Letters to the Editor - July 10, 2017

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Over   the   last   decade,    public funding for science, arts and heritage programs across Washington has been cut in half — disproportionately hurting schools and families in underserved communities, even though we know introducing kids to arts, science, and heritage education improves education outcomes.
That’s why I’m voting YES on King County Proposition 1 — a measure on the August 1 primary ballot that would boost funding for arts, science, and heritage education for every student in King County.

Prop. 1 will expand arts, science and heritage education for all King County students by funding in-class programming and providing free field trips for every school in King County to our region’s world-class museums, science institutions and cultural center.

Prop. 1 will also create free and reduced-price ticket programs at our region’s largest   institutions   for  people on fixed budgets like seniors, low-income and middle-class families, and it provide stable funding for more than 300 community-based organizations throughout  the  entire county — including proportionally more funding for organizations that primarily serve communities of color.

Prop. 1 will help level the playing  field  for  King  County students and families, and ensure everyone has access to arts, science and heritage education.
Please vote YES on Prop. 1 on your primary ballot.

Louise Miller, former State Rep. 45th/King County Council 3rd District


It is campaign season in Washington (again) and I would like to remind everyone in the greater Woodinville area that per RCW 29A.84.040, removing or defacing lawfully placed campaign signs without authorization is a criminal misdemeanor (RCW 9A.20.021), punishable by “Up to 90 days in prison, up to  a $ 1,000 fine, or both.” This reminder is a response to the rash of thefts of candidate signs for the 45th Legislative District Senate, especially near the Wine Tourism area.
You are perfectly free to disagree with a candidate, but leave the signs alone - not only is it illegal, but it is un-American.

Derek van Veen

Letters to the Editor - July 3, 2017

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Show your appreciation for your postman or other delivery personnel if you are around during delivery time. When the temperature gets to the 90s, I try to catch the postman to hand him a bottle of cold water. I know it’s appreciated - the postal vehicle gets even hotter from the reflected heat of the asphalt.
Helen Gottschalk, Woodinville

WWII Airplane Noise

I would like to voice my concern about the people of Woodinville who were complaining about the noise created by the WWII aircraft flying about this weekend.

What is the issue?

WWII Airplanes make a lot of noise.  SO WHAT!!!  They are a part of the history of this region; they were produced by Boeing and a legacy of our greatest generation.  It should be an honor to see them flying.
I am the son of a mother and father of the greatest generation.  My father was a Master Sergeant in the Army Air Corps and served in WWII on the island of Guam.  He was stationed there when the Boeing B29’s dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  He was very proud of his service and made it a point that I studied the history of the common people who made uncommon sacrifices and how these people and the companies of the United States banded together.

For the citizens of Woodinville to complain about noise created by aircraft developed and built during this historical time of sacrifice and commitment concerns me.  I am very proud of the contribution Boeing made to the WWII war effort and thankful that I was able to be raised by one of the greatest generation.  Due the commitment of the workers at Boeing our service men had the best planes we could build during that time.  Many of the greatest generation that relied on these aircraft owe their lives to the aircraft built here.  We should also not forget all the lives that were lost in those aircraft over Europe and the Pacific.  They gave the ultimate sacrifice for each other.  They are truly a “Band of Brothers.”

Whenever I have the chance to meet one of the greatest generation, and there are not to many of them left, or witness the aircraft, Jeeps, and weapons; some which are still in use today, I bow my head and thank them for their commitment, sacrifice, and suffering they endured so we have could enjoy the freedom and lives we have today.  I can only hope that our generations can do the same thing if called upon.
John Wunderlich

Saving Smile’s

Thank you to the donors and volunteers who supported Saving Smiles’ fundraiser for 24 Yemeni exchange students. Together, on May 13, we raised $805.46 during our car wash benefit held at ARCO AM/PM on Woodinville-Duvall Road. Our hope is to help offset living expenses as the students are now on their own and far from their families.

Special thanks to:

Our donors, for enthusiastically supporting our car wash.
Patty Barrow, Sam Singh, Gulsher Singh, and the ARCO AM/PM, 15520 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd, Woodinville, for graciously support for our event.

City of Woodinville employees, Dan Flemming, Chuck Kaufmann, Amy Ensminger, and Jane Tilley, and the City of Woodinville, for essential advice and a car wash pump kit to prevent water pollution.

