I know you are new to the city of Woodinville this year, but last year the city council approved a property tax increase for the homeowners of Woodinville which they estimated to be approximately $5 for a home worth $500,000.
Regarding the Tom James article City sets course on Olympia requests, DeYoung Park redesign.
It is surprising that the City Council would consider spending between $200,000 and $800,000 on a redesign. It seems wasteful of precious tax dollars to spend even the $27,000 on plans for the redesign. The park is currently some nice open urban space with a couple of benches. Why change it at all? We already have Gateway Park, ball fields, bike trail, parking and more at the west end of downtown. The new apartments under construction will likely have some sort of small open play area so it seems odd to make improvements to DeYoung park when there is already larger more appropriate park choices a short walk away. DeYoung park looks fine and is of reasonably new improvement. I don’t think many people use it because of location and other park choices. I will certainly attend the public input meetings and try to understand who is behind this and why. Asking Olympia for money … for this? Why?
I support the comment of Bernie Talmas on this one. (abbreviated) “It would be a waste of time to have a designer come up with a plan.” It’s also a waste of money in the face of other priorities.
Why is the council considering this? Is there a need to get public input on what city priorities should be for discretionary funds?
Peter Burnham Woodinville
According to Google, the definition of gender equality is: “The state in which access to rights or opportunities is unaffected by gender. Legislation that reflected the principles of gender equality.” No matter the gender, everybody should have the same rights. The reason why this is such an important issue is that everyone can have a better future if treated equally. Everyone is affected by gender inequality even if you aren’t a victim of rape or discriminated against based on your gender. Someone you know and/or love may have been a victim. Based on our genders we are given specific roles. Men are supposed to be providers and women are supposed to be at home moms, doing all the chores. This is not how today’s society is supposed to be. We have evolved.
We’ve made progress, such as more job opportunities for women, but there is more to work on. Equal pay for equal work and equitable cost for products for all genders are two areas that we can work on. According to National Women’s Law Center, “American women who work full time, year round are paid only 80 cents for every dollar paid to men — and for women of color, the wage gap is even larger.” There should not be a wage gap. No matter your gender, you should be paid based on how good of a job you have done.
You can be part of preventing it; discrimination/inequality against any group/person is dangerous because it can be the beginning of inequality for everyone. People can feel safer being themselves and be more comfortable if gender equality was more recognized.
In order to make this work, we all need to vote in favor of laws and political candidates that promote equality. We should also boycott products and services that charge more or less based on gender.
For example, men’s personal hygiene products (such as shampoo/conditioner and body wash) are cheaper than women’s. If we make these changes we could have a better society.
TJ Ariz Woodinville
Save the bees
Can you imagine a world without apples, carrots, cocoa, coffee, or cotton? That means less fruit, less vegetables, no Starbucks, less clothes. This will be a reality if bees go extinct.
In the six years leading up to 2013, 10 million beehives were lost, that’s 2x the normal rate of loss! Now the total annual loss of bee colonies is 44%, a 3.5% increase from 2015. You may not think this matters, but it matters more than you know.
Bees are critical pollinators: they pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world. Think of an archway. At the top, there is the center stone – the keystone. If you remove that keystone, the arch collapses. Bees are a keystone species of our environment. The extinction of bees would have ripple effects throughout our world – if you remove them our world will collapse, just like an archway. Scientists predict nearly 50% loss of plant species as a result of the extinction of bees. In turn we would not only have half the available fruits and vegetables in supermarkets now, but we would struggle to feed mass amounts of livestock – that’s a significant portion of food lost. With this it would be hard to support Earth’s 7 billion population.
There are simple things that we can do to help. Putting a water basin or a bowl of water with some rocks inside outside your home will help hydrate the bees. When possible, buying local and raw honey will promote local economy and support beekeepers. You can plant bee friendly plants, while not using pesticides/chemicals in your garden You can also donate to The Pollinator Partnership, the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to protecting pollinators like bees.
But right now I need you to spread the word. If you can’t do any of these things, then let everyone know that bees are dying and that’s not ok. Don’t keep quiet, tell your friends and family. Can you imagine a world without apples, carrots, cocoa, coffee, or cotton? If we save the bees, you won’t have to.
October 22nd was International Stuttering Awareness Day. Did you know that 70 million people worldwide stutter – more than the population of France?
For nearly 70 years, the Stuttering Foundation has offered free information about stuttering and its treatment. To mark this year’s awareness day, we’ve compiled information for all ages from speech-language pathologists around the world who specialize in the treatment of stuttering. This invaluable info can be found atwww.StutteringHelp.org.
We hope to reach everyone with accurate and informed information about stuttering.
Thursday, October 6. It has been a week since state wildlife managers shot and killed another member of a Washington wolf pack. The wolves were killed to protect the livestock of nearby farmers. Though classified as endangered and protected by state law, there is also a caveat allowing them to be killed under certain conditions. Reportedly, the pack, known as the Profanity Peak pack, is left with one adult female and three juveniles. Believed to mate for life, there’s no knowing if the female will be able to survive on her own with three young wolves.
