Letters to the Editor - November 26, 2018

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Climate change is the number one threat to the bird communities, forests, and waterways of Washington.  For our birds, our communities, and the natural environment we all rely on, we need to quickly transition away from fossil fuels and towards a 100% clean energy economy..  After watching large out-of-state oil companies spend millions of dollars to protect the polluting economy of the past, we must demand that our legislature pass practical solutions that help move us into the clean energy economy we deserve.
Without swift action, rising temperatures, wildfires, and altered growing seasons will inflict untold harms to our environment and our economic well-being.
With the loss of I-1631 we missed a great opportunity to reduce our fossil fuel consumption and build the clean energy economy we need, but it’s not the only opportunity.  During this upcoming legislative session our elected officials have an opportunity to create a brighter future for our economy, our people, and the natural world that makes Washington so special.  They can do that by supporting legislation that puts us on a path to 100% clean energy.  Contact your state senator and representatives and urge them to work and vote for a clean energy future.
The Rev. Dr. Jim Rettig
The “SOUTHSIDE BYPASS”.  That is how the Woodinville stretch of NE 171st between Wilmot Gateway and 140th Ave NE was billed & built years ago.  TWO lanes in each direction enabling peaceful bypass of Main Street traffic.
Funneling that down to ONE lane and installing roundabouts so curly and narrow they are dizzying silliness is confounding. The Southside Bypass is now the “SOUTHSIDE BOTTLENECK”.  Each day I now travel to work via Main Street.  It is faster than The Bottleneck.  Merely pondering the millions of my tax dollars funding this multi-year conundrum is infuriating.
Make no mistake, I like roundabouts, but not when BLATANTLY DESIGNED TO HOGTIE TRAFFIC.  Did anyone look to the roundabout at the Hollywood Schoolhouse?  Yep, that puppy has TWO lanes.  Since its installation, traffic flow improved.
Pray tell which of our politicians supported this.  We need to know so we can help vote each and every one of you OUT OF OFFICE.
In the meantime, this 45-YEAR Woodinville resident will revert to the 1980’s, using the newly declared “MAIN STREET BYPASS.”
For your next project, consider eliminating the stretch of Woodinville Way from Woodinville-Duvall Road to Highway 9.  Revert the hill past the recycling plant back to a dirt road.  Then we can go back to the 1970’s… how fun would that be?
On a positive note, CONGRATS to LILY RICHARDSON on your win at The Congress (Woodinville Weekly, 11/12/18).  YOU GO GIRL!!  As an old-timer AJQHA World Champion, I admire & respect your dedication and sacrifice as few others can.                    
Janelle Stancik

Letters to the Editor - 11/19/18

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Woodinville is Country Living City Style or is it City Living Country Style.
Whichever it is, the natural beauty framing our city must not be torn away.
The UNSIGHTLY Teatro ZinZanni advertising sign is a detractor.
As is their out-of-context presence on the old Red Hook Brewery property.
We do NOT want Las Vegas-Style Billboard signage spoiling our beautiful city.
It tarnishes our Country Style and is an invitation for more to pop up.
Marilyn Nason

Letters to the Editor - November 12, 2018

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Secondary Academy for Success (SAS)
Coming to Secondary Academy for Success (SAS), I had no idea that there was a stigma. By getting a job and telling more people where I went to school and hearing rude and sarcastic things, I realized there was so much negativity about it. Drugs and other substances are at all schools, not just at SAS, they are more known about because we are a smaller community of students.  We are good kids and we are learning in a way that works for us.
Today I am writing to you about the judgement about SAS. Students at SAS are constantly being judged and put down simply because they needed a different learning environment. A SAS student who I spoke to said one of the reasons that they didn't come here sooner was because of the judgement they'd been hearing from kids at the bigger high schools.
SAS individualizes learning and tries different things to make school fit for each student.  Being a senior and my second year here, I feel as if this issue is much larger than just SAS alone. Knowing the amount of people that have gone here or the people that have wanted to come here, but didn't because of what someone said is appalling. Personally deep down I know that just us alone won’t change the stigma about coming here.
SAS is a place where you can feel comfortable and be yourself. We the students of SAS don’t have the power to do it alone, so please support us as a member of the community.
Theresa Lewchuck
Bothell WA

