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Letters to the Editor - 2/19/18

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THANK YOU
 
I live on the Woodinville Duvall Rd and I am 86 years old. On Friday, February 16th, I was down getting my mail. I stepped back to close the mailbox and fell off the curb backwards into the street, hitting my head.
 
I wanted to express my deepest gratitude for the three women who stopped to help. They kept me from being struck by a car. One ran up to my house to let my husband know what had happened. One covered me with a blanket and another cushioned my head and kept a compress on it. They stayed with me until the aid car arrived to take me to the ER for 6 staples in the back of my head.
 
Without these ladies, it could have turned out so much worse. I only got one woman’s name and promptly forgot it so I don’t even know who to thank personally. I hope they read this and know they helped save my life on Friday as well as the firemen, EMT’s and police.
 
Thank you all very much for your kindness,
Jane King, Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - 2/5/18

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NSD MEASURES
 
Remember to vote February 13, 2018. Northshore School District is presenting three funding measures.
 
You may have seen flyers or the recent Woodinville Weekly article about the upcoming Northshore School District Bond measures… what is missing from the article and flyers are the dollars – the cost - for each bond measure, so here are the numbers:
 
Prop 1 …. $234 million Renewal of Educational Programs & Operations Levy
Prop 2 .… $275 million * Capital Projects Bond
Prop 3 …. $62 million Renewal of Technology Levy
 
The three bonds total $571 million – and we will be taxed accordingly.
 
A couple of details about the Capital Projects Bond:
 
1. Approximately $140 million of the proposed Capital Projects Bond is for constructing the Maltby K-8 school.
 
2. Upgrades to Skyview and Canyon Creek schools total approximately $40 million.
 
Here’s something else:
 
Previous Capital Projects Bonds - all passed
2006…. $123 million 2010…. $149 million 2014…. $177 million
 
If the 2018 bonds are passed that means from 2006 through 2018 Northshore will have had Capital Projects totaling $724 million.
 
A Perspective: I've asked people living in this area and according to their last Snohomish County property tax statements, 37% of our property tax goes to Northshore School District.
 
Bill Stankus, Woodinville
 
36 years ago, I moved to Woodinville so my children could attend Northshore schools.    All three of my children are now successfully employed and making their own contributions to society.  
 
I’ve been teaching at Woodin Elementary for 17 years.   I can tell you that our community’s continued financial support for our schools is essential for our students.    I’m asking you to vote YES on Northshore’s renewal funding measures.
 
THE THREE RENEWAL MEASURES REDUCE OUR LOCAL TAX RATES.
 
The three renewal funding measures reduce the rates of our local property taxes from $4.01 to $3.89 per thousand dollars of property value.
 
WHY ARE THESE MEASURES IS ESSENTIAL?
 
First, local levy dollars pay for over 20% of Northshore’s budget!   This includes smaller class sizes, special education, help for our neediest students and opportunities for our most advanced, school nurses at every school, sports, clubs, professional development for staff, and much more.     
 
Second, every school district, including Northshore, must rely on local bonds (or levies) for school construction and renovation.    Thousands of additional kids have entered our Northshore schools in the past couple of years--enough to fill several new schools—but there is no room for them.  They are stuck in portables.  Our Renewal Capital Projects Bond will build a new school and additional classrooms.  It will purchase improved security enhancements.
 
THE STATE’S NEW FUNDING FORMULA DOES NOT FULLY FUND OUR SCHOOLS.
 
The Court has ordered the Legislature to add $1 billion for next year alone, and they haven’t done that yet.   However, they keep increasing unfunded requirements like the 24 high school credits to graduate. 
 
State funding is only about meeting minimum requirements.   This is not enough for our children to succeed in the global marketplace.
 
Northshore has always provided more than the minimal standard of education for our youth, and with your continued support, we’ll continue to do so.
 
Please vote YES on all three measures!   Ballots must be mailed or dropped off by Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.
 
