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Letters to the Editor - June 9, 2014

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BUSINESS LICENSE FEE
So the Woodinville City Council has proposed charging businesses in Woodinville a yearly licensing fee of $50, with $11 going to the Department of Revenue to “administer the program and help enforce it.” So if you are a business in Woodinville you will pay $50 a year and essentially get nothing in return. Wouldn’t it make more sense to let people keep their $50 a year and spend it in Woodinville? In my opinion this is just another way to nickel and dime us to death. It serves no purpose at all. Does this program make sense? How would they enforce this? Would my cleaning lady or gardener have to pay Woodinville a yearly $50 fee to clean my house or mow my lawn? Since the city has $20 million in reserves, maybe we should use some of that money to implement this program. In addition, doesn’t the DOR already have records on the businesses that reside in Woodinville as they pay a yearly B&O tax? Couldn’t we just access their records? I see no reason why this is an important issue and the City Council should stop thinking up ways to take more of our money.
Susan Milke

SUMMER OF ‘69
It was the end of July 1969 when an amazing line up lit up the first ever Seattle Pop Festival, right here in Woodinville at Gold Creek Park. Performers over the three days included Chuck Berry, The Byrds, Chicago, The Doors, the Guess Who, and Led Zeppelin. It was our own Woodstock, and it happened three weeks before Woodstock.
I would like to interview anyone who attended the festival or remembers it from living in Woodinville at the time. I bet you have interesting stories.
I want to write about the event because I found it fascinating to think of that event and it is not widely mentioned so I wanted to know more. It’s part of the area’s history. I’m a local history buff and collect vintage Northwest items (pre-1970s). I learned of the Seattle Pop Festival when I found an old souvenir button from it at an estate sale.
If you have a few memories to share, please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thanks.
Susan Stoltzfus

BEAR SAFETY
I read the Weekly and while it was a great story about the little black bear that’s being sighted (my husband saw him a couple days ago) I am concerned with what was left out. Yes, we don’t need to be concerned, but there was also no warning about trying to approach the bear or feed it. Having grown up in Alaska with black and brown bears frequently in our back yards, I know that while one might seem friendly or “safe,” especially to children, it is still a wild and potentially dangerous animal in the right circumstances. Bears are incredibly fast and one swipe of a paw could cause serious damage. For folks not familiar with bears they might think he’s cute and that it would be cool to befriend him. I just feel like there should have been some kind of cautionary statement as the story made it sound like he is completely harmless.
Corinna Quilliam

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