AUTOMATED WATER METERS
The anti-science alarmists are at it again, spreading FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) based on irrational and unfounded beliefs. If you’re against automated water meters, you should also avoid wireless phones, cell phones, microwave ovens, computers, wi-fi, and in fact electrical circuits of all kinds. An automated water meter is hardly any more than a walkie talkie that sends a small radio signal to an antenna. The idea that this is dangerous in today’s culture is ridiculous, and serves only those who prey on people’s fears.
While walking with my dog on the Burke-Gilman Trail near Lake Forest Park, a man riding a bicycle threatened to “cut my dog’s head off.” We weren’t even in his way. We had stepped off the trail for my dog to sniff around on the shoulder. There were no other people on the section of trail at the time, so he had more than ample space to pass safely.
This is the second time in the past three weeks that some guy riding a bike has been rude to me while using the trail. The first time my dog and I were looking at a heron on a bridge. Three guys were approaching our location but had not yet reached us. They screamed out “bike!”, startling us even though I had already seen their approach and was well out of their way. I understand a warning would be appropriate if I had stepped out into their path suddenly; however, this screaming and threatening is more than anyone should be expected to tolerate. The trail is not only for the zealot bike rider in his designated “uniform” acting as if he is in the most important race of his life, but for everyone wishing to use this public recreational space.
There were quite a few other people out for a walk; however, there was plenty of space for everyone to enjoy their exercise and none of them were shouting at anyone. Also, there were other bicyclists riding along at a reasonable speed and passing without incident, as well as people walking, jogging and roller blading.
I spoke with another woman who also had a run-in with some bike rider that “let out a stream of expletives” at her because she was supposedly in his way.
I believe it is time for the militant bike riders to join the automobiles on the roads, since they feel they deserve more right-of-way on the trail than pedestrians do. This way, they would be able to ride as fast as they want and scream at other drivers just like motorists.
Noreen M. Gilliland
Joel Hussey is running for state representative in the 45th district. You may have seen his name on signs in your neighborhood, or read about him in a newspaper. Joel Hussey, a long-time Redmond resident and small business owner, has the experience and passion to bring about positive changes in Washington state.
As the CEO and President of Tailwind Capital, LLC, Mr. Hussey leads a company that manages and markets aircraft for investors, lenders and airlines here in Washington state and around the world.
For many years, Joel Hussey has benefited the community. He served on the school board of Bellevue Christian School for seven years, including three years as board president. Additionally, as president of the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association, he helped to reorganize the association. Mr. Hussey has also served as the committee chair of a Boy Scout troop, and coached youth sports and Math Olympiad teams.
Education, jobs, and a sustainable state budget are Mr. Hussey’s top priorities. He desires to put kids and schools first and to fully fund education, including early learning. Mr. Hussey wants to limit tuition increases at public universities, and expand the capacity of high-demand programs such as science and engineering. He wishes to cut wasteful spending and find balanced solutions to our state’s problems. By reducing onerous regulations and taxes on small business, Mr. Hussey wants to help businesses create jobs and strengthen the economy.
Many local political leaders have given Joel Hussey their endorsement. Secretary of State Kim Wyman, State Representative Chad Magendanz, former State Attorney General Rob McKenna, State Senator Andy Hill (chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee) and many others have endorsed Mr. Hussey.
Mr. Hussey truly cares about the community. With years of experience in the business world, he desires to bring lasting and meaningful change to our state. Let’s vote to elect Joel Hussey as our next State Representative.
NEW COUNCIL MEMBER
The meeting to appoint a new Woodinville City Council member seemed to go for an agonizingly long time. But I think the Council sent an important message about civility at meetings during the process.
In the end, the Council appointed Hank Stecker, a former Council member, to fill the vacancy. I think this was the best thing to do for many reasons. The appointee will be sworn in and will assume some very important responsibilities, with no time for playing catch up. Having an experienced person, who is very familiar with city business and the workings of the Council, was an important factor. Hank Stecker was previously elected by the voters of Woodinville, and since the Council is an elected position, weight should be given to applicants that were previously supported by the voters. Mr. Stecker is a current Planning Commissioner, and has dedicated many hours of his time to the city. When the Council was stuck at a 3-3 vote between the final two applicants, James Evans eventually displayed a lot of courage by settling the issue. James had stated that he wanted to see new faces on the council. But filling a vacant spot, mid-term, with somebody that had no previous experience, had never served on a city commission or board, and who had difficulty presenting a vision for the city, left me apprehensive about appointing a wild card to the council. Hank Stecker brought more to the table, displayed a knowledge of city history and presented a clear vision for the city.
The newly appointed Council member takes over for the balance of the term, and then the issue goes back to the voters on the November ballot in 2015 for the new term starting in January of 2016. I encourage all of the people that applied for appointment to study the issues, serve on a city commission or board, meet with voters, and run for the ELECTED position of council member. The voters want to know what they are getting, and it is the voters that have the privilege of selecting their representatives.