Letters to the Editor - October 29, 2012

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I have been a resident of the Reintree community just off of Woodinville-Duvall Road and Avondale Road for over 21 years. Since the winter through the summer months and into fall, some seven significant potholes have developed in 194th Ave. NE, the main road into and out of Reintree.

This has been recurring for the past several years, King County makes temporary fixes and the same potholes return each year.

Last summer, two side streets , NE 181 Street and NE 185 Street were completely repaved, but the main road  — 194th Ave NE — still needs replacing badly. Three calls to  the King County Roads resulted in no action, telling me that these potholes, as well as repaving the entire 194th Ave. NE road are “UNFUNDED” for repair.  Drivers are swerving to miss the potholes and may well cause accidents with other cars, trucks and school busses approaching in the opposite direction.

There are also residents walking their children and pets that are at risk for harm.  Thankfully, Woodinville-Duvall Road was replaced recently.  With all the major road projects going on all around the region and the amount of property taxes we pay, it is difficult to understand why Reintree’s 194th Ave. is UNFUNDED for paving.

Curtis Hezeau, Woodinville

I would like to express my appreciation to Keith Johnson and all others who graciously voted to pass R-71. R-71 has provided me the legal status necessary to care for my wife and our child. Two months after the passage of R-71, my wife was laid off. If it were not for the passing of R-71, I would have been unable to provide medical benefits for her during the two years she was without work. As states and the federal government continue to address the civil inequalities between same and opposite sex couple unions, we find ourselves once more having to address the question of legal rights.  States and the federal government have moved to grant additional rights to same-sex couples and those benefits have been granted under civil marriage law – not civil domestic partnership law. Thus, Washington’s domestic partnership rights are not recognized in other states or at the federal level. With the approval of R-74 same-sex couples gain access to federal benefits like pensions for federal workers and reciprocal rights when visiting/moving to states that offer rights under civil marriages (not domestic partnerships).

To Keith’s other points, he is unfortunately misinformed.  You can check out the facts at

While a few lawsuits were filed in response to non-discrimination law, none of these were in a state offering marriage equality. To date no suits have been filed in states offering marriage equality.  Education is dictated in most jurisdictions by school boards, not civil marriage law.  Religious organizations are specifically protected from having to participate in any ceremony which is contrary to their beliefs.

I believe Keith when he says he was willing to grant civil rights to all couples. Approval of R-74 ensures that same-sex couples continue to access the rights afforded under state and federal law.  Keith, thanks in advance for your vote to approve R-74.

Cheri (and Kimberly) Briar, Woodinville

In the October 22 Letters to the Editor, the letter from Mr. Keith Johnson states that “Already in states where gay marriage is law, young children are being taught about gay marriage at a young age with no opt out or notification for parents.” What exactly are you imagining that the children are being taught, Mr. Johnson?

As a Sunday and pre-school teacher, I’ve often talked about “what makes a family?” Perhaps in Mr. Johnson’s world, there are only the “traditional” woman-mommy and man-daddy families. To discuss who one’s mommy and daddy happen to be is not to teach it but to acknowledge that it exists. To say it does NOT exist is to segregate, ignore and or lie to the children as well as yourself.

The next letter states “Why would one subject children to a myriad of social, financial, emotional and health challenges...” Is the pastor saying that just because a couple is of the same sex they will automatically become socially, financially and emotionally challenged, not to mention unhealthy?

And then“ the heterosexual bond so clearly outshines same sex parents, unless of course there is a hidden agenda promoted in the shadows.”

To say that heterosexuals “outshine” same sex couples was so sophomoric it made me laugh. I know plenty of traditional couples who should never be allowed to breed!

And as far as having a “hidden agenda...”, are you serious? They meet “in the shadows” to discuss and promote what? How to turn everyone GAY? What exactly are you afraid of?

Nobody talks others into or makes anybody else gay OR straight. To say/preach otherwise is unloving, unjust and unkind.

It is time to stop preaching fear and hate and read the U.S. Constitution. Separation of CHURCH and STATE. This is not a Bible issue. This issue, Rights to happiness is not going away simply because you want it to. Get over it.

