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Letter to the Editor - June 12, 2017

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GRATITUDE

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

Letters to the Editor - June 5, 2017

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RESPONSE

The statement in a recent letter to the editor  that Mayor Talmas and Councilmember Boundy-Sanders committed election violations is false.

When I ran for re-election four years ago a shockingly offensive series of mailers attacking my character was sent by an anonymous person under the name “ethical Woodinville.” An investigation by the state Public Disclosure Commission identified and charged the person behind the mailers. That person was fined by the Commission for election violations. There were no election violations by Councilmember Boundy-Sanders or myself and we were both re-elected.

Bernie Talmas
Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - May 29, 2017

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CORRECTION

I would like to clarify a statement I made in my May 22 Letter to the Editor.  Mayor Talmas and Council Member Boundy-Sanders have never been found guilty nor fined by the Public Disclosure Commission. 
Rachel Best-Campbell

Editor’s Note
In reference to above, we mistakenly published Rachel Best-Campbell letter in it’s entirety that included accusations of election violations that were untrue.  We apologize for this error and in future publications will be upholding our internal policy to publish only letters to the editor that are in good taste and not accusatory in nature.

THANK YOU

The Woodinville Heritage Society would like to thank Woodinville’s Boy Scout Troop 422 for their help in the spring cleaning of the Heritage Museum front yard on May 21.  The scouts (Luke Fasciano, Kyle Hale, Evan Hudson and Austin Pierce) and parents (Jim Fasciano, Mei Hale, Bill Pierce, Lori and Neil Hudson) cleaned the vinyl fence with scrub brushes and spread six yards of top soil throughout the flower beds.  The front yard is now ready to greet visitors all summer.
Woodinville Heritage Society

Letters to the Editor - May 22, 2017

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WOODINVILLE GARDEN CLUB

The thirtieth annual Woodinville Garden Club Plant Sale on Saturday, May 13th, was another great success.  Our non-profit organization has been serving Woodinville and the surrounding community for 33 years with scholarships, sculptures and other beautification, and educational enrichment in the schools.  We would like to thank the entire community for their support and participation which makes our efforts possible.  Our hosts, Chateau Ste Michelle Winery, once again extended their hospitality, even while in the throes of a massive road and construction project.  R and G Auto Body advertised our sale on their reader board again this year, as did the Splash and Dash Car Wash.  Dozens of community members stood in line in the drizzle, waiting for the rope to drop, and then in a giant wave, they swept up 800 tomato plants, hanging baskets, sedum bowls, and thousands of plants!  The weather was not cooperative, but Northwest gardeners are not deterred by a little rain!

Our best communication tool, the bright yellow and green signs we place around the Woodinville area, are put out on the Sunday before the sale, and are in place for only one week.  This year, for the first time, we experienced substantial removal and theft of these signs!  Other groups’ signs seemed to stay in place where ours were removed, sometimes from private property where we had permission to place them.  We cannot imagine what the motive was for such vandalism.  If any community member has found one of our signs and would like to return it, please contact us at: www.woodinvillegardenclub.org and we will be happy to come and get it.
Ann Parrish, Publicity Chair
Woodinville Garden Club

CAMP UNITY

Woodinville is blessed with a City Council and City Staff that care for all their citizens.  When there are competing interests and passions this can be a challenge.  Last year and again this year the homeless encampment, Camp Unity Eastside, has been sited in Woodinville; once on city property and soon to be at Northshore United Church of Christ.  Both times the Council has been supportive and the city staff have worked diligently to make sure that both the campers and the community needs are being met through the permitting process.  As someone who is a supporter and volunteer with CUE, I am very proud to be represented by the City Council and the City Staff.
David Orendorff

NSD

Many folks move to Kenmore, Bothell and Woodinville for the great schools.  The Northshore School District (NSD) has a rich history with a share of ups and downs, especially the past 4 years.  With 4 of 5 School Board seats up for election, it’s a perfect time to review three “chapters” in our recent history.

Chapter 1 - NSD on Facebook

Social media today is a turbulent mix, especially when used by activists seeking government change.  Massive change is possible when a movement goes ‘viral’ and the community gets organized.  Since 2015 we’ve had a great resource in the “NSD Discussion Group” on Facebook.  Check it out, more than 3,300 people are there.

Chapter 2 - Bumps along the way

While NSD has many amazing things, we sometimes forget the difficulties in our past.  We need to remind ourselves that after 10 years of advocacy, our start times miss the national health standards by nearly an hour.  We have new policies and practices for equity, but we stumbled publicly after black students in our District received racist threats in 2015.  We’ve encountered controversy and litigation with land purchase and leasing efforts.  And the August 2015 Audit Findings relating to violating Code of Ethics and Open Meetings were a particularly low point.

