum Food Bank. Go HAWKS.

Letter: Penny paranoia – a parable


Paranoid, fearing the notoriety of having in his possession a penny – for which he’d just plunked down $2,585,000 – would make him an instant target of thieves once he entered upon the street, he smiled and waved at the crowd and, as TV cameras rolled, he placed the highly-prized treasure, which was encased in its felt-lined box, into an outside pocket of his briefcase and pulled the leather strap through the buckle, all the while making much of the effort. [Read more…]

Letter: All Lost, Lives Saved, Time to Help

Fennell family picture

The smoke alarms screamed their warning throughout the Tillicum Baptist Church parsonage Monday, January 5th, and at 4 A.M. the family of Pastor Scott and Caressa Fennell were suddenly awakened to gather their bed clothes about them and rendezvous outside.

The fire destroyed the garage, the heat of the flames burning the tires down to the hubs, leaving the car frame a heat-twisted hulk, while black smoke and soot spread throughout the house. [Read more…]

Letter: Get (the) lost


I recently applied for a grant for 24 children in our community to play baseball this spring. Our goal is to field two teams this year to last year’s one. Twice as many uniforms; twice as many coaches; twice as much money; twice as many parents enjoying a season’s worth of heart-stopping action (as much as 1st through 4th graders can produce) and edge-of-their-seat excitement and the like, popcorn not included. [Read more…]

Letter: Outsourcing morality


Author – David Anderson

Experts in robot ethics are studying “how to equip robots with a set of moral rules.”

Robots have ethics?

No, not yet, but “computer scientists are teaming up with philosophers, psychologists, linguists, lawyers, theologians and human rights experts in the emerging field of robot morality to try to change that” according to an article by Robin Marantz Henigjan in the January 9, 2015 edition of the New York Times. [Read more…]

National Guard members in disaster health assessment

CAMP MURRAY, WA – For the first time, the U.S. Department of the Army will conduct a Disaster Mental Health Assessment on military members following a domestic emergency.

Nearly 300 Washington National Guard soldiers and airmen who responded to the SR 530 Landslide in Snohomish County will undergo the assessment this weekend to help the Army determine the level of mental stress caused by a disaster response at home. [Read more…]