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Letters to the Editor - March 13, 2017

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Our amazing community continues to amaze ...

We greatly appreciate the unexpected and generous gift of the Falcon Gridiron Club to the scholarship fund in the honor of Parker Archie Moore. Many in the community are familiar with the story that 28 months ago Parker died from a random stabbing near his college in Oregon at age 20. Since then, we have seen many acts of remembrance and kindness from our Woodinville community and beyond.
This happened again last week.   

Coach Maxwell and the 2016 football team captains asked us to meet privately with them after school. They presented a check for almost $5,000 to the scholarship fund representing 44% (“44” was Parker’s football jersey number) of the funds raised at the booster club’s annual auction last fall. Additionally, each of the captains explained the impact of the Falcon football experience on them and how they will take that into their future. How amazing is this from many perspectives?!  There really are not adequate words to put this in context, except to say “thank you” for continuing Parker’s legacy and representing his character.

We are reviewing applications for the 2017 scholarships through the Scholarship Foundation of Northshore in Parker’s name. There are many outstanding applicants that exemplify Parker’s character with financial needs for their college plans. Due to this generosity and the collective donations of many others, it appears there are funds to grant up to three new 4-year scholarships in May. That will bring the total to nine WHS scholarships granted in Parker’s name (Linfield College has a parallel process). 

Again, please accept our appreciation to an amazing community that continues to amaze.
Doug, Julee and Hayley #44strongforever

Interfaith Alliance

Bear Creek United Methodist Church and Congregation Kol Ami stand together in showing our support for our local Muslim and Sikh neighbors who have been the recent targets of hate and violence. We are outraged by the recent shooting of a Sikh man south of Seattle last week. We know that silence is not an option in the face of increasing intolerance in our society.

Our two congregations have joined together in recent months to create an Interfaith Alliance to help combat hate and promote our shared values of compassion and love for our neighbors. Together we recognize the diverse  nature of our Woodinville community and the need for people of good faith to speak up and speak out when any of us are targeted by animosity and bigotry. On March 26th at 6 p.m. we will be hosting an interfaith potluck inviting our neighboring religious groups of many traditions to join together to build community. Together our two congregations affirm our joint sense of purpose in reaching out and bringing in people of many faith backgrounds into our community of neighbors. We strive to bring together all people who seek the true American dream – a dream of a society based on mutual respect and kindness, a sense of security and peace and actively displaying the tapestry of our beautiful diversity.

Congregation Kol Ami and Bear Creek United Methodist Church’s Interfaith Alliance.
Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg
Pastor Brooke McBride

Levy Cliff Delay Bill

On March 6th, 2017, the Senate tried AGAIN ... to once more bring the Levy Cliff Delay Bill (SHB 1059) to floor via a 9th Order. Instead of allowing a vote that would save school districts from losing $500 million, how did the Senate Republicans respond? To avoid the vote: The Senate Republicans adjourned at 5:09pm… I’m appalled that our children’s education hangs on the balance of a Red Party Line & I’m not having it! How dare you Senator Rossi, to continue to put your own agenda before the children’s needs of education in Our Fine State! 
So, I say this to this to the Republican Line… As a Parent Advocate, of the largest Parent-Teacher -Organization in this Nation & a member of Washington’s Paramount Duty… We have taken notice of you! You, who try to hold our children, teachers, schools, and communities in your grip. Not on Our Watch!!! Every time you vote against children in our state – & – avoid a vote, we will be writing to our local editors calling you out on your actions. So, again: Not on Our Watch !!!
-Corina Pfeil

 

Letters to the Editor - February 27, 2017

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Thank you

Recently, Brad Warter posted the following letter that received such an outpouring of positivity, that I wanted to continue the conversation on what the Weekly means to me.

It doesn’t just mean a job for me, it embodies things that matter to me, my family and the community. I worked for the Weekly for seven years before taking a break for 1.5 years recently. When Julie Boselly asked me if I would entertain coming back to the Weekly in December 2016, I jumped at the chance. 

I am proud to work for Julie and look forward to continuing what Carol Edwards started over 40 years ago, by bringing community and news together.

