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Letters to the Editor - May 12, 2014

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NO LETTERS
I’m surprised at the lack of opinion of our local citizens these past few weeks. I can’t remember an issue of The Woodinville Weekly without an editorial page and I’ve been reading for quite few years. Surely someone in Woodinville is concerned about something. The suspense is killing me!
Walt Fogle

CUSTOMER SERVICE
I live in a cul-de-sac with the entrance located in the middle of the Woodinville-Duvall Road widening project. I would like to thank the road construction crew for their great customer service! Customer service isn’t something I normally think of when it comes to road construction projects, but that is exactly what this crew provides. I also feel that many people have taken the suggestion to heart and found alternate routes around the project. This is also greatly appreciated! I have tried to reduce my daytime trips as much as possible to stay out of their way.

Could you provide clarification about the speed limit for myself and other drivers? There seems to be some confusion. Is it 25 m.p.h. only while work crews are present and 35 m.p.h. the rest of the time? Or 25 m.p.h. day and night until the construction ends?
Melanie Reynolds

FLOODING
Thank you for the article about our ongoing problems with flooding on 185th NE. We’ve had this situation ongoing for over three months now so it was helpful to see your attention to it.

Sadly, the heading for the article is not accurate. The flooded road has not been fixed — probably because the beavers continue to build across the outlet to Cottage Lake.

Again, thank you for your attention to our situation, but I’m afraid the beaver dam will need ongoing attention and the road raised as soon as possible.
Bill Kearney

PHONE SCAM
There’s a phone scam around that I want to bring to your readers’ attention. Fortunately my computer background has immunized me, but I have received this call around five times so it must be working on some folks. The scammers’ script starts something like: “I’m <so and so> from <some high-tech sounding company>. We have noticed many infection files and folders downloaded onto your Windows computer. You are spreading infection to other computers in your area. We need to help you make it stop.”

The first few times, I simply said “No thanks,” and hung up. Last week I decided to play along. “What’s my IP address?” I asked.
Click.

The scammer knew he was dealing with a slightly tougher customer. (A scammer has to do some serious homework to get this answer correct. Yet he would have a very tough time knowing about “infections” on my computer if he can’t answer.)

Today when I got this call again, I asked the same question: “What’s my IP address?” “523.216.49,” he said without hesitation. Well that’s not correct — not even possibly right. But in the moment, it was a plausible enough response. I was taken aback. His confidence took chutzpah!

Still I knew I was dealing with a scammer. “OK, what do I need to do?” I said.
“Are you near the computer?” and he guided me to my .INF folder. “See all the folders and files in there?” he asked, sounding like a smug magician. “INF stands for ‘infection’.”

Now this is where the scammer nails the owner who lacks knowledge of the computer’s guts. If you get this call, stop right there and do whatever you do when someone is trying to steal from you.

“INF” stands for “information,” not “infection.” The computer won’t work without the stuff he pointed out to me as dangerous (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/INF_file). The scammer was going to help me...do what exactly? Oh, and take my money.

If you think about it for a moment, why would a malicious hacker store dangerous stuff in a place called “infection?”
Frank Sanger

Letters to the Editor - April 28, 2014

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PRAISE
I am so pleased with the changes in content of both the articles and the letters.
That first article about the crows who gather in Bothell for their staging preparation of night roosting in the North Creek wetlands was something I wanted someone to write about. It is absolutely fascinating, as hundreds of crows gather around the former Anderson School and the Sammamish Park in the trees and chatter about their daily events. Towards dusk they move to the North Creek wetlands, for their night roosting. They do this around Montlake in Seattle as well.

My concern is that since all the construction in Bothell, their trees are diminishing rapidly. I wonder if any one knows what will happen to them?

I also loved the letter about the crow funeral. That definitely happens, and I am so glad you printed that letter.

Even with the expansion of Woodinville-Bothell development, there are many wildlife stories to be shared. We are very rich in indigenous wildlife, and learning to live with nature is one of the blessings our residents have to both enjoy and contend with. They were here first, of course, and I feel lucky to be able to enjoy all wild creatures. Thank you for including them in your news coverage.
Wendy Walsh

Letters to the Editor - April 14, 2014

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BULLYING

I am deeply proud of the role myself and my family have played in making Woodinville the beautiful, charming and vibrant community it is today. The land use decisions made when I was mayor and on the city council in the 1990s have protected the character of our community and helped our wine district flourish. My grandparents bought their homestead in Woodinville in 1930 and I know they would be overjoyed to see how the community they loved is developing while keeping its small town character.

