Letters to the Editor - August 13, 2018

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“I was surprised by David Clark’s August 7 article, which seemed to cast doubt that Washington Initiative 1634 “would protect hard-working families and neighborhood businesses from grocery taxes.” I am a neighborhood business owner, and a proud member of the Yes! To Affordable Groceries coalition.
When Washingtonians voted to make food and beverages off limits from taxation 30 years ago, it was because we believed these items should remain as affordable as possible so they’re accessible to all families. But the recent Seattle beverage tax provides a blueprint for how local governments can now work around these restrictions. In implementing the tax, I have had to raise prices on more than just soda pop – in order to stay competitive and keep my customers, I’ve offset costs by increasing the prices on other grocery items like juice, tea and coffee. I wish I didn’t have to, but those are the tough choices small businesses have to make.
A few years ago, no one would have ever thought that orange juice and iced tea would be taxed. But it is happening. What’s next? I’ve read about proposals for taxes on dairy farmers and cattle growers who produce staples for refrigerators and pantries.
I-1634 would protect us from this end run around the sales tax restrictions on grocery items. Taxes on food and beverages hurt hard-working families and small businesses the most and it’s time we put an end to the threat they pose.
George O’Connor
Ken’s Market QA - Seattle

Letters to the Editor - August 6, 2018

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I read the article on the Footloose takes the stage and I thought that it was really cool to see studio east working to give these kids such a great opportunity. I like that the local newspaper highlights these types of events and encourages our community to attend and support them. I can remember attending these plays in the past and I can always recall them as being rather fantastic. I want to thank studio east for their great summer camps and helping kids find things that they enjoy or just giving the kids something to do. I am sure this show will be just as amazing as the rest and I look forward to seeing it myself.
Thank you, Samuel Mollerup

Letter to the Editor - July 23, 2018

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On July 3rd, 2018, our Shiloh Shepherd Sophie forced our back door open and jumped the back fence due to kids lighting off some M-80’s.  We spent an hour searching the nearby woods thinking she was hiding from the noise.
I posted on the Woodinville Neighbors Facebook page that she had gone missing and within seconds, neighbors responded.  We learned she had been running in the middle of the Woodinville/Duvall road for hours! Many people had called the police and tried to catch her. Complete strangers responded to my post by getting in their cars to look for her.  It was an overwhelming response and led to a very happy ending for our family.
Deputy Mark Orendorff and Deputy Ben Griffin responded to the traffic calls and tried to capture her.  Sophie is a big dog, 90 pounds, and she is very wary of strangers. They did finally box her in and through the police non-emergency dispatch, we were all able to meet up at Cottage Lake Safeway.  It would be hard to describe our joy and relief at finding our dog and the shame we felt at wasting these officers’ time.  A lecture would have been expected and appropriate but instead they were very kind and understanding and happy to reunite us. Kudos all around to Woodinville’s finest!
I realize this is not a particularly exciting or unusual story but what I learned from this is worth sharing.  We are constantly bombarded right now with a message that we are all divided.  It is depressing and it seems to affect everything in our lives.  Do not listen. Do not believe it because this message is false.  So many more things connect us on a basic level then divide us.  No one asked me what my political affiliations were before they decided to help out a neighbor.  It’s just what we do. It’s what makes our community special.  So block out the noise and let’s all enjoy something real-the wonderful community we live in.
Keep it up Neighbors!
Taya Vercelli

Letters to the Editor - July 16, 2018

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Alzheimer’s disease is the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. This matters deeply to the more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 110,000 in Washington.
As a caregiver to my wife Taryn of 42 years, I understand firsthand the impact this disease has on families across America. We are seeing more and more families that we know in Woodinville that are being affected with this challenge.
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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