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Letters to the Editor - Feb. 23, 2015

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CAP AND TRADE PROPOSAL

Beware a tax wolf in sheep’s clothing! So aptly referred to as Jay Inslee’s “scheme” because that’s what cap and trade is — a tax and control scheme. Generating funds for education and transportation is a red herring. This scheme is about raising taxes and building a brand spanking new state ECO-IRS like agency, as an expansion or new arm of the Department of Ecology.

This new agency will set the “caps” (TAX), control the “trades,” they will enforce, monitor, investigate (alleged violations), litigate cases, and this bureaucracy will grow and grow. By their own admission, this isn’t limited to big time polluters, it includes a general market, that could include anyone. What does ”anyone” mean? Individuals?

This cap and trade agency will grow in its size and complexity so that it will make a Rube Goldberg contraption look streamlined. As stated, “the specifics of Inslee’s proposed cap and trade program have yet to be fully outlined.” This reminds me of the “pass the bill so you can see what’s it” statement. I read nothing about growing the economy or promoting free market. How is this designed to keep and attract companies to Washington?

Cap and trade sounds so innocuous. Don’t be fooled, this is a tax and control system that will ultimately do nothing good for the environment — it will scorch the earth.

Bruce Heekin, Woodinville

ATTENTION DOG OWNERS

Hello to all Leota area dog lovers. I would like to remind you to be considerate and pick up after your pet. It is the right thing to do for your neighbors and the environment. It is also the law. Thank you.  

S. Hamer, Woodinville

50 SHADES OF GREEN

Fifty shades of green. That is what can be seen while walking amongst the evergreen trees and shrubs in Wellington Park. And now the buds of new leaves and blossoms are beginning to present, adding their various hues. Soon wildflowers will be springing forth with their contrasting colors, beckoning the birds to join them. It’s a welcoming open space to explore, a jewel, nestled in a neighborhood setting.
NeighborsToSave WellingtonPark.com continues to advocate to preserve these rolling hills from being bulldozed and covered with artificial turf and asphalt. Visit the park through the photos on our website and join in on websites www.neighborstosave wellingtonpark.com, Facebook www.facebook.com/SaveWellingtonPark, and Twitter twitter.com/Wellington_NSWP.

Vicki Marshall, Woodinville

REMEMBERING A FRIEND

It was with great sadness that I was informed of the passing of Hal Larson (of McCorry’s) last Monday. Over the past 25 years, it was my pleasure to call him friend. During that time, I know of no other person who practiced the golden rule as well as he did. He treated everyone with respect and would help anyone.

He enjoyed and supported his community as as exhibited by his involvement with the Woodinville Theatre and as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the City of Woodinville.

It has been my experience that the character of the community is comprised of its citizens. The community of Woodinville has taken a hit with Hal’s passing. Good friends are hard to find and greatly missed when they pass. To the family and employees of McCorry’s, thank you for sharing Hal with us. We share in your grief.
Paul O. Cowles
Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - Feb. 16, 2015

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NSD LATER STARTS

To all those families who have children in the music program within the school district, we would like to say that if you have heard that this program will be cut or is in jeopardy because of later starts this is just not true. First of all music is considered to be a core activity. We have attended all the study sessions and board meetings and we can honestly say that the school board is fully aware of how important this program is to the district. Other school districts all over the country have moved to later starts and have kept or increased attendance to their music programs.
What we should be doing is supporting each other. NSD Transportation needs time to work on the needs of all the programs and come up with the best possible option that will be acceptable while still fulfilling the task of moving to later starts for nearly 6,000 high school students. Yes, it will be easier in 2017, but it is not impossible to move times later for the next school year. PALS are doing this for every child in the school system because every child will go to high school. And every child deserves the best possible chance to succeed.
A. Whelan
W. Reynolds
PALS

