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Letters to the Editor - March 31, 2014

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COAL ENERGY

When I read Paula Water’s editorial about the likelihood of reducing PSE’s use of coal, I gave a cheer. The following week, I was saddened to see another person solely focused on the cost of the power. We HAVE TO BE better stewards of the earth! When we talk about expensive energy: coal, oil, and gas are ALL expensive resources. All a person has to do is open up this month’s National Geographic Magazine to get visuals of the impact of coal. The collection and processing are expensive to the people and natural resources near the source and the output- health costs and environmental impacts. All power is expensive in one form or another. We are lucky to live in the northwest where we have inexpensive hydro-power which STILL has negative impacts. In Woodinville, so full of NIMBY activity , we should ask ourselves if we would want coal mines, fracking, or oil wells in our back yard. I think that we all know the answer!
We have amazing resources in our home town and the surrounding landscape that provides major potential to be self- sustaining and resilient. There is no need to grow our dependence on big oil or gigantic industrial coal plants. There are other options: solar panels on industrial buildings and wind generators are merely the tip of the iceberg. Better yet, get a full energy audit from PSE for FREE and reduce your use — THAT will reduce your cost AND SO many other local and global impacts!
Stephanie Young

NORTHSHORE SCHOOLS FOUNDATION

As a board member for the Northshore Schools Foundation I want to thank the business community, parents, and volunteers for their generosity. On March 11th, 2014 we granted $54,840 to the Northshore School District, reaching a new milestone of an accumulated total of $1,000,000 donated to the district since 1996. Northshore Schools Foundation Vice President Becky Birch and Executive Director Carmin Dalziel presented the check to Northshore School District Superintendent Larry Francois and School Board President Janet Quinn in support of the District’s educational programs at the March 11th school board meeting.

Through our district grants we have been able to support a wide variety of programs that touch the lives of all of our students. Our most recent grant will enable us to continue to support teacher excellence for teachers pursuing National Board Certification, help new teachers build classroom libraries, provide leveled reading materials for students at risk of falling behind, and provide funds to support Hi-Cap math and the district wide math Olympiad. We’ve also partnered with the Woodinville Elementary Schools and the Woodinville Heritage Society on a historical project highlighting local history for our students.

In addition to our district grants, awarded twice a year, we fund innovative classroom grants in the spring. Innovative classroom grants are open to teachers or schools and applications are currently being accepted. Grants have been awarded for many different ideas in diverse areas ranging from music, school gardens, and robotics to student leadership and after school tutoring programs.

We could not do it all without the support of the Northshore community. Through your generous participation in our All in For Kids annual fund drive, the Pour for Northshore, the Molbak’s Holiday Showcase, our Light a Fire for Learning Luncheon and other events you demonstrate community spirit that continues to support educational excellence for all Northshore students. Thank you for your support, and please join me for the Northshore Schools Foundation’s Light a Fire for Learning Luncheon.
Kristin Austin

ETHICAL WOODINVILLE

My thanks to the Woodinville Weekly for covering the progress on our public disclosure complaint against “Ethical Woodinville,” a.k.a. former Woodinville Mayor Lucy DeYoung. The Weekly’s coverage will be an important step toward achieving the same level of transparency and fairness that other communities take for granted in their elections.

The Weekly’s story alluded to a problem that I would love to see solved: Ms. DeYoung and her associates accusing us of being mean for confronting their misbehavior.

Nine witnesses and I filed a complaint alleging unlawful campaign activities; Ms. DeYoung responded that the complaint was bullying and added a number of false accusations against Mayor Talmas and me. Mayor Talmas asked Councilmember Scott Hageman about his sworn statement that the house he purchased in Kirkland was his principal residence, which makes him ineligible to sit on the Woodinville City Council; Ms. DeYoung found Hageman an attorney and their cronies accused us of bullying. A Councilmember voted for zoning changes that gained herself and her family hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars in future profits and justified it as, “I will not vote against the financial interests of my family;” she accused us of bullying when we raised concerns about her votes.

And that’s just the last few years. In 2004 and 2005 citizens and candidates protested building Brightwater on a fault that generates Magnitude 7 earthquakes; Ms. DeYoung’s protégés protested how mean it was that we criticized them for being passive in the siting process, and an anonymous Web site appeared that removed any comments critical of Ms. DeYoung and her cronies. In 1995 Councilmembers objected to self-interested votes that allowed Ms. DeYoung and her family to profit from downtown development; an anonymous campaign piece in 1995 skewered those community-minded Councilmembers and flipped the seats to candidates more receptive to the DeYoung family’s wishes.

People choose to live in Woodinville to raise families. Most of us try to raise our children to be honest, to act right in the first place, and to admit and correct mistakes. That’s always a best practice but for an elected official or public figure it’s also a matter of stewardship and the interests of the entire community. Our actions are not just our own.

The next time Ms. DeYoung and her associates complain that we’re bullying them by calling them out for misbehavior, it would be great if the collective community response were, “Lucy and cronies, the way to avoid criticism is to clean up your act.”
Susan Boundy-Sanders

In last week’s Woodinville Weekly we see information just beginning to come to light about the identity of the unethical anonymous group calling themselves “Ethical Woodinville.” It reminded me that despite the venomous actions by this group during the recent election they failed to sway the votes of a majority of the citizens of our wonderful city. Thank you to all the citizens that ignored these hateful anonymous attacks on our Mayor by “Ethical Woodinville” and voted Mayor Talmas back into office.

We found out in last week’s Woodinville Weekly that the once anonymous “Ethical Woodinville” does have an identity. It is headed up by the first mayor of our city, Lucy DeYoung, an experienced political player in our community. Although Ms. DeYoung stated in the Weekly that she was the only person involved with the group “Ethical Woodinville,” this is up for question, just like the information they printed during the election.

In the Sept. 2nd issue of the Weekly under Letters to the Editor there is a letter from “Ethical Woodinville” where they clearly represent themselves as a group. On their own webpage they clearly represent themselves as a group. Now Lucy DeYoung is stating she is the only person involved. How can she be a group by herself? Are others being protected?

In her own personal mass mailing to the entire City of Woodinville, Lucy DeYoung stated “I’m not asking you to vote for anyone.” Now she claims to have single- handedly managed the attacks on Mayor Talmas during the election campaign through her alter ego as “Ethical Woodinville.” What are we to believe?

The reason for our citizens to consider these issues is because we are only 16 months away from the beginning of another election cycle for three Woodinville City Council seats. We need to be aware of what waits around the corner for us. Look to those who have acted on behalf of our citizens to make Woodinville a better city for all of us and not the attacks of another undeclared group or person that hides behind another anonymous identity.
Hank Stecker

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