Mary Landmann, Woodinville

While driving to the Woodinville Public Library on Thursday 10/25, after breakfast at the Woodinville Cafe, I noticed that every “No on 74” (marriage equality) sign between these two establishments had been slashed.  Whoever vandalized these signs, I am ashamed of you! There is no reason or excuse for this behaviour. If you have that much passion and energy for 74, contact the local yes-on-74 office and ask what you can do to help. And if you care, I am strongly pro-marriage-equality myself.

Jules Dickinson, Woodinville

Roger Goodman, recipient of Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) national award, lauded by Washington State Troopers Association for his success in passing tough new DUI laws that stiffen penalties and keep drunk drivers off the roads has been SWIFT-BOATED!

Roger’s opponent, Republican Joel Hussey, has robo-calls and cable TV ads about Roger’s accomplishments saying that the opposite of reality is true. Let’s keep this kind of sleazy politics out of our wonderful Eastside communities!

Send a message for clean elections and vote for Roger Goodman so he can continue his stalwart efforts to make our roads safer and government more efficient.

Laurelee Kovacs-Szabo, Woodinville

As a parent, a grandparent and a member of the teacher’s union, it goes without saying that education is important to me. That is why I have chosen to support Joel Hussey as state representative in the 45th District. His involvement in education as a board member and president of the board for the Bellevue Christian School, his time as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts and as president of the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association make him uniquely qualified to advocate for the needs of our children in Washington. Joel believes: “It is our paramount duty and moral obligation to educate our children and equip them for the future.”

Contrast that with his opponent, a member of the Legislature which has been ruled by the Washington Supreme Court as failing to adequately fund education and that defied the will of the taxpayers by not funding the approved class-size reduction initiative.

Of course lofty talk from either side about funding education is meaningless unless there is money in the pot to pay for it. Joel Hussey is a successful businessman and an entrepreneur. He knows how to meet deadlines, meet a payroll, balance a budget and develop a plan for the future. By contrast, his opponent has been part of a Legislature that guided our state’s economy into 45th place in the U.S. and failed to get business completed during the regular session, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Joel Hussey will make decisions that will improve the economy of our state, thereby improving the funding of school districts and the finances of our families, so that they can focus on what really matters – our children.

Ann Streit

Woodinville needs to have Suzan DelBene, Democrat, representing us in Congress.

I support Suzan because she will stand up for Woodinville’s community-based, middle-class values in a Congress torn by conflict.

As a woman and a retired professional, I need a representative who will protect Medicare and Social Security; support federal funding of school programs; and defend a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions.

Let’s move forward with Suzan – not backwards with her “Tea Party” opponent.

Joan Yim, Woodinville

I am an education advocate and lifelong Democrat who can no longer support Rosemary McAuliffe. She has publicly stated that the education system was good enough for her kids, and it is good enough now. During her tenure in the state Senate as chair of the K-12 Education Committee, education funding has gone down (vs the national average) and the achievement gap has gone up. Today, only 3 out of 4 high school freshmen will graduate, and only 1 out of 5 will graduate college.  We can and must do better.

This past session, Senator McAuliffe refused to allow votes on several bills that had bipartisan support and enough votes to pass her committee. Ultimately, no bills were voted on in her committee.  NONE.

Both the Seattle Times and Everett Herald endorsed the challenger in this election.  From the Herald endorsement:

“Rosemary McAuliffe… was called out this past session for throttling reform legislation ... Her thinking and leadership style no longer align with a chairmanship that demands innovation (all the more imperative with the state Supreme Court's McCleary decision mandating full funding of K-12.)

“Her opponent, Republican Dawn McCravey, is a former special-ed teacher and a Northshore School Board member. McCravey looks at basic education through a fresh, school-board-tested lens, tying board and district goals with student achievement and advancing a more rigorous curriculum. Her willingness to explore education options that put students ahead of administration, as well as her grounding in small-business issues, make McCravey the more appealing choice."

I have observed Dawn McCravey in action as a school board member for several years. She is always willing to listen to her constituents, and does not merely follow the group, but leads; she is a free-thinker and always puts the best interest of kids first in her decision making. She believes every kid deserves a great teacher, and we need to give teachers the supports they need to succeed, including the freedom to use various methods to reach every child, because no one curriculum or method fits all children.

I urge you to join me in supporting Dawn McCravey for state Senate.

Nancy Chamberlain, Woodinville

In my opinion, 20-year incumbent McAuliffe, has blocked education reform and stands for the WEA — NOT our children. Under Rosemary the achievement gap has grown and is continuing to grow.  She has had her chance for many years and has failed us. Employers like Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix and Boeing see this and now support her opponent Dawn McCravey.