The Weiss family, Brix family, Nicholas family, Shi family, Lane family, Khare family, Robb family, Yakkali family, Damidi family, and the Schultz family, for an abundance of car wash supplies, baked goods, and handcrafted bracelets and pins.

Jackie Lemke, Andres Cabrera, Aidan Robb, Andrew Demaris, Erin & Michelle Lane, Anushka Damidi, Saydia Phillips, Katie Carroll, Kirstin Nesby, Tania Firouzabady, Arnav & Atul Khare, Gal Lapid, Connor Shabro, Samantha Lee, Jonathan & Daqing Shi, James Nicholas, Valerie Olson, Andra MacDonald, Lisa Tam, Emmaleigh Morgan, Sahithi & Haranadha Yakkali, Macy Finger, and Linnea, Claire, Sylvia, & Gary Schultz, for planning and undertaking the event.

John Welch, owner of the very first car we washed, for your generosity and patience—we were learning!
Kim Kraft, for her inspiration and leadership in setting up the GoFundMe campaign that led us to get involved. · The Woodinville Weekly, for its April 10 article and photo announcing our plan to raise funds for the Yemeni students.

It is our great honor to support these students from Yemen, not much older than ourselves, as they pursue their educations and a bright future.

We appreciate our caring and generous community!

In appreciation,
Saving Smiles Board of Directors,
Sahithi Yakkali, Linnea Schultz, Macy Finger

Letters to the Editor - June 26, 2017

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Thank  you  for  the   coverage of the Inglemoor High School PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Assn.) Voter Registration Drive.  We’ve had some amazing things happen since the event although I’d like to ask for a simple correction for the article.

Inglemoor High School PTSA put on the Voter Registration Drive Event: We developed our project through our PTSA, worked with getting approval through the school district, building principle, then voted in the project unanimously. 

We hosted LWV (League of Women Voters), they were our guest.  It was our responsibility to get all the approvals, background checks   done,  ensure,   publish, market, handle printing and all other matters associated with running on-campus activities.

We credit our PTSA for developing and sponsoring this new family and community outreach opportunity with the support of Principal Vicki Sherwood, our Superintendent Dr. Reid, and School Board Dir. David Cogan. Without their support and encouragement, this couldn't have taken place.

Corina Pfeil
IHS PTSA Project Coordinator

Bears are back in Woodinville

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From a reader...

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We just want to be sure everyone appreciates that black bears are roaming W’ville neighborhoods now. Below are pics of a large mother with two cubs trying to eat from a bird feeder on our deck about 6 feet from where we were sitting in the house. Hollywood Hill, 2 pm, Sat June 17, 2017. A knock on the window sent the 3 bears ambling away slowly to woods behind the house (or to someone else’s yard!). This bear has visited our house several times, usually at night, but today in mid-day with the cubs. With her cubs in tow she could be potentially dangerous in an unexpected encounter with people. Be careful!

Bill Couser/Adrienne Cox

Letter to the Editor - June 12, 2017

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Two wires touched off a 4-alarm fire in my parents' house tonight. They're okay. The house can and will be repaired. We're a bit shaken, yet fine. My reason for this post is not self-pity, my reason is gratitude for KINDNESS. Kindness from the fire and paramedic trucks (there were at least 12) who carried firefighters strapped with 50 pounds of oxygen into smoke. The same ones who demurred with open smiles and, "just doing my job" when thanked. KINDNESS from Matt who spotted the fire early on and heroically leapt on the smoking roof with a hose. KINDNESS from Christine, the volunteer chaplain, who greeted my running through dark air and flashing lights with, "Your parents are fine" and then talked us through the events of the night. KINDNESS from the fire inspector who efficiently determined the cause and the captain who helped collect toothbrushes. KINDNESS from the foreman (who had been working on the roof today), who stood in the dark to assure my father, “we'll get your home back for you.” KINDNESS from the firefighters who even now watch and will put out any fire that dares to re-kindle tonight + keep my little gray cat safe. KINDNESS from neighbors who offered help. And a special KINDNESS from the neighbors we don't know well, who brought a cart full of drinks and chairs, waited, then cleared bedrooms for us to sleep, and reminded us to charge phones and move tomorrow's early meetings.

So easy. Is it not? To forget that the world is composed of kind people. Thank you to all of those that I cannot personally thank. We shall not forget your kindness while you saved my parents' lives, treasures and home.
Laura Drumm