Letters to the Editor - April 8, 2013

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Minutes matter.

It made the difference between the continued use of  my son’s arm or not after his snowboarding accident.

Without Valley General Hospital’s emergency department my son would have been forced to travel another half hour before getting  the help he needed to remain the active teen he is.

His physician was very clear that timely medical treatment was what made the difference.

Tears come to my eyes thinking what his life would be life now without Valley General Hospital’s ER. Please vote YES to save our local hospital.

When someone you love needs help minutes do matter.

Kathy Bernhardt, Snohomish


My comments are in response to the letters written by the fifth graders at Wellington.

Allow me to start out by clarifying my position: I don’t really have a dog in this hunt since our kids are grown and our grandkids live in other communities although we do have a couple of 5th grade grandchildren.

I’m agnostic to the building of the park as long as it isn’t going to take unfunded tax dollars, (that we can’t afford for anything).

I’m also in favor of letting our kids voice their opinions respectfully.

I would agree the letters reflected that.

What I find hard to believe is these kids actually sat down and wrote these letters from their own observations and from within their hearts and souls articulated their concerns.

I find words and phrases like downsize, pandemonium, property values will drop, there will be no water runoff because the park designers have moved the parking lot, the Brightwater agreement only called for 40 acres, and think of the chemicals that the 700 cars in your parking lot will spew out are not words or phrases commonly heard from 5th graders.

I could go on and on because the letters are full of these types of comments. I’m sure these kids have some thoughts about the park, I’ve never met a child yet that didn’t love parks no matter what kind.

Adults, (parents or teachers) who use kids to further their own goals whether realistic or misguided should be ashamed.

Our goal as adults is to teach logical reasoning and how to assess pros and cons of any subject manner, not try to program our kids into a single minded thinking.

Build it [or] don’t build it but let the adult kids fight it out like they usually do.

Give your kids a pass on this one.

Take them to a park and play a game of catch.

Dennis Dearing, via email


Hollywood Hill residents who happen to live on major roadways have been plagued in recent years by big black plastic garbage bags of refuse deposited on their property in the dead of night.

We’ve been targeted several  times, finally reporting to King County Sheriff.

These “deposits” are sporadic and we’ve seen them up and down 148th Ave. NE and other sites on the west side of the hill, including Hollywood Hill School.

I guess we all eventually, and meekly, put the bags in our own paid-for refuse carts and hope someone will watch for and catch the Hollywood Hill Bag Man.

Bag contents would indicate he’s in he landscaping business.

Jon and June Hahn, Woodinville


I have never been one to write in, but after thinking for sure someone would comment on this, here it is.

Why is there a Value Village going in in Woodinville?

After the QFC, which I loved, could not re-new their lease, I was expecting something great.

We need to spruce up our city, make it something to be proud of.

Value Village should not fit into our vision, of this.

Leslee Vranich, Woodinville



In 1957, my husband and I moved to a lovely rental home in Woodinville, which was where the city hall is now. There was no “downtown” Woodinville then.

Everything was across the railroad tracks on the other side of the Sammamish Slough: the post office, a grocery store and an all purpose hardware and feed mill operated by the DeYoung family.

One night we awoke to bright flames reflecting on our bedroom wall, and it was the feedmill burning down.

We walked over in our bathrobes and very sadly watched it disappear into ashes.

My neighbors were the Molbaks who moved there a year before and established an innovative wholesale greenhouse which involved new plant technology from Denmark.

We became friends for the year or so that we lived there, and it was exciting to watch their business evolve into a nationally recognized nursery, which we are so fortunate to have in our community.

The only big excitement which happened in Woodinville were the annual slough races.

We all put together picnic baskets and blankets and walked over to the slough to watch the boats racing by. It was a time to visit with neighbors and enjoy a really fun event.

In those days, another annual event was the flooding of the Valley during winter storms.

The Corps of Engineers was called in by some “powers that be” and decided to remove the natural meanders of the Sammamish Slough and create a straight line for water to flow more rapidly into Lake Washington.

Engineers like straight lines, but no one consulted the biologists or the fish, which need meanders for resting during their migrations.

The valley had the most wonderful soil for growing just about anything, and my first veggie garden was very productive.

The Slough Races ended after the river was straightened.  Life just wasn’t the same, and something which we all enjoyed disappeared.

The Old Woodinville moved from across the river to what is now downtown, and gradually, the homes which were on that beautiful fertile soil, converted to businesses.

Fortunately, the comprehensive plan saved the valley for farming between Woodinville and Redmond, so we still have an agricultural focus in our community.

None of us ever predicted that we would become the Wine Country, but what a great way to live.

In the 56 years that I have lived in Woodinville, it is still a wonderful place to raise a family and enjoy the Best of the Northwest.

Wendy Walsh, Woodinville


Over the past two years, the businesses located on 144th Ave NE in the industrial area of Woodinville have been plagued by a brazen thief. He has entered into many of our businesses acting as a parent of a child participating in activities (batting cages or gymnastics), looking for employment or looking for information as a customer.  It usually isn’t until he has left that the business realizes money has been taken from their cash register, a cash box has been taken or even alcohol is missing.

Businesses have become accustomed to keeping doors locked, not having money on the premises and watching out for him.

My cash register was broken into three times in a month.

By the third time I had installed a security camera and decided to call 911 to report the incident.

I was able to give the security tape to Detective Park.

She increased police presence dramatically in the area.

Businesses were given pictures and asked to call 911 when they saw him.

Thanks to Detective Park’s attention to the situation, he was arrested in the area on February 2.

It is comforting to know that the criminal is behind bars and that there is someone who cares about the security of the businesses and safety of their customers.

Dotty Heberling, Northshore Sports Complex


[I was] so proud and thankful to be a part of the Woodinville community as we gathered to remember [a Woodinville teen] and support her family in their grief.

The words spoken by her friends and family are a reminder to us all that we are not alone in this world.

Let us all take this tragedy and make something good of it. May we all take a little more time to  listen,  love, be patient, show kindness, acknowledge, compliment,  hug, smile and most importantly pray, for each other and especially our teens!

Deanne Martin, Hollywood Hill

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