What Susan Boundy-Sanders really meant

I am responding to a letter from Susan Boundy-Sanders in the Oct 10 edition. As the husband of a council member, I spend a lot of time observing council meetings.

Sometimes it can be difficult for those that don’t to fully understand the background behind some of Susan’s notes into the Woodinville Weekly and I thought I would help clarify by offering a ‘This is what she really meant’ perspective.

Although the headline was ‘City Council should play by its own rules,’ the real story here is that Susan disliked attention being called to commissioner’s attendance because one of the candidates for the council that she backs (Paul Hagen) only had a 43 percent attendance.

That is not stellar by any standards, but nowhere near as bad as the 14 percent attendance of Commissioner Houtz, who was the subject of the discussion that evening. Susan and Paula Waters's objections during the Sept. 17 meeting were driven by a fear that Mr. Hagen would also be discussed and possibly dismissed.

Both Council Members Boundy-Sanders and Waters raised different objections, going as far as to suggest that removing Commissioner Houtz was outside of the rules.

After the city’s council clarified that removal for just cause was an appropriate reading of the rule, Councilmember Boundy-Sanders ignored that guidance and persistent in pushing a false narrative directly in contrast to legal guidance.

Councilmember Boundy-Sanders greatly desires to be Mayor of Woodinville. After watching the video of the council session, it's clear to me that she and council member Waters acted and used their official positions in self-serving acts to further their own political ambitions by trying to protect candidates they hope will give them a majority of like-minded folks on the council.

Andrew Cook

The Blue Ribbon effect


The traditional newspaper model is clearly broken. This should come as no surprise. The current model supports a news flow like this; we — as in the newspaper — believe something is important to the community, we write 400 to 600 words, try to include a photo and then mail it to your homes, whether you want it or not. It then posts online and is already four days old.

There are several missteps in this model that 350 words simply won't cover. So we'll focus first on the most misaligned; the method in which we distribute our content through the U.S. Postal Service.

The Post Office Act of 1792 provided periodical mailers with reduced rates that are lower than their delivery costs. This set specific standards for what could and would be considered a periodical, which allowed newspapers to mail at reduced rates to readers using a Periodical Mailing Permit. This is the gold standard that is essentially the Blue Ribbon for newspapers, both weeklies, and dailies.

Currently, we mail at a USPS Marketing Mail rate. That's correct, a marketing rate. Again, we choose what's important, print thousands and mail it to everyone, regardless of your interests or preferred methods of news consumption. The cost per piece is a staggering 15.9 cents per household. When you mail over 14,000 a week, you can do the math. It's expensive. This annual expense would easily fund two additional full-time reporters in the market. Imagine the local newspaper actually putting jobs back into the community.

Most newspapers that have a forward-thinking business model, distribute their content using the gold standard of permits. If the permit had a logo, it would be a broad-chested super-strong mouse in a cape, with a USPS uniform underneath.

Once several standards are met and the application has been submitted and paid for the cost of mailing at the periodical mailing permit is reduced to as low as 7.3 cents per piece. This one small change would give your community newspaper of 43 years the foundation to stand another 43 more. But we're going to need your support.

Stay tuned for next week's follow up. In the meantime, please keep reading and enjoying this new modern format.

If you would like to open up a dialogue before then, send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with periodical mailing permit in the subject line.

Eric LaFontaine


Thanks for getting the word out

I read the article regarding the gal with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome in the Oct. 3 edition of the Woodinville Weekley and I am absolutely thrilled to see a local news source provide awareness about it!

I myself became sick four years ago this month and was diagnosed two years ago after suffering through countless tests and false diagnoses.

I am now currently a student at the University of Washington Bothell in the Health Studies major. I also run a small Instagram blog where I document my life with POTS and help other people reach their diagnosis as well.

The gal the story features and my story is quite similar, though there are some key differences.

I woke up Oct. 25, 2015, with stomach flu and was never the same. Within a month I had lost 15 pounds, and could no longer eat due to excruciating pain.

An endoscopy revealed that my entire stomach was covered in red burned patches, totaling to about 30 overall. This is an important factor because many people who end up with POTS have it resulting from an illness that attacked the nervous system to the point where the damage would become permanent.