Letters to the Editor - November 5, 2018

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I am writing to you about this years Halloween and the stealing of personal property that took place. Many residents in our neighborhood were able to eye witness malicious behaviors from children who seem to lack respect and humility.
Full bowls of candy were dumped into bags. Bowls and wash buckets were stolen from residents. Several kids dressed in purple scream outfits came back an hour later,  just to steal more items and leave the little ones with nothing.
Now some may just say, “it’s just kids”. But would that person say the same if these same items were stolen from them or even a store? The last I checked, stealing can get you sometimes 6 months in jail.
I would hope we try to instill our children with the honor system and hope they never take personal property. These children have to understand in this day and age we have cameras and ring. All of what happened on Halloween has been taped. Many parents will be filing a report while others will never be putting out candy again. Some have already contacted the police. So if you have any insight, you may want to say something.
I will be writing a letter to the Northshore School System with hopes that there will be accountability and possibly children doing the right thing.
These individuals have unfortunately ruined it for the next group of kids. All because they wanted more candy and thought it funny to steal people’s belongings. Somehow, I just don’t find that funny.
This type of malicious behavior has no place in our community.
Heidi Thompson

Letters to the Editor - October 29, 2018

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Whenever someone asks how my day is, my muscle memory immediately responds with “Good, how about yours?” with a fake confidence, as I promptly await the same response. We start conversations with the same hook, line, and sinker and expect to have a connection to the people we talk to everyday, and it stems from the taboo that mental illness shrouds itself in.
I would like to discuss the importance of mental health awareness. Mental illnesses are more common than one might think, especially in teens. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reported that suicide is the third leading cause of deaths in youths 10-24, and only 50% of youths age 8-15 received mental health services in the past year. That is the same probability of guessing a coin flip. But statistics about suicide do not tell the story of the young teen struggling to collect the motivation to get out of bed each morning because they are suffering from depression. The teen who feels alone, and wants nothing more than to reach out to friends, but social anxiety disorder takes a hold of them and holds them back. These untold stories are far from rare.
Having a healthy mentality is not just the absence of a diagnosis. Mental health, to me, also refers to the presence of positive characteristics in one’s life that improves quality of life. Anything to break up the manipulative monotony that drags us into a melancholy that wants to leave us motionless when it is done with us. These lifelines can range from something as small as warm tea before bed, to as monumental as having friends one can be open and honest with. School counselors and nurses can help provide resources to connect with occupational therapists and psychiatrists who will support you.
About 1 in 5 teens have a mental illness that affects them daily. Here is how we can comfort them on a personal level. If a friend having a hard time, let them know that you appreciate them, and are thankful that they are with you. The stigma about talking about mental health is a boundary, and that should be expected. It is important to respect the other person’s choice if they do not want to open up to you. If they make the brave decision to discuss their experience with you, do not make them feel as if they are wrong, bad, or stupid. To address how difficult it can be for many to receive health care, contact your local politician. You can contact our governor Jay Inslee, and our two senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray to voice your concerns. If you would like to talk face to face with our local leaders, attend a town hall meeting and assert your opinions about what should be done to aid those affected by mental illness. Tell them we need access to affordable healthcare, education about mental illness in schools, and an increased amount of community support groups. The Adolescent Psychodrama Therapy group is a great example of one. These support groups would ideally help with transportation.
People affected by mental illnesses are fighters. Carrie Fisher, who played Leia in Star Wars, battled endlessly against the stigma of mental health before she was taken from us. She was diagnosed with bipolar at 29. She said, “I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you.”
Ethan Nikel
How many of you have ever struggled with mental health? I know I have since I was 3 or 4 years old. It’s like being chained down with no escape. 
The average person spends 55 minutes per day worrying, however someone with an anxiety disorder worries over 300 minutes per day. With the 6 different anxiety disorders I have, including General Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, Major Depressive Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, I spend about 500 minutes worrying on an off each day. There are only 1440 minutes in a day, so I spend nearly half of the day worrying.
You probably know more than 20 people, and 1 in 20 struggle with America’s most common disorder - Anxiety. The reason this is such a big problem is because someone you know is struggling and they need your help.
But we have tools that can help us work on this issue such as coping skills. Coping skills include talking, using distractions like art or hobbies, and self-care.  Together we can talk and bring this issue to light.
I need you to take care of yourselves and others with anxiety by helping them out. Take a bubble bath, or shower, do something relaxing, even brush your hair. Whatever makes you feel better, that is positive. If you or someone you know needs help, ask for support or support them. You can do this by saying to someone, “I need your help to be safe,” or listen to someone when they say, “Hey, I need help.”
This is important to all of us because a lot of people struggle with anxiety and it may be you or someone you know. Anxiety is like a monster who makes you afraid of the world and everything in it.
Kilee Busch