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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

Letters to the Editor - March 9, 2015

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LATER START TIMES

I heard about NSD agreeing to change the high school start time, but not for two years, in order to make there be less hassle in planning due to the new school. That’s the year right after I graduate. My peers and I wouldn’t get to benefit from starting school later, and would still have to force ourselves to get up in the mornings. The school board needs to make the effort to change the start time for the 2015-16 school year, so that my peers and I can benefit.  

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Letters to the Editor - March 2, 2015

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WELLINGTON PARK

The idea for a new sports complex where the Wellington Hills Golf Course used to be is not something I am looking forward too, and neither are other local residents. The plans to create this will cause unnecessary noise and pollution.

The creation of this new complex needs to be stopped. Other locals, not just I, do not want to see the increase in lighting during off hours when people are just waking up and going to bed, and the noise from sports and transportation that are associated with the creation of such a sports complex. Also, don’t get confused; creating this complex will take plenty of noisy machinery to make the fields and parking lots. No one wants to see dump trucks taking over their roads anytime soon and tearing up the old golf course right next to so many of our homes.

Please do not continue with your plans to create this sports complex. It will cause residents to resent where they live now and quite possibly lower their property values. This field represents a corporate need to create more profit through the renting out of its services. I do not want to see this happen. There are already enough sports complexes and fields in Woodinville. We do not need another. It is just going to upset the environment and locals in the area. Stop the creating of a Safeco Field-sized sports park in the middle of a rural neighborhood!

Max Winter
Woodinville