I then was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis 3 months later and spent the remaining year focusing on getting that into remission, while my undiagnosed POTS was remaining mild.

This is extremely important because more often than not, POTS becomes present in people who also have an autoimmune disease.

A year later, I got a concussion playing soccer and that’s when my POTS reared its ugly head. I began vomiting daily, and my stomach function no longer worked. I went from an extremely athletic, 115-pound girl to a frail bedridden 90-pound girl.

I ended up being hospitalized, where they, unfortunately, treat any girl with weight loss and limited eating ability as someone with an eating disorder. It took 2 days of fighting for treatment in the hospitalization for the doctors to take me off eating disorder protocol and do other diagnostic tests.

What they revealed is that my stomach is no longer functioning, and after following a strict protocol for an endoscopy, I still had food sitting in my stomach almost 24 hours later. The majority of people with POTS have an impaired stomach function to some degree, which is similar to gastroparesis. This is because the nerves in the autonomic system that are in control of digestion are no longer functioning.

After seeing over 20 doctors and having almost every test possible done, I finally got diagnosed over 2 years later.

Though I have not gotten substantially better, I graduated high school, which we weren’t sure was going to be possible. I am now attending UW Bothell with an exceptional GPA and am tackling other big accomplishments every day I didn’t think I’d be able to!

Thank you again for covering this much-needed topic. It means the world to me and to the rest of the Dysautonomia community that our stories are being heard.

The more people this information reaches, the more people we can help and the less stigmatized this condition becomes!


Rachel Meier

Support options for elder orphans

  • Written by Brooke Knight


Brooke Knight

As we age and our needs for care become greater, many of us envision turning to family members for support. 

Whether it helps with household chores, help to get from place to place, or even making major medical and housing decisions, we often rely on those closest to us for support.  

However, what about those older adults who don’t have a family to care for them? Elder Orphans, or people who are aging alone without family to care for them, are a growing demographic in our community.

AARP estimates that 1-in-5 people over the age of 65 are or will be without family caregivers and that 23 percent of Baby Boomers will fall into this same category. So what is an older person to do when they don’t have a family to provide care?

When the family isn’t available, having a strong network of friends and neighbors can be just as helpful. One emerging model gaining some traction in our region is the “Virtual Village” model, connecting seniors together to coordinate services like transportation, yard work, or even physical fitness.

Seniors who are active in Senior Centers often find that they can access many needed resources through the center (transportation, for example) and also develop friendships with people who will provide help if and when needed.

With isolation being one of the leading health risks amongst seniors, both approaches provide positive health and quality of life benefits.

If you are an elder orphan looking for support or just want to get a jump start on planning for your older years, contact our Social Work team at the Northshore Senior Center at 425-487-2441.

They’ll be happy to help you start making plans and connections to make your aging process as easy as possible.

Brooke Knight
CEO Northshore Senior Center

How dare you give people hope

  • Written by Jan Deininger

This is in response to Mr. Brunell's letter detailing a lot of the ideas for sequestering carbon and using CO2 and suggesting that we fund America's innovators to work on such ideas.

I have no problem with that except that you should let loose only scientists who aren't profit-motivated (i.e., not corporations). What I have a problem with is that that's just the smallest part of what needs doing.

In the '80s James Hanson provided the science to show that global warning past 350 ppm would be very, very bad. Now we have species extinctions; ecosystems disappearing (and with them the last of the wild seed diversity for our common plant food varieties); rising oceans, melting ice, extreme weather.

Due to 50-year delays in natural systems, we are experiencing right now the results of what we did in the '70s. What we are doing to the environment right now determines the state of things in 2070.

Greta Thunberg said, "How dare you...come to us young people for hope" and urged immediate action instead. (Read her UN address: It does a better job of describing the state of things than I do).

Mr. Brunell, how dare you give people hope by listing things that might help a little while allowing them to leave in place the systems their comfort depends on? (You state that "CO2 is demonized" and that we should not (simply force) the government to ban products, processes, and stifle creativity").

I'm all for fine-tuned decision making. But Mr. Brunell's letter reeks of incrementalism when this is an existential emergency that calls for a New Deal. A Green New Deal, in fact.

Don't let fine-sounding ideas give you hope. Act.

Jan Deininger