Letters to the Editor - Sept. 30, 2013

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When Bernie Talmas ran for City Council four years ago he m ade several pledges.  He promised improved connectivity for pedestrian and bicycle traffic through the city.

Traffic congestion on 175th Street and at the entrance to 522 (especially from 132nd Ave. NE). 

Today this is now worse than it has ever been. Getting in, out and through the city has not improved.

Pedestrians and bicyclists both take their lives into their hands.

Just last week the mayor voted to "improve" Woodinville-Duvall Road but failed to include improvements for bicyclists or pedestrians.

Mr. Talmas chairs the Eastside Transportation Partnership and is a member of Puget Sound Regional Council.

Both boards lobby for state and federal transportation funding.

The City of Woodinville has not received anything from these boards. No grants or support.

Crime is also getting worse. In January our crime rate was up 44 percent!

When the chief of police asked the council in May to help reduce crime, the mayor turned his back on the citizens of Woodinville and voted against their proposal.

And now, we read in the Woodinville Weekly that the city has spent over $2.1 million of our tax dollars on legal fees.

That equates to over $780 for a family of four!

Just imagine how much safer our neighborhoods would be or the transportation improvements we could buy if the city had allocated that money to improving our quality of life.

Mr. Talmas and the "Woodinville Ticket" promised to end the bickering and sniping on the City Council. 

The September 9th Letters to the Editor from Councilmember Boundy-Sanders and Mayor Talmas is proof that the Council is even more petty and polarized today than it was in 2009.  

My family really can’t afford another four years of Mr. Talmas’ political games.

Andrea Heald, Woodinville

The anonymous "Ethical Woodinville" scam are still afraid to let us know who they are.

We may not know their names, but we know what they are — cowardly propagandists because they perpetuate a lie that because the mayor does not support ethical conduct legislation he is therefore not ethical.

The point is either you have ethics or you don’t, and those who don’t identify themselves when making accusations don’t have ethics in my opinion.

It takes ethics for a council member to question if another council member still resides within the city when public  documents indicated that the council member resides in Kirkland. ...

It takes ethics to address the financial drain of previous councils on programs and facilities it could not afford. It takes ethics to stand on Constitutional ground and oppose the installation of public cameras in Woodinville ... It takes ethics to be a good steward of the city’s funds — all traits possessed by our mayor.

I know not what others may say but the choice for me is clear: I’ll side with the mayor and not the cowards who comprise Ethical Woodinville.

Paul O.Cowles, Woodinville

So let’s do some math. Perhaps a story problem.

A school district proposes to build a new high school and reconfigure grades to make four-year high schools, middle schools for grades 6-8, and elementary schools for grades K-5.

Because there are now only six grades at each elementary school instead of seven, each of those school’s enrollments is reduced by about 15 percent.

Question: If the district has 20 elementary schools, how many schools will have to be closed to avoid increasing the operating costs at those schools by the same amount?

Answer: three.

Superintendent Francois, how are your math skills? Which three schools do you plan to close?

And if you say that no elementary schools will be closed, how do you justify increasing operating costs by 15 percent and asking people to pay more in property taxes?

Susan Stoltzfus, Woodinville

I am writing this in response to the article in your paper regarding the school board seeking input on bond and levies — seriously folks?

The NSD did not ask any of us tax-paying folks for our input on the soccer field they demolished and made into a parking lot during the remodeling of the Woodinville High school. We folks that live around this school have had to deal with students getting hit by cars, speeding, trash and parking all up and down 136th Avenue.

When they tore out that soccer field and made that parking lot I thought what a great idea.

Then they start charging the kids to park there,  then after remodeling was done  they took the parking lot OUT and made a big grassy field again

I have lived here over 30 years and have never seen that field used for anything school related.

I think if the NSD had asked us, we would have voted to keep the parking lot as it was and make it free to the kids to park.

It has gotten so bad during school hours,but these kids need to park somewhere.

I have had to call the school several times regarding trash to no avail.

I would tolerate the street parking better if the kids would show some respect.

I will never vote to raise my taxes for the Northshore School District to spend my money any way they see fit.

That was a very poor decisionand the fence is still locked to the grassy field.

What is its purpose anyway?

Sindi Giancoli, Woodinville


Letters to the Editor - Sept. 23, 2013

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The Woodinville Heritage Society would like to express our sincere appreciation to the agencies and kind individuals that made "Let’er Boom: Celebrating 125 years of Railroads" a great success.