Chapter 3 – Leadership changes

As events unfolded through 2015, it became clear to those on social media that our experiences were not isolated and a change was needed.  The election just two years ago was vibrant with a total of 5 candidates seeking 2 seats.  Thankfully, the voters agreed to a change in tone in November of 2015 with the election of two new School Board members.  The new Board has been widely praised for their collegiality, commitment to listening and an overall change in the way the entire Board interacts with each other.

Next chapter - New Board Members – our Trajectory is??

We don’t yet know all the Board candidates, yet we need to before we decide who to trust with being our elected representatives.  As we’ve seen nationally, it really matters WHO we elect.  Perhaps more important, however, is HOW we go about elections.  I’m an eternal optimist and continue to believe that transparency is key.
Please get involved if you have not, and stay involved if you already are.  We are a strong and thoughtful community here in NSD – lets keep discussing.
Ken Smith

DEYOUNG PARK

The renovation of De Young Park has been a contentious issue within the City Council, best exemplified by the disgraceful bickering at the May 16 Council meeting.  The Parks and Recreation Commission, in partnership with City staff, have held public meetings dating back to September 2016 to gather input.  These findings were presented to the Council on April 4 and a 6-1 vote passed in favor of the plan.  Deputy Mayor Evans claimed that he was unaware of the scope of the renovations but it appears he simply did understand the vote.

I find it amusing that this Council will spend unlimited funds on lawsuits and lobbyists in Olympia, fighting for land that is neither within City nor County limits.  The legal invoices have been buried among meeting agendas.  No public discussion or notification has occurred.  More than $350,000 of our tax dollars have been wasted on a lawsuit that we have no hope of winning.

And yet, a plan that would rejuvenate a neglected downtown park, supported by the vast majority of citizens, is heralded as an example of wasteful spending.  Is it the money or is it something else?  The De Young family has a long history in Woodinville politics, not all of it positive.  Mayor Talmas, Council member Boundy-Sanders and the De Young family have committed election violations against each other.  Is this power-struggle worth allowing downtown Woodinville to fall into disrepair?
Rachel Best-Campbell

Letters to the Editor - May 15, 2017

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POP KEENEY

I’m a Bothell High School Class of 1964 graduate. I spent 4 years in the Marine Corps from 1964 to 1968, and one year in Vietnam. When I think of two of my classmates, Richard Worthington, the grandson of the founder of Bothell State Bank, and Chuck Slusser, and all of the other fallen students that went through the Northshore School District, I can’t understand why anyone would think they aren’t important enough to be honored by their own school district.  

School districts all over the Puget Sound area are dedicating their district stadiums to their fallen students. The Northshore School District is one of the best school districts in the area, why would they want to ignore their own students who died fighting for our country? They wouldn’t!  We can’t start making suggestions to give them a less honorable dedication than all the other school districts. There is reason that those districts have dedicated their stadiums to their fallen students, it’s the most honorable thing they can do, and it’s sending the wrong message to our local veterans to do otherwise.  

The Snohomish School District already had their district stadium dedicated to their fallen students, and recently they upgraded their memorial to include a gorgeous granite monument at the stadium. http://www.heraldnet.com/news/monument-unveiled-at-snohomish-veterans-memorial-stadium. We want to do something similar!

Nearly 100 percent of the comments on Facebook are positive, not to mention the 113 supporters who signed the on line petition. Nobody wants to take the Pop Keeney name away, we only want to add the word “Memorial” to it. We also want to honor Pop Keeney like he has never been honored before, right along with our fallen veterans by placing a monument just outside of the stadium gates, not on the inside where it can’t be seen! That way everyone walking around the Stadium and McMenamins can enjoy it! 
 
Parl Guthrie
BHS Class of 1964 &
United States Marine Corps 1964 to 1968

Thanks to the City of Woodinville

Once again, the City of Woodinville has demonstrated sound judgment and compassion in dealing with the problem of homelessness by granting Northshore United Church of Christ a permit to host Camp Unity Eastside from May 26 through August 26. Last year, the city did what no Eastside city has ever done and allowed the camp to stay on city property at the Carol Edwards Center for 120 days. After that stay, the camp went to Kirkland Congregational Church in Kirkland and then to St. Jude Catholic Church in Redmond, where they are now. I especially want to thank the city staff for their courtesy and diligence in working with the church through the permitting process. Citizens of Woodinville can be proud of their city council and staff for the excellent job they are doing.

Dennis W. Lone