Replace, maintain Editor, The Times: Plan A: Put new ferryboat into service. Set up a schedule and budget for repairs, maintenance and replacement...

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Ferry quiz

Replace, maintain

Editor, The Times:

Plan A: Put new ferryboat into service. Set up a schedule and budget for repairs, maintenance and replacement. Live happily ever after.

Plan B: Put new ferryboat into service. Run it for 80 years, or until it sinks, whichever comes first. When it wears out, act surprised. Soak the taxpayers for an emergency ferry-replacement program. Use the whole thing as a giant photo-op for the governor.

Personally, I would have gone with Plan A.

— David Alvar, Edmonds

Evolution

Who designed?

Re: “The reason pregnant women don’t topple over,” page one, Dec. 13:

The article makes the statement that “evolution provided them [women] with slight differences from men in their lower backs and hip joints, allowing them to adjust their center of gravity, new research shows.”

The teaching in our colleges and universities insists that evolution is a completely undirected process driven only by materialism and naturalism. Yet the article states (referring to the differences in women), “this elegant engineering is seen only in female humans,” Speaking of pregnancy, the article states, “You experience discomfort. Maybe it would be a lot worse if [the design changes] were not there.”

When I think of “elegant engineering,” I am led to wonder who the engineer might be, and when I think of “design changes,” I can’t help but think there must have been a designer involved somewhere in the process. How can the new-Darwinian process of evolution, which occurs without the assistance of any intelligent agency, produce “elegant engineering” and make “design changes?”

— Orville Andvik, Lynnwood

Snohomish County

Filled up already

While most of Western Washington is digging out from the devastation of the December 2007 floods, the Snohomish County Council is busy crafting an emergency ordinance to allow more filling for development of the Snohomish Valley floodplain.

The emergency ordinance will direct taxpayer money to request permission from FEMA to fill the Snohomish River Valley with dirt to develop an industrial base in the valley.

The net effect would be more devastating floods in the Snohomish Valley and higher water levels.

Allowing this filling is contrary to the state Growth Management Act and Snohomish County’s own ordinances.

I can only hope that the new council that takes office in January will stop this affront on the citizens of Snohomish County.

— Cliff Bailey, Snohomish