The event was of particular historic interest for the Heritage Society since the railroad’s arrival in 1888 put Woodinville on the map and has been instrumental in our development for over a century.

Woodinville Councilmember Les Rubstello and Snohomish Mayor Karen Guzak co-chaired this wonderful celebration.

Ernie Wilson and Kathy Cox brought it all together in two locations: Woodinville and Snohomish. 

We would like to first express our gratitude to the Woodinville City Council for providing $2,000 from the annual Community Grant.

The Heritage Society would like to thank the Woodinville Fire District, especially Deputy Fire Chief Greg Ahearn, Lt. Greg Garat, and Community Service Officer David Weed.

The courtesy and assistance from the Explorers (Andrew de Boer, Ben Harris and Jacob Krause) was exceptional.

All of these exceptional individuals went above and beyond the call of duty to help us and make this event possible. 

While the train and speeders were the center of attention, the addition of vintage fire trucks added a whimsical flair to the event.

Our special thanks to Roger Collins, John DeYoung and Harold "Butch" Kent for bringing down their antique tire trucks.

Additional thanks to Dan Wells of Mac’s Towing for transporting the fire district’s original fire truck from Old Woodinville over to the event and Ron Nardone for bringing down his antique Bothell school bus.

And, thanks to BNSF, the younger generation was able to enjoy the kid’s train around the fire complex and antique fire trucks. 

I would be remiss if I did not recognize my fellow board members of the Woodinville Heritage Society.

My personal thanks to Lucy DeYoung, Terri Malinowski, Jim Kraft and Kevin Stadler whose patience, professionalism and dedication truly keep the "train on the track."

Finally, we would like to express our grateful appreciation to the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce for letting us use their tents and Minuteman Press for always being there to help us.

Rick Chatterton, President

Woodinville Heritage Society


Now that we have a mayor who is working in behalf of all the citizens of Woodinville, I want to see the progress he has made continue.

I know him to be a man of honor and integrity.  He stands up for what he believes in ... publicly. He is well educated – Doctor of Law, Fordham Law School; BS degree in Business Administration from Lehigh University.

As an attorney, he is licensed to practice law in the states of New York, California and Washington.  His experience includes being a former Deputy District Attorney; in private law practice for 30 years; Chief, Central Accounting Office, U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground, as an Officer.

So he understands the nuances of legislation and what its impact and unintended consequences might be.

Clearly, he could use his time much more profitably if he so chose, but instead he has served Woodinville as one of the best mayors I have seen.

So about that "progress."  He has become a very credible spokesman, making Woodinville’s voice heard on matters important to us all. He is:

• Chair, Eastside Transportation Partnership

• Vice Chair, Public Issues Committee of the Sound Cities Association

• Member, King County Regional Policy Committee (on behalf of Sound Cities Association)

• Member, Growth Management Policy Board of Puget Sound Regional Council (on behalf of Sound Cities Association)

These regional groups make decisions/recommendations which have profound impact on Woodinville and its future.  Having a credible voice on them is very important.  And he strongly supports the current character of our neighborhoods, one of the major reasons we live in Woodinville.

This means focusing development in the downtown core, rather in the residential neighborhoods as the developers would like.

Finally, he is being endorsed by groups and individuals on both sides of the aisle:

• U.S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

• 45th District Democrats

• King County Republicans

• Washington Conservative Voters

• State Senator Andy Hill

• King County Executive Dow Constantine

• State Representative Larry Springer

• Northshore School District Board President Julia Lacey

• King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski

So, lets re-elect Bernie Talmas.

Steve Yabroff, Woodinville


Now I am upset!

In 1974 I was chair of the Bothell Park Board.

The Park Board put a park in the triangle property at the corner of 522/527[Baskin and Robbins] in honor of Rich Worthington’s son who was killed in the war.

The property was owned by Vern Keener of Keener Meats and donated to the City of Bothell for the Triangle Park.

The Lion’s Club put in the drinking fountain, RichWorthington of Bothell State Bank put up the flag pole and I planted the tree.

This was a very special tree with a history.

The tree was a blood red maple, grafted by Aire Osterwick and sold to Jack Leamer who owned Rhod-A-Zalea Gardens, I bought Rhod-A-Zalea Gardens and ended up with the tree.

