Letters to the Editor - February 25, 2019

On February 10th our home caught fire. Despite the 2 feet of snow the firefighters from 4 different stations along with paramedics were there in 5 minutes. They went to work putting the fire out dragging the large hose up our street and long driveway. They put ladders up against the house and climbed up onto the roof while carrying a chainsaw. It was extremely surreal watching our home of 30 years burn but the firefighters who risked their lives to run into our home have our heartfelt forever gratitude. The paramedics went to work immediately on my husband checking his oxygen levels and blood pressure. They helped in calming our  nerves and  stayed at the house for quite awhile. Our next door neighbors Len and Jane Parris invited all of us into their home to stay warm while the firefighters continued to work on retrieving personal valuable items from our home as well as watching for hotspots and flare ups. Our neighbors John and Lisa Brennan opened their home to us to stay with them as long as needed. There were also many other neighbors in our community that reached out to us with prayers and offers of help including staying with them. It'll be a year before we can move back in but we are blessed that we are all alive and well. We will be forever grateful to the firefighters, first responders and all of our friends and neighbors that helped us get through the traumatic event that day and the days to follow! We feel grateful to live in Woodinville,such a wonderful, caring and giving community! Thank you and God Bless!
Nelson and Kathy Goodsell
After spending a couple of weeks digging out of another “once in a hundred years” weather event, I am thinking more and more about the effects of climate change. While some question how colder weather can be related to global warming, it is clear that weather changes are happening, and that these are linked to climate change. Lately, Washington State has had a marked uptick in climate change related events, including increased and significantly worse flooding, mudslides, and wildfires. We have to do something to stop this.
One way to stop this is by adopting a 100% Washington bill (SB 5116). This bill would commit our state to using only clean electricity by 2045. It will be done in a way that addresses historical inequities around our energy system through low income assistance programs and investments in communities.
Washington is in a unique position to quickly transition away from dirty energy. We have a good deal of existing hydropower as well as strong solar and wind programs. In order to have 100% clean energy, we just need to continue our trend towards increasing solar and wind projects, as well as increasing our investment in technologies such as wave power and tidal power. These are inexpensive investments that will produce cheap, reliable electricity for all of us. At a time when dirty energy prices are rising, clean energy prices are going down. The Washington State Legislature is currently debating the 100% Washington bill. In the Senate, it has been watered down so that consequences are minimal and compliance can be appealed. These changes are leading to a bill that is high on aspirations but will likely have little real effect.
100% Washington will benefit all Washingtonians. It will bring electricity prices down, will help to clean our air, and will help to combat the drastic weather changes and climate effects we are now suffering.
Cathy Ferbrache

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