Patricia Trovato
Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - 1/1/18

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ORDINANCE 18403
 
I'd like to point out that you missed the gross illegality of Ordinance 18403 - King County is trying to charge for the use of what is the equivalent of an easement on my property (the right-of-way).  King County may not charge a fee for that which it does not own; my property includes the public right-of-way.  See mrsc.org/Home/Stay-Informed/MRSC-Insight/January-2014/What-is-the-Nature-of-a-Public-Right-of-Way.aspx for more information on this, including case law from before Washington was a state that says that ownership of rights-of-way stay with the owner of the adjacent property.
 
Karen Isaacson, Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - 1/22/18

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WOODINVILLE 25 YEARS
 
2018 marks the 25th Anniversary of the City of Woodinville. March 31st at 12:00 a.m. marks the official incorporation date and time the city was incorporated. 
 
On March 15, 1993, through Resolution NO.31, the city's first City Council declared the City of Woodinville officially incorporated as of March 31, 1993, as the 270th incorporated city in the State of Washington. The City Council of the City of Woodinville pledged its commitment to maintain the quality of life and community spirit we all enjoy and extended its wishes for a bright and prosperous future for each and every resident of our City.
 
It just so happens that this year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Woodinville Farmers Market. It is with high hopes that the Farmers Market will open it's 25th season in a redeveloped DeYoung Park. The redevelopment of the park is scheduled to begin shortly after February 20th, when the current city council will be asked to consider approval of a construction contract.
 
This year also marks the beginning of Woodinville Rotary's "Peace Pole Project’, starting in DeYoung Park. With the message "May Peace Prevail on Earth", 20 Peace Poles have been sponsored by members of the community, and the design of the poles is scheduled to begin very soon.
 
Happy 25th Birthday to the City of Woodinville and the Woodinville Farmers Market!
 
Elaine Cook
 
AGING PARENTS DRIVING
 
Who is responsible for making sure our aging parents are still capable of safely operating a motor vehicle?
 
My mother had her license renewed year after year simply because she had no tickets or accidents and she was completely incapable of driving a car!
 
I’ve witnessed some occasions where I was convinced that some of our senior residents should absolutely NOT be driving. One day while I was getting gas a woman pulled into the station who had to be in her 80’s. She didn’t know which side of the car her gas tank was on and couldn’t operate the gas pump either. Her windshield wipers were on and she didn’t know how to turn them off. The young man at the station was kind enough to help her but when I asked him about this incident he said it wasn’t the first time he’d had to assist this woman and he was worried that she would soon be responsible for an accident.
 
Who do you call?
 
I was afraid that if the police were asked to respond she may panic and hurt herself or someone else, so I was in a dilemma as well.
 
So, what would you do?
 
Tara Talley, Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - 12/18/17

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
NAFTA
 
Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is underway.  Concerned citizens desire democratic, transparent negotiations.  Imperative for U.S. negotiators is the removal of controversial NAFTA provisions that gave multi-national corporations immense powers to attack environmental and consumer safety laws which corporations deem detrimental to their business model and to offshore American jobs.
 
Perhaps the most egregious chapter of NAFTA is the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).  Under this provision of NAFTA multi-national corporations have the right to sue for the loss of anticipated future profits before a tribunal of three corporate lawyers.  This tribunal can order American taxpayers to pay corporations when their lawyers “prove” to the tribunal that existing laws protecting public health or the environment violate special trade agreement rights and thereby impede the corporation’s ability to make profits.  The tribunal’s decisions are not subject to appeal.  Corporations thus benefit from a special system of “justice” outside our courts.
 
These 1994 NAFTA trade provisions, coupled with 1995 World Trade Organization agreements, precipitated  the  loss  of  more than 79,000 Washington  jobs  according to the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. Americans nationwide have experienced the loss of nearly five million manufacturing jobs.  This “free trade” agreement has driven down wages and created record trade deficits.  The Center for Economic and Policy Research found that a majority of Americans have experienced wage suppression of 12.2 %.   In 2016, the trade deficit for American goods rose to $173 billion.
 
A new trade agreement must include enforceable labor and environmental standards which protect us all from corporate greed.  Replacing NAFTA is essential to creating a global economy which benefits working families instead of corporate elites.
 
For more information refer to www.tradewatch.org. 
 
Linda Bock
Sammamish, WA