Letters to the Editor - 3/12/18

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Kudos Governor Inslee

Thank you Governor Inslee for standing our ground and staunchly facing the United States president on Monday, February 26.  Your words were blunt, factual and expressed long needed political outrage.  Skipping political correctness and calling out the president face-to-face on his ludicrous support of arming teachers was succinct.  Undeniable.  As people like you refuse to cave, I continue to hope some good may be on the horizon.

Your statements against arming teachers: perfect.  A+.

Your visit on “All In with Chris Hayes” (MSNBC, 02-26-18) further punctuated the critical need to rise above the NRA and a president seemingly void of honesty, empathy or good faith (“The Art of the Con” as you equated).  We must nonetheless find a way to achieve common sense and meaningful gun law reform. #NeverAgain

Your visit on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” (MSNBC, 02-27-18), well, your words so poignant that Chris Matthews did not even interrupt you… and that NEVER happens.  Nice job!

Standing Ovation.

Janelle Stancik,
Woodinville Voter

Letters to the Editor - 3/5/18

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I'm a retired physician and its clear to me that human-caused climate change due to greenhouse gases is on track to become the biggest public health threat of our time. All of us can be harmed, but some are more vulnerable than others: children, the elderly, the sick, the poor, and communities of color. The World Health Organization declared climate change the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century.

It is the duty of our elected officials to protect our health and well being.  Our Governor understands this responsibility, and made climate change the centerpiece of his recent State of the State address. Now our lawmakers in Olympia have an opportun-ity to take action on climate by passing legislation that would create a 100 percent clean electricity future for Washington. A new bill, HB 2995, phases out coal by 2030 and requires it be replaced by fossil-free resources, and requires that all new  investments  in  energy resources be fossil-free. It is a major step forward that will lead to a 100 percent carbon reduction for electricity by 2045.

The longer we wait to act on climate, the more fossil fuel we continue to burn, and the more dire effects on public health. Our lawmakers have under two weeks to take the necessary steps to put the state on a path to a cleaner, healthier, and economically strong future. I hope you will join me in calling on Representatives Larry Springer and Roger Goodman and all of our state representatives in Olympia to pass 100 percent clean energy legislation this session.

Gerald A. Cufley M.D.
Member Climate and Health Task Force, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - 2/26/18

