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Letters to the Editor - February 18, 2019

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CLIMATE CHANGE
 
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
 
PET OF THE WEEK
 
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

Letters to the Editor - February 4, 2019

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HERITAGE SOCIETY
 
The Woodinville Heritage Society Board and membership would like to thank The Woodinville Weekly and their fellow community partners who continually support the Society.  We truly appreciate all that The Weekly does to promote our monthly Community Programs and Heritage Museum exhibits.  Attendance at our recent program on genealogy was standing-room-only primarily due to The Weekly’s dedication to building community.  Several of the attendees arrived with their Woodinville Weekly in hand. 
 
The Heritage Society’s vision is to be viewed as an essential partner in the fabric of our community.  We are proud of the relationships we have built – and continue to build – with fellow businesses and organizations who are equally dedicated to improving our community.  Along with The Woodinville Weekly, some of our community partners include Eastlake Minuteman Press, Pony Mailbox & Business Center, and Seamonster Studios.  Our Sustaining Members include The Lions Club, Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, Windemere Real Estate, Westhill Custom Homes and The Rotary Club of Woodinville. 
 
It is because of our members and wonderful organizations like these that we are able to provide interesting community programs and help preserve our past for future generations. 
 
Rick Chatterton, President
Woodinville Heritage Society

Letters to the Editor - January 21, 2019

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Microsoft has announced it will contribute $500 million toward affordable housing in the Puget Sound area.  Whereas, this will not solve the crisis, it is a great step forward toward a solution...plus it includes a call-out to other big companies in the area to open up their philanthropic pocket books.

But this is not why I am writing.  I am wondering why our mayor’s name is not on the Microsoft draft that includes mayors of cities in the area, all pledging to eliminate and/or reduce costs associated with building affordable housing...permits, inspections etc.

One is left to believe that either our City or our mayor are of so little consequence that they were not contacted (I know they were contacted), or our City does not wish to be a part of helping make affordable housing truly affordable. 
Apparently all these other cities have room to find cost reduction in the permitting process, but Woodinville is running lean and efficient with no room to participate.

I rather think it a lot of both.

Kevin S. Murphy

Letters to the Editor - January 14, 2019

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MOTHER’S HELPER
 
I am a college-educated mother of 3 elementary-aged children.  Both my husband and I grew up in Woodinville and chose to raise our family here because it is a safe community. We have lived in our home for 18 years and feel comfortable letting our children play outside, ride bikes and walk to the neighbor's house-just like we did when we were kids! Recently, I posted the following ad for my daughter on our neighborhood website:
Mother's Helper
 
Hello! My almost 10-year old is available as a mother's helper.  She is the oldest of three and is quite capable. She can fold and put away laundry, sweep, set tables, clean dishes, take out the trash, make beds, vacuum, make light meals, and keep your kiddo busy. We are a homeschool family so she has a flexible schedule.  Please message me if you are interested in meeting with us.
 
Six hours later the Sherriff was knocking on our door.  He was embarrassed and apologetic but said he had to do a welfare check to make sure I wasn't running a sweat shop! Apparently, the ad generated multiple phone calls from at least one paranoid neighbor thinking I was using my child as a slave. When my husband explained that we were simply trying to teach our child the value of a strong work ethic so they wouldn't grow up to be spoiled, he replied, "I wish more parents would do that."
 
At 8-years old I was working in a nursery with infants, at 11 I was babysitting and doing yard work, at 12 I had a paper route, and by age 17 I was living on my own, working almost full-time, and attending college. All those things would likely violate our state’s child labor laws today.
 
It's a shame that our culture has resorted to this paranoia. It’s irrational (crime nationally is the lowest it has been since the 1970s!) and this fear is robbing our children of an admirable attribute called grit as well as the pride that learning skills, independence, and hard work bring.
 
Christina Behar

Letters to the Editor - January 7, 2019

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CITY COUNCIL
 
We know we have a little over a decade to reduce atmospheric carbon to avoid catastrophic climate change. Because cities are at the forefront of climate change risk and opportunity, they have a big role to play in creating solutions. We can do it if we get started now.
 
As a City Councilmember, I’m proud that the Council has taken a huge first step by being a partner in creating a livelier, lower carbon-footprint downtown where people will enjoy living, experience better amenities and transit, and reduce their need for driving. A big win!
 
Next - should we as a City start work on a goal of 100% renewable energy by increasing low-carbon mobility (pedestrian/biking/transit), requiring greater building energy efficiency, installing solar panels on city hall, reducing waste going to the landfill? What else?
 
I believe that what citizens ask their cities to do filters up to our local State representatives and eventually even higher. So your voice is crucial! Come to a council meeting, call city hall at 425-489-2700, or email
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Give us the backup of your support so that we as a city can make a difference for our kids and grandkids.
 
Paula Waters
City Councilmember