Tolli Lowell-Forker, Bothell, father of three kids in Northshore schools

To me, Rosemary McAuliffe epitomizes the word champion because she is a true champion for schools.

Rosemary McAuliffe has been an effective advocate in the state Senate, and before that as a Northshore School Board member because she listens to teachers, parents, administrators and education-reform experts. I have been in Olympia as a lobbyist on behalf of teachers and public education, and my voice was heard by Rosemary. We have all benefitted from the work Rosemary has done to improve the educational opportunities of the children in our community.

This year Washington’s and Vermont’s student-combined-average score on the SAT college admission test was the highest in the nation among states in which 45 percent or more of eligible students took the test. In individual tests, Washington’s average SAT score in reading came in third nationally, we were tied for second in writing, and we were first in the nation in math. Many thanks to Rosemary for ensuring that our schools are funded to make this happen. As chair of the state senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, Rosemary McAuliffe has made a powerful impact on our schools. Let’s re-elect her and allow her to continue to work to raise standards for our students and our teachers.

I am a teacher in the Lake Washington School District, and I support Rosemary McAuliffe.

Claire Lazar, Bothell

We are desperate for change here in the 1st Legislative District. Having lived in Bothell for nearly 30 years, we have observed two decades of decline. Despite Rosemary’s tenured efforts to “you scratch my political back, I’ll scratch yours,” she has failed to deliver improved education and quality of life for most of us, the taxpayers and their dependents. Dawn McCravey has shouldered the task to change the slumping direction we have been going within education. She understands the feet on the ground, which live life in its trenches. The hard work of people who live here should not be futile efforts – throwing their dollars after poor decisions made by their legislators.

Dawn sees the disappointment most of us have expressed through the years in the state government’s decisions to continuously spend money on endless redundant studies, force students to be held accountable to high stakes testing while adults in the system are protected from accountability, narrow the definition and scope of education to what can be “tested,” and continuously decrease funding as a percentage of the state budget.

I’ve gotten to know Dawn. She is pleasant, knowledgeable, and devoted to bringing out something better for our kids. She has the ability to identify what is salient to a problem and rally people to its solution. I get that life is busy and is fuller than full, so we rely on sound bites that we can grab to make busy decisions. People, from all walks of life who meet Dawn, love her and are optimistic for our community again.

She not only understands politics but also statesmanship. She has proven herself in desperately needed education improvements, protection of environmental gems, and community heart and togetherness. I am voting for Dawn McCravey, state Senate; in hopes that her experience, tenacity and wisdom can make the difference we desperately need for our children and the place they call “home.”

Jeanne Zornes, via email

Letters to the Editor - October 22, 2012

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Roger Goodman, state representative of the 45th Legislative District, was recently given MADD’s “Legislator of the Year” award for his efforts in getting interlocking devices installed on cars for convicted drunk drivers. Mothers Against Drunk Drivers noted that it reduces highway deaths from drunk driving by 20 percent.  They called Washington’s law a model for the other 49 states.

Despite his great service to our state, Joel Hussey, his Republican challenger, has accused him of “sponsoring a bill that lightens penalties on drunk drivers and will cost millions because it violates federal funding standards.”

Both accusations are completely false. It is this level of political lying that disenfranchises voters from the truth and, in turn, reveals the character of the accuser.  Voters in the 45th would be wise to take Hussey to task on all of his claims, given the size of this whopper.

Robert Horn, Woodinvill

I’m interested in a vision for Woodinville that can bring out the best in all of us and help us get beyond the “me versus you and us versus them” divisions that separate us. I think the Happiness Initiative can do that.

Thanks to the tiny country of Bhutan, the Gross National Happiness framework was launched through the United Nations using nine domains of happiness: physical health; psychological well-being; time or work-life balance; social connection and community vitality; education; access to arts, culture and recreation; environmental quality and access to nature; good governance; and material well-being.

As a result Seattle was inspired to create the Happiness Initiative that provides a 10-minute online survey ( using the domains to measure happiness both individually and collectively as a city. Besides Seattle the cities of Victoria, B.C., and Eau Claire, Wis., have measured their happiness indicators.

Could we launch a Woodinville Happiness Initiative and announce the survey results at our Celebrate Woodinville event in August 2013?

