Letters to the Editor - February 18, 2019

I'm a Northwest native, grew up between Bothell and Kenmore, as a young teenager worked on a truck farm in Woodinville, graduated from Bothell High, spent some years living in Spokane, and now live in the greater Grace/Maltby area!  Long ago I introduced my wife and two young boys (8 and 10) to the joys of hiking in the Cascades.  I did the same in the northeastern part of the state as the young boys grew older.  We have continued to hike throughout the Cascades.  We also spent time in state parks, both driving and kayaking to them.  And at one point my then young men and I attempted to climb Mt. Rainier, but got blown off the mountain by high winds.  Then there's the cycling around the state and the fascinating bird life to be seen.  The beauty, the delight, the challenge of the Cascades, the Olympics and the Salish Sea, not to mention eastern Washington's unique Scablands and the enchanting wonder of
The Palouse, take second place to no other area.
Thus I am very concerned about what the effects of climate change are having here:  glaciers receding, snow pack diminishing, bird migrations changing, river temperatures rising.  Yet I am encouraged to see climate action elevated in Olympia and in Washington D.C. with the new House of Representatives.  It's time we pass solutions that move us into the clean energy economy we deserve.
A 100% clean energy economy is a practical way to address climate change, and it will have long-term benefits for our economy, our people and the natural world that makes Washington state so special.  Polling conducted after November's elections shows Washingtonians overwhelmingly support action to address climate change and to increase clean energy use.  Voters who want climate action but rejected I-1631 support 100% clean energy policy by a 2-1 margin.
Every member of Washington's First Legislative District (Senator Guy Palumbo, Representatives Derek Stanford and Shelley Kloba) not only support the new moves in the state legislature (SB5116 and HB1211) to enact these policies, they are all co-sponsors of the respective bill.  Send a letter of thanks to them: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the toll-free legislative hotline:  800-562-6000.
Jim Rettig
I’m a local teen and for the longest time I’ve been interested in non-kill pet shelters. One of my recent school assignments involved the research of non-kill shelters and I found your “pet of the week” page helpful and very inspiring. As someone who really loves pets it’s so nice to be aware of local non-kill shelters focused on making the lives of pets and owners better through adoption. I just wanted to say thank you to both the writer covering this issue and your newspaper as a whole.
Collin Gibbons

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