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Letters to the Editor - April 15, 2015

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SOUND SALMON SOLUTIONS

Imagine a river brimming with abundant wild salmon stocks. Imagine healthy, clean streams for our children to explore and play in. Imagine robust riparian forests full of fecundity. Twenty-five years ago a group of dedicated volunteers set out to make such a vision a reality. The founders of Sound Salmon Solutions rallied around a mission that engages in community-based salmon recovery as part of a larger response to Endangered Species Act listings of local Chinook and Coho salmon stocks. In addition to habitat restoration projects, educating the public on wetland ecology and the importance of stewardship was also deemed key to ensuring the future of salmon in the Stillaguamish, Snohomish and Island County watersheds.

Over the years the work has progressed and evolved. With the help of hundreds of smiling volunteers and students of all ages, our organization has made significant progress towards realizing the founders’ vision. Some of the accomplishments include: nearly a million fish released in local waters, numerous fish passage projects that opened miles of habitat, over 40 miles of river restored (including placement of large woody debris to increase habitat complexity), over 175 acres planted with more than 150,000 native trees and shrubs, thousands of carcasses distributed (returning ocean-based nutrients to local ecosystems), and over 15,000 students have learned about the salmon life-cycle through hands-on lessons and field trips that include service projects.

If you have been or are currently a supporter, a volunteer or a student in one of our programs, we would like to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to visit our website (www.soundsalmonsolutions.org) to complete our survey. We are interested in knowing what motivated you to be involved with our organization. To commemorate our 25th anniversary you can participate in our Give 5 in 2015 campaign by making a $5 donation, volunteering five hours one Saturday or sharing with five friends who we are and what we do. The success of our next 25 years requires a new generation of supporters, volunteers and students. Can we count on you to be one of them?

Robert Sendrey
Executive Director, Sound Salmon Solutions
Lake Stevens

ABANDONED BUNNIES

Thank you for the article “Abandoned Bunnies are an Easter Epidemic” in the March 30 edition. The article was a much needed public service.

I have lived with rabbits for over two decades, and while they can be wonderful companions they are not for everyone. Witness that our last five rabbits have all come from rescues or shelters (one all-white bunny had been abandoned at Green Lake — go figure). Whereas in our home rabbits are not caged, are protected from danger and with proper vet care live for about 10 years. It is important for prospective pet owners, regardless of the species, to be reminded that pet ownership is a life-long promise, and “life-long” is the natural life span of the pet, not the attention span of the owner. If you really want a live rabbit, after Easter is a great time to visit the local pet shelters and adopt one of their many rabbits. Pet shelters want a long-term animal-human success story and will help you decide if a rabbit is a good fit in your household, and they are also a great resource for learning proper pet care.

In the meantime, the chocolate bunny might be best.

Neal Friedman
Woodinville

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Bothell Mayor Freed opposed OneBothell’s repeated requests for cooperation and assistance in preserving the whole of the Wayne Golf Course open land (both front and back 9). Mayor Freed’s obstruction and opposition are visible on the February 10, 2015 Bothell City Council meeting available on YouTube.

During the February 10 City Council meeting, One Bothell (James McNeal) presented its vision for a public regional park and asked for city participation and support during a February 13 meeting in Olympia with state Senator McAuliffe, Representative Stanford and Representative Moscoso. Mayor Freed would not send a Bothell city representative. Council members Samberg and Rheaume also requested that the City Council and/or city manager send a Bothell representative to the Olympia meeting along with OneBothell. In each case Mayor Freed argued about the request and finally adjourned the meeting without satisfying any of the requests.  

Bothell Councilmember Rheaume volunteered to attend and did attend the February 13 meeting despite the mayor’s opposition. During that meeting Mayor Freed and City Councilmember Lamb participated by telephone. Their participation was opposition and obstruction. According to OneBothell.org, “Each (of the callers) voiced their concern that the interests of the community (as represented by OneBothell) might end up above the interests of the owners of developable land.” Several attendees characterized the mayor’s disruptive participation as a filibuster.

Why would the mayor of Bothell oppose and obstruct a civic organization dedicated to creating regional parkland for Bothell and the surrounding area?

And then the mayor revealed in his March 4 letter to the Bothell City Council that he and others had acquired the rights to the back 9 area of the Wayne Golf Course for private development.

Do the mayor’s actions opposing and obstructing OneBothell in February prior to his announcement of his purchase of the back 9 but after his purchase of the property constitute an illegal or unethical conflict of interest? Perhaps neither, but his actions certainly are counter to the public interest.

