Off-campus meetings

  • Written by Randall Scott

I find it appalling how frequently all the administrators in Northshore high schools are off-campus for the entire day for meetings with the Superintendent.

At one school that means a principal and three vice-principals leave over 1600 students to be monitored by one campus supervisor and the school resource officer.

This happens three to five times per month! Can these meetings not take place after the school day is over? 

Another issue is they have a 90-minute yoga session so they can “bond” with Dr. Reid. What a great steward of taxpayer dollars.

Randall Scott


Thank You, Woodinville

Gary Harris

“I am very pleased that I have been retained as a Woodinville City Council member.

I look forward to continuing as Deputy Mayor and working to continue the progress that the Council has made in the last two years.

I door belled over 1,000 houses and spoke to many supportive people who agree that Woodinville is heading in the right direction.

I want to thank all those who have encouraged me.”

Gary Harris

Deputy Mayor 



Al Harris

“I am really encouraged by the number of people who turned out to vote in an off-year election.

The voters conveyed an affirmation of support for the Woodinville plans that I have contributed and they want to see them continue.

I am anxious to get back to work in January and work, as I have always done, by focusing on doing what is best for the residents, guests and businesses here in Woodinville.”

Al Taylor

City Council Position 6







Not so fast, Mr. Brunell

  • Written by Jan Deininger

This regards the article by Don Brunell entitled “Americans are blessed in so many ways,” in which he tells about the horrors that Communism caused earlier in the century.

He says the Pope and Reagan (the conservative hero) were more responsible than populist action in turning Poland around (no details provided). He segues directly to “The rest is history and today Poland prospers from the free market system.”

And from there he goes directly to “We are free to innovate...and succeed or fail. No government central planning...can replace our vibrant private enterprises.”

The message is that America is fine and no change is needed. I myself believe that we WERE prosperous because we happened to be closely associated with the parts of the world with the best weather (cradle of civilization) and science and technology (Europe and England), won the fight to control the New World, and then came to have a huge military and monetary flow that has allowed us to get control of the internal resources of country after country after country in the last century by installing puppet leaders.

I’d like “free enterprise” better if I didn’t feel that having a job meant spending most of the better part of one’s life in an un-free environment, lacking free speech and having one’s bathroom breaks controlled.

Don Brunell was president of the Association of Washington Business for many years. He now submits opinions in newspapers all over the state. A quick Google causes scores of his articles to pop up. This same article appeared in the Whitman County Gazette, the Enumclaw Courier-Herald and the Columbian.

He is prolific. It must help that his articles are to some extent pasted from the content of other people.

For instance, the phrase “The loss was disproportionately heavy among professionals—engineers, technicians, physicians, teachers, lawyers, and skilled workers” came from the Wikipedia entry “The History of Solidarity.”

The phrase “cost of manpower losses to East Germany alone (and corresponding gain to the West) was estimated at $7 billion to $9 billion...” is from the Wikipedia entry called “Berlin Wall.”

In another article, about the high cost of education, Brunell bemoans the huge debt incurred by students, details a couple of cases of charity that helped some people afford college, and ends with, “The focus needs to be on approaches which are affordable and effective for students and their families.”


Jan Deininger


Downtown driving challenges

  • Written by Larry Coffman

Probably no city in the universe is more dependent upon driver thoughtfulness and courtesy than Woodinville, Washington. That’s because of the heavy volume of daily traffic that’s funneled into the nine blocks of N.E. 175th St., between 131st Ave. NE and 140th Ave. N.E., which has only one lane north and south and a critical left-turn lane in the center.

It’s imperative that drivers attempting to enter N.E. 175th from the many entry points on both sides of this single downtown artery understand how to use the center lane to get into the flow on NE 175th. Those drivers who don’t understand make it virtual gridlock for those backed up at the entry points.

At the same time, it’s imperative that drivers on N.E. 175th be aware of those trying to enter from both sides of the street and give them space to enter, whenever possible, and especially watch for those trying to access the center lane.

These imperatives will only grow in importance when the massive new apartment complex in the old trailer park area is fully occupied. And these considerations also might help bring some relief to the near-gridlock we experience downtown each holiday season. 

Larry Coffman, Tenant

Woodin Professional Bldg.

13901 NE 175th St.

Americans are blessed in so many ways

  • Written by Don Brunell
Don Brunell

In America, our Thanksgivings range from large family gatherings to Good Samaritans volunteering in soup kitchens, serving turkey dinners to the hungry.  Now think about what it’s like in other parts of the world, where people are lucky to have a few slices of bread and some rice to eat. 

For example, before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, it was that way for people living in Poland and Eastern Europe. Communist dictators tightly controlled everything from the farm to the kitchen table and resistance to the brutal Russian-subjugated decree often meant imprisonment. 

The Soviet-style centralized planning and government control of factories, farms and people’s everyday lives failed miserably. In all 3.5 million emigrated before the Berlin Wall and the “border kill zones” were constructed—all to keep people suppressed behind the Iron Curtain. 

The loss was disproportionately heavy among professionals: engineers, technicians, physicians, teachers, lawyers, and skilled workers because there was no future for them in a country where people were told what to do and every move they made was monitored by callous snitches and secret police.

The direct cost of manpower losses to East Germany alone (and corresponding gain to the West) was estimated at $7 billion to $9 billion before the wall went up. The combination of World War II and the massive migration westward left East Germany with only 61 percent of its population of working age, compared with 71 percent before the war. The Berlin Wall would plug that drain.

In the end, people simply got fed up because there was nothing to lose by protesting.  That was especially true in Poland where Lech Walesa, an electrician at the mammoth Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, initiated the Solidarity movement. Workers struck for better wages, working conditions and to end the austerity. 

Solidarity gave rise to a broad, non-violent, anti-communist social movement that, at its height, claimed some 9.4 million members. It contributed heavily to the fall of communism. Not even jailing the union leaders or imposing martial law could break it. Protestors just went underground.

Poland union leaders had support from then AFL-CIO president Lane Kirkland who kept the pressure on American presidents to back the movement and funneled money to Solidarity.

While Kirkland’s belief was that common person, not diplomats, would free Poland and bring down the Iron Curtain, it was the work of the Polish Pope (John Paul II) and President Ronald Reagan which brought the world’s attention to the plight of the Poles and the failings of ruthless government oppression. 

The rest is history and today Poland prospers from the free market system.  No matter where you go in Poland, you see malls and grocery stores fully stocked. If the names on the stores were the same, you could mistake a mall in Warsaw with South Center in Tukwila.

We are blessed because we are free to innovate, create and have the chance to succeed or fail.  No government central planning or nationalized industries can replace our vibrant private enterprises. Not even socialism.

This Thanksgiving, we ought to stop and realize that America is still the land of freedom and opportunity, and not take for granted the abundance we have.

Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer, and columnist, and a past president of the Association of Washington Business