FOOD AND WATER SAFETY

Do you know anyone that was sick this past year and didn’t get better even though they took prescribed antibiotics? This is something that everyone should be concerned about. The misuse of antibiotics on factory farms over the years has affected the food we eat and water we drink and can actually make us sicker. Food and Water Watch is a group of concerned citizens that is working to ensure the food, water and fish we consume are safe, accessible and sustainable.
They are working to collect signatures in our area to petition local City Councils to ask Senator Patty Murray to support the “Prevention of Antibiotics Resistance Act” in the United States Senate. If you see a signature gatherer in our area please sign the petition. For more information go to their website at www.foodwaterwatch.org. Thank you!
Susan Milke
Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - VV Feb. 9, 2015

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DONKEY BASKETBALL

With the ease of the internet and too much time on the hands of a small minority of local zealots, Donkey Basketball was canceled and a fundraising effort for Cedarcrest High School was derailed. There are some really big problems going on in our world that need great attention, from a great many people. Donkey Basketball is easy low-hanging fruit and those individuals who narrowly focus on it in protest are not equipped or determined enough for taking on and eliminating the bigger, more serious problems for humankind and the animals of our world. KISS Principle: “Keep it Simple Stupid” and stick to what you are doing; aim small, stay focused and end Donkey Basketball. We can then all sleep better at night and feel safer in our homes.

Mike Vowels
Duvall

Letters to the Editor - Feb. 9, 2015

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NSD LATER START TIMES

At the board meeting on Jan. 27, the School Board voted to implement a high school start time no later than 8 a.m. by 2017. After nearly a decade of advocating on this issue PALS is thankful that we finally have a positive vote! However, we could have healthier start times sooner. The survey sent in the fall clearly showed overwhelming community support for a later high school start time. There are options available right now for later starts, which with a bit of modification can be implemented for the 2015/2016 school year, at reasonable cost — transportation is now fully funded by the state — with no disruption to current programs. Please come and support later starts for your teenagers. There is a study session and board meeting on Feb. 10 starting at 2 p.m. to discuss these options.  

Annette Whelan
Woodinville
PALS

WOODINVILLE HERITAGE SOCIETY

Dear Ms. Boundy-Sanders,

The nine elected board members of the Woodinville Heritage Society (WHS) see the need to address your Dec. 15 letter to the editor of the Woodinville Weekly.

Your letter noted WHS as one of a list of agencies and organizations that you say are not run for the benefit of the community. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Since you are not a member of WHS, nor do we believe you have ever visited the Woodinville Heritage Museum, you may not be aware of the work of WHS.

We are a 501(c3) non-profit organization supported by public grants and community donations. We have no paid staff, only numerous community volunteers.

The stated vision of the Woodinville Heritage Society is that “We will be viewed as an essential partner in the fabric of our community.” This year, the Woodinville Heritage Society is celebrating its 40th year (1975-2015) as part of the greater Woodinville community.

The Woodinville Heritage Museum is open to the public more than 20 scheduled Sundays each year plus special openings by appointment. We are proud of our current exhibits on Gold Creek Park of the 1960s, Hollywood Farm (present-day Chateau Ste. Michelle) of 1912-30 and a panorama of Woodinville general stores from 1890s to the 1970s.

Our regular programs are free to the public and include speakers, events and open houses. We partner with the Northshore Schools Foundation to offer elementary school field trips and have created posters illustrating the heritage of Woodinville that are being distributed to classrooms in our community. As a recipient of several King County 4Culture grants over the years, we are currently engaged in digitally scanning the historic newspapers of the community from 1903-1970.

We recently partnered with Metro Transit to install historic photos at the Woodinville Park ‘n Ride shelters. Later this year, we will publish a wide-ranging photo history of Woodinville through Arcadia Publishing Company’s “Images of America” series.

Ms. Boundy-Sanders, we believe you should apologize to members and volunteers of the Woodinville Heritage Society for your “assessment” of their contributions to and for the Woodinville community.