I lent the tree to the Worlds Fair in Seattle 1963.

When I brought it home I called Ron Nardone and we planted the tree in Triangle Park.

The tree was healthy and happy, it bloomed every fall bright red.

It looked like it was on fire.

For years Tony Van Denacker took cuttings from that tree.

He loved that tree.

My question is: What is going on?

If I had only known, the tree could have been moved and been put somewhere safe. I sure hope whoever made that decision is proud of him or herself.

Now let me tell you I planted one more tree in the town and it is a weeping Alaska cedar in front of City Hall.

I don’t care if you have to build the City Hall around it. Keep your hands off it.

Jim McAuliffe

P.S. I just hope you don’t take the pictures of the old timers down on Main Street because you don’t know who they are:

Verne Keener; Keener Meats

Alex Sidie; Sidie’s Pharmacy

Bill Shannon; Shannon’s Florist

Max Logston; Logston’s Building

Bud Erickson; Mayor of Bothell

Jim McAuliffe


As many of you recall, Bothell’s Owen family endured tragedy last December on Stevens Pass when a snow-laden tree crashed onto their SUV, killing parents Tim and Cheryl.

The accident critically injured their adult children, Jessie, Jaime and son-in-law, Steven Mayer.

As the young adults endure surgeries, their blog has been most helpful informing the community as to their condition and ways to help. Please visit

[There is] another way the community can help, in particular Jessie Owen, who was paralyzed in the accident and needs life-long medical assistance. 

[My] book, "The Inventor’s Fortune Up For Grabs" written by me and John S. Pfarr takes the reader on a 6-year roller coaster ride through the courts, mediation, scuttled settlements, battles with family members, to see who will inherit my great uncle Art Hadley’s $7 million fortune.

The story is one of greed, mystery on who will inherit, and a cautionary tale on writing a clearly written will or trust.

Please visit

Investigation Discovery "The Will" found the story intriguing and aired a T.V. documentary entitled, "The Art Hadley Estate Story.

The book sells for $16 with $5 of every sale going to, a spinal cord injury organization to help Jessie Owen build her much-needed funds.

Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order the book.

The $16 amount includes a signed copy, shipping costs with $5 going to

Thank you to our extended Northshore and Eastside communities for all of your support of the Owen family!

Suzanne G. Beyer, Bothell


Letters to the Editor - Sept. 16, 2013

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After reading the "Letters to the Editor" last week, I am compelled to respond to Bernie Talmas’s letter. 

He states the following in regards to Ethical Woodinville, "The issue of Councilmember Hageman’s residency, which is the subject that their letter is referring to, was first brought to my attention by Councilmember Bauman." 

I would like the opportunity to state that Mr. Talmas’s recollection as stated is inaccurate.

At the State of the City address by our city manager last January 2013, I was approached by several attendees asking if there was a councilmember who was resigning. 

I responded that I wasn’t aware of any councilmember resigning. 

After the meeting, I asked Mayor Bernie Talmas if he was aware of any councilmember resigning and he stated he had no idea. 

Within a day or two, I received a call from the mayor saying that he had heard the rumor was regarding Councilmember Hageman.

I expressed to Mayor Talmas that it sounded very personal; we should respect his privacy and wait for Councilmember Hageman to approach Council if he was indeed planning on resigning rather than speculating on a rumor. 

Mayor Talmas and I did not speak of this issue again until he brought forward his accusation challenging Councilmember Hageman’s residency at the City Council meeting on February 12, 2013 without my prior knowledge.

The truth is that I did ask the mayor if he knew of a councilmember resigning, but I had no idea the rumor was regarding Councilmember Hageman until February 12, 2013. 

At that meeting, I was blind-sided by the mayor’s accusations. 

Although I agree that the residency issue is essential to the legitimacy of Councilmember Hageman’s elected position, I was in complete disagreement as to the manner in which it was handled.

This brings me to my final point of this letter.

I do not know who is behind Ethical Woodinville, but I would agree that there is a deeper issue and divide at work here. 

The repeated launch of false accusations and personal attacks over the past three years on other councilmembers needs to stop.  This is not an isolated incident.

Paulette Bauman, Woodinville



This morning, My 5 year old, while waiting for the school bus, blew a raspberry at the neighborhood bully. Since it is the job of  my wife and me to instill character and values in our children, my wife immediately made her apologize, tears and all.

