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Letters to the Editor - February 13, 2017

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Musings of the mind for the close of 2016

I have lived with a Woodinville address for 30 years this August. I admit I am not in the city proper, but I still consider it mine and many times I have wished I could have a voice at the Council meetings.  But alas. .. . .  . .

The building of the Woodin Creek development makes me ask the question “When complete, where are all those people going to grocery shop”? At the last remaining market of three that’s where! Already with Albertsons (County) now gone, the store is ridiculously crowded. And then. … .“How will these people get there”? Right down the one little two-way road right thru the center of town that’s how! UGH!  And once they do get to the grocery store, they may not find parking. Never mind, I will take my business to Monroe.

And then I muse over what kind of person would take agricultural poison and spray out all the vegetation around the memorial bicycle that hangs in the tree on 240th (the winding road down to Costco). Wow! I am sure your friend who died as a result of the tragic accident there would be very proud of what you did. I guess it’s all about you!

And the poor little Woodinville School stands alone and empty like the little house in Virginia Burton’s book, The Little House. I wonder when will someone get to love it and fill it up?

Enough musing. … . . .

Sherry Scott Just-Outside-Woodinville-City-Limits
 
DeYoung Park

As a former resident of Bellevue, and as a current resident of Woodinville, I have seen development  eat away at the beautiful places in the world. In Bellevue, a train station is being built upon land that used to be a charming park, as well as a respected residential neighborhood. This same train is to run through the gorgeous and fertile Mercer Slough. It is for that reason that I am against the addition of water features, play structures, off-leash dog areas, decorative structures and food trucks to Woodinville’s DeYoung Park. If ever the day shall come that the natural beauty of a park in our downtown should be sullied and violated by garish structures and unsupervised children/pets, our town will lose something beautiful. I have seen enough destruction of beauty in the name of urban improvement to know that most of the proposed ideas for DeYoung Park will make Woodinville a less pleasant place, if not immediately, then over time. Woodinville could take a page from Kirkland’s book, and make a mass effort to keep the town free of litter and clean the air. The best way to improve a town, neighborhood or park is to enhance the beauty of what is already there, not to add “modern sculpture” or play structures or noise, burbling fountains. The only improvement DeYoung Park really needs is more greenery and less gravel.

Lily Terry, Woodinville.

Harvey Field

Here I am again pleading my case against expanding the runway at Harvey Field. Let’s review the reasons “against” the plan.

1. Plummeting property values for those of us closest to the airport. 2. Additional flooding issues. 3. Higher taxes for Snohomish County. 4. Added dangers from larger and additional planes. 5. Higher noise level 6. New construction or re-constructing Airport Way, really? Who is paying for a new road? 7. Snohomish County citizens contributing to the wealth of a “private” airport. And the list goes on and on. I see only one reason “for” the plan and that is to add more wealth to Harvey Airport, I remind you this is a privately owned airport. My hope is that people will get involved. My husband and I are senior citizens happy living our life in Snohomish and we shouldn’t have to worry about this upsetting our way of life. I don’t want to be forced to sell my home. Our neighbors are not quitters either, we will fight and believe me, we are not going down easily.  “It ain’t over til it’s over.” – Yogi Berra

Michael and Aneene Potts, Snohomish

Blood Drive

Your article giving visibility to one American Red Cross blood drive (Donors urgently needed to increase Red Cross Blood supply, Feb. 6, 2017) was commendable, but your readers should know that blood collected that day will be sent somewhere else. Bloodworks Northwest (formerly Puget Sound Blood Center) is the blood provider for all hospitals in this region. When donors give at a Bloodworks drive, their donation goes to support local patients and hospitals. We’re backed by 250,000 donors and 73+ years of local history. We’re local and independent (not national, like ARC), volunteer-supported and community-based. Patients with traumatic injuries, undergoing surgeries or organ transplantation, or receiving treatment for cancer and blood disorders all depend on our services, expertise, laboratories and research.

For more information, visit bloodworksnw.org. Thank you for posting this additional information for the benefit of your readers. They can help BloodworksNW respond to local blood shortages and help local patients.

Dave Larsen, Director, Communications

Letters to the Editor - Valley View 021317

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In your January 9th edition of the Valley View, I read with great interest your outstanding article on Forterra’s saving 376 acres of the last unprotected old growth forest in King County. The Blethen Lake and Titicaed Creek parcels acquired not only saved virgin growth timber and native vegetation, it also saved the habitat for endangered species such as the spotted owl and marbled murrelets. I was very thankful to read that the DNR guarantees that these parcels will remain untouched forever.

As important and monumental as these land transfers actually were, it is even more imperative that all of us focus our interest in combating climate change. What good is it to save these precious tracts of land if our children and grandchildren have no air to breathe?

Many climate scientists even predict the eventual extinction of mankind due to man-caused climate change – the warming of the earth from ever increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Recent news from NASA and other weather tracking agencies reported that average world temperatures have continued to set new high temperature records for the last three years – 2014, 2015 and 2016 – each year higher than the year before.

The evidence of severe climate change is also easily observable: Greenland’s rapidly melting glaciers, salt waterfront tide levels rising in coastal cities worldwide, first time ever ice-free Arctic Ocean in the summer, extreme river flooding, larger tornadoes and wider proliferation of droughts. We should trust the vast majority of climate scientists who state that we are dangerously close to the tipping point of irreversible climate chaos.

We need to have our governmental decision makers to act. I urge your readers to call and write their state and federal representatives and senators to support a revenue neutral carbon fee and dividend tax to discourage excessive fossil fuel reliance, to invest in clean energy infrastructure (creating well-paying jobs) and to encourage all citizens and businesses to adopt renewable energy for heating, electricity and vehicular transportation.

The time is now to do this.
Steven J. Barker, Duvall

Letters to the Editor - January 30, 2017

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According to NAMI.org, one in five Americans have a mental health condition in a given year. I’m very interested in mental health because the illness is generational in my family; and I’ve had to cope with it myself. Once I had a job selling medicines for bipolar, OCD and ADHD.  In coping, not only do you need to find a good doctor for treatment – and they’re very hard to come by – but you have to deal with the sickening cultural shame “or “stigma” of the disorder.  

It’s very important to talk about mental disorders to remove the shame of them. We are so lucky that EvergreenHealth is stepping up to the challenge. On Thursday, February 2nd, 6-8 p.m., Evergreen is hosting a free “Community Conversation to End Mental Illness Stigma” event. It’s my deep hope, that the more people who register and turn out, the greater the chance CEO Bob Malte will be inclined to provide a much needed Behavioral Health Clinic in Redmond or Kirkland.  Please tell your friends and neighbors – the room capacity is 150. To register, get directions, and ask questions, call one of EvergreenHealth’s friendly receptionists at 425-899-3000. Please, please call them. The conversation is bound to be lively!      
Bob Yoder

Letters to the Editor - January 16, 2017

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Kudos to our City Council member Paula Waters, as well as the committed partners at 21 Acres and Northwest SEED, for their leading efforts to bring solar into our community through the Solarize Woodinville Campaign.

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Letters to the Editor - January 9, 2017

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A couple weeks back, there was an article about the Woodinville HS Wrestling Team supporting other Woodinville HS  teams by attending their games. I must say, I liked hearing that!

Supporting Woodinville sports is great fun, a great value, a way of meeting other Woodinville people and the right thing to do. I hope what the wrestling team did inspires all of us to attend more events.  Additionally, I’d love to  see The Woodinville Weekly  post “This Week’s HS Sports Schedule” in every paper. Go Falcons!

Peter Beers