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Letters to the Editor - September 29, 2014

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STATE SENATOR

Like many of us in this community, I’ve had kids in the public school system and really value having high quality schools for my children. In following state politics for the last several years I’m very impressed with the work that Andy Hill is doing in Olympia.

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Letters to the Editor - September 8, 2014

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LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE

Congratulations once again to the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, the City of Woodinville and to all of the business partners on a fantastic Celebrate Woodinville Festival. And a BIG thank you to Precor for their partnership and generosity with the Woodinville Leadership Challenge. Without their donation of exercise equipment for the day and a piece of equipment for a raffle we would not have raised nearly $2,000 for Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank and the YMCA food program. It was very gratifying to see elected officials, commissioners, city staff and businesses come together to support our local community in a meaningful way, and have a great time exercising in public no less.

Thank you to our participants:
Andy Hill — Washington state Senator 45th District
Les Rubstello — Woodinville City Council
James Evans — Woodinville City Council
Paulette Bauman — former Woodinville City Council
Rick Chatterton — president, Woodinville Heritage Society
Mark Wiitala — Planning Commissioner
Kevin Stadler — Planning Commissioner
Brad Walker — Parks & Recreation Commissioner
Lucy DeYoung — Ideal Office Suites
Gib Aspen — Experian
Darlene Jones — former PTSA president

Also, a big thank you to our major donors:
Joel Hussey
Andy Hill
Fairwinds Brittany Park
North Creek Self Storage
Robb Anderson — Northwest Trophies
McLendon Hardware
Rhonda Greer — Windermere Realty
Tami and Dave Lyons — Lyons Ski School
Les Rubstello
Gib Aspen
Lucy DeYoung
Rick Chatterton
Jennifer Kuhn
Roy Ghazimorad
Dennis Lone
Liz Aspen

Letters to the Editor - September 1, 2014

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FENCE BLOCKS VIEW

I was shocked to find, on my way to work in Monroe, that a fence has been installed that makes it very dangerous to enter Woodinville-Duvall Road from 160th Ave. NE. The black fence slats blended together into a solid wall right when I was next to make the turn onto the busy road. I know there will be a light there sometime in November but that won’t help now during rush hour traffic and will still make it dicey to turn right on a red light, in the future.

I, like so many, have a compact car. In the early morning there is no way I can see if cars going east are hidden behind this obstruction. And the fence is not completely installed yet, as it will wrap around the corner. Only trucks and buses appear above the fence and then their turn signals are obscured. When the bike lane is installed, I fear for the bicycle rider who doesn’t realize he can’t be seen.

This is a hazardous situation that must be corrected, especially when the speed limit is raised back to 35 m.p.h. and drivers go 40 - 45 m.p.h. trying to get through the light. Until something is done, I’ll be adding to my commute by going down into Woodinville and back up the hill to head north.
Wendy Wartes

TRAFFIC JAM

Traffic conditions in Woodinville: Have you noticed how bad traffic is around Woodinville, especially in the last couple of years? It seems things have gone from bad to worse! The light at the corner of 132nd Avenue and NE 180th Street is a mess! It seems out of sync, barely allowing one or two cars coming from NE 180th Street to make a left onto 132nd Avenue. Also, there is a red right turn arrow signal that confuses drivers, especially the ones that don’t live in the area, causing more and more delays.

As school is just around the corner, I don’t see this situation getting any better. One of the big problems I see is lack of sync with the stop lights in the area. If I recall properly, we lost power in Woodinville some time ago and it seems that the lights have been out of sync ever since.

I believe this situation needs to be brought up for discussion with the planning commission/transportation department here at City Hall to find a solution to it.
Jorge Martinez

WHS HONORS MILITARY

Do you know a former Woodinville High School student serving in the military? Woodinville High School Football needs your help! We are looking for the names of former Woodinville High School students who have served, or are serving, in the military.

We would like to recognize these former Falcons at Military Appreciation Night, during our home opener against Redmond High School on Sept. 19. The game starts at 7 p.m. at Pop Keeney Stadium. Come early for pregame activities. We’ll have fun activities, military vehicles and personnel, and a great pre-game show performed by the Falcon band, in honor of our military. Vets get in free as the Falcons Gridiron is proud to sponsor their tickets for the night.
For more information and to submit military service member names, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include full name and military branch served.
Lisa Foshee

LOCAL NEWS

It’s 2014, and the Internet is alive and well. Folks these days use it for shopping, social outlets, news and more. Print media, whether it be magazines or newspapers, such as the Seattle Times, have been steadily declining in circulation. And thus the Woodinville Weekly has thinned as it has adjusted to the current times. Do we really need a local newspaper? That reports local events? Supported by local advertisers and distributed via mail free to all local residents? I say YES!

