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Letters to the Editor - 10/03/16

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Dogs in the grocery store
 
I have noticed what seems to be a huge increase in the amount of dogs that are allowed into our local grocery store. I find this to be so disgusting, people pop their dogs in the cart, dogs frequently have intestinal parasites and I do not want to place my produce where someone’s dogs butt has been. Several days ago things really seem to have come to a head. On a 25 minute shopping trip there were five dogs in the store. One of the employees, who I hoped was going to ask the owner to remove the dog, actually played with the dog, petting it and went back to handling food. I will not shop in this grocery store anymore if the management can’t enforce local health code. Safeway has a very large placard that states that only service animals are permitted, why can’t our one and only grocery store do the same?

Lyn Parker

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FISH SCULPTURE

Responding to Mark Landau’s Letter to the Editor:

Thank you for your Woodinville Fish Sculpture History 101. My brain just doesn’t wrap around your “fact” that Gay Pride decor was the only reason: “few complaints” reported by Tom James that caused the City to take action. Cities tend to ignore a few complaints, but eventually, over the years few complaints will add up and the Cities will finally take action. This is my opinion from living and working in a small town, much smaller than Woodinville, for over 20 years.  

Just because something was always done does not make it right, which was my point in stating the City should have done something sooner. We are not talking First Amendment but a lack of respect to an Artist and a Sculpture.  

A tremendous amount of people decorate an actual or designated spot, their houses, or cars to show support, recognize losses, or acknowledge they grieve with others. The First Amendment does not guarantee anyone the right to decorate, deface, or destroy another individual’s property. The Sculpture belongs to the City of Woodinville. Respect and commonsense seems to be disappearing in this Country under the the claim of First and Second Amendment Rights interpretations and name calling. I will not argue my opinion, as that Right has not disappeared yet in this Country, but only clarifying it. Many people have thanked me for speaking up as they shared that same opinion. We are all proud of Woodinville’s unity and diverse community and to say or intimate it is otherwise, is false.

Thank you for your opinion Mark Landau and now you have mine.

Shawnee McCartor
Woodinville

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WELLINGTON GATE

For more than five months, the Wellington community has asked the city for pedestrian safety improvements along the 195th St/164th Ave corridor.  The city’s ill-advised removal of the barrier in May has made a poor-quality road even more dangerous. What’s Council’s justification?  Four different excuses, each disproved by facts and reality.

We have requested meetings and provided safety suggestions yet the city has made no improvements.  Well, unless you count self-serving comments in Council meetings as action.  

Why such animosity for the Wellington neighborhood? We have every right to demand improvements from our city government, particularly when it comes to student safety.  Claims of budgeting and planning have been the latest excuses we have heard, if we hear anything at all.  

Yet public records demonstrate that the city has spent upwards of $120,000 in legal fees in the past year (well over $200,000 since 2012) to assist in a third-party land dispute. Land that is not in the city itself or even in King County.  That certainly belies the Council’s assertion that they are strapped for funds.  

Replacing the barrier is a cheap, effective solution.  As an alternative, speed bumps, stop signs and improved pedestrian foot paths are also a drop in the bucket compared to the Council's frivolous legal expenditures.  Is it because we haven’t paid to join the special interest group connected to Mayor Talmas and Councilmember Boundy-Sanders that our children are denied basic safety improvements?  

Then again, land is always more valuable than the safety of children in the eyes of this City Council. Politics is all about perception. The City Council should remember  that fact.

Rachel Best-Campbell

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