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Letters to the Editor - 9/18/17

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OPPORTUNITY FUND

I am writing this letter as a parent of Northshore School District as well as Board member of Northshore School Foundation (NSDF) to draw attention towards the Foundation’s newest funding initiative; Opportunity Fund
The Opportunity Fund provides the opportunity for deserving students to take their K-12 education to next level by providing scholarship funds to students who due to financial limitations are not able to participate in academic competitions and earn college credits at the subsidized rate.

The Foundation is seeking financial support in the form of  tax  deductible   donations  to  help  establish   and maintain a fund of $5000 per middle   school  and high school to accommodate needs of our students. You can find out more information about this program by visiting our website at: http://www.northshoreschool foundation.org/opportunity-fund/

Donations can help the National History Day finalist student to visit White House or support a FBLA student competing for a Future Business Leader Award or cover the cost of AP testing for a student whose family can’t afford it.

Thank you for helping us remove the income barrier for students who demonstrate commitment and excellence in education by spreading the word or making a donation today.

Farah Syed

TENT CITY 4

Really, TC4 in a church yard within a mile of two elementary schools and family neighborhoods?  In an economy where those who want to get work can, the ones in tent cities are usually drug addicts and should NEVER be allowed to be within such short distances of family neighborhoods or schools.  The SHARE/WHEEL group and Bear Creek United Methodist have made a large mistake as have or will any others doing the same in this region.  If the church wants to help this people, they should NOT be facilitating their lifestyle.  They should be getting them help getting off of drugs, finding jobs and basic housing like the rest of society.  Fostering continued bad life choices and allowing sanctuary for homeless is NOT the answer to this problem.  And again, they should NEVER have been allowed into an area with elementary schools and family neighborhoods. 

Mr. Dave Haugen

CSM CONCERT

To the woman at the Chateau Ste Michelle concert who complained about people with ADA status being allowed to enter the concert early with friends and taking all the best Open Seating spots: One, I find it hard to believe you couldn’t find a good seat, if you got there two hours before doors open. Second, you would have enjoyed the concert more if you paid more attention to the stage and spent less time watching those with ADA access in order to figure out if they were actually disabled or if they “took advantage of the situation” to get the best seats.

Beth Perullo, Woodinville

WINERY EVENTS

I was grateful for King County Executive Dow Constantine’s op-ed in the September 5 Woodinville Weekly, and a Seattle Times article on September 8. Both addressed a large unpermitted party on  August 26 that used protected farmland in the Sammamish Valley as a parking lot for hundreds of cars.
I think we can all agree that the agricultural Sammamish Valley is a key part of Woodinville’s character. The wine industry has located and thrives in Woodinville because the valley is a beautiful place.

Yet a couple of businesses and a small number of investors seem hellbent on using the valley as a commodity. When they want a parking lot, or cheap land for any other purpose, they use farmland to serve their own profit motives.

In reality, there are over 100 other wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries that also rely on the valley’s ambiance and allure. All of them are at risk because of this small population of bad actors.

Most wineries and tasting rooms in Woodinville are renters. They can and will move further out if Woodinville loses its charm. All  that will be left is scorched, paved, or compacted earth, polluted by whatever drips out of cars.

In other words, King County’s proposals to “support the burgeoning wine industry” in Woodinville will allow a small number of bad actors to kill the wine industry, as well as the farms that attracted the wine industry here.
Through the lens of recent events, King County’s goal of “enforceable” regulations looks like either wishful thinking or a dog whistle for scofflaws to continue doing what they’re doing. What the Sammamish Valley needs is robust enforcement, immediately.

Susan Boundy-Sanders

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