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Letters to the Editor - 10/23/17

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PLAYGROUND

I was so excited to learn that our neighborhood was one that would get a remodel of our playground that had gotten run down. The structure that was put in is such a disappointment. I understand that elementary school children were part of the team that picked this design and am dismayed that adults did not consider that this structure is not at all useful for toddlers.  I brought my 2 year old grandson to explore the climbing structure, he was unable to climb on any of it. I held on to him as we climbed the rubber mat up to the slide, this was so dangerous, the mat is not wide enough to ensure safety and the climbing "steps" were slippery. How sad that we had to leave and not be able to play at our park. There are plenty of areas that there could have been set aside for toddlers. I do commend the elementary children in giving voice to this park, but there should have been a conversation as to who it would be available for.
Wendy Wands, Woodinville

The two recent play structure renovations of Wilmot Gateway Park and Woodinville Heights park are within the City of Woodinville city limits and have missed addressing a very vital cohort of our community.  Neither play structure have opportunities for our accessible community to enjoy.  I hope the City of Woodinville will correct these mistakes and not deny this sector of our community the same access that they have a right to and fully deserve.
Kwang-Koo Lee, Bothell

Female Writers & Directors

Do you think that the number of female writers and directors has increased or decreased? What do we lose from only hearing from the male perspective? There’s not enough female perspectives in movies and TV. The majority comes the male perspective. This should not be a male dominated profession.

The lack of female writers and directors in the world is upsetting. The reason why this is such a big problem is because “women made up just 7% of all directors in the top 250 films, a 2% decline from 2015, according to S.D. States Center for the study of women in TV and Film. For example, the movie Friday The 13th, or most any horror films, the lead is played by a male actor. There is very rarely any strong female heroes and/or villains. The killer is most likely going to be male if the writer and/or director is a man. Instead of being a true main character they are more like a puppet being controlled by a man.

But we have tools to help us work on this issue. Awareness of the inequality is the first step in fixing the problem. There has been a recent focus and concern that there are too few female authors and directors. But awareness alone won’t solve the inequity. According to an article. Women Working in Film aren’t much better off than in 1998. The FBI is investigating the recent decrease in female directors. Despite recent awareness.

Have you ever heard of the Bechdel test? Next time you watch a movie you should use Bechdel test. Ask yourself the three questions. 1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it?

2. Who talk to each other? 3. About something besides a man?

This is important to all of us because having variety and different perspectives give us better insight into people and society, which could help with improvement of our world.

The main point is to bring awareness in the lack of female writers and directors in movies and TV and to show people that women are capable of this kind of job.
TJ Ariz, Woodinville

Editor’s Note:  We have received an overwhelming number of letters to the editor endorsing candidates for the upcoming election.
We have made an internal company decision not to publish individual candidate or platform endorsements.

CORRECTION

We apologize for the error in spelling Woodinville Water District (WWD) candidate Greg Fazzio’s name wrong in our follow up WWD Follow Up story in the October 16 edition.

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