Letters to the Editor - Sept. 12, 2019

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 Higher elevation needed for commercial air traffic over Woodinville

On Tuesday night, Sept. 3 at 7:03 p.m., my wife and I were on our deck when we heard and saw a large four-engine commercial jet flying a few hundred feet above our trees lining up to land at Paine Field.

I immediately pulled out my cell phone and took a picture of the jet as it passed over our house on 168th Ave NE. After mapping it on Google, Paine Field was about 14 miles.

Low flying commercial aircraft over Woodinville poses a number of issues in addition to the noise a four-engine jet makes above our homes. Woodinville has hot air balloons flying over our community, and on numerous occasions, they have flown over our homes at a much higher altitude than this jet.

We also have significant private airplane traffic, which again is at a higher elevation. The big question is: Why does a commercial jet need to be flying at tree top level when it is still 14 miles from Paine Field?

On Wednesday, morning I contacted the FAA’s Seattle Flight Standards District Office and spoke with Chis Melchior, Principle Operations Inspector. He took my information and emailed me the required forms to be filled out so that an investigation could be initiated. I will be filing out a report and include the picture of the jet that flew over my house.

The FAA has given Alaska and United Airlines authorization to fly 24 daily departures from Paine Field. This number is in addition to what Boeing is manufacturing, and will undoubtedly increase over time. I know we are not going to stop this train of commercial air traffic, but what I’m suggesting is that we collectively be proactive by reporting low flying aircraft to the FAA to try and influence them to impose a flight plan floor of 4,000 to 5,000 feet over our community.

There is an App called Flightradar24 you can download on your cell phone. It will allow you to point it at the low flying jet (or plane) and will tell you the model of the plane and who owns it, the tail number, and the speed and altitude it is flying. Take a picture of the plane if you can and be sure and document the day and time you saw it. The valuable information you collect can then be sent to the FAA to assist in their investigation.

The address to the Seattle FSDO is 2200 S. 216 Street, Des Moines, WA, 98198. The phone number is 206-231-3828.

Steve Evans, Woodinville

Sound Transit threatens local fruit market

We were surprised and dismayed to learn that Sound Transit's Bus Rapid Transit project along Hwy 522 is threatening the existence of the Yakima Fruit Market, which is an historic and cultural gem of great importance to people of the Northshore area including Kenmore, Bothell, and Woodinville.

To place this unique family-run commercial activity into a historic context, consider that when the market was founded in 1938:

— Work was starting on the Lake Washington Floating Bridge.
— Boeing unveiled its 307 Stratoliner, the world’s first transport aircraft with a pressurized cabin.
— Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River was just going into service.
— Folk singer Ivar Haglund founded Ivar’s Seafood Restaurant in Seattle.

The people of the Northshore area LOVE the Yakima Fruit Market, and many of them may find it difficult to support Sound Transit if it destroys the market.

Jo Ann Evans , President
Kenmore Heritage Society


Letters to the Editor - Sept. 2, 2019

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Save Cottage Lake
Toxic algae have polluted Cottage Lake, Woodinville’s only public access lake. In late July, King County closed the lake to swimming for the rest of the summer.
A local organization; The Friends of Cottage Lake, is aiming to clean up the lake so people can once again enjoy what is perhaps the loveliest landmark in Woodinville.  But they need help from all of us to make this happen.
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Letters to the Editor - Aug. 5, 2019

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Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all the many friends and family that attended Dad's "Celebration of Life". Mom, and all us Martys were overwhelmed by all of the love and support shown by all of you.  Also, thank you for all the cards, flowers, donations, words of condolences, and to all who helped and contributed in any way. Thank you SO much! We love you all.
The Marty Family

Letters to the Editor - July 29, 2019

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There are more than 110,000 residents of our state living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 348,000 family members and friends are acting as unpaid caregivers.  
Fellow Washingtonians who joined the 1,200 attendees at the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement Advocacy Forum in April in Washington, DC said that Congress was listening to their explanation of the burden that Alzheimer’s places on our state and nation.
This advocacy is important to me because I am a caregiver for my wife, Taryn, who was diagnosed with early onset Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease and I know the heavy burden that families carry.
Legislators were asked to continue to increase funding for Alzheimer’s research at the National Institutes of Health, as well as fund implementation of the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, which Congress passed into law last year. Alzheimer’s doesn’t strike just the elderly. The 200,000 Americans diagnosed with dementia before age 65 need services like in-home services, transportation, and caregiver support.
Advocates asked members of Congress to cosponsor the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act, that will amend the Older Americans Act to serve these families too.
I am grateful that Congresswoman DelBene has cosponsored this needed legislation, H.R. 1903/S. 901. Please join me in urging Senators Murray and Cantwell to join her as cosponsors of this needed legislation.
All our members of Congress should continue to actively support policies that address Alzheimer’s disease as the national public health crisis it is.
Jeffrey Jensen
The street I live on, 136th Ave NE, is a main walking route for both Woodinville High School and Woodin Elementary.  I have lived on this street for 30 years, and have repeatedly inquired of city council and city management personnel when will we ever get a REAL sidewalk so our children (and dog walkers and evening strollers and bus commuters and TAX-PAYERS) will be safe.  The answer has always been “priorities.”  The city has had other priorities, ever since incorporation.  
And now……Ladies and Gentlemen……..let us gaze on our newest priority: a mural?
Richard Reed

Letter to the Editor - VV 070819

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Many thanks to Eagle Scout Ikaika Ward and his friends for creating the off-leash dog park in Duvall.
Beautifully designed and constructed with the superb quality we would expect from a scout troop.
Our dog loved it. May I request that the Scouts, or some other group, adds a seat/bench located in the shade of the trees on the South side of the area. It would be much appreciated, and I will be honored  to donate the first $250 towards the cost if anyone is prepared to do this.
Thanks again, Scouts.
Tony Hagger