And then could we have town hall meetings to celebrate what makes us happy and discuss ways to improve those areas that are not so happy?

We welcome your input and invite you to join us for an upbeat and informative 9-minute film from KCTS/9 TV called Measuring Happiness. It will be held Thursday, November 1, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Health Moves on 17211 135th Avenue NE, Ste. C-800 here in Woodinville.

If you support this vision and want to help put it into action (one to four hours a week depending on your time balance), please contact Trish at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We welcome you on our Woodinville Happy Team.

Trish Knox, Woodinville

The homosexual community often calls those opposed to gay marriage, intolerant bigots or theocrats. They are insulting the same people who passed R-71, the anything-but-marriage act. Intolerant bigots or theocrats would not have passed R-71. It seems to me that the activists in the homosexual community are the intolerant ones. Those who would reject R-74 have been very accommodating to the homosexual community as evidenced by granting them the same rights as heterosexual couples. We generally feel that, despite our disagreement with the gay lifestyle, we would live and let live. There currently is nothing stopping a homosexual couple from marrying in a church that agrees with their views or from partaking in whatever sort of ceremony they would want. Given that and the granting of equal rights, redefining marriage for everyone is the intolerant point of view. The heterosexual activist community is disrespecting the traditions and religious beliefs of this country.

They would and have harmed religious freedom in this country all in an effort to legally define marriage as between any two persons. If passed, those who disagree with homosexual marriage for religious or other reasons would be forced to not tolerate the gay lifestyle but would be forced to promote the gay lifestyle.

Already in states where gay marriage is law, young children are being taught about gay marriage at a young age with no opt out or notification for parents.

People with religious objections have been sued for not accommodating gay marriages. It seems to me we already have a good compromise between religious liberty and fair and equal treatment for the homosexual community. A vote against R-74 is not a vote against homosexual rights, it is a vote to protect the current compromise of religious freedom and equal rights for all citizens, gay or straight.

Keith Johnson, via email

The following quote is from an article by Jaime Manson supporting same sex marriage:

“(We) often realize that any human person or relationship that brings love, mercy, forgiveness, kindness, generosity or faithfulness into the world is a sign of God’s grace.”

Perhaps this is the reason so many … defend marriage equality: They have recognized these graces can come forth as much through same-sex couples as heterosexual couples.

Those who have (this perspective) recognize that a couple’s ability to enter into a marriage commitment is not contingent on their anatomies, but on the depth, strength and fruitfulness of their bond.

It is precisely this sentiment expressed in “love, mercy, forgiveness, kindness, etc…” that the term marriage equality was born. Of course to oppose it would be to support marriage inequality!

Inequality anything intimates abuse, oppression, meanness. Same tactics in the euphemisms chosen in pro-choice vs. …what…?  Pro-“force?!”

The question remains, is it more loving, kind, generous or godly to promote God’s design in marriage or a deviant version of human union?

Looking at stats alone would highly favor heterosexual couples over same sex couples in thorough and scientific studies like the New Family Structures Study found at

In particular, these studies provide hands-down evidence that strengthen the conviction that the gold standard for raising children is still the intact, biological family.  Why would someone subject children to a myriad of social, financial, emotional and health challenges when it is proven that the depth, strength and fruitfulness of the heterosexual bond so clearly outshines same sex parents, unless of course there is a hidden agenda promoted in the shadows?

That, my friends, is unloving, unkind and selfish.  Let’s call a spade a spade.  Isa 5:20  “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!“

Beware of the redefinition of terms.

Pastor Rich Farinella, Woodin Valley Baptist Church,Woodinville

In reading  Gayle Hickey’s response to a previous letter asking about Dawn McCravey’s stand on state issues, I don’t know any more about Dawn McCravey’s stand than before Mrs. Hickey refuted the letter talking about Dawn’s energy company connections both in Texas and in Washington.  Also, for Mrs. Hickey to dismiss questions of Mrs. McCravey’s stand on other issues because education is what involves the majority of the state budget doesn’t answer questions of McCravey’s stand on other state issues.

Where does the candidate stand on women’s issues?  This year, the Republican party both in Congress and in state legislative bodies across the United States, has spent a surprising amount of both time and money on women’s choice and birth control issues, so it is certainly a valid question for voters to ask Mrs. McCravey.

