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Letters to the Editor - August 25, 2014

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THANK YOU
I want to send a huge thank you and note of appreciation to the lady near the top on Hollywood Hill on the Tolt Pipeline at the gate. She has the most beautiful garden and it is always a pleasure walking by to see what is blooming. More importantly, she puts out a huge tub of water for dogs and horses. She shades it with a beach umbrella and it is the most welcome oasis for our poor, thirsty dogs on these hot summer days. We can walk farther knowing they will get a drink along the way.

Many, many thanks for her thoughtfulness.
Arianne Burnham

Letters to the Editor - August 18, 2014

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WATER METERS

Last week it was announced that due to numerous house fires, all “smart” meters made by Sensus, Woodinville Water District’s newfangled meter manufacturer, are to be removed throughout the province of Saskatchewan, Canada — all 105,000 of the faulty devices, which are not UL-tested. You can guess who is going to pick up the $50M bill. (Portland also just announced the removal of 70,000 “smart” meters.)

Reams of evidence are now surfacing that hourly usage data from all wireless meters can be intercepted or hacked by anyone, including those who’d like to see when you’re home or tamper with your meter.

The WWD is misleading customers by telling them emissions from the automated meters are “weaker than a cell phone.” This is a bold-faced lie. Like utility customers are doing elsewhere, we tested WWD’s 2-watt Sensus meters to emit 590,000 times more electromagnetic radiation than WWD is telling the people of Woodinville. The meters pulse once per hour. But WWD admitted they take the average output over time to get this false data. Using this type of skewed calculation, a bullet fired from a gun is not strong enough to crush an ant. The truth is that from 4 feet away the emissions are 142 times higher than science-based safety thresholds, and 1,000 to 10,000 times stronger than a cell phone. But WWD has blatantly refused to inform their customers of this because they know people will object.
Now, WWD is attempting to force these on everyone. But they have not asked your consent. By using notices and legal loopholes of “implied consent,” they are attempting to legally bind you into agreement with what they are doing. They are committing fraud and appear to see the harm this system will cause as a “necessary byproduct” of what they want to do. There is a reason why over 50 local governments in California have made official statements against, or even criminalized, “smart” meters.

But you have rights. As one option, you can send a “conditional acceptance” letter. To learn about what you can do, and to get involved in this important discussion for Woodinville, visit www.woodinvillesafemeters.org.
Josh del Sol

GEESE

Thank you for your recent article “Wild goose chase: Efforts to control goose population have proven successful.”

However, killing geese has not been successful, as the slaughter continues year after year.

USDA Wildlife Services has been lethally removing Canada Geese in the Puget Sound area for 13 years under an interlocal agreement between several cities and entities within the region. The geese are being rounded up in our parks and gassed to death or shot on Lake Washington. In 2013, nearly 1,200 geese were killed by Wildlife Services in just King County alone.

Woodinville, as well as several other cities in the area, is a  member of the interlocal agreement and pays to have the geese killed.

Many humane solutions can be utilized to mitigate conflicts with geese in urban areas. These include landscape modifications; goose deterrent products and control techniques; public outreach on the need to stop feeding waterfowl; automated devices to clean up goose droppings; and reduction of populations through egg addling.

Only sporadic half-hearted attempts have been made using humane methods. Relying on an agency whose primary job it is to kill wildlife needs to end. A new integrated plan using only humane measures needs to be developed and implemented by knowledgeable geese management professionals.

Health concerns are often cited in order to justify the killing of geese. However, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife web site, “Canada geese are not considered to be a significant source of any infectious disease transmittable to humans or domestic animals.”

Killing geese creates a void in the environment, other geese quickly move in, and a new round of killing begins. This creates an endless cycle of killing. The brutal killing of thousands of geese, including their newborn goslings, must stop.

We must do a better job of sharing the earth with wildlife.

For more information and to sign a petition to stop the killing, please see https://www.change.org/petitions/puget-sound-area-officials-stop-killing-canada-geese.
Diane Weinstein

Letters to the Editor - August 11, 2014

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ELECTIONS
Woodinville might’ve just hosted the beginnings of the next generation of public service and a reversal of the supposed apathy of millenials to politics.

A couple weeks ago I was making a late run to the Triplehorn Brewery and was surprised to see the place packed at last call. It turned out to be a campaign kickoff for Brendan Woodward, a 30ish local boy turned Marine officer who is running for state Legislature. Turns out that despite his age he has a broad range of life experience, rivaling the previous generation now in office (and look at the recession they brought us.) That combination seems to be why he drew a packed house of around 100 people to the Triplehorn when most campaigns draw only 40 to 50 grayhairs to their kickoffs.

It gives me hope to know there are young candidates who bring both maturity and youth to our representation, and are re-creating buzz and participation among the next generation that’s supposedly turned off by politics.
Kristie Mahon

Letters to the Editor - August 4, 2014

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STATE LEGISLATURE

In the race for 45th District Senator, the best decision for voters is to re-elect Andy Hill.

Senator Andy Hill crafted a budget that put $1.4 billion into public education without raising taxes. This has been the most put into education in recent history. Furthermore, this budget also froze in-state college tuition for the first time in 30 years. This is a major achievement. The importance in the passage of this budget was that it did not pass with 51 percent of the vote. No, it passed in both the House and Senate with 89 percent of the vote. This was the most bipartisan budget in over 20 years. It was because of this budget that Senator Hill received endorsements from both Stand for Children and the League of Education Voters.

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Letters to the Editor - July 28, 2014

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TRAIL ETIQUETTE

In light of the couple of letters over the past few weeks regarding trail etiquette, I’d like to respond in defense of bicyclists. It seems that people are quick to criticize bicyclists’ use of the trail, while no one draws attention to the fact that many pedestrians simply do not follow basic trail safety rules.

I cannot tell you how many times I have seen pedestrians walking on the wrong side of the trail, in the middle of the trail, walking their dogs with a leash extended across the trail (or with no leash at all), or walking in “packs,” spread out in a large group across the entire trail. I’ve had several near run-ins when pedestrians unexpectedly dart out or stop and block the trail.

To Ms. Gilliland and her fellow petrified pedestrians, I’d like to offer a bit of guidance in trail use: (1) Do not stop on a bridge, where the trail is narrower than other sections. (2) It is a common courtesy for bicyclists to offer a warning; in fact, trail rules require cyclists to give an audible signal when passing. (3) Pay attention! Pedestrians get themselves in trouble when they blithely walk down the trail wearing ear buds or in a daydream. Trail rules state that pedestrians must “listen for audible signals and help faster users pass safely.”

Are there rude cyclists out there? Absolutely, and there is no excuse for bad behavior, but pedestrians need to do their part too and follow the trail rules. These are available on King County Parks’ website, posted along the trail, and printed on the Regional Trails map.
Peter Drewel