In this situation, aren’t there other priorities?

Let me get this right. Snohomish County has an ever-increasing number of dislocated workers with unemployment going from 4 percent to 8 percent. Our sales tax is one of the highest in the nation. Gov. Gary Locke wants a $578 million budget cut and we have someone breaking into a safe to steal money that was intended to buy books for elementary school students. We have shelters that are understaffed and in need of space and money, jails that are overcrowded with inmates sleeping on mats on floors, food bank shelves that are bare; clothes that can’t be distributed to those in need because they don’t happen to live in the right geographic area and, dare I mention, the nightmare of our traffic congestion. Now it’s been suggested that Everett and the surronding taxpayers support the burden of an Events Center in Everett? Just where are our priorities?


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