What about environmental regulations?  What about state employee bargaining rights?

I don’t know if the press doesn’t ask Mrs. McCravey these questions but in the press, I never see anything other than her stand on education.

I look on her website…mainly talk about education.  I attended a public debate this fall, but again only educational issues were addressed. I look for another public forum but I am not aware of another. A state representative handles much more than educational issues, so as a voter in District 1, I want more information on candidate McCravey and I wish there was a way for me to get the information.

Nancy Celms, Bothell

As a mother, grandmother, former Northshore School Board member and champion of education in the state senate for many years, State Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe has made a powerful impact on our schools.

When we re-elect her and send her back to the senate, she will continue her longstanding fight against cuts to schools and work to find a way to fully fund education in our state. In the 20-plus years I have had the good fortune to know Rosemary, she has been a tireless advocate for early learning opportunities and the funding our universities need to make college more affordable for our graduates.

Washington needs Rosemary McAuliffe to continue her work of strengthening the education our students receive in science, technology, engineering and math so they are prepared for the 21st century jobs that await them.

Let’s send her back to the senate for another term as chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee.

Peggy Sherman, Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - October 15, 2012

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The Republican Party believes that it can take control of the Washington state Senate if it can get Dawn McCravey, Nancy McLaughlin and Barbara Bailey elected.

In states where Republicans won majorities in 2010, we have seen an unprecedented attack on women’s rights to make their own health decisions.

Laws have been passed that allow pharmacists the right to refuse to fill birth-control prescriptions, as well as laws that allow employers the right to refuse to offer contraception and abortion services in the health care policies they offer. In the first six months of 2012, 15 Republican-majority states passed 39 restrictions on abortion.

Dawn McCravey needs to tell voters where she stands on reproductive freedom and insurance equity. Her election could contribute to a Republican majority in our state.  This is too important a topic for Dawn McCravey to keep us in the dark.

Gail Bauman, Snohomish

As a first district resident, I am supporting Dawn McCravey for Washington state Senate. It’s time for a fresh outlook and I believe Dawn’s leadership on the Northshore School Board and her articulate support for educational accountability standards make her eminently qualified to serve.

Her opponent, after 35 years in public service, wants another term in the state Senate even though she blocked education reform ... presumably because [it was]thought education standards were too difficult for our schools and teachers to attain.

When it became clear that increased spending in Olympia was not getting us increased results, we approved a measure saying we want new taxes approved by a two-thirds vote in Olympia.

Rosemary McAuliffe opposed that, voting three times to overturn that measure.

I am voting for Dawn McCravey simply because we need accountability in our schools and because being out of step with voters seems to come too easily for the incumbent.

Jim Anderson, 1st Legislative District Voter

You just can’t believe the commercials Dawn McCravey is running and the fliers she is mailing out. Our current senator, Rosemary McAuliffe, is one of our most creative, tireless, effective and tough education reform advocates.

Until she sponsored SB 6696, teachers in Washington were given either a satisfactory or unsatisfactory grade under a two-tier system.  Rosemary was instrumental in the creation of a new four-tier system that will rate teachers as unsatisfactory, basic, proficient or distinguished. This new evaluation system will add more specificity and hold teachers to high standards. It will incorporate student growth data as a substantial factor in evaluations and allow parent input.

It will require that these new, stronger evaluations are one of the factors used in making staffing decisions and will provide a clear process for identifying underperforming teachers and removing them from teaching if they don’t quickly show improvement. It will also help our strong teachers become even more skilled and recognize the accomplishments of our most outstanding teachers.

Most importantly, Rosemary McAuliffe worked collaboratively with the governor, legislators from both parties, parents, teachers, administrators and school reform advocates to put together an evaluation system that is widely accepted.

It was piloted last year in districts across the state and is in the process of being implemented in our local school districts.

Let’s build on the work that has been done and re-elect Senator Rosemary McAuliffe.

Janice Rendahl, Bothell

It is time to set the record straight on Rosemary McAuliffe’s work on education policy.

She has dedicated her life to improving the educational opportunities of the children in our community, and her efforts have benefited all of us.

We learned just this week that Washington’s student-combined-average score on the SAT college admission test was, along with Vermont’s score, the highest in the nation among states in which 45 percent or more of eligible students took the test.

Washington’s average SAT score in reading came in third nationally. We were tied for second in reading, and we were first in the nation in math.

