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Letters to the Editor - November 5, 2018

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HALLOWEEN MAYHEM
 
I am writing to you about this years Halloween and the stealing of personal property that took place. Many residents in our neighborhood were able to eye witness malicious behaviors from children who seem to lack respect and humility.
 
Full bowls of candy were dumped into bags. Bowls and wash buckets were stolen from residents. Several kids dressed in purple scream outfits came back an hour later,  just to steal more items and leave the little ones with nothing.
 
Now some may just say, “it’s just kids”. But would that person say the same if these same items were stolen from them or even a store? The last I checked, stealing can get you sometimes 6 months in jail.
 
I would hope we try to instill our children with the honor system and hope they never take personal property. These children have to understand in this day and age we have cameras and ring. All of what happened on Halloween has been taped. Many parents will be filing a report while others will never be putting out candy again. Some have already contacted the police. So if you have any insight, you may want to say something.
 
I will be writing a letter to the Northshore School System with hopes that there will be accountability and possibly children doing the right thing.
 
These individuals have unfortunately ruined it for the next group of kids. All because they wanted more candy and thought it funny to steal people’s belongings. Somehow, I just don’t find that funny.
 
This type of malicious behavior has no place in our community.
 
Heidi Thompson

Letters to the Editor - October 29, 2018

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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
 
Whenever someone asks how my day is, my muscle memory immediately responds with “Good, how about yours?” with a fake confidence, as I promptly await the same response. We start conversations with the same hook, line, and sinker and expect to have a connection to the people we talk to everyday, and it stems from the taboo that mental illness shrouds itself in.
 
I would like to discuss the importance of mental health awareness. Mental illnesses are more common than one might think, especially in teens. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reported that suicide is the third leading cause of deaths in youths 10-24, and only 50% of youths age 8-15 received mental health services in the past year. That is the same probability of guessing a coin flip. But statistics about suicide do not tell the story of the young teen struggling to collect the motivation to get out of bed each morning because they are suffering from depression. The teen who feels alone, and wants nothing more than to reach out to friends, but social anxiety disorder takes a hold of them and holds them back. These untold stories are far from rare.
 
Having a healthy mentality is not just the absence of a diagnosis. Mental health, to me, also refers to the presence of positive characteristics in one’s life that improves quality of life. Anything to break up the manipulative monotony that drags us into a melancholy that wants to leave us motionless when it is done with us. These lifelines can range from something as small as warm tea before bed, to as monumental as having friends one can be open and honest with. School counselors and nurses can help provide resources to connect with occupational therapists and psychiatrists who will support you.
 
About 1 in 5 teens have a mental illness that affects them daily. Here is how we can comfort them on a personal level. If a friend having a hard time, let them know that you appreciate them, and are thankful that they are with you. The stigma about talking about mental health is a boundary, and that should be expected. It is important to respect the other person’s choice if they do not want to open up to you. If they make the brave decision to discuss their experience with you, do not make them feel as if they are wrong, bad, or stupid. To address how difficult it can be for many to receive health care, contact your local politician. You can contact our governor Jay Inslee, and our two senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray to voice your concerns. If you would like to talk face to face with our local leaders, attend a town hall meeting and assert your opinions about what should be done to aid those affected by mental illness. Tell them we need access to affordable healthcare, education about mental illness in schools, and an increased amount of community support groups. The Adolescent Psychodrama Therapy group is a great example of one. These support groups would ideally help with transportation.
 
People affected by mental illnesses are fighters. Carrie Fisher, who played Leia in Star Wars, battled endlessly against the stigma of mental health before she was taken from us. She was diagnosed with bipolar at 29. She said, “I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you.”
Ethan Nikel
 
How many of you have ever struggled with mental health? I know I have since I was 3 or 4 years old. It’s like being chained down with no escape. 
 
The average person spends 55 minutes per day worrying, however someone with an anxiety disorder worries over 300 minutes per day. With the 6 different anxiety disorders I have, including General Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, Major Depressive Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, I spend about 500 minutes worrying on an off each day. There are only 1440 minutes in a day, so I spend nearly half of the day worrying.
 
You probably know more than 20 people, and 1 in 20 struggle with America’s most common disorder - Anxiety. The reason this is such a big problem is because someone you know is struggling and they need your help.
 
But we have tools that can help us work on this issue such as coping skills. Coping skills include talking, using distractions like art or hobbies, and self-care.  Together we can talk and bring this issue to light.
 
I need you to take care of yourselves and others with anxiety by helping them out. Take a bubble bath, or shower, do something relaxing, even brush your hair. Whatever makes you feel better, that is positive. If you or someone you know needs help, ask for support or support them. You can do this by saying to someone, “I need your help to be safe,” or listen to someone when they say, “Hey, I need help.”
 
This is important to all of us because a lot of people struggle with anxiety and it may be you or someone you know. Anxiety is like a monster who makes you afraid of the world and everything in it.
Kilee Busch

Letters to the Editor - 9/24/18

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FAKE NEWS
 
I found Fred Obee’s Guest Column on fake news spot-on.
 