This evening, I got a piece of mail that had obscenities printed on it in bold letters — the same mail that my children fight to go pick up and generally dig through on their way back to the house.

The piece of mail was evidently part of the ongoing  shenanigans downtown.

So first, much like my 5 year old, I would like to explain to you down at city hall, that I expect more from you.

I thought better of you. I would have expected that regardless of your political differences, that you put your grown-up pants on and act like adults.

I have a business in town, I pay taxes in this town, I send my kids to school in this town, and I have full expectation that the people who represent the city I have chosen to call my home to do so with some dignity.

Second, as far as the "Ethical Woodinville" folks: Keep your junk mail to yourselves.

I work all day in the construction industry. I hear vile language, suggestive and rude jokes, and all manner of talk that would make a sailor blush.

When I come home, that is my opportunity to keep all that garbage outside.

It stays at the door so that I can teach my children that any moron can use epithets, obscenities, and gutter language to express themselves, but it takes someone with intelligence and class to be able to articulate their views without that smut., you are now the antithesis of what I try to instill in my children.

Against my will and permission, you brought garbage into my home.

I would appreciate you all to keep it to yourselves. 

The irony of your statement, "Is this junior high school …?" was not lost on me.  I hope you have a mirror on the office where you created this. 

Supposedly, we are in a new age of respect, understanding, and cooperation.

We were all told that our last election would usher in a new age where we could overlook differences and work in a bipartisan way to make our world better.

It goes without saying that this is an example of a serious failure in that department. Sometimes, my kids get a little rowdy and I need to round them up and have a serious talk with them.

I will tell you all that same things I tell them. GROW UP … CLEAN UP YOUR ACT … YOU ARE OUT OF CONTROL … This is why we can’t have nice things.

Jake Dempsey, Woodinville


As we witness the development that is taking place in our area, we are glad for the jobs and homes it creates. 

Still, something is destroyed in each of us when a forest is cut down. 

We can feel both sad and powerless. 

The good news is that community groups are doing something about it. 

Will you join Friends of North Creek Forest to ensure that our last great urban forest and its wildlife are protected?

North Creek Forest is a 64-acre stretch that lines the west side of 405 just north of 195th exit, all the way to  Canyon Park Junior High  — about a mile.

With over half of it saved, and 29 acres remaining, we are getting close. 

With a $500,000 grant that must be matched in order to be used, we are at a critical juncture. 

Can we match it before the grant expires or before it gets developed? 

What we can afford to give goes deeper than our pockets — take the time to learn about this forest, offer volunteer hours or attend a fundraising event with tours of the forest.  We are a grassroots non-profit group who want to insure a forest for future generations:  See our website for details:

Mark Twain said something that is even more true today:  "Land, they don’t make it any more."

Jeanie Robinson

President,Friends of North Creek Forest


Over the last year or more I have noticed a troubling trend in the writing of the Police Beat. I have noticed that there have been several authors, but always the same tone is used. 

The tone is what I find offensive. Obviously the Woodinville Weekly thinks that this column is humorous. But I have to say this is very far from the truth. 

The incidents spoken about have a victim who has been hurt in some way or another, sometimes seriously. 

Yet this column treats each incident as though it were fodder for comedy.

... It is hard to deduce what exactly did transpire because the use of words is aimed at being comical, not informative... I would bet the perpetrator may even read the column just to see what may have been said about their assumedly comical caper! I speak from personal experience. Recently my husband’s work van was broken into and his life’s work of tools, several thousand dollars worth were stolen. 

Imagine finding your whole way of doing your daily business stolen from you and an article appears in Police Beat soon afterwards stating among other things "a plethora of tools now answer to new masters and assist in the home improvement projects of persons unknown.  Lock ‘em or lose ‘em, guys!"  Not funny at all!!!! 

This article was personally hurtful as it fails to acknowledge the loss and pain caused to the victim. It felt like a verbal slap on the hand of the victim for being so foolish!  I will bet the perp got a good laugh out of that one!

Every time I have read this column I am disgusted at this attempt at comedy taken at the expense of the people or businesses who have been victimized and as a result caused great upset to their lives.   

