Letters to the Editor - 4/23/18

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Thank you for your thoughtful and accurate reporting addressing land use code violations on the Mathews Winery property on 140th PL NE in the April 16th edition.
This property is one of six properties that currently have land use code violation notices from King County.  All are located in unincorporated King County and all of are aware of their code violations.  As is the case with the Mathews property, all of the violators have signed settlement agreements whereby they agreed not to expand their business operation during the period where King County would study the issue.
Mathews is one of the more flagrant violators in-so-much as they have added more structures in the form of permanent tent structures, outbuildings, additional lawn and seating areas, and additional parking.  They now have a B & B facility, have scheduled more frequent events and have greatly expanded their web presence in advertising as a venue for corporate parties, weddings and the such.
Because the County has not enforced their own zoning code regulations, all of this added activity has developed without permit review.  No traffic impact studies or traffic safety mitigation.
The core challenge is that King County has failed to enforce their own zoning and land use codes.  There is little doubt that people enjoy drinking wine and partaking in the open-air experience and beauty of the Sammamish Valley.  The challenge is that the property is not zoned for such activities.  The larger challenge is that if King County fails to enforce local land use codes on rural zoned property, how are we to expect them to enforce land use violations on agricultural properties, which everyone seems to agree should be protected.
The local wine community reports that there are more than 120 wineries, distilleries, and tasting rooms in the greater Woodinville area, with nearly all of them located within the City limits.  Only six are violator properties.  There are plenty of legitimate wine related businesses that are providing “an experience we can all be proud of.”
Thomas Quigley
Sammamish Valley Alliance

Letters to the Editor

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It was a delight to see a beautiful B-17 on the cover of the April 2 issue. My grandfather was a B-17 pilot during World War II (92nd Bomb Group) so I had a personal connection to your story. Prior to your article, I was unaware of the upcoming Madras Maiden visit.  I used the opportunity to take my young daughter to tour the aircraft and to tell her about her great-grandfather. Thanks for the coverage.

Eric Johnson, Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - 4/9/18

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On behalf of the parents, coaches and student-athletes at Woodinville High School I would like to thank the Woodinville community for its outstanding support of our recent Sip, Bite, Win! fundraiser to benefit WHS Sports held at the Brightwater Center on March 31st. The Falcon Athletic Booster Club (FAB) was formed to support our 19 boys’ and girls’ sports teams with training, equipment, travel, coaching and other expenses that are not otherwise provided through district funding. In addition, FAB supports a scholarship program for WHS graduating seniors along with special projects at the school. Special thanks to the restaurants, beverage companies and donors who provided auction items, as well as to the many community members who attended and helped make the evening a great success for our kids. For more information on Falcon Boosters, or to become one yourself, visit
Brett Bader, President
Falcon Athletic Booster Club

Letters to the Editor - 3/26/18

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In reference to the February 26 Letter to the Editor about Triangle Park, I want to let the city of Bothell know that I enjoy Triangle Park.  I hope the city will spend some time there and restore its beauty.
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Letters to the Editor - 3/12/18

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Kudos Governor Inslee

Thank you Governor Inslee for standing our ground and staunchly facing the United States president on Monday, February 26.  Your words were blunt, factual and expressed long needed political outrage.  Skipping political correctness and calling out the president face-to-face on his ludicrous support of arming teachers was succinct.  Undeniable.  As people like you refuse to cave, I continue to hope some good may be on the horizon.

Your statements against arming teachers: perfect.  A+.

Your visit on “All In with Chris Hayes” (MSNBC, 02-26-18) further punctuated the critical need to rise above the NRA and a president seemingly void of honesty, empathy or good faith (“The Art of the Con” as you equated).  We must nonetheless find a way to achieve common sense and meaningful gun law reform. #NeverAgain

Your visit on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” (MSNBC, 02-27-18), well, your words so poignant that Chris Matthews did not even interrupt you… and that NEVER happens.  Nice job!

Standing Ovation.

Janelle Stancik,
Woodinville Voter