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Letters to the Editor - March 27, 2017

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The Parks and Recreation Commission has forwarded a recommendation for a substantial renovation of DeYoung Park. I am unable to support that recommendation. There are two reasons for my lack of support, the cost and the process used to arrive at that proposed renovation.

The renovation recommendation is in excess of $700,000 for the park which is less a third of an acre in size. In my judgment, this is an excessive amount to be spent on such a small parcel of land. To spend this amount of money is in my opinion irresponsible. There are needed improvements that would increase the functional use of the park which could be done for a reasonable and responsible amount.

The process that the city used to arrive at this recommendation was flawed in my opinion. Instead of obtain a ballpark budget approval and then going to the public with a visioning process for the park, the staff did the visioning process without the ballpark budget from the Council. The staff will tell you they have the $700,000 in the budget so technically they have Council approval. The $700,000 is a place holder, not an approval. The staff is seeking the budget approval of the Council at its April 4th meeting.

Why the staff has chosen to do the public visioning before receiving Council budgetary authority is a valid question. When asked, staff replied that this was done as an “educational process.” I believe staff’s motive to be more blatant. I believe the visioning process was done before budgetary approval in an attempt to develop public support for this project to influence the Council’s approval at the excessive amount.

I hope the Council will assess the information and approval reasonable improvements for a reasonable amount for DeYoung Park at its April 4th meeting.

Paul O. Cowles, Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - March 20, 2017

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Random acts of kindness

Random Acts of Kindness Week is an excellent idea.  (“Random Acts of Kindness Week Will Be March 6-12” by Monique Linz, The Woodinville Weekly, Feb. 13, 2017). Of course many people are just that way and always practice kindness, so it seems more intentional than random. One act of kindness that will save lives and can be done anytime, is asking your representatives and senators to support full funding for PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.  These two programs have saved over 20 million lives in the last 10 years by providing antiretroviral medicines to people with AIDS all over the world. In the process they are strengthening the health care systems of these countries and stopping the spread of AIDS, since the same medicine to save people’s lives also acts as to cut down the risk of spreading the disease.  Remember this funding is less than 1% of our overall budget.  The call you make is kindness shared with millions by keeping their medicine coming, stopping the spread of disease, and providing hope in the process.

Willie Dickerson
Snohomish

Alzheimer’s
 
The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2017 Facts and Figures report found a soaring prevalence, lack of effective treatment and enormous costs for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

In Washington state, with over 110,000 people living with Alzheimer’s, it is the 3rd leading cause of death in our state. The 5.5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s will grow to almost 16 million by 2050.

The federal government has been making progress towards shining light on Alzheimer’s and other dementias, having doubled the small research budget in the last three years. Congress requires the National Institutes of Health scientists to submit a professional judgment budget each fiscal year to help guide the size of funding for Alzheimer’s research.

I urge Congresswoman Suzan DelBene to support the scientists’ recommendation of a $414 million increase in Alzheimer’s research. This increase will help achieve the national goal of a treatment for Alzheimer’s by 2025.  The Congresswoman has been very supportive of our efforts in recent years, for which we are most grateful.

I care about this because I’ve lost loved ones to Alzheimer’s, and I don’t want the disease to claim more victims, who are dear to me.

Visit ALZ.org or call 800-272-3900 to learn more and get involved with the fight against Alzheimer’s.
 
Pete Minden
Kirkland

King County Code Enforcement
 
I write you today to urge you to take immediate notice of yet another zoning code violation of the agricultural lands of the Sammamish Valley.

King County has failed to take action on clear and indefensible zoning code violations on the Rural zoned properties abutting the Sammamish agricultural lands for too many years now. In mid- 2016 the county decided to place a moratorium on code enforcement until a Sammamish Valley Area Wine Study could be conducted. The county hired a consultant and many meetings were held. We were promised action by late 2016 or early 2017.  Early 2017 has come and gone and the county continues to shirk their responsibilities.  No one else can do this code enforcement work, not the City of Woodinville, not local citizens; only King County has the authority and responsibility.

Now, a new, more egregious violation is in the making. A new “Opening Soon” sign has popped up, this time on land zoned as Agriculture. The proposed use is a coffee shop and bakery, neither of which is permitted in an AG 10 zone. And the “bakery” will be no more than a retail outlet for goods produced offsite. A similar business had located at this site previously and had operated in violation of the code. Despite formal complaints, the county failed to take action on the previous owner. Now is the time to nip this newest proposed violation in the bud.

The particular property in violation was commonly known as the Kirschner Trailer property and is located at 16507 140th PL NE in Woodinville. Parcel #152605-9028 is now owned by Icarus Holdings, LLC. There is no doubt that this property is zoned Agriculture. It may appear unable to sustain crops but it could provide agriculture support services that are permitted on Agriculturally zoned properties. It also provides a slight buffer between nearby rural zoned properties and the more intensely farmed property that it also abuts.  

To allow this use to go un-checked is just another cut by which our valuable agricultural lands will die of a thousand cuts. This community loves and appreciates the agriculture lands for their open views and for their increasing production of locally grown food. King County was innovative and visionary in protecting these lands back in the 1980’s, you must now act to protect the investment made and to secure the vision going forward.
 
Thomas Quigley, President
Sammamish Valley Alliance

Letters to the Editor - March 13, 2017

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Our amazing community continues to amaze ...