Dennis Skofstad
Bothell

Letters to the Editor - April 6, 2015

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WOODINVILLE-DUVALL ROAD

LTE Wdvl Duvall Rd(Photo courtesy of John Brooke)The Woodinville Duvall road project has generated more complaints from area residents than any construction project ever should. I have sent letters to the public works director and city council regarding this project and have come to the conclusion that, while the contractor is blatantly failing to meet his obligations, the city of Woodinville is equally at fault for failing to hold the contractor accountable. While driving through the construction site I noticed this sign (see photo) dented and discarded alongside the road. It begs the question, does Woodinville really care enough to force the contractor to live up to his obligations?
John Brooke, Woodinville

THANK YOU

T. Kappy from the Woodinville Post Office would like to thank all customers that she had the pleasure to help, for all their support and kindness. All of you have made my postal career at the post office a pleasure.

Thank you.
Kappy Hughes
Kent

EASTER EGG HUNT

I have been going to the Community Easter Egg hunt for three years. This is the last time I will go unless things change. It’s like going to Disneyland, standing in 30 minute lines just to jump in a bouncy house or go down a slide.
This year there were so many kids of all ages. The little ones really could not participate due to the amount of kids in the egg section. I would suggest to make this more even for all kids, make the limit kindergarten through first grade, second through third grade and fourth through fifth grade. Right now it is kindergarten through second grade and those kids are just too aggressive and big for the little guys. I was there with three kids and they only got one or two eggs each, while the bigger kids were getting sacks full. My little guy was crying he was so disappointed.
While I appreciate the efforts of putting this huge egg hunt on, I think it needs to have better structure. The crowding around the egg areas was dangerous for adults, and if you have a little one you can’t really watch him to make sure he doesn’t get trampled. They need to come up with a better, safer way to do this next year, like maybe lining the kids up according to age and let the little ones go first, then release the next age and so on.

S. Giancoli
Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - March 30, 2015

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FISH SCULPTURE

I don’t know who was responsible for decorating the fish sculpture with leprechauns, green clover and a nice Happy St. Patrick’s day banner, but I want to express that it felt very joyful and full of fun. I think the fish enjoyed it too.

Wendy Walsh
Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - March 23, 2015

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HOPPED UP FOR CLIMATE ACTION

The craft brew industry is quickly becoming one of the most important food and beverage industry sectors in Washington and is a growing driver of the Northwest’s tourism economy. We’ve been able to thrive and flourish here in Woodinville alongside our companions in the beverage industry and we’re proud to call Woodinville home.
But, the extreme and unpredictable weather patterns associated with climate change threaten havoc on the beer and wine industry. That’s why we were proud to sign the Brewery Climate Declaration with 23 other breweries from across the country including many here in the Northwest.

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Letters to the Editor - March 16, 2015

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LEFT TURN ARROWS

Who was the “brilliant” person who decided to remove two green left turn arrows at 168th and Woodinville-Duvall Road, also known as Mack’s Corner? This is a very busy road. And replace them with a blinking amber arrow? No sense at all.
I would encourage everyone with a question to call the city of Woodinville at 425-489-2700 and tell them your concerns.
Pauline L. Thompson, Woodinville

SUCCESSFUL COMMUNICATION

The night of NSD’s 2017 Draft Boundary Proposal Open House will go down in the books as a win for all involved! The collaborative event, which took place on March 2 at Woodmoor Elementary, focused on all of the Spanish-speaking families in the district, making it distinct from several others in the previous month.

The school board members and superintendent went out of their way to make sure that the Latino community was not only informed of the changes coming to the district in the not-so-distant future, but that their voices and opinions were heard as well. They started by setting aside a specific date for an all-Spanish language Open House. Then they asked for input from Natural Leaders as to how to make it a success.

School Board President Janet Quinn called Spanish-speaking families before the mid-winter break so that they had plenty of notice. They were then provided with reminder calls. Families were invited to a pizza dinner before the open house.

The district worked with the YMCA to coordinate and provide childcare. Parents were free to go into the gym and listen to a presentation by Superintendent Larry Francois with the help of an interpreter.

Over 100 parents attended, the greatest turnout of the five events hosted by the district. Natural Leaders were on hand to help make everyone feel welcome. Many parents were hearing of the changes for the first time that night. They were given the opportunity to ask questions both in the large group and individually after the presentation. Multiple interpreters were on site to make sure that language would not be a barrier to asking questions.

The topic of waivers proved to be of great interest to parents, as well as the issue of transportation. Many families brought up the later start time, expressing their concern that both their children’s well-being and their own work schedules could be negatively impacted. Organizers handed out input forms and attendees filled them out that very night, helping the district get a sense of the opinions and concerns of the Latino community in the Northshore District.
Elizabeth Meza, Woodinville