Unfortunately this small town also has some characters, three of whom have written letters to your paper. Councilwoman Susan Boundy-Sanders takes umbrage at being called a bully but has an unfortunate and very public history of making false accusations and very anti-female insults.

Your readers will remember Councilmember Boundy-Sanders called me the “Evil B____ Queen” and mocked another female elected official as a “Mean Cafeteria Lady.” Being a woman in elective office carries with it an additional burden, but that burden shouldn’t include having to endure ugly personal attacks by other female elected officials such as Ms. Boundy-Sanders.

Although most readers will undoubtedly discount allegations that accompany such vitriol, I am compelled to state for the record that I never have voted for any zoning changes on my or my family’s property and the quote Ms. Boundy-Sanders attributed to me is as manufactured as the royal pedigree she assigned me in her profane insults. Rest assured, if Ms. Boundy-Sanders, Mr. Knapinski and Mr. Stecker had evidence as opposed to innuendo you would see it. Instead, the letters from current Councilmember Boundy-Sanders, Water Commissioner Dale Knapinski and former Councilmember Hank Stecker, and are “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
Lucy DeYoung

Crow Funeral

I was privileged to witness a crow funeral in my front yard. (Yes. it is a thing; Google it.) The evening before, I noticed a crow walking with great difficulty on my lawn. When I investigated, I realized there was nothing I could do. The crow would let me come right up to it and was in shock. A few minutes later, I looked through the picture window, and it was lying on my bottom porch step. I got my shovel and wheelbarrow and buried the carcass in the back woods. Next morning at 7:30 I was in the front room and heard a great cacophony. There were (I would recon) 50 crows in the front evergreen at the end of the driveway. All at once they were doing their “caw,” loud and proud. I walked onto the porch to watch and listen. The ceremony lasted 20 minutes. Then they all flew away.
Frank Sanger

CITY VIEW

I always look forward to reading The Woodinville Weekly and particularly found the recent City View insert most informative.

Most interesting was a picture of our 2014 City Council positioned about a City Services and Facilities Survey of Woodinville residents and businesses taken from October 2013-December 2013. The most glaring data showed that 57.98 percent of survey responses rated the “need for solutions to local problems” as “poor” to “needs improvement.”
The survey results are intended to improve city services. Hopefully our current city council can put aside their personal differences and make an honest attempt to work together (even compromise) for the benefit of Woodinville. One can only hope.
Sandra White

TREE-STER EGG HUNT

When I purchased my home and moved to Woodinville in 2008, at the time, I did not realize the added benefit of coming into a city and community that prioritized the protection and maintenance of the lovely tree canopy that allows us all to live in a city with an abundance of beautiful trees.

The City of Woodinville accomplishes this protection through extensive zoning and development licensing requirements that discourage the indiscriminant removal of trees within the city limits.

This practice has resulted in the City of Woodinville being designated as “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation and has allowed residents, like myself, to live in a city with a lot of trees. Without this commitment our city would not likely have the same degree of lush tree canopy that we enjoy today.

I came to understand the city’s commitment because in my small neighborhood of 26 homes, we have a natural protected wildlife zone and a Home Owner Association (HOA) area of common land that surrounds our living space. After joining my HOA Board of Directors, I learned, through our required annual Certified Arborist inspections, that we played a strong stewardship role in managing land for the common good. That led me to the City of Woodinville for more information where I also found out about the Woodinville “Tree Board.” This volunteer committee to the City of Woodinville is made up of Woodinville residents who share the city’s commitment to maintaining such a livable environment. I became a volunteer member of the Tree Board in 2012.

This year, the Tree Board voted to make its official 2014 Arbor Day activity (which falls on Friday, April 25th this year) a brand new event, a tree identification “game,” that would be a new and free community event, open to the public. “Tree-ster Egg Hunt” involves participants taking a short 1/4 mile stroll down the Sammamish River Trail, and identifying 12 trees marked with numbered colorful paper plates. The Tree-ster Egg hunt will be held on Sunday, April 20, from 1-4p.m. at Wilmot-Gateway Park.

