Post Office Litter
Responding to letter from Ms. Campbell (Sept. 19, 2016). Agreed, the plantings in front of Woodinville Post Office were littered with garbage and butts. Every city has its “slobs.” I and Angie cleaned, weeded and pruned the plantings on Labor Day weekend. Angie replanted the flower pots. This was a big job we gladly volunteered to perform. Last week the area was again littered and cigarette butts were in flower pots. The city needs to do the maintenance because the citizens who trash the Post Office grounds will continue trashing it and volunteers who keep it tidy get burned out. Thank you … and you’re welcome.
Patricia Lazzar, Woodinville.
Bigotry in Woodinville
This summer a Latina friend of mine spent an afternoon at Woodinville Farmers Market, gathering signatures for an initiative to raise standards for Washington workers. As volunteers, we’re used to receiving occasional rude comments from those who disagree with our proposals. But, on this afternoon, my friend was approached by an older gentleman who told her, “if you don’t like it here go back where you came from.”
I was raised in Woodinville, a 26-year resident in total and a graduate of WHS; I can recall a handful of serious incidents of racial intolerance during those years. My childhood friend was from one of the few black families in my upper middle class neighborhood. One day, a neighbor who lived across the street used a racial slur towards his father, a prominent and successful local business owner. The following day, someone parked a van sporting a large “B-I-G-O-T” sign in front of the offender’s house. Because that nonsense didn’t stand with our community.
It is unfortunate that, after so many years, such incidents of intolerance still occur in my hometown. After her disheartening experience at the Woodinville Farmers Market, my friend went back to where she came from –Skagit County. She probably told her children about her appalling experience in our beautiful city.
I wanted to share this story because of the recent emboldening of bigotry and racism in our country. We are all obliged to acknowledge and address acts of intolerance, to stand up for our beliefs and for our neighbors. If you ever see someone attack an individual for who they are, instead of for what they believe, don’t stand idly by and wait for someone else to act, speak up.
Legislative Initiative 877
Attention all alienated grandparents ... please sign and ask others to sign Legislative Initiative 877, “Children Need Grandparents” to restore the rewritten law that will allow grandparents to petition Washington state’s courts for visitation with the grandchildren that they have had a steady, loving and positive relationship with.
If you have suddenly been alienated from your grandchildren through no fault of your own, after their parents allowed you to be in their lives for at least two years, then this initiative pertains directly to you. Get involved today by signing and collecting signatures to restore this law.
We have until December 20, 2016 to collect signatures.
Washington state is the only state FAILING to have this law since the year 2000!
Because we simply don’t know what’s coming tomorrow, rain, shine or maybe sorrow.
Grandmother of Sophia
Citizen Lobbyist for LI-877,
Children Need Grandparents