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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

Letters to the Editor - June 3, 2019

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City council vacancy
 
Thank you to The Woodinville Weekly for reporting on the Woodinville City Council vacancy with an application deadline of June 10. We’re writing to add more context and to extend an invitation for applications.
 
The timing of the resignation is regrettable. Had the resignation been tendered a few days earlier, the vacant seat would have gone to a vote of the people of Woodinville, giving you the say as to who should fill it. As it is, the resignation, just two business days after the close of election filing week, results in the longest appointment possible under state law: nearly two and a half years.
 
Elections are always preferable to Council appointments, especially when there is so much at stake. The people of Woodinville have the right and responsibility to elect their representatives in an open fair election instead of relying on the six remaining Councilmembers to hurriedly decide for them. Sadly, in this case, you have been deprived of your right to participate in the elective process.
 
Given the unfortunate timing of this departure and the unprecedented length of the appointment, it is more important now than ever for City Council to receive applications from highly qualified citizens.
 
This is where you come in! If you care about Woodinville’s future and want to get involved, please consider applying for appointment. Even if you have never considered standing for public office but have the skills, temperament, or experience to help Woodinville move forward, please step up and serve. If you know someone else who lives in Woodinville and is qualified, ask them to apply. We need your help! Given the rushed nature of this appointment process – applications are due by June 10 – we need to act quickly to identify the best possible applicants for appointment.
 
With Woodinville’s tremendous talent pool, Council now has an opportunity to do what every employer tries to do in every hiring decision: “raise the mean” of talent in the organization. The risk, and the worst-case scenario we must avoid, is that there will be only one, underqualified applicant. We simply cannot afford to offer the appointment to an applicant with less than the best possible credentials and experience. Please help our community avoid that possibility.
 
Apply for appointment to the Woodinville City Council and be a part of the solution!
 
Susan Boundy-Sanders and Paula Waters, Woodinville City Councilmembers

Letter to the Editor - May 6, 2019

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STUTTER
 
I’d like to ask your readers: Do you stutter? Do you know someone who does? Most people do. More than three million Americans and 70 million people across the globe stutter, but sadly it is still quite misunderstood. Help us change that.
 
May 13th-19th is National Stuttering Awareness Week. To support the stuttering community, the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation launched a new website with easy-to-find information like articles, brochures, magazines, videos, research reports and counselor referrals, with a new laptop- and mobile-friendly interface.
 
The Stuttering Foundation has accurate, trusted information about stuttering and free help on its new website-- StutteringHelp.org.
 
Please take a look and tell a friend. 
 
Jane Fraser, President, the Stuttering Foundation

Letters to the Editor - April 22, 2019

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BIKE RIDING
 
As a child grown up in India, getting a good bike to ride to school and to do errands was always something that interested me. The journey from a small town in India to Woodinville has taught an important lesson to me and I try to pass that lesson to my kids and my community. The principle is to share if you can and try to grow together with your community as much as you can. Today I might be at better position than someone else in the community but tomorrow I may need some help. How do we make sure that few small hiccups don't tarnish the concept of a community where one should look for help when he/she needs help?  With the concept of 'Caring in Sharing', I want to share my small bit to the community. 
 
I ride my bike to the office everyday for the whole year and my employer takes care of my needs so I keep riding with the same energy. As part of riding this year, I thought that we should have more people riding bikes on our lanes. The weather is little rough, cars are easily available, too much time commitment to ride and many more things which might cause deterrence for bike riding in the area. I was thinking that this area might not even have a need of help to start riding but my American colleague corrected that there are always people who are in need of help. 
 
While I ride, I save my expenses on gas, car maintenance and lot of other things. That saving comes up around $200 per quarter. The more I ride, the more I save. I hope to share my savings to help someone else with biking.  I hope that other people will join me and we can make sure together that we see more bikes this summer and whole year.
 
Chetan Agrawal