Northwest NEWS

Nember 13, 2000

Editorial

Pastor is thankful for article

At the time you issued the Woodinville Weekly vol. 24 No. 52 Oct. 9, I was driving from the Maximum Security Prison in Monroe, where I just preached to the inmates, across the land heading to Enumclaw, when I stopped by this nice town and saw my own picture in the newspaper. What a surprise. I took some issues and left Seattle on the 16th of October.
   Now I am here in Puerto Vallarta and witnessed to our people that you all are serious concerning helping the program Feed the Children. Let the Lord Almighty continue blessing us abundantly; because of your article, many people are calling Lynda. A lot of thanks unto God shall be made by our people the moment they receive what your article is bringing to pass.
   Thank you so much, dear Ms. Wilson
   Pastor Saul Gonzalez Vargas
   Perdon y Amistad Church
  
   Recently I had the pleasure to accompany eight youth from the Snoqualmie Valley to the Washington State Prevention Summit in Yakima. Nikki Canday, Patty McGee, Halley Johnson, Jordan Backman from Teens Acting For Tomorrow and Renee Atkinson, Nick Verbon, Asley Overman and Hedi Lee from the Snoqualmie Valley Youth HUB.
   These youth should be commended for taking an active role in the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in the Snoqualmie Valley. So often adults see youth as a problem and overlook the obvious that youth are a resource in the prevention of substance abuse and violence. We as adults are naive to think we know what will prevent youth from engaging in destructive behaviors. Only by creating a vested interest with youth can the community begin to address these issues. So again my hat goes off to these youth and all others who are trying to make a difference by becoming involved.
  
   The focus of this year's prevention conference was mentoring which is a way we adults can also make a difference in the community. While growing up, a caring man who was also my troop Scoutmaster became a mentor to me, so I know first hand what a difference a positive caring relationship with an adult can make on a youth's life without having to see all the scientific studies.
  
   For quite some time a fellow Kiwanian involved in mentoring had been encouraging me to become a mentor. My standard excuse to her was that I had to little time. But is 8 hours a month too much time to take from my schedule to make a difference in a youth's life? Consider that the average person spends more time than that watching television in a week. I came to the realization that if I have time to watch Sports Line then I have time to be a mentor.
  
   "....Just one spark of decency, against the starless night. Just one glow of hope and dignity, a child can follow the light...." Neil Peart
  
   I encourage everyone to become a mentor, but especially men. There is such a need for positive male role models for youth, but many of the requests remain unfulfilled in the local Friends of Youth's Snoqualmie Valley Mentoring Program all because we "just don't have the time." It's not that we don't have the time, it's just we don't make the time. To find out how you can make a difference, call Casey at Snoqualmie Valley Mentoring Program 425-788-8422. Rather than watching the lowlights of the Seahawks game, why not save a youth's life?
  
   Chuck Miller
  
   I am wondering why the Woodinville High School football games are play at Keeney Field in Bothell when they have a great football field at their school which the tax payers paid for.
   It looks to me a waste of money, if not used.
   Jack Walgamontt, Woodinville