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Letters to the Editor - Sept. 10, 2018

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Water Trees
 
Our green, beautiful, shade providing vegetation needs our help!  During the non-rainy season, about once every 7-10 days, all of our trees and other plants need an extra, good soaking, ideally 30 – 45 minutes. Over the past two summers both the surface and deep soil – simply stated, are bone dry or in a drought. Please be generous with your wallet and regularly water your trees and bushes…the grass gives a clue about the dry and compromising conditions.
Jeannine Sieler
Washington State Native and Tree Lover
 
FAKE NEWS
 
The following letter to the editor was received in reference to the Guest Column by Fred Obee, Executive Director of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association that we ran on August 20, 2018.
 
It is interesting reading the article “No excuse for fake news rhetoric” (published on The Woodinville Weekly on August 20, 2018). I wonder whether the author really don’t know where the name of “fake news” came from or just pretended he didn’t know it. He used the first and second paragraphs to list many stories that newspaper reported and concluded that there is no fake news. I agree those stories are not fake news. Actually nobody will say sports’ reporting is fake news, even if reporters have bias to favor Seahawks, Mariners, or Sounders. Nobody will say weather reporting is fake news, even though the weather report is not always accurate. The author should know the name of “fake news” is used to point out the biased reporting of political events or issues by some major media. If he doesn’t know that, he is not good in his profession. Trump uses “fake news” to fight against those biased media and majority of American people agree with him.  A recent article by Politico indicates that poll shows 77 percent of Americans say major news outlets report ‘fake news’. Several years ago Washington Post reported that just 7 percent of journalists are Republicans. It is not important which party a journalist belongs to, as long as she can make efforts to report facts in political events and issues. In some extend, media controls what we can see and hear. Therefore, it is very important for media to do its best to report facts, all facts, and nothing but facts, so that people can base on facts to make informed decision in the events such as election. Journalists should do their best to regain people’s trust. While we don’t want “fake news rhetoric”, we don’t need “all Trump’s fault rhetoric” either. 
Jun Tang
Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - August 20, 2018

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HELP FINDING A HERO
 
My name is Jonathan Lucas and recently I was honored with the opportunity to return a Bronze Star Medal and citation to SPC 4 Gregory Graves for Heroism in Ground Combat in Jan. 1970 during the Vietnam War. Through a little research, unfortunately, he passed away on Aug. 29, 2001 so I cannot return it to him.  I did find that he passed away in Woodinville, Washington.  I would like to ask the Woodinville community if anyone would have known him or a family member and could possibly answer the question why the award was in Idaho.
 
I am a veteran myself, however, I was never afforded the opportunity to be in a situation to be in combat, but I feel returning this award to a family member would be an amazing tribute to how much of a hero he was to his unit at the young age of 19, and I am sure his actions on those days allowed several others in his unit to go home to their families.
 
Thank you for your assistance.
 
Jonathan Lucas
Quality Assurance Representative
DLA Energy Japan
DSN: 3152253084
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
ROWING
 
I was looking through the August 6th edition of the Woodinville Weekly and I saw the article on the front page titled Rowing Kudos.  The picture caught my eye so I read the article.  Samuel Halbert who graduated in 2016 and is a member of the USA men’s under 23 8+boat set a world record time and won a Gold Medal at the championships.  I thought it was cool that a graduate from my high school and from our small town was part of a team of rowers that set a world record. That doesn’t happen every day and it is pretty cool that someone from our town did that.  The article also mentioned Riley Milne from Woodinville as a member of the team.  Thank you for highlighting their accomplishments, they should remind us all that we can achieve our dreams no matter where we come from.
 
Tim Mollerup
 
YOUR VOICE MATTERS
 
In the age of Trump, complacency is dangerous to our democracy. Remaining quiet is not an option. We have seen in the past how that turned out (and yes, as a German citizen, I feel very strongly about that!).

To ensure that we will continue to be a nation that honors free speech, we need to support the free press. Subscribe to a newspaper, listen to the news – and please check out all sorts of different outlets to get a balanced picture, not one slanted this way or that.
 
Practice critical thinking. Question sources, information and engage in discussions. Maybe it gets uncomfortable at times, but if we really listen, we may learn from each other!
 
Support causes you feel strongly about. Volunteer for those causes. Do you like art, music, education? Any school would love to have you volunteer! Civil liberties? Go volunteer or donate to the ACLU. Women’s rights? Volunteer at or donate to Planned Parenthood or other women’s organizations Mental health? There are plenty of organizations that struggle to provide much needed help there too. You get the picture!
 
And don’t forget to vote with the almighty dollar! A company that is thinking of using Asbestos again, will not do so if no one will buy their products! A company that advertises on extremist websites will cease to do so if we stop buying their products. A politician will not be elected, if we don’t donate to their campaign.
 
It is up to each of us to determine what sort of country we want to live in. Let’s show up, roll up our sleeves and do our part!
 
Katharina Bomers-Muller 
Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - August 13, 2018

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INITIATIVE 1634
 
“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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FOOTLOOSE
 
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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SOPHIE FOUND
 
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