Letters to the Editor - 8/14/17

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Caregiving can be an emotionally, physically and financially draining role. Across Washington state there are more than 335,000 people providing unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. In 2016, these caregivers provided an estimated 382 million hours of care valued at $4.8 billion.

My mother cared for my father for many years during his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, that ended his life in 2004.

I am proud to advocate for the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, now moving through the U.S. Senate as S. 1028. This bipartisan bill would provide much needed support to our nation’s caregivers.

Endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association, it would facilitate the creation of a national strategy to address the many issues facing caregivers, including education and training, long-term services and supports, and financial stability and security.

The RAISE Family Caregivers Act is consistent with the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, which seeks to expand and enhance training, education and support for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Please join me in thanking Senator Patty Murray for voting for the RAISE Act in committee and in urging Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Suzan DelBene to support this needed legislation in the coming months.
Pete Minden
Kirkland, WA

Climate Change

I would like to thank Kirsten Abel and the Woodinville Weekly for writing and publishing the article published in the July 31st edition on climate change and the Climate Reality Project Leadership Training that I, and 800 other trainees, participated in at Bellevue in June. I am sorry we gave you the wrong dates for the release of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, at the Woodinville AMC. Paramount Studios changed the date of release until the weekend of August 11th. I hope people don’t assume this Sequel is gloom and doom predictions. It is not. The film focuses on what is actually happening internationally today: the climate events, the innovations and progress towards a green, healthy Earth, and the interesting negotiations to achieve the Paris Climate Accord. The negotiations with India are especially enlightening with social justice issues surfacing. I urge people to see the film for its world perspective on a global problem and progress that is beyond national politics.

I also want to expound more about the Leadership training. The Climate Reality Project has offices world-wide and 10,000 Leaders. Even though this was the 35th such training I met trainees from through-out the world. We have all trained to give presentations to groups about climate change. The presentations can be tailored for the audience, whether kids, the medical or faith communities or interested citizens. 

For more information about the Climate Reality Project or to inquire about a local presentation, readers can contact the Woodinville Weekly or go to the website .   
Barbara Lau

Letters to the Editor - 7/31/17

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August 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the extraordinary but forgotten Seattle Pop Festival, a three-day event held at Gold Creek in Woodinville that attracted many top acts at the time: Chuck Berry, The Byrds, Bo Diddley, The Doors, The Guess Who, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Ike & Tina Turner, and Alice Cooper, among others.
Do you know if anyone is planning a 50th anniversary version of the Seattle Pop Festival in Woodinville? I reached out to Woodinville city government and they are unaware of anyone planning such an event. I also reached out to Woodinville Wine Country and they have not responded.

Someone should do it. It could be a tourism boon for the town, and would be right in what is now our main tourism district.
John Davis, Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - 7/24/17

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Last year, the Woodinville Weekly covered the story of the Bothell fire. So we are happy to share this news:
Leela Yoga Studio is pleased to announce our official grand re-opening last Saturday (July 22).  This date marks one year from when the Bothell fire left us without a yoga studio home. Our new studio is in the Clover Leaf Rebekas building located at 10116 NE 185th St, Bothell, WA.

The Rebekas were quick to reach out to us after the fire and we were providing classes in their shared downstairs hall within eight days. A year later, we are happy to be moving upstairs into our newly renovated exclusive space in the same building.
Glen Lagrou, Leela Yoga Studio

As Woodinville residents of unincorporated Snohomish County, we are paying close attention to the County Council race.  We recently had the opportunity to host candidate Tara Schumacher in our home to meet our neighbors and came away very impressed. Her intelligence, commitment and passion as a first-time candidate is impressive.

Tara has never run for office: She was motivated to run for because she is rightly concerned that our polarized political environment is keeping good people out of public service. Tara’s own experience living in the Maltby for 19 years has given her insight into the problems facing residents of unincorporated parts of the county.  We need inclusive conversations about growth, and politician skilled and caring enough to bring everyone to the table - citizens, developers, environmentalists, politicians and businesspeople - so we can find the best solutions. Tara has our support because we know she will listen respectfully to all points of view.  Moreover, she has been endorsed by a wide variety of individuals and organizations, including Joan E. Miller, Former Fire Commissioner District 1; State Senator Guy Palumbo; the Snohomish County Democrats and Young Democrats; and the Teamsters Joint Council 28.  She would be an excellent addition to the Council.
Stan and Carol Lucas

Letters to the Editor - 7/17/17

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In our pretty little well managed town, it is difficult to be a complainer.  But.  I drive the new Woodinville-Duvall road regularly, and every time I pass, I wonder:  With all the time, effort and expense of the Woodinville-Duvall Rd 'enhancement', why is it that the islands look so unkempt?  The weeds on the new center planters are there no allowance in the budget for maintenance of these (severely overplanted) islands?  Maybe we need a community weed-pull to rid the road of its ugly overgrowth and unwanted weeds?  Maybe it is the Highway Dept's problem?  In any case, I doubt it will be long before the City will be pulling the too many and too huge (cedar?) trees as they outgrow their space.  In the meantime it would be a welcome sight to drive by a somewhat manicured decor on this new road!
Jane Zappone


I attended the candidate forum and meet-and-greet put on by the Education Hill Neighborhood Association on Tuesday night. The forum was supposed to feature all three candidates running in the 45th legislative district state senate race, but many of us were met with disappointment when we learned Republican candidate Jinyoung Englund would not be attending.
I ask and encourage Jinyoung Englund to attend upcoming candidate forums and I look forward to hearing from her on how she will address the issues facing Washington's 45th district. Thank you to all the candidates who attended the forum, and thank you to those who organized the event.
C Williams

Proposition 1

I have a comment on Proposition 1 also known as the "Access for All" measure.  If passed on August 1st, the measure would increase sales tax by .1% to fund arts, culture and science programs throughout King County.

I am a big supporter of arts education, cultural activities and community involvement HOWEVER in my opinion Proposition 1 has a regressive tax structure that unfairly impacts low- and middle-income families.

I encourage you to make the decision whether the benefits of "Access for All" outweighs another tax in King County.
Linda Jenkins

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