Joan Stoneking, Woodinville


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Letters to the Editor - Sept. 9, 2013

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Ed. Note:

The running of the letter from Ethical Woodinville in the September 2 issue of The Woodinville Weekly was an error on my part as it has been and continues to be our policy not to publish anonymous letters unless there is an overwhelming reason to shield the writer’s identity.

I still have not had a response from Ethical Woodinville concerning name(s) that could be used instead of just the name of the group.

I do apologize for the error.

Karen Diefendorf, WW editor


I read the letter from "Ethical Woodinville" last week attacking Bernie Talmas for his "embarassing antics and ... the council members who work on his behalf."

While their phrasing is technically accurate they obviously by implication support anyone opposing Bernie and other council members for re-election.  Before writing this letter I looked at their website and sent an email asking for the identity of the authors as it was apparently undisclosed on the site.

Later I saw another letter in the Weekly pointing out the identity is indeed being witheld from the public.

I believe Bernie has managed the affairs of the city council quite well given that it can be, as many city councils are, a fractious group at times. 

He has brought an air of calm decorum, in so far as one person can, to the diverse and divisive issues debated and discussed. With respect to ethics, he is the only person on the entire council who opposed placing cameras on the streets of Woodinville to monitor and record the actions of an unsuspecting public.

By contrast, to oppose him and other council members in a public forum while hiding under the name of an "ethics" group  seems to me very much an act of questionable ethics. 

John Shephard, Woodinville 


I am writing this letter in response to a posting from the anonymous group "Ethical Woodinville " printed in last week’s Woodinville Weekly under letters to the editor.

Their letter contained such deliberate misstatements and distortions of the truth it needed a response.

Although this unregistered group "Ethical Woodinville" states that they are not a political action committee, the two robocalls they sponsored, the mailing piece they sent to Woodinville residents, and the letter to the Weekly all directly attacked me in my role as mayor.

Since I’m the only councilmember running for re-election this fall with a registered challenger, their efforts could not be considered anything but political.

As your elected representative, a well-known member of the community and an attorney with more than 35 years of experience, I would not act in any way that would tarnish the City of Woodinville’s reputation, or my own.

The issue of Councilmember Hageman’s residency, which is the subject that their letter is referring to, was first brought to my attention by Councilmember Bauman.

As I stated in my letter to the editor in the March 4, 2013 issue of this paper, I initially decided to ignore this issue since it was only a rumor.

But when I was faced with publicly recorded documents, including a declaration signed by Councilmember Hageman under penalty of perjury that his new Kirkland home was his primary residence, I was forced to bring it up at a public council meeting.

While some thought I should have handled the matter privately, state law, specifically the Open Public Meetings Act, required that it be done at an open public meeting of the city council.

I have no "political operatives" or any "informants" who "staked out the home of another council member." 

With regard to the subject of personal attacks at council meetings, as mayor I have conducted the meetings in a straightforward, respectful manner, allowing every councilmember to have their opportunity to speak, regardless of their views on any subject.

I have never acted with disrespect to anyone, even when I was the subject of personal attacks by other councilmembers or during comments by the public.

There have been occasions when other councilmembers have engaged in this type of conduct, and as mayor I do my best on each occasion to discourage it and end it as soon as possible.

I have worked hard in Woodinville and across the region to improve Woodinville’s position in the Greater Puget Sound Region, serving on the council and on several regional committees. I am not willing to waste all of our good efforts on behalf of our city and stand silent in the face of these anonymous misrepresentations. Thank you for your support.

Bernie Talmas, Woodinville


I’m very disappointed in the September 3 Woodinville Weekly, specifically the lead story about a letter containing a needle and thread being sent to Councilmember Liz Aspen, and the anonymous letter to the editor.

The Weekly’s reporter told the City Council that the Weekly’s publisher, Julie Boselly, had said that Ms. Aspen had received a "threat."

Who first characterized it as a threat, Liz or Julie?

The letter insulted Ms. Aspen, certainly, but to characterize it as a threat is an affront to Woodinville’s collective intelligence.

And Ms. Aspen’s attempt to use Woodinville’s police force as a personal retaliation mechanism is an affront to Woodinville’s taxpayers.

As to the letter to the editor from "Ethical Woodinville," I’m grateful for the assurances I’ve heard that Karen Diefendorf, the Weekly’s editor, gave instructions several times that the letter be removed. I would be interested to know how it remained in place.