We greatly appreciate the unexpected and generous gift of the Falcon Gridiron Club to the scholarship fund in the honor of Parker Archie Moore. Many in the community are familiar with the story that 28 months ago Parker died from a random stabbing near his college in Oregon at age 20. Since then, we have seen many acts of remembrance and kindness from our Woodinville community and beyond.
This happened again last week.   

Coach Maxwell and the 2016 football team captains asked us to meet privately with them after school. They presented a check for almost $5,000 to the scholarship fund representing 44% (“44” was Parker’s football jersey number) of the funds raised at the booster club’s annual auction last fall. Additionally, each of the captains explained the impact of the Falcon football experience on them and how they will take that into their future. How amazing is this from many perspectives?!  There really are not adequate words to put this in context, except to say “thank you” for continuing Parker’s legacy and representing his character.

We are reviewing applications for the 2017 scholarships through the Scholarship Foundation of Northshore in Parker’s name. There are many outstanding applicants that exemplify Parker’s character with financial needs for their college plans. Due to this generosity and the collective donations of many others, it appears there are funds to grant up to three new 4-year scholarships in May. That will bring the total to nine WHS scholarships granted in Parker’s name (Linfield College has a parallel process). 

Again, please accept our appreciation to an amazing community that continues to amaze.
Doug, Julee and Hayley #44strongforever

Interfaith Alliance

Bear Creek United Methodist Church and Congregation Kol Ami stand together in showing our support for our local Muslim and Sikh neighbors who have been the recent targets of hate and violence. We are outraged by the recent shooting of a Sikh man south of Seattle last week. We know that silence is not an option in the face of increasing intolerance in our society.

Our two congregations have joined together in recent months to create an Interfaith Alliance to help combat hate and promote our shared values of compassion and love for our neighbors. Together we recognize the diverse  nature of our Woodinville community and the need for people of good faith to speak up and speak out when any of us are targeted by animosity and bigotry. On March 26th at 6 p.m. we will be hosting an interfaith potluck inviting our neighboring religious groups of many traditions to join together to build community. Together our two congregations affirm our joint sense of purpose in reaching out and bringing in people of many faith backgrounds into our community of neighbors. We strive to bring together all people who seek the true American dream – a dream of a society based on mutual respect and kindness, a sense of security and peace and actively displaying the tapestry of our beautiful diversity.

Congregation Kol Ami and Bear Creek United Methodist Church’s Interfaith Alliance.
Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg
Pastor Brooke McBride

Levy Cliff Delay Bill

On March 6th, 2017, the Senate tried AGAIN ... to once more bring the Levy Cliff Delay Bill (SHB 1059) to floor via a 9th Order. Instead of allowing a vote that would save school districts from losing $500 million, how did the Senate Republicans respond? To avoid the vote: The Senate Republicans adjourned at 5:09pm… I’m appalled that our children’s education hangs on the balance of a Red Party Line & I’m not having it! How dare you Senator Rossi, to continue to put your own agenda before the children’s needs of education in Our Fine State! 
So, I say this to this to the Republican Line… As a Parent Advocate, of the largest Parent-Teacher -Organization in this Nation & a member of Washington’s Paramount Duty… We have taken notice of you! You, who try to hold our children, teachers, schools, and communities in your grip. Not on Our Watch!!! Every time you vote against children in our state – & – avoid a vote, we will be writing to our local editors calling you out on your actions. So, again: Not on Our Watch !!!
-Corina Pfeil

 

Letters to the Editor - February 27, 2017

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Thank you

Recently, Brad Warter posted the following letter that received such an outpouring of positivity, that I wanted to continue the conversation on what the Weekly means to me.

It doesn’t just mean a job for me, it embodies things that matter to me, my family and the community. I worked for the Weekly for seven years before taking a break for 1.5 years recently. When Julie Boselly asked me if I would entertain coming back to the Weekly in December 2016, I jumped at the chance. 

I am proud to work for Julie and look forward to continuing what Carol Edwards started over 40 years ago, by bringing community and news together.

We at the Weekly look forward to hearing more from you regarding what the paper means to you.

Karin Hopper
General Manager, Woodinville Weekly

Dear Woodinville neighbors

Especially for those of you who have lived in the Woodinville area for a while, you know the Woodinville Weekly local newspaper has not only been a source of local information but a joy to read. Carol Edwards, who founded the paper, watched and grew as Woodinville did decades ago. She and the newspaper she founded are Woodinville! She made such an impact that the Carol Edwards Community Center exists today. Her daughter Julie Boselly, continues this legacy today.

Today, with large businesses consuming Woodinville, the paper has lost its luster as newbies do not understand what it stands for. Well, my wife and I do. We ask each and every one of you to not only support it but encourage it. And I challenge businesses to support the local paper with some advertising and support. How about small ads that say live in Woodinville? Show ID and get 5-10% purchase on Wednesdays or something. Just an idea. Coupon ONLY available in Woodinville Weekly. Try it and watch what happens.

We need this paper. Some of us love this paper!

Brad and Sue Warter

DeYoung Park

Regarding DeYoung Park redesign, I suggest a quick, inexpensive improvement would be to repaint the white picnic tables to the brown of the large fir in the background, thus camouflaging the table smears in the photo.

Maxine Keesling

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