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Letters to the Editor - Aug. 5, 2019

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THANK YOU
 
Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all the many friends and family that attended Dad's "Celebration of Life". Mom, and all us Martys were overwhelmed by all of the love and support shown by all of you.  Also, thank you for all the cards, flowers, donations, words of condolences, and to all who helped and contributed in any way. Thank you SO much! We love you all.
 
The Marty Family

Letters to the Editor - July 29, 2019

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Alzheimers
 
There are more than 110,000 residents of our state living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 348,000 family members and friends are acting as unpaid caregivers.  
 
Fellow Washingtonians who joined the 1,200 attendees at the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement Advocacy Forum in April in Washington, DC said that Congress was listening to their explanation of the burden that Alzheimer’s places on our state and nation.
 
This advocacy is important to me because I am a caregiver for my wife, Taryn, who was diagnosed with early onset Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease and I know the heavy burden that families carry.
 
Legislators were asked to continue to increase funding for Alzheimer’s research at the National Institutes of Health, as well as fund implementation of the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, which Congress passed into law last year. Alzheimer’s doesn’t strike just the elderly. The 200,000 Americans diagnosed with dementia before age 65 need services like in-home services, transportation, and caregiver support.
 
Advocates asked members of Congress to cosponsor the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act, that will amend the Older Americans Act to serve these families too.
 
I am grateful that Congresswoman DelBene has cosponsored this needed legislation, H.R. 1903/S. 901. Please join me in urging Senators Murray and Cantwell to join her as cosponsors of this needed legislation.
 
All our members of Congress should continue to actively support policies that address Alzheimer’s disease as the national public health crisis it is.
 
Jeffrey Jensen
Woodinville
 
CITY PRIORITIES
 
The street I live on, 136th Ave NE, is a main walking route for both Woodinville High School and Woodin Elementary.  I have lived on this street for 30 years, and have repeatedly inquired of city council and city management personnel when will we ever get a REAL sidewalk so our children (and dog walkers and evening strollers and bus commuters and TAX-PAYERS) will be safe.  The answer has always been “priorities.”  The city has had other priorities, ever since incorporation.  
 
And now……Ladies and Gentlemen……..let us gaze on our newest priority: a mural?
 
Richard Reed
Woodinville

Letter to the Editor - VV 070819

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DOG PARK
 
Many thanks to Eagle Scout Ikaika Ward and his friends for creating the off-leash dog park in Duvall.
 
Beautifully designed and constructed with the superb quality we would expect from a scout troop.
 
Our dog loved it. May I request that the Scouts, or some other group, adds a seat/bench located in the shade of the trees on the South side of the area. It would be much appreciated, and I will be honored  to donate the first $250 towards the cost if anyone is prepared to do this.
 
Thanks again, Scouts.
Tony Hagger
Redmond

Letter to the Editor - June 17, 2019

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TRAFFIC POLICE
 
Has anyone else noticed that the Police units that park at the construction zones, either just sit in their car or stand outside without directing traffic?
 
I travel daily on Woodinville-Duvall Road (Sierra Construction) and 175th (bridge), and have noticed that the police officers never direct traffic.
 
Case in point Thursday, June 13.  It took me 35 minutes to travel 1.9 miles (182nd Ave NE to Sierra Construction).  There was an officer standing in front of the building not directing traffic.  There was no traffice going eastbound and going from the southern direction, but it was backed up 2 miles going westbound.
 
Could we invest in traffic directing classes for the police? It reflects bad on the city and looks as though the police department is lazy.
 
Margaret Brady

Letters to the Editor - June 10, 2019

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ILLEGAL FIREWORKS
 
Have a Happy Fourth!
 
A phrase that we say to each other before this nation’s birthday holiday as we look forward to outdoor barbeques and time off to enjoy our peace and freedom with family or friends.
 
Until the neighbor sets off a bomb that shatters the peace, silence and enjoyment of the evening!  Elderly shudder, cats and dogs run and hide in fear, and many of us retreat indoors and turn on the TV to help drown out some of the noise and wonder when we will be able to sleep without those constant explosions.
 
When did it become a “Fourth of July” tradition to blow off a few hundred dollars’ worth of illegal fireworks that turns our neighborhoods in to war zones?  When did this impingement on the rights of others, man or animal, become acceptable such that neighbors and law enforcement overlook the use of banned fireworks?
 
My childhood neighborhood was a safe peaceful place where if we had interest in seeing fireworks on this holiday, there were safe city sponsored places to go view, if we chose. 
 
I moved into a nice Woodinville development 29 years ago, where I thought it would be a great peaceful and safe place to raise a family.  It has been all of that, except for a week in early July when inconsiderate neighbors demonstrate their self-interest in their need to party and blow up things.
 
Being forced to accept a war zone environment in my neighborhood for several nights around this holiday, has been disappointing.
 
While I realize it is difficult to expect the King County Police to address this, my last resort seemed to be to “Write the Editor”.  I’ve had my name in the paper before, when bringing Astronauts to my children’s school and I have never shied away from writing a petition or gathering signatures to request installation of sidewalks or a school crossing light. 
 
Maybe a petition to ban the use of this type of illegal fireworks is something that I could take on again.  Wait, they are already illegal!
 
David Haugen