Anonymous campaigning in Woodinville began with the "Woodinville Free Press" mailed to voters in 1995 and continued with in the 2000s.

The anonymous pieces always support the same set of puppet councilmembers, always claim to have the best interests of Woodinville at heart, and hide behind disingenuous claims such as that made in the letter to the editor, that "Ethical Woodinville" is not a political action committee.

Seriously, we’re going to let an anonymous unregistered PAC be our guide on ethical issues?

We’re going to listen to robocalls, read a Web site and postcard that all make false statements about Mayor Bernie Talmas and accept their claim that they’re not a political action committee? And the Woodinville Weekly is going to be their free soapbox?

We deserve better.

Susan Boundy-Sanders, Woodinville


Opinions & perceptions – we all have them.

According to Woodinville City Councilmember Susan Boundy-Sanders, I have insulted the intelligence of all of Woodinville based on my idea of what a threat is. I would hope each individual would think for themselves but yes, I actually did say the word "threat" when shown a copy of the mailed needle and thread with a note saying Liz Aspen’s mouth should be sewn shut.

I asked her if she reported it. It was a mailed needle – when did that become okay and acceptable? I don’t find it to be harmless political name-calling. If something similar was mailed to me or either of my children, it would cause concern or even fear.

If I look up threat in the dictionary it reads:




1. a declaration of an intention or determination to inflict punishment, injury, etc., in retaliation for, or conditionally upon, some action or course; menace: He confessed under the threat of imprisonment.

2. an indication or warning of probable trouble: The threat of a storm was in the air.

3. a person or thing that threatens.


If I feel something is "an indication or warning of probable trouble," I have no issue discussing it with members of the community and reporting it to the police. Better to be safe than sorry is an appropriate way to live. Maybe this behavior is acceptable in your world, it’s not in mine and it will be a good talking point with my children about the type of people they will run into throughout their lives.

Julie Boselly, Woodinville Weekly Publisher


Woodinville Heights continues to have speeding drivers that are dangerous to our children.

Several months ago residents along NE 178th Street and 146th Avenue NE signed a petition asking the city to install speed bumps.

The city’s response was to install small raised white markers, also known as turtles.

What an insult!

These devices have done nothing to slow the speeding drivers. Instead these are hazards for the many bicyclist on the streets.

Equally insulting to our pleas for help was Councilmember Boundy-Sanders at the May 7th City Council meeting giving thanks to the city and gleefully adding that "speed bumps were not the way to go." 

Really, councilmember?  Is that what you will say when (not if) a child is hit by one of these speeding drivers?

School started again on Tuesday and many of the neighborhood children gathered at the three school bus stops in our area.

My wife and I watched in horror as several cars went speeding by our two young children and their classmates. 

The City Council, led by Mayor Bernie Talmas, is playing Russian Roulette with the safety of our children.

Quit playing politics with the children of Woodinville Heights and fix the problem. 

Kris and Cindy Jones, Woodinville Heights


Letters to the Editor - Sept. 2, 2013

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A recent letter-writer made accusations about Ethical Woodinville that require a response.

Ethical Woodinville is not a political action committee (PAC) as claimed. There has never been, nor will there ever be, any endorsement of any candidates for office.

Ethical Woodinville will never ask citizens to vote for or against any candidate.

Our mission is stated clearly in every phone call, mailer, or web post that is made public: we ask citizens to call the City Council and urge them to vote for stronger ethics rules for council behavior.

The embarrassing antics of Mayor Bernie Talmas and the political operatives and council members who work on his behalf must stop.

We are at the point that when someone with a different opinion speaks up, they are attacked personally and immediately.

It is no wonder why city board and commission vacancies go unfilled for months at a time.

Too many of the best and brightest in our city choose not to subject themselves to taking sides in a blood feud just to serve their community.

The citizens of Woodinville suffer as a result.

What is so wrong with stronger ethics rules to require council members to be civil? That is all we ask.

People of Woodinville: your mayor admitted at a public council meeting that he had an informant who had staked out the home of another council member late at night, then reported what he saw back to the mayor. Does this not bother anyone?

Why are they not working on downtown traffic?

Why do road-widening projects sit stagnant while these politicians snipe and peel skin off each other?

Someone must be the adult in the room and tell the kids to do their homework and stop the hair-pulling.

If that needs to be us, then so be it.