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NRA over children? Senators Schoesler, Padden, Fortunato, and Ericksen voted against a bump-stock ban in Wash.  (SB 5299 passed 29 to 20 and now will get a hearing in the House.)
Excerpts from columnist Danny Westneat Seattle Times January 26th, 2018 “Clearly this is the first gun seizure in the state of Washington,” Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, told the Senate.
“I can shoot five rounds a second with my Glock, and faster than that with my Sig. ...” Sen. Phil Fortunato.
“Do you really think the crazy, psycho person who sits in a hotel room with a gun is gonna say, ‘Oh, it’s against the law in Washington state, so now I’m not going to do my crime?’ ” Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale..
GUN VIOLENCE will only change if WE VOTE THEM OUT. 
Cathy Ferbrache, Bothell
In Nov.  2016 Wash. became the 18th state to officially call for a constitutional amendment to  overturn  the  2010  Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.  Washingtonians passed Initiative 735 by 63% statewide, a super majority, and with 60.10% in the first congressional district.  This initiative calls on  present and future Wash. State delegations to the federal Congress to propose, then ratify, a joint resolution for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United decision.  Citizens United opened the flood gates for Big Money to dominate our elections.
Nationally 51 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed onto H.J.R. 48, the bill leading to the amendment which will overturn Citizens United; our state’s Initiative 735 is closely aligned with H.J.R. 48.  Four of our state’s 10 representatives are among these co-signers.    Not only do we need to convince more members of Congress to cosponsor H.J.R. 48, we also need to find a U.S. senator to introduce a companion bill to H.J.R. 48 into the U.S. Senate.  This would be an auspicious task for Senator Murray and would  certainly prove that she works diligently to carry out the will of the people who voted her into office.  If you agree that Big Money, multi-national corporations, and billionaires now wield too much power over our elections, please contact Senator Murray’s office (866-481-9186) and ask her to follow the will of Washingtonians by introducing into the Senate the companion bill to H.J.R. 48.
Alan LaFleur, Woodinville
I am sharing a report to the City Council meeting of Feb. 20 at which I represented the Woodinville Rotary Club and the Project Team for the Peace Pole project at DeYoung Park.
First, I am pleased to report that we have financial sponsors for each of the 20 Peace Poles. In fact, we have 21 sponsors.  Nearly $35,000 was raised in this effort. Nine artists have been secured to work with each sponsor in the design and the painting of each Peace Pole in this long-neglected three-quarter acre park across the street from Molbak’s Garden + Home.
This project was undertaken by Rotary in cooperation with the Woodinville Arts Alliance and the City. Our Woodinville Rotary Club has designated itself a Peace Builder Rotary Club with the mission to spread the message of Peace beyond greater Woodinville. Our next fundraising efforts this year will include similar “Peace Projects” at our auction Oct. 6.
Each sponsor signed into Peace Building with great enthusiasm. The 21 sponsors represent a wide cross section of this community – individuals, neighbors, organizations, families and business enterprises.
Each peace pole will carry a nature or community theme with the inscription “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” Most frequently asked question among supporters was “What is a Peace Pole.”
Here is how Rotary describes these Community Peace Poles.
Peace poles are intended to inspire unity among people.
May Peace Prevail on Earth is an all-inclusive universal message. It is a meeting place of the heart bringing together people of all faiths, backgrounds and culture to embrace the Oneness of our planetary family.
The message is referred to as an affirmation of Peace.
The  next step  is to connect sponsors and artists for the design phase of the Peace Pole project. Then we take the Peace Pole project to the community at large.
It has been a pleasure working with city staff, members of the Arts Alliance, and other Rotarians to launch this project to display peace at our soon-to-be redesigned downtown park in a very colorful and meaningful way.
John B. Hughes
I am compelled to write this letter because my conscience, my sense of what’s right and what’s wrong demands that I speak up and say something about the grievous error being committed  the  by  the  leaders of Bothell, Wash., the city that I grew up in and the city I love. I want to believe the best and hope the best and assume that this error was just a mistake on someone else’s part and that the leaders of Bothell are simply unaware that this has happened. That’s possible and I hope that is the case because then it is easily corrected. The other possibility is that you know and simply don’t care. That’s an error that is very grievous and not so easily corrected. Your response to this letter, or lack thereof, will tell me and many other veterans like myself, whether or not the mistake was accidental or deliberate.
The  following  photograph of the once long-standing monument that used to grace Triangle Park and was dedicated to the memory of those who served their country and risked their lives so that we could enjoy the lives that we now live as free men and women. The monument stood as a memorial to our veterans since April 1974 in Bothell’s Triangle Park. Now it sits, battered and beaten under the American flag I fly at my home. It was discovered by the husband of a former senator of the fine state of Washington who pulled it out from under the wheels of a dump truck as it had been plowed over by a contractor hired by the city to “improve” the park.  All across this nation of ours there appears to be a grossly misinformed movement to change our history. To plow it under, to bury it out of sight and out of our history books, out of our parks and public buildings and if possible even out of our memories as a people. I chose to believe that what happened in Triangle Park was not a deliberate attempt to dishonor our veterans and our forefathers but rather it was just a sad mistake. An oversight. So I say again, your response to this letter, or lack thereof, will tell me which it is. It will also tell all the many veterans in Bothell whether this was an accident or a deliberate attempt to discredit the very people who served their country with honor and allowed us to live as free people in a very dangerous world.
It is our hope that this monument will be restored by you to a suitable location in our of Bothell’s parks and I can gather a number of veterans who will gladly help with the restoration of the plaque but we want to hear from you that is your intention also.  Awaiting your reply.
Ronald J. Nardone, Snohomish
Please note the following correction regarding the McMenamins Anderson School story in our 2/19 edition.   Edgefield isn’t the original McMenamins property.  The first was the Barley Mill Pub in SE Portland, opened in 1983. (The brothers had a few ventures even earlier than that, starting in 1974.) Edgefield came much later, opening in stages beginning in 1990.