We at the Weekly look forward to hearing more from you regarding what the paper means to you.

Karin Hopper
General Manager, Woodinville Weekly

Dear Woodinville neighbors

Especially for those of you who have lived in the Woodinville area for a while, you know the Woodinville Weekly local newspaper has not only been a source of local information but a joy to read. Carol Edwards, who founded the paper, watched and grew as Woodinville did decades ago. She and the newspaper she founded are Woodinville! She made such an impact that the Carol Edwards Community Center exists today. Her daughter Julie Boselly, continues this legacy today.

Today, with large businesses consuming Woodinville, the paper has lost its luster as newbies do not understand what it stands for. Well, my wife and I do. We ask each and every one of you to not only support it but encourage it. And I challenge businesses to support the local paper with some advertising and support. How about small ads that say live in Woodinville? Show ID and get 5-10% purchase on Wednesdays or something. Just an idea. Coupon ONLY available in Woodinville Weekly. Try it and watch what happens.

We need this paper. Some of us love this paper!

Brad and Sue Warter

DeYoung Park

Regarding DeYoung Park redesign, I suggest a quick, inexpensive improvement would be to repaint the white picnic tables to the brown of the large fir in the background, thus camouflaging the table smears in the photo.

Maxine Keesling

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

Letters to the Editor - Valley View 021317

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In your January 9th edition of the Valley View, I read with great interest your outstanding article on Forterra’s saving 376 acres of the last unprotected old growth forest in King County. The Blethen Lake and Titicaed Creek parcels acquired not only saved virgin growth timber and native vegetation, it also saved the habitat for endangered species such as the spotted owl and marbled murrelets. I was very thankful to read that the DNR guarantees that these parcels will remain untouched forever.

As important and monumental as these land transfers actually were, it is even more imperative that all of us focus our interest in combating climate change. What good is it to save these precious tracts of land if our children and grandchildren have no air to breathe?

Many climate scientists even predict the eventual extinction of mankind due to man-caused climate change – the warming of the earth from ever increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Recent news from NASA and other weather tracking agencies reported that average world temperatures have continued to set new high temperature records for the last three years – 2014, 2015 and 2016 – each year higher than the year before.

The evidence of severe climate change is also easily observable: Greenland’s rapidly melting glaciers, salt waterfront tide levels rising in coastal cities worldwide, first time ever ice-free Arctic Ocean in the summer, extreme river flooding, larger tornadoes and wider proliferation of droughts. We should trust the vast majority of climate scientists who state that we are dangerously close to the tipping point of irreversible climate chaos.

We need to have our governmental decision makers to act. I urge your readers to call and write their state and federal representatives and senators to support a revenue neutral carbon fee and dividend tax to discourage excessive fossil fuel reliance, to invest in clean energy infrastructure (creating well-paying jobs) and to encourage all citizens and businesses to adopt renewable energy for heating, electricity and vehicular transportation.

The time is now to do this.
Steven J. Barker, Duvall

Letters to the Editor - January 30, 2017

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According to NAMI.org, one in five Americans have a mental health condition in a given year. I’m very interested in mental health because the illness is generational in my family; and I’ve had to cope with it myself. Once I had a job selling medicines for bipolar, OCD and ADHD.  In coping, not only do you need to find a good doctor for treatment – and they’re very hard to come by – but you have to deal with the sickening cultural shame “or “stigma” of the disorder.  

It’s very important to talk about mental disorders to remove the shame of them. We are so lucky that EvergreenHealth is stepping up to the challenge. On Thursday, February 2nd, 6-8 p.m., Evergreen is hosting a free “Community Conversation to End Mental Illness Stigma” event. It’s my deep hope, that the more people who register and turn out, the greater the chance CEO Bob Malte will be inclined to provide a much needed Behavioral Health Clinic in Redmond or Kirkland.  Please tell your friends and neighbors – the room capacity is 150. To register, get directions, and ask questions, call one of EvergreenHealth’s friendly receptionists at 425-899-3000. Please, please call them. The conversation is bound to be lively!      
Bob Yoder