Northwest NEWS

February 28, 2000


Savings could help community

   I just got my car tabs in the mail. I-695 did bring their cost down a bunch, but that's because I'm lucky enough to own a car that's only three years old. I figure I saved about $500.

   So what should I do with that extra money?

   The taxes we're not paying on our car tabs would have gone to strengthen our community. They would have helped improve our roads and public transportation. Now that money is not there. It seems to me that "saving" this money is actually hurting our community, so I've decided to give the money away. I invite you to do the same.

   There are many ways you can do this. Give it to your faith community (and if you don't have one, you can find one). Give it to one of the organizations in the Valley, like Children's Services of Sno-Valley, the Senior Center, the Valley Recreation Association, or HopeLink (formerly the Multi-Service Center). Give it to your local PTA. You could even give it to your city or the county.

   Rather than spending it on something that you don't really need, figure out what you've saved and give that much away to an organization that will make our Valley an even better place to live.

(Rev.) Jeffrey Spencer, Tolt Congregational United Church of Christ