The Woodinville Weekly is a local icon and part of the Woodinville culture. Carol Edwards, past publisher, was a huge part of this community and cared deeply about it. Having been a small business owner in Woodinville for years, I totally support and encourage all to use this local resource to advertise and learn more about the city in which you live. I ask ALL businesses in Woodinville to consider the Woodinville Weekly as an advertising media and to support our local newspaper.
Brad Warter

Letters to the Editor - August 25, 2014

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THANK YOU
I want to send a huge thank you and note of appreciation to the lady near the top on Hollywood Hill on the Tolt Pipeline at the gate. She has the most beautiful garden and it is always a pleasure walking by to see what is blooming. More importantly, she puts out a huge tub of water for dogs and horses. She shades it with a beach umbrella and it is the most welcome oasis for our poor, thirsty dogs on these hot summer days. We can walk farther knowing they will get a drink along the way.

Many, many thanks for her thoughtfulness.
Arianne Burnham

Letters to the Editor - August 18, 2014

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WATER METERS

Last week it was announced that due to numerous house fires, all “smart” meters made by Sensus, Woodinville Water District’s newfangled meter manufacturer, are to be removed throughout the province of Saskatchewan, Canada — all 105,000 of the faulty devices, which are not UL-tested. You can guess who is going to pick up the $50M bill. (Portland also just announced the removal of 70,000 “smart” meters.)

Reams of evidence are now surfacing that hourly usage data from all wireless meters can be intercepted or hacked by anyone, including those who’d like to see when you’re home or tamper with your meter.

The WWD is misleading customers by telling them emissions from the automated meters are “weaker than a cell phone.” This is a bold-faced lie. Like utility customers are doing elsewhere, we tested WWD’s 2-watt Sensus meters to emit 590,000 times more electromagnetic radiation than WWD is telling the people of Woodinville. The meters pulse once per hour. But WWD admitted they take the average output over time to get this false data. Using this type of skewed calculation, a bullet fired from a gun is not strong enough to crush an ant. The truth is that from 4 feet away the emissions are 142 times higher than science-based safety thresholds, and 1,000 to 10,000 times stronger than a cell phone. But WWD has blatantly refused to inform their customers of this because they know people will object.
Now, WWD is attempting to force these on everyone. But they have not asked your consent. By using notices and legal loopholes of “implied consent,” they are attempting to legally bind you into agreement with what they are doing. They are committing fraud and appear to see the harm this system will cause as a “necessary byproduct” of what they want to do. There is a reason why over 50 local governments in California have made official statements against, or even criminalized, “smart” meters.

But you have rights. As one option, you can send a “conditional acceptance” letter. To learn about what you can do, and to get involved in this important discussion for Woodinville, visit www.woodinvillesafemeters.org.
Josh del Sol

GEESE

Thank you for your recent article “Wild goose chase: Efforts to control goose population have proven successful.”

However, killing geese has not been successful, as the slaughter continues year after year.

USDA Wildlife Services has been lethally removing Canada Geese in the Puget Sound area for 13 years under an interlocal agreement between several cities and entities within the region. The geese are being rounded up in our parks and gassed to death or shot on Lake Washington. In 2013, nearly 1,200 geese were killed by Wildlife Services in just King County alone.

Woodinville, as well as several other cities in the area, is a  member of the interlocal agreement and pays to have the geese killed.

Many humane solutions can be utilized to mitigate conflicts with geese in urban areas. These include landscape modifications; goose deterrent products and control techniques; public outreach on the need to stop feeding waterfowl; automated devices to clean up goose droppings; and reduction of populations through egg addling.

Only sporadic half-hearted attempts have been made using humane methods. Relying on an agency whose primary job it is to kill wildlife needs to end. A new integrated plan using only humane measures needs to be developed and implemented by knowledgeable geese management professionals.

Health concerns are often cited in order to justify the killing of geese. However, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife web site, “Canada geese are not considered to be a significant source of any infectious disease transmittable to humans or domestic animals.”

Killing geese creates a void in the environment, other geese quickly move in, and a new round of killing begins. This creates an endless cycle of killing. The brutal killing of thousands of geese, including their newborn goslings, must stop.

We must do a better job of sharing the earth with wildlife.

For more information and to sign a petition to stop the killing, please see https://www.change.org/petitions/puget-sound-area-officials-stop-killing-canada-geese.
Diane Weinstein