In her 20 years as our state senator and in the 15 years that she served on the Northshore School Board, Rosemary has listened to teachers, parents and educational reform experts.

As the chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education committees, she has played an important role in the success our schools are experiencing. Let’s return her again this year to continue this important work.

Kristina Saunders, Bothell


At the Northshore School District board meeting last June, with the outstanding support of Dawn McCravey and Todd Banks, the board directed transportation staff to meet with the PALS committee and look at completing the 20 minute later high  school start simulation that was started in February 2012.

After meeting with the transportation department in July, the PALS committee now await the final details of this simulation, which will show costs involved in moving start times.

Once PALS has this data, it will be made available to all those who support a later start time via the media and also via the PALS petition site: _id=kqhGNQKOEM&pe=d 2e.

Karen Van Til, Woodinville


Much has been written in the press lately about hunger insecurity, especially when it concerns school-aged children, and we are fortunate to live in an area where several groups and organizations have programs in place to help alleviate this problem.

One such program here in our neighborhood is the Northshore Community Kitchen, a joint partnership between Northshore Council PTSA and the Northshore YMCA.

Working with the Northshore School District, benefitting from sustaining support from a small group of local businesses and organizations, receiving donations from PTA units and individuals, and having a great group of volunteers - including high school students over summer vacation – has meant that over  20 Northshore families have been able to pick up a simple, freshly prepared and nutritious ready-to-eat meal once a week since April.  The program has been so successful that we have now expanded to include a weekly sack meal for students at a junior high hang-time afterschool program.

The Kitchen is not a food bank, but we do accept donations of specific non-perishable food items and other pantry staples that are used on a regular basis. Volunteers are always welcome, so if you would like to help prepare meals or help in another capacity, please contact either of us for more information.

Monetary donations are also appreciated and can be made to either Northshore Council PTSA or Northshore YMCA, both of which are 501(c)(3) organizations.

The actress Lily Tomlin has often been quoted as saying, “ I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.”

We don’t know if she was speaking about hunger insecurity or not, but you’ve got to agree ... it’s a great quote!

Sue Freeman, Social Services Chair, Northshore Council PTSA, 425-844-8923

Julie Jacobson, Senior Director, Northshore YMCA, 425-286-8923

Letters to the Editor - October 8, 2012

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I hope you read the article that Tom Quigley submitted in the Woodinville Weekly.

All his concerns about our precious area here in the Sammamish Valley and the changes some want to make, are all strong concerns of mine and for many others.

We still have to be vigilant, and hopefully future generations will be aware and will not let our efforts have been in vain.

I’m 94, having lived here since 1923, but am still an “activist” where this is still uppermost in my caring and love of this area.

Helen McMahon, Woodinville


There is more at stake in the contest between Dawn McCravey and Rosemary McAuliffe than who will be our state senator.

This election may well determine which party controls the state senate.  That could mean that Washington women could find their right to make decisions about their health care in jeopardy.

CBS Evening News reported on August 26 that since Republicans came to power in state governments in 2010, 32 states have adopted abortion restrictions.

In the first six months of 2012, 15 states passed 39 restrictions on abortion. Last year, CBS says that 24 states passed 92 restrictions, which they say was an all-time record.

If McCravey is elected and Republicans win control of both the houses of the legislature and the governorship, we could well see similar attacks on abortion rights in our own state.

Rosemary McAuliffe has a strong pro-choice voting record.

Considering the stakes, we have a right to know exactly where McCravey stands on the issue of choice before we vote.

Jeanne Alonge, Bothell

I read a letter in last week’s Woodinville Weekly and felt the need to respond.

It stated Dawn McCravey (running in LD #1 district for senator), is the VP and director of an oil company.  I looked into this and I found her family has a small consulting and oil business called Petrorey with their mother as president and she and her sister are listed as VPs.

It was her parents who contributed $250 toward her campaign (If your daughter was running for office, wouldn’t you contribute?).

Dawn grew up on a small farm in Texas, where they grew cotton and food in a conservative house — not everyone in Texas lives like the TV series, “Dallas.”

Second, the statement that Dawn’s husband is an owner of an oil company [Ed. Note: In last week’s letter from Cathy Ferbrache-Garrand I indicated my research was unclear as whether he was an owner or an account manager]  the truth is he is an account manager and, just as Target does, Cabot rewards excellent employees with stock options. So, the cashier working at Target is as much an owner of a large company as Dawn’s husband.