For more information on the Tree Board, visit the city’s webpage at  http://www.ci.woodinville.wa.us!CityHaII/TreeBoard.asp.
Michael Munniks, Volunteer, City of Woodinville Tree Board.

HARLEY IS HOME

Thank you again to everyone who helped search for our yellow lab Harley who went missing last August. We are happy to say we were reunited with him last Sunday evening and he is settling back in very well.
Melaine, Chris, Savannah and Cody Thompson

SEWER SYSTEM

I was recently with a customer in Belfair, Wash. We drove through downtown Belfair where he explained to me that the county/city had forced all the businesses along the street to pay thousands (and I mean $30K+) to connect to the sewer. It resulted in several businesses closing.  In addition, the sewer system maintenance far exceeds the revenue stream from users and continues to get deeper in debt.

Perhaps the Woodinville Water District board should take a field trip to Belfair to see how well that has worked for them. I am a Woodinville Water District customer still on a septic system.
Tim Schoo

Letters to the Editor - April 7, 2014

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Less woods in “Wood”inville

Isn’t it often the case that the name of a development reflects what it used to be? This may be the case in the newly approved Woodin Creek Village. While the creek will remain, about 80 percent of the trees (the woods) on the property are slated for removal just in Phase I. This development will replace Canterbury Square mobile home park and in 5 phases may bring around 800 new apartments and some retail space to Woodinville.

The density of homes will save forests from urban sprawl. This is a good thing. However, the removal of a majority of existing trees, many of them large and beautiful, could take a number of homes for migrating birds this spring. With any luck, the trees will be removed outside of the nesting season from February through August to avoid destroying nests, eggs and baby birds and to avoid violating a federal law, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, where removal of trees with active birds’ nests is illegal.

Global removal of trees inside of the perimeter of the property is an all-too-common technique that eliminates the current homes and ecosystems of birds and other small animals.

Replanting, while better than not replacing lost trees, can never fully replace the environment in place. The replacement trees will take years to be of a size usable for birds to nest again. To put a human spin on this, imagine having your home taken with your loved ones in it. You’ve lost your loved ones and no viable home will be available to you in the foreseeable future.

In architecture school, my husband and I were taught not to look at trees as something in our way, but as something to appreciate and include in the design. We feel Woodin Creek Village could be better designed to incorporate some of the larger viable trees and clusters of trees, and to save more trees than are currently picked for removal.
Tracy Hendershott

Who is Responsible for Street Lights?

At the March 24 Kenmore City Council meeting a few people spoke of street lights in their neighborhoods that were not working. Our community cannot afford to pay a city employee to drive around at night and look for inoperable street lights; the citizens must do their part to report these. Please go to the Puget Sound Energy website, at https://pse.com/accountsandservices/ServiceAlert/Pages/Street-Light-Problem.aspx, to report street light problems.
Katrina Rose

SIDEWALKS

Every month I go to Costco over the Woodinville-Duvall Road.
There is a stretch of it that does have sidewalks. I have never ever seen anyone walking there, so I don’t feel we need sidewalks all along the Woodinville-Duvall Road.
It would drive some people from their homes as well if that makes it a five-lane road.
Pauline L. Thompson

Letters to the Editor - March 31, 2014

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COAL ENERGY

When I read Paula Water’s editorial about the likelihood of reducing PSE’s use of coal, I gave a cheer. The following week, I was saddened to see another person solely focused on the cost of the power. We HAVE TO BE better stewards of the earth! When we talk about expensive energy: coal, oil, and gas are ALL expensive resources. All a person has to do is open up this month’s National Geographic Magazine to get visuals of the impact of coal. The collection and processing are expensive to the people and natural resources near the source and the output- health costs and environmental impacts. All power is expensive in one form or another. We are lucky to live in the northwest where we have inexpensive hydro-power which STILL has negative impacts. In Woodinville, so full of NIMBY activity , we should ask ourselves if we would want coal mines, fracking, or oil wells in our back yard. I think that we all know the answer!
We have amazing resources in our home town and the surrounding landscape that provides major potential to be self- sustaining and resilient. There is no need to grow our dependence on big oil or gigantic industrial coal plants. There are other options: solar panels on industrial buildings and wind generators are merely the tip of the iceberg. Better yet, get a full energy audit from PSE for FREE and reduce your use — THAT will reduce your cost AND SO many other local and global impacts!
Stephanie Young

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