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Letters to the Editor - June 1, 2015

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LOOKING FOR LAND

I’m a veteran looking for a parcel of land in the Bothell/Woodinville area to build my dream home. I’ve looked in the area but not too much is for sale. If you happen to own a parcel you are willing to sell to a veteran, my price range is around $125,000.
I am more than willing to answer any questions. I know this is a long shot, but thought it was worth a shot.
Below are some of the questions you are probably wondering about:
1. What type of veteran are you?
I was active duty for 16 years, deployed three times, was discharged honorably and currently in the reserves.
2. Why Bothell/Woodinville?
My son and daughter are autistic and go to a wonderful school in the area that accommodates their special needs. I promised my wife I would exhaust all resources before leaving the schools boundaries.
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Marcus Barton
Bothell

VETERANS’ STORIES

The StoryCorps Mobile Tour will be in the Seattle area Aug. 6 to Sept. 4. Appointments for interviews can be made at storycorps.org. Interviews can also be recorded anywhere with smartphones, then sent to StoryCorps with a smartphone app.
StoryCorps is a nationwide nonprofit oral history project, preserved at the Library of Congress. Weekly broadcasts of select interviews can be heard on National Public Radio or the StoryCorps website.

Polly Roberts
Woodinville

WOODINVILLE-DUVALL ROAD MEDIANS

To the City of Woodinville: Why do we have medians/islands instead of lanes? I thought we needed more lanes to handle our traffic. Silly me! Have you seen the line to turn north at Mack’s Corner? Have you seen the traffic coming and going during peak traffic and school drop off/pick up times? Have you seen the Saturday westbound back up at 156th? Maybe a designated right hand turn lane would have been better than a median taking up a whole lane. Also, it seems to me that the large (and ugly) evergreens being planted (Why?! We don’t need those!) in these silly medians should have been planted along the shoulders on people’s properties that lost their privacy trees and bushes. Those property owners received twigs instead. I’m sure they’ll have some of their natural screens back in 15 years with those scrawny plantings.
Tina Sander
Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - May 11, 2015

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TRAIL ETIQUETTE

Thank you for your article on etiquette for those who use the Burke-Gillman trail. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful amenity in our community, which my family has enjoyed for 25 years. The trail can be very busy at times, especially on weekends. As someone who has been both a cyclist and a pedestrian pushing a stroller or walking a dog, I have witnessed some poor choices made by both pedestrians and cyclists and wanted to provide additional guidelines.   

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Letters to the Editor - May 4, 2015

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ERNIE PYLE

I was so very pleased to see an article about Ernie Pyle on April 20. He is one of my all time heroes in journalism, and I still have six of his books on my shelf.

He wrote magnificently about World War II and about America and the people involved. The 1946 book cover of “An Ernie Pyle Album” by Lee Miller says Ernie was “a gallant gentleman, a great newspaperman and one of the most beloved figures of our time. Throughout his life, wherever Ernie went (and that was practically everywhere), he met people, talked to them, wrote about them and gave them something of himself in warmth, friendliness and perception. And when he moved on, out of their lives, they never forgot him.”

That is so very true. It was because of him I got interested in writing, as he had such a gift and made it seem easy.
Even now, his journalism is very relevant, which is why I am delighted to see that you appreciated him, so others could be aware of this very special man.

Thank you so much for bringing back memories of my adolescence when I was trying to find heroes to lead me into adulthood. He was at the top of the list, for he was humble, and found connectedness with just about everyone, and shared it with the world.

Wendy Walsh
Woodinville

ONE DAY WALKOUT

I support our teachers and district staff as they seek to encourage the state Legislature to fulfill its legal obligation to fully fund education. I also support families who can be considered as part of our vulnerable population, for whom a one day walk-out by our teachers creates, not an inconvenience, but a hardship. I do not believe that the two concepts – supporting teachers and supporting families – are mutually exclusive.

It was my hope that the teachers would vote, not to close school for a day, but to “walkout” during their early release time, thus sparing those families any hardship, while still achieving their goal of drawing attention to the educational funding crisis in this state. I do not know whether or not that was presented to the teachers as an option.
The teachers have voted to approve a one day walkout. While I do not think that is the best way to get their point across, I do still support them in their struggle to get our legislators to “fix” the funding problems. I have reached out to families in my community who may need help on May 6 when the schools are closed for the day. I hope others will do the same. I also hope others will join me as I participate with the teachers in one of their afternoon rallies on May 6.   
We are all in this together. You know, the whole “it takes a village” thing. We are that village! Let’s work together to support our teachers and school district staff, as well as the families in our community.

Berta Phillips
Bothell

Letters to the Editor - April 27, 2015

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PLASTIC AND STYROFOAM

My mom and I recently went to a local grocery store to get dinner at the deli counter while we went shopping. When we returned, we were disappointed to see the container that held our food was styrofoam. We went to that store because it advertises products that are sustainable, healthy and natural. Styrofoam and other plastics are not any of these. Plastics are super bad for the environment because they do not biodegrade and they cause animals to get killed and injured every day. I want people to be more aware of what plastics do to the environment so then they will think about whether they should buy items that contain or are packaged in plastic.

Sawyer Krohn (age 9)
Maltby

Letters to the Editor - April 20, 2015

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WOODINVILLE-DUVALL ROAD

Awesome. The Woodinville City Council is taking credit for “our brand new road we just put in.” I don’t know about you, but the road is hardly finished. It’s been stuck in a construction nightmare for those that drive it since last summer.

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