And questions raised on Dawn’s viewpoints besides education? Dawn’s expertise and focus is education and that is what the majority of our state budget is spent on. If we continue with the status quo, Microsoft and Boeing will continue to hire outside our state as Washington is unable to provide graduates needed for our local technical and aerospace companies.  If someone is trying to portray Dawn as a big wig oil tycoon, then goodness, let’s just say her opponent is not hurting financially.

Instead, I would like to hear how each candidate plans to improve on what our education system is lacking.

Other states have done wonders with education on smaller budgets, so it is feasible. And if you are wondering whether Dawn is the right candidate, I recommend attending a Northshore school board meeting and witness Dawn in action, as a school board director.

Gayle Hickey, Woodinville


Sen. McAuliffe and the 3 tax loopholes: sounds like a three bears story, but it isn’t; it’s worse than that. It’s real.

In March 2011, Senator McAuliffe and two Legislative District 1 representatives held a few town hall meetings with Representative Derek Sanford(D) and Representative Luis Moscoso (D).

Senator McAuliffe told the audience that the three big loopholes in state tax revenue were food, prescription drugs and manufacturing.

• Taxing food would most harm THE POOR.

• Taxing prescriptions would most harm THE ELDERLY AND INFIRM.

• Taxing businesses also hits the consumer, hurting EVERYONE.

Senator Rosemary McAuliffe wants to dig deeper into our wallets and purses. We don’t pay enough yet? When will it ever be enough?

Luis Moscoso talked about increasing traffic tolls.

The solution to Washington state’s budget problems is in reducing spending, not increasing taxes.

Senator McAuliffe is in my opinion working against us, not for us.

It’s time for new faces right here in Legislative District 1.

Enter Dawn McCravey, Rosemary’s challenger.

Dawn offers experience, reason and common sense and wants to solve state problems, not seek increased taxes for more studies that look like something’s being done, but go nowhere.

And yes, in my opinion, Derek Sanford and Luis Moscoso have also failed us.

Enter Sandy Guinn (R) and Mark Davies (R). They are challenging incumbents Derek Sanford and Luis Moscoso for Washington state representative, Positions 1 and 2.

Mark Davies was a write-in candidate! He made the November ballot because of a groundswell of write-in votes in the primary! That’s rare.

Many people knew this fine man and wanted a capable, reasonable alternative to Luis Moscoso. So do I. Mark Davies is that man.

Sandy Guinn brings experience and ability to the job, a resume fit for the position, plus the wisdom of years are in her favor compared to her opponent Derek Sanford.

If LD1 voters want to be heard in Olympia, these three excellent fresh candidates: Dawn McCravey, Sandy Guinn and Mark Davies want to go to work for you — for all of you.

Joel Kolbo, LD1, Snohomish


The Board of Directors of the Washington Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance are greatly concerned for the health, fitness and academic development of the students of the Northshore School District due to recent decisions at the junior high level to decrease the time for physical education or change it from a required course to an elective.

This is contrary to state law and will harm the physical and academic development of your students.

State law (WAC 392-410-135) is very clear on the requirements for physical education: “An average of at least 100 instructional minutes per week per year in physical education shall be required of all pupils in the common schools in the grade school program (grades 1-8).”

Physical education is included in a basic education because it enhances brain function and academic achievement.

Our state does not allow students to electively withdraw from math or language arts. Like physical education and fitness, these subjects are crucial to our students’ education and are required.

When you allow adolescents to forgo physical education, the following educational opportunities will be lost for those students:

• Increased fitness levels. Quality physical education includes pre- and post-fitness testing and goal setting for all students as well as developmentally appropriate programs that ensure students have a chance to reach their goals.

•Age appropriate instruction on fitness and health principles. Quality physical education includes well-designed lessons that facilitate student learning of health and fitness concepts.

•Physical skill development.  Research has shown that adults with few physical skills are less likely to be active as adults and more likely to be overweight. Quality physical education provides students with a wide range of physical skill development.

• Social skill development. Quality physical education provides structured opportunities to improve emerging social and cooperative skills.

To ensure the physical, mental and social development of all its students, we encourage the Northshore School District to continue to require a full basic education by continuing to require quality physical education to all junior high students.