Woodinville Heritage Society Board of Directors
Phyllis Keller
Suzi Freeman
Deanna Arnold-Frady
Judy Moore
Jim Kraft
Lucy DeYoung
Terri Malinowski
Kevin Stadler
Rick Chatterton

Letters to the Editor - Feb. 2, 2015

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WOODINVILLE-DUVALL ROAD

I thought long and hard about how I could write down my feelings about this botched road project. I finally decided to use the David Letterman approach and list the top five reasons that I think the project has been botched.
5. The designer did not clearly specify how the work was to be performed by the contractor. Obviously, no one really understood the job. The bone-jarring utility ditch patches in the road are terrible.
4. If the project specifications are correct, and also clear, then the City project construction managers have clearly not enforced the construction “rules.” Exact specifications or not, the contractor should not have been allowed to do the things that have been done.
3. The contractor clearly does not know how to patch pavement ditches. Even after the latest paving there are still some bumps at the patch locations, and that means they will most likely be there when the “final” paving is done, which is “sometime” in the spring — many months after the promised construction completion date.
2. The City allowed another contractor to schedule work on NE 180th Street that closed the street for the majority of the summer! What was the City thinking to close off one of the shortest detours for those of us who need to get into downtown Woodinville?
1. The City Council allowed it to happen! There is no doubt that during the construction, City Council members drove through the project. Therefore, they know how bad the roadway surface is and did nothing to get it corrected. Now we must all endure even more months of bone-jarring drives.
And finally, when this project is over there will not be more lanes for through traffic! True, there will be cute retaining walls, decorative metal handrails, sidewalks (with poles), a nice place for bicyclists and improved access for the adjacent property owners, but what about the rest of us? What was the Washington state TIB thinking by giving the City lots of public money for a major arterial roadway project that does little for the traveling public?
J.D. Chambers, Woodinville

POST OFFICE

If anyone has had any dealings with the Woodinville Post Office in the past, you will know what I’m talking about. The staff that I have had to deal with there are unprofessional, arrogant, lazy and impatient. The customer service there is the worst I’ve ever seen.

One of the mail carriers from there destroyed a section of my lawn and some stepping stones when they got their truck stuck. No note, just a complete mess, and a shovel thrown into my carport. When I called the office,  the person I spoke to was arrogant and extremely unprofessional. He also hung up on me. I filed a police report.

And the government wonders why post office use is decreasing! As far as I’m concerned, with service like this, they can all close down. Good luck to anyone having to deal with the Woodinville Post Office. I’m getting a PO box at a non-post office facility!

P. Mcfarlane, Woodinville

GOOD SAMARITAN

I recently came across a quote by the novelist Cormac McCarthy that said, “You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”
The wisdom of those words rang true last week while driving our truck in Woodinville.
I was on my clueless way when the driver behind me flashed his lights to get my attention. He thought he saw something hanging from my front tire.
At first glance, neither of us could spot anything amiss. Then he felt the inside of the tire and found a large air bubble in the sidewall, about the size of my hand. He’d likely seen part of the rubber separating off.
His expression then switched from Good Samaritan to a look I remember on my father’s face after our old Ford LTD broke down on the side of the road. A tire had come loose from the axle with his teenaged daughter at the wheel. This could have been really bad.
The man advised me of the danger I faced from a blowout and suggested I not drive any farther than necessary. That way, he said, you won’t need us to come help you later. The observant man was driving a car that said “Woodinville Fire Dept.” on the side.
With Goodyear Tire just across the street on NE 175th, I crawled over, hazards flashing, steering wheel gripped.
A sales manager named Jorge seemed to drop what he was doing to help me. He led the charge to unleash the spare tire that was cabled underneath the truck, secured by a rusted-out padlock.
A pair of wire cutters and 45 minutes later, I was back on my way. My neighbor, who I’d called for a possible ride home, kept me company.
This letter is my thank you note to the firefighter, the sales manager and the tireless Leah.
I regularly haul my child and horse with that truck. I’d done so just the day before.
So check your tires regularly, be grateful for the good people in our community and reconsider the next time you encounter “bad luck.”
Theresa Bujnoch, Woodinville