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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

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