Letters to the Editor - 2/19/18

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I live on the Woodinville Duvall Rd and I am 86 years old. On Friday, February 16th, I was down getting my mail. I stepped back to close the mailbox and fell off the curb backwards into the street, hitting my head.
I wanted to express my deepest gratitude for the three women who stopped to help. They kept me from being struck by a car. One ran up to my house to let my husband know what had happened. One covered me with a blanket and another cushioned my head and kept a compress on it. They stayed with me until the aid car arrived to take me to the ER for 6 staples in the back of my head.
Without these ladies, it could have turned out so much worse. I only got one woman’s name and promptly forgot it so I don’t even know who to thank personally. I hope they read this and know they helped save my life on Friday as well as the firemen, EMT’s and police.
Thank you all very much for your kindness,
Jane King, Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - 2/5/18

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Remember to vote February 13, 2018. Northshore School District is presenting three funding measures.
You may have seen flyers or the recent Woodinville Weekly article about the upcoming Northshore School District Bond measures… what is missing from the article and flyers are the dollars – the cost - for each bond measure, so here are the numbers:
Prop 1 …. $234 million Renewal of Educational Programs & Operations Levy
Prop 2 .… $275 million * Capital Projects Bond
Prop 3 …. $62 million Renewal of Technology Levy
The three bonds total $571 million – and we will be taxed accordingly.
A couple of details about the Capital Projects Bond:
1. Approximately $140 million of the proposed Capital Projects Bond is for constructing the Maltby K-8 school.
2. Upgrades to Skyview and Canyon Creek schools total approximately $40 million.
Here’s something else:
Previous Capital Projects Bonds - all passed
2006…. $123 million 2010…. $149 million 2014…. $177 million
If the 2018 bonds are passed that means from 2006 through 2018 Northshore will have had Capital Projects totaling $724 million.
A Perspective: I've asked people living in this area and according to their last Snohomish County property tax statements, 37% of our property tax goes to Northshore School District.
Bill Stankus, Woodinville
36 years ago, I moved to Woodinville so my children could attend Northshore schools.    All three of my children are now successfully employed and making their own contributions to society.  
I’ve been teaching at Woodin Elementary for 17 years.   I can tell you that our community’s continued financial support for our schools is essential for our students.    I’m asking you to vote YES on Northshore’s renewal funding measures.
The three renewal funding measures reduce the rates of our local property taxes from $4.01 to $3.89 per thousand dollars of property value.
First, local levy dollars pay for over 20% of Northshore’s budget!   This includes smaller class sizes, special education, help for our neediest students and opportunities for our most advanced, school nurses at every school, sports, clubs, professional development for staff, and much more.     
Second, every school district, including Northshore, must rely on local bonds (or levies) for school construction and renovation.    Thousands of additional kids have entered our Northshore schools in the past couple of years--enough to fill several new schools—but there is no room for them.  They are stuck in portables.  Our Renewal Capital Projects Bond will build a new school and additional classrooms.  It will purchase improved security enhancements.
The Court has ordered the Legislature to add $1 billion for next year alone, and they haven’t done that yet.   However, they keep increasing unfunded requirements like the 24 high school credits to graduate. 
State funding is only about meeting minimum requirements.   This is not enough for our children to succeed in the global marketplace.
Northshore has always provided more than the minimal standard of education for our youth, and with your continued support, we’ll continue to do so.
Please vote YES on all three measures!   Ballots must be mailed or dropped off by Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.
Patricia Trovato