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Letters to the Editor - 12/4/17

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

KING COUNTY RIGHT-OF-WAY TAX

On November 27 I received a letter from the Woodinville Water District with the heading “Notice of Utility Rate Increase Due to King County Right-Of-Way Rental Fee/Tax.”

~ I have seen nothing in print or other media announcing or even discussing this issue.
~ Apparently this was passed as an Ordinance on November 7, 2016.
~ From the date passed, only 30 days are set aside for comments. It certainly smells as a fast track to implementation.
~ If not for the WWD, I probably would not have found out about it until I questioned our various utility bill increases.
~ Every homeowner that pays for utilities could be facing an additional county tax approaching $500/year.
~ This is serious money county wide.
~ Even worse, the money collected goes to the general fund.
~ Nothing is earmarked for road improvement.

I am completely opposed to this underhanded attempt to pass new substantial tax law.

It is nothing short of a complete money grab.

I encourage each of you to voice your opinion both to your county representative and the website in the WWD letter.

Ed Ries - Woodinville

NEW COUNTY FEE / ORDIANCE 18403

Last November (2016) the council passed Ordinance 18403 (sponsored by Balducci, Upthegrove, Lambert, and Dembowski), which charges “rent” to utilities to use the King County right-of-way to help defray the costs resulting from allowing use of public property by the utilities.  While I agree with the reasoning for these fees, I do not agree with the disposition of the money.  It is to be put in the General Fund for use for anything.  This money should be used solely to defray costs resulting from use of public land by the utilities, not for housing, or jails, or administrative costs, etc.  If we allow this kind of blanket taxation our taxes will be higher, but our roads will still be falling apart.

John S. Snow - Woodinville

WOODINVILLE WATER DISTRICT ARTICLE CORRECTION

The website address in the article on King County Ordinance no. 18403, Right-of-Way Rental Fee/Tax is incorrect.  I think that your “typesetting” software condensed the address to make it fit the column.  In doing so it deleted a hyphen between facilities and management...without it the result is a 404 error message. The correct link is: http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/facilities-management/real-estate-services/public-rule-proposal.aspx

It’s important that objections be submitted by Dec. 7th.  The ordinance number and title should be included in the comments section to be clear.

Patricia Friesen

Letters to the Editor - 11/27/17

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
ALZHEIMER’S
 
It is time we change our thinking on Alzheimer’s disease. Too often Alzheimer’s and other dementias are treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the U.S. develops every 66 seconds.
 
With two-thirds of its annual costs being borne by Medicare and Medicaid, it is an issue that demands more attention from our government.
 
My wife Taryn, of 41 years, is one of the 110,000 living with Alzheimer’s in the state of Washington. I am also one of the 335,000 Washingtonians providing care to someone living with Alzheimer’s. I understand the physical and emotional costs of the disease.
 
Congress has a chance to take decisive action passing the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256), endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association. This new bill would create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer’s interventions like increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.
 
Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the U.S. The nation currently spends $259 billion a year on Alzheimer’s, which is why we need this new approach. If we are going to end this disease, then we must start treating it like the public health threat it is.
 
Join me in asking Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, and Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray to fight for the five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s by cosponsoring the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act.
 
Jeff Jensen
Alzheimer’s Advocacy Member

Letters to the Editor - 11/20/17

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton
EDUCATION
 
Congratulations to Savannah McKinnon for recently receiving the President’s Scholarship.  (‘Applause’ in the Woodinville Weekly, Nov. 7, 2017)  Education is a game changer.  Unfortunately, 263 million children and youth in our world have no opportunity to go to school.  Thanks to a bipartisan resolution (H. Res. 466) introduced by Congressman Dave Reichert and cosponsored by six members of our delegation, including Rep. Suzan DelBene, this could change.  This resolution supports funding of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) in its work to get 25 million more children in school.  The GPE partners with countries to create plans to educate all children.  In the process, countries gradually take over the cost of the program.  So, let’s encourage congress to follow through on this bipartisan work that results in less conflict, better health, lower birthrates, and more opportunity.  A thank you to our representatives is appropriate on this issue, so take the time to drop a line or make a call, letting them know this work matters!
 