This “person” doesn’t like the news, so he calls it fake news. And he believes all the lies he tells.
 
Pauline L. Thompson, Woodinville
 
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Letters to the Editor - Sept. 10, 2018

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Water Trees
 
Our green, beautiful, shade providing vegetation needs our help!  During the non-rainy season, about once every 7-10 days, all of our trees and other plants need an extra, good soaking, ideally 30 – 45 minutes. Over the past two summers both the surface and deep soil – simply stated, are bone dry or in a drought. Please be generous with your wallet and regularly water your trees and bushes…the grass gives a clue about the dry and compromising conditions.
Jeannine Sieler
Washington State Native and Tree Lover
 
FAKE NEWS
 
The following letter to the editor was received in reference to the Guest Column by Fred Obee, Executive Director of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association that we ran on August 20, 2018.
 
It is interesting reading the article “No excuse for fake news rhetoric” (published on The Woodinville Weekly on August 20, 2018). I wonder whether the author really don’t know where the name of “fake news” came from or just pretended he didn’t know it. He used the first and second paragraphs to list many stories that newspaper reported and concluded that there is no fake news. I agree those stories are not fake news. Actually nobody will say sports’ reporting is fake news, even if reporters have bias to favor Seahawks, Mariners, or Sounders. Nobody will say weather reporting is fake news, even though the weather report is not always accurate. The author should know the name of “fake news” is used to point out the biased reporting of political events or issues by some major media. If he doesn’t know that, he is not good in his profession. Trump uses “fake news” to fight against those biased media and majority of American people agree with him.  A recent article by Politico indicates that poll shows 77 percent of Americans say major news outlets report ‘fake news’. Several years ago Washington Post reported that just 7 percent of journalists are Republicans. It is not important which party a journalist belongs to, as long as she can make efforts to report facts in political events and issues. In some extend, media controls what we can see and hear. Therefore, it is very important for media to do its best to report facts, all facts, and nothing but facts, so that people can base on facts to make informed decision in the events such as election. Journalists should do their best to regain people’s trust. While we don’t want “fake news rhetoric”, we don’t need “all Trump’s fault rhetoric” either. 
Jun Tang
Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - August 20, 2018

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HELP FINDING A HERO
 
My name is Jonathan Lucas and recently I was honored with the opportunity to return a Bronze Star Medal and citation to SPC 4 Gregory Graves for Heroism in Ground Combat in Jan. 1970 during the Vietnam War. Through a little research, unfortunately, he passed away on Aug. 29, 2001 so I cannot return it to him.  I did find that he passed away in Woodinville, Washington.  I would like to ask the Woodinville community if anyone would have known him or a family member and could possibly answer the question why the award was in Idaho.
 
I am a veteran myself, however, I was never afforded the opportunity to be in a situation to be in combat, but I feel returning this award to a family member would be an amazing tribute to how much of a hero he was to his unit at the young age of 19, and I am sure his actions on those days allowed several others in his unit to go home to their families.
 
Thank you for your assistance.
 
Jonathan Lucas
Quality Assurance Representative
DLA Energy Japan
DSN: 3152253084
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ROWING
 
I was looking through the August 6th edition of the Woodinville Weekly and I saw the article on the front page titled Rowing Kudos.  The picture caught my eye so I read the article.  Samuel Halbert who graduated in 2016 and is a member of the USA men’s under 23 8+boat set a world record time and won a Gold Medal at the championships.  I thought it was cool that a graduate from my high school and from our small town was part of a team of rowers that set a world record. That doesn’t happen every day and it is pretty cool that someone from our town did that.  The article also mentioned Riley Milne from Woodinville as a member of the team.  Thank you for highlighting their accomplishments, they should remind us all that we can achieve our dreams no matter where we come from.
 
Tim Mollerup
 
YOUR VOICE MATTERS
 
In the age of Trump, complacency is dangerous to our democracy. Remaining quiet is not an option. We have seen in the past how that turned out (and yes, as a German citizen, I feel very strongly about that!).

To ensure that we will continue to be a nation that honors free speech, we need to support the free press. Subscribe to a newspaper, listen to the news – and please check out all sorts of different outlets to get a balanced picture, not one slanted this way or that.
 
Practice critical thinking. Question sources, information and engage in discussions. Maybe it gets uncomfortable at times, but if we really listen, we may learn from each other!
 
Support causes you feel strongly about. Volunteer for those causes. Do you like art, music, education? Any school would love to have you volunteer! Civil liberties? Go volunteer or donate to the ACLU. Women’s rights? Volunteer at or donate to Planned Parenthood or other women’s organizations Mental health? There are plenty of organizations that struggle to provide much needed help there too. You get the picture!
 
And don’t forget to vote with the almighty dollar! A company that is thinking of using Asbestos again, will not do so if no one will buy their products! A company that advertises on extremist websites will cease to do so if we stop buying their products. A politician will not be elected, if we don’t donate to their campaign.
 
It is up to each of us to determine what sort of country we want to live in. Let’s show up, roll up our sleeves and do our part!
 
Katharina Bomers-Muller 
Woodinville