Forum: 4/26

9:11 pm May 31st, 2012

Valuable help for caregiver spouses 

The article in the April 4 edition of The Dispatch (“How to find adult daycare”) caught my eye because friends, not local, have wrestled with the need for a full-time caregiver spouse to have a bit of time each week for grocery shopping and occasional appointments, or just to take a quick nap or vacuum the floor without always being alert for a call for help. They were envious when I told them about the service offered at the Eatonville Family Agency three days a week, with cost based on a sliding scale according to income. Clients can be picked up by the little bus that brings some seniors to the lunches, or families can transport the client to and from the center. Information on the service is available at Eatonville Family Agency (360-832-6805).
Geneal Palmer, Eatonville


Blaming the person before you isn’t appropriate

On April 17, reporter Keith Eldridge on KOMO-TV indicated Eatonville Mayor Ray Harper said the donated trails money that was wrongfully used was started to be spent in the previous administration and he continued the spending. This is incorrect. The first of the trails money came in at the end of December 2009 during my last week in office. The Rails to Trails money from Bud Blanchard’s estate and a second very generous donation from the Koch family came in 2010.
It seems like in all administrations, national to local, nothing is their fault and it is always the people before them that created the problems. In my business career, we had a rule that you never put down the competition or the people before you. You just worked to fixed the concerns and be better than the competitionf
Making untrue statements is not appropriate to me, my family and the people of Eatonville.
Mayor Harper is an educated person, and he and the town of Eatonville should be above this.
Tom Smallwood
(Editor’s note: Mr. Smallwood is a former mayor of Eatonville.)


Visitor’s experience spoiled by behavior

On Sunday, April 15, I had an odd and unpleasant experience. I was bullied. The scene was not a junior high cafeteria, it was an Eatonville restaurant. Different customers, complete strangers, made fun of me, pilloried me, and then told me to get lost, that I wasn’t wanted there, and that I should leave immediately. Other restaurant customers were silent.
If this is the way adults treat a stranger in Eatonville, what is it like for kids at the schools, where their vulnerabilities are known by their peers and everyone has less maturity? Outliers must live in an unmitigated hell.
Eatonville has a nice visitors center. What good does that do you when your residents have hearts the size and color of old raisins – dark, tiny and shriveled? It’s going to take a lot more than a nice building to make me ever feel welcome in your town again.
Claire Petersky, Bellevue

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