Letters to the Editor - 7/9/18

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We have owned an 11.5 acre horse stable on the top of Hollywood Hill for the last 20 years. We  have three horses of our own that were born and raised here along with 37 clients who have show horses that are boarded here. This is our business, our livelihood and passion. Unfortunately the Fourth of July holiday is not filled with celebration and barbecues for us. Instead it is filled with worry, dread and intensive care trying to protect our animals and property from injury and damage.
We have worked with our neighbors over the years trying to talk to them ahead of time and explain our concerns over fireworks in our area. Many of them are respectful and refrain but many others don’t care and break the laws knowing there will be no recourse from law enforcement in our city.
In preparation, all of our animals are locked up in their stalls. We put ear plugs in to dull the noise and give them sedatives to help calm them. At 9 p.m. one of our neighbors across the street (in Woodinville City limits) started blowing off fireworks in the middle of our very busy street (N.E. 175th St.) which is less than 50 feet from our horses barn. Then three houses west of them (also in Woodinville City Limits), the neighbors started blowing off a series of reservation fireworks that were landing on our property. This went on for hours. When we asked and pleaded with them to stop they just laughed and basically said tough s__t!
This isn’t a game for us. We have had horses die from breaking a leg running circle in their stall trying to get away. Others internalize the stress and colic resulting in the vet putting them down. We are stuck bearing the heartache and cost of the damages. We have had our pastures catch on fire from the fireworks and put them out with our own hoses to keep it from spreading. Then we have the clean up of all the debris that has flown onto the property.
This year the City of Bellevue increased their fine for illegally blowing off fireworks in their city limit to $1000 and strictly enforced it. It is time the City of Woodinville stepped up to take action to protect all of its law abiding citizens as well.
Keli Covin
Owner, Five C Farms

Letters to the Editor - June 25, 2018

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Re: riding bikes to local schools. I’m pretty sure that neither Northshore School District or the local school administrators have legal control over the public streets and sidewalks. If my child would like to ride to school and *I*, as the parent of said child, deem it safe and that they are responsible enough to do so, then my child can ride their bike, legally via public thoroughfares, right up to the edge of the school property. It is at THAT point where NSD and local administrators get to have a say.
Can we stop being so “safe” that our kids don’t get to experience the world around us? If the problem is drivers, why are we penalizing the kids? Why not actually penalize the drivers causing the problems? Have a local policeman stop by frequently and take care of the offenders. Let’s place any blame where it should be, and let the kids have some fun, get some exercise and enjoy their childhood.
Tim Graves, 15 year Woodinville Resident

Letters to the Editor - 6/18/18

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The report of Woodinville City Council’s last meeting was appalling and embarrassing. Not only in the way Bernie Talmas broke the news that he was stepping down (abruptly), but in the following conversations. Most disturbingly, was Mr. Talmas statement about qualified people running for office, such as “corporate executives, the economists, the CPAs, the lawyers.” That was so demeaning to “we the people of Woodinville.” Was he inferring that a citizen of Woodinville is inept of being on council? I was absolutely insulted as a community member. The continuous demand that the council vote for a new mayor was also very disturbing, what was the rush? The fact that Talmas selected James Evans and he was the one who got the vote, seemed almost as if it were planned by the two of them. The whole meeting seemed off and not a good representation of how a city council should be run. I hope that the council will take a look at the June meeting and review its behavior for future meetings. Please remember, you are representing the people of Woodinville, and all of us count on a more mature, adult like atmosphere from all of you at the council meetings.
Wendy Wands

Letters to the Editor - 6/11/18

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Did you know the Woodinville “Civic campus project” includes giving the old schoolhouse 3-acre parcel of land away to land developers?
I am a resident of Woodinville.  I appreciate the unique city Woodinville is and am concerned that the Woodinville civic campus project is a big mistake for Woodinville.
Although I have sent out more than 14 emails to city council members, I have received only two responses. One was an invitation to the open house on May 23rd to which I attended and the other was answered with dismissive substance.  I’d like to discuss it.
Les replied.
“We must expend some of our assets to meet our goals.”
We can trade land:
Land is all around us. We can see that it is limited.
Land cannot be created. Of the three possible assets that can be spent to meet our goals, land is the one that we cannot make more of. The only way to get more land is by going first to the other two resources and increasing those so that they can be used to purchase more land. I ask you. If we are so reticent to raise taxes or vote on a bond now, when times are good, why do we assume it is a good idea to make raising taxes the only option for the future when city goals need to be met?
We can vote on a bond measure:
I am not sure how much the council has looked into or considered this option.
We can drain (cash) reserves:
While it may seem successful to say the city has X dollars in the bank this is not honest unless all assets are accounted for and tallied including how much land wealth is with the city at the beginning and end of each council term.
We as citizens deserve to know what portion of our land wealth is being given away on this project.
Finally, when the land becomes the property of someone else we can NOT be assured that our goals for the land will be honored.
With gratitude,
Penelope Jupiter Zela

I don’t live in the City of Woodinville, but I have to traverse it twice a day.
When they were building the roundabout, which took an inordinate amount of time to complete, they took away the bypass.
Now, they are reconstructing the area around the roundabout. Those two projects couldn’t have been done simultaneously?
Or is there some built in redundancy to ensure the taxpayers keep the construction companies well heeled!
I don’t shop or head downtown any more as the four lane bypass has been reduced to just another two lane main street through Woodinville.
Bruce Barnard

Letters to the Editor - June 4, 2018

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Kenmore LGBTQ Proclamation
The city of Kenmore made history during their 5/29/2018 public meeting at Kenmore City Hall.
The City of Kenmore - City Council voted 6-1, to support Pride Week, and ruled to adopt a supportive LGBTQ Proclamation!
During citizen commits, I requested the City form and adopt a Proclamation that "The City of Kenmore stands in support of our LGBTQ Community and Pride." Also speaking in local support, reconciling ministries Rev. Anja Helmon carrying the message of compassion, growth, and learning. Thank you to our supportive councilmen and councilwomen for voting in support: Dept. Mayor Nigel Herbig, Joe Marshall, Stacey Gill Denuski, Mayor David Baker, Brent Smith and Debra Srebnik for your support. Councilmen Milton Curtis ruled against due to his self-held core beliefs.
Corina Pfeil