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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

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