Willie Dickerson
Snohomish, Washington
 
PEACE POLES
 
The City of Woodinville, the Woodinville Rotary and Woodinville’s Arts Alliance have partnered on a project for the community, called “The PEACE POLE PROJECT.” They are calling on all artists in the community to get involved. There are 20 ten foot cement poles in DeYoung Park being offered up for sponsorship, with the intention of creating 20 different pieces of art with the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” as part of the poles. The intention is for each pole to be unique and symbolize the characteristics of Woodinville in some way. If folks in the community would like to either sponsor one of the Peace Poles or paint one of these poles, they can go to the city’s website for more information.
 
http://www.ci.woodinville.wa.us/News/CurrentRFPs.asp
 
To date, at least five of the poles have been sponsored with the cornerstone pole sponsored by Woodinville Rotary.
This project is also a meaningful contribution to the redevelopment of DeYoung Park, scheduled to begin in the early part of 2018.
 
Elaine Cook
Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - 11/13/17

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
ZONING
 
I urge readers to oppose the proposed zoning changes in the Woodinville Wine District area.  The proposed changes would have a significant adverse impact on the quality of life in the area.  It would also reward the small number of commercial interests who have been violating existing zoning for years.  The proposal would go far beyond grandfathering in the offenders; it would change the zoning from rural residential to commercial over a 3-mile stretch of Woodinville-Redmond Road. This would change a large rural residential area into a mini Napa Valley.  The traffic on this road is already very bad and would become intolerable with the proposed changes.  Is this what we want?  As a long-time resident, I am very worried about degradation of the quality of life in my town.  There are already plenty of wineries and tasting rooms sited in appropriately zoned locations.  The proposal clearly violates the intent of the GMA (Growth Management Act).  Again, why would we reward  businesses that violate existing zoning regulations.

It’s a disgrace that the County did not enforce zoning in this area, which they have compounded with an outrageous proposal to commercialize our residential area.  It would be a travesty for the residents of Woodinville and the surrounding area for this proposal to be approved.
 
Readers can contact Kathy Lambert and other members of the King County Council, Executive Dow Constantine, and the Dept. of Permitting and Environmental Review.
 
Ted Turk, Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - 10/30/17

  • Written by Readers

VETERANS

How would you feel if you risked your life and came home to hatred and disrespect? Today I am here to talk to everyone about how disrespected the veterans from our military are.
I have grown up in a military family and am hurt whenever I see or hear about someone disrespecting the people who give their lives for people who hate them. My father is a Marine, my uncle was in the Army, my other uncle was in the Air Force, my grandfather was in the Navy, and my other grandfather was in the Coast Guard. My best friend is also in the Army. These people are some of the hardest working, most focused individuals. 

I am sick of logging onto social media sites to see people casually post how horrible veterans are because they had to kill people. Without reading an entire article, people post negative stories about the military without knowing the entire story.  The military doesn’t care about how much everyone hates them, they still risk their lives for you.

But we already have the tools that can help us work on this issue. We have compassion and the ability to care about them as much as they care about us.

When you see a veteran, or active service person, make them feel welcome.  Thank them for their service and treat them with respect. I need you to help out when you see a veteran who needs help.

This is important to all of us because we wouldn’t want to risk our lives for people who don’t care. Thank you.

Derek Webster
Bothell

POACHING

According to the Associated Press, September 2017, “100 black bears, cougars, bobcats, deer and elk in southwestern Washington state and northwestern Oregon, with many of the animals hunted with dogs and then left to rot.” People kill animals then let them waste. Hunting matters to me because it’s a bonding experience between friends and family, and when I hunt, I know where the meat I eat comes from. It just tastes better.

Poaching is bad because it takes away wildlife. It not only kills existing animals, but also future generations of animals. Hunters know that you are not supposed to kill a doe (female deer) unless you have a certain tag or you are under a certain age.  We need the does to reproduce and populate the area.

Hunters are supposed to follow regulations.  We are only allowed to use equipment that is allowed in certain areas.  For example, our state does not allow thermal goggles. We can only hunt during daylight or hours listed for that area. There are limits of every animal that we can take.  For example, hunters can only kill one deer during a season. And one bear per season only if you buy the tags before you hunt.

Another issue is killing deer then leaving the carcasses rather than keep-ing them to eat. This is a problem because it is a waste and it’s disrespectful to animals. Call the game department if you find a carcass or you know some-one who poached.

Don’t shoot just to shoot. There are gun ranges for that. Know the rules. This will make the outdoors safer for other hunters and campers.

Dominic Legg
Bothell