Paul Clinton, President–Elect, Washington Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance


Funniest police beats!

I moved to Woodinville about a month ago, and those police briefs just crack me up. Keep ’em coming!

I’ll have to send these in to Jay Leno for his Headlines segment.

Thanks for the giggles.

Carol Tucker, Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - October 1, 2012

  • Written by Readers


Education in this state, as in so many other states across this nation, is suffering from a plethora of problems.

Among them are lack of appropriate and effectively focused funding, together with the unwillingness to objectively address the many operational issues hamstringing efforts to improve the delivery of a first class education to our students.

As Dawn McCravey has pointed out, the present incumbent, Senator McAuliffe, has been either unable or unwilling to address these issues. Good intentions are not enough and it is time for a change in leadership.

The status quo simply will not produce the needed improvements.Dawn McCravey is well placed to bring about the changes needed to improve our education system. Her record as an experienced school board member and involvement in all aspects of the school/community relationship is outstanding, her dedication unquestioned.

She is a clear thinker, passionate about education, well aware of what is at stake and willing to make the hard choices.

She is clearly someone who can be trusted to dedicate her total effort in making the improvements in education we so desperately need.

Michael P. Challenger, Bothell

If Dawn McCravey purports to value transparency in government, there was little of it at Lockwood Elementary, where the PTA hosted a tightly scripted forum with state Senator Rosemary McAuliffe and her challenger, Dawn McCravey on one issue — education.

At the end, questions beyond education were allowed.

Few people know that Dawn is the VP and director of a family-owned oil company, Petrorey Inc. in San Antonio, Texas (her largest contributor to her 2011 school board election) and that her husband Lee O. McCravey is ... [ed. note: one source lists Lee McCravey as an owner, while another identifies him as an account manager] of Cabot Oil and Gas, (a fracking company that was levied a $4.6 million environmental penalty in Pennsylvania last year).

When asked how she felt about fracking in Washington with her close ties to the oil and gas industry, Dawn responded that “Petrorey was a very small company” and laughed at the implication that she might use her state senate position to the benefit of oil and gas companies.

My concern is that there are no debates or public forums scheduled and no real scrutiny on the part of the press to find out Dawn McCravey’s values and what agenda she would like to advance as an elected senator. As a state senator she has to represent all of the people of the First District.

We should know how she would legislate on women’s health, public safety, transportation and environmental protection. Dawn’s reluctance to speak openly to the questions asked of her is troubling.

Cathy Ferbrache-Garrand, Bothell


Rosemary McAuliffe has been a  supporter and advocate for positive outcomes and progress in the greater Northshore area for many years.

She is energetic and tireless.

Even before she was a Washington state senator or a member of the Northshore School Board she worked in this community in support of children, business and the arts.

Her efforts on behalf of children extended to all children and she especially was mindful of the needs of children with special needs.

If you look back 35 to 40 years, you will find her inprint on many good works in the schools that her family attended and some of her grandkids still attend.

She supported the development of the Northshore Performing Arts Center, both with her enthusiasm and her financial contribution.

Rosemary was a driving force in the placement and growth of Cascadia Community College and the Bothell branch of the University of Washington in this community.

Rosemary is deserving of our support so she can continue to promote positive change in the 1st District and the state of Washington.

Joanne Harkonen, a  52-year member of the Northshore community


My partner Rick Chatterton and I have been volunteering as phone bank callers with Washington United for Marriage over the past several months.

Our efforts have been aimed at educating undecided voters in eastern King County with facts about Referendum 74 and persuading them to vote to approve it.

The experience has been a highly rewarding and encouraging for both of us.

Thank you to all the people who were open to discussing their feelings on the issue and found that civic marriage should be available to all loving couples, regardless of sexual orientation.

Whether it was hearing our own personal story of being in a committed relationship for over fourteen years or other personal influences, we appreciate your willingness to listen and decision to support approving Referendum 74.

Rick and I were thrilled when the Washington State Legislature and Senate approved marriage equality earlier this year through bi-partisan support (including our own Republican senator, Andy Hill).

In a few short weeks Washington has an historic opportunity to become the first state to have a voter-approved law extending marriage equality to all committed and loving couples.

Rick and I look forward to celebrating with you — our neighbors, friends and family — when Referendum 74 is APPROVED.

Steven Franz and Rick Chatterton, Woodinville