Responding to letter from Ms. Campbell (Sept. 19, 2016). Agreed, the plantings in front of Woodinville Post Office were littered with garbage and butts. Every city has its “slobs.” I and Angie cleaned, weeded and pruned the plantings on Labor Day weekend. Angie replanted the flower pots. This was a big job we gladly volunteered to perform. Last week the area was again littered and cigarette butts were in flower pots. The city needs to do the maintenance because the citizens who trash the Post Office grounds will continue trashing it and volunteers who keep it tidy get burned out. Thank you … and you’re welcome.
This summer a Latina friend of mine spent an afternoon at Woodinville Farmers Market, gathering signatures for an initiative to raise standards for Washington workers. As volunteers, we’re used to receiving occasional rude comments from those who disagree with our proposals. But, on this afternoon, my friend was approached by an older gentleman who told her, “if you don’t like it here go back where you came from.”
I was raised in Woodinville, a 26-year resident in total and a graduate of WHS; I can recall a handful of serious incidents of racial intolerance during those years. My childhood friend was from one of the few black families in my upper middle class neighborhood. One day, a neighbor who lived across the street used a racial slur towards his father, a prominent and successful local business owner. The following day, someone parked a van sporting a large “B-I-G-O-T” sign in front of the offender’s house. Because that nonsense didn’t stand with our community.
It is unfortunate that, after so many years, such incidents of intolerance still occur in my hometown. After her disheartening experience at the Woodinville Farmers Market, my friend went back to where she came from –Skagit County. She probably told her children about her appalling experience in our beautiful city.
I wanted to share this story because of the recent emboldening of bigotry and racism in our country. We are all obliged to acknowledge and address acts of intolerance, to stand up for our beliefs and for our neighbors. If you ever see someone attack an individual for who they are, instead of for what they believe, don’t stand idly by and wait for someone else to act, speak up.
Attention all alienated grandparents ... please sign and ask others to sign Legislative Initiative 877, “Children Need Grandparents” to restore the rewritten law that will allow grandparents to petition Washington state’s courts for visitation with the grandchildren that they have had a steady, loving and positive relationship with.
If you have suddenly been alienated from your grandchildren through no fault of your own, after their parents allowed you to be in their lives for at least two years, then this initiative pertains directly to you. Get involved today by signing and collecting signatures to restore this law.
We have until December 20, 2016 to collect signatures.
I have noticed what seems to be a huge increase in the amount of dogs that are allowed into our local grocery store. I find this to be so disgusting, people pop their dogs in the cart, dogs frequently have intestinal parasites and I do not want to place my produce where someone’s dogs butt has been. Several days ago things really seem to have come to a head. On a 25 minute shopping trip there were five dogs in the store. One of the employees, who I hoped was going to ask the owner to remove the dog, actually played with the dog, petting it and went back to handling food. I will not shop in this grocery store anymore if the management can’t enforce local health code. Safeway has a very large placard that states that only service animals are permitted, why can’t our one and only grocery store do the same?
Responding to Mark Landau’s Letter to the Editor:
Thank you for your Woodinville Fish Sculpture History 101. My brain just doesn’t wrap around your “fact” that Gay Pride decor was the only reason: “few complaints” reported by Tom James that caused the City to take action. Cities tend to ignore a few complaints, but eventually, over the years few complaints will add up and the Cities will finally take action. This is my opinion from living and working in a small town, much smaller than Woodinville, for over 20 years.
Just because something was always done does not make it right, which was my point in stating the City should have done something sooner. We are not talking First Amendment but a lack of respect to an Artist and a Sculpture.
A tremendous amount of people decorate an actual or designated spot, their houses, or cars to show support, recognize losses, or acknowledge they grieve with others. The First Amendment does not guarantee anyone the right to decorate, deface, or destroy another individual’s property. The Sculpture belongs to the City of Woodinville. Respect and commonsense seems to be disappearing in this Country under the the claim of First and Second Amendment Rights interpretations and name calling. I will not argue my opinion, as that Right has not disappeared yet in this Country, but only clarifying it. Many people have thanked me for speaking up as they shared that same opinion. We are all proud of Woodinville’s unity and diverse community and to say or intimate it is otherwise, is false.
Thank you for your opinion Mark Landau and now you have mine.
Shawnee McCartor Woodinville
For more than five months, the Wellington community has asked the city for pedestrian safety improvements along the 195th St/164th Ave corridor. The city’s ill-advised removal of the barrier in May has made a poor-quality road even more dangerous. What’s Council’s justification? Four different excuses, each disproved by facts and reality.
We have requested meetings and provided safety suggestions yet the city has made no improvements. Well, unless you count self-serving comments in Council meetings as action.
Why such animosity for the Wellington neighborhood? We have every right to demand improvements from our city government, particularly when it comes to student safety. Claims of budgeting and planning have been the latest excuses we have heard, if we hear anything at all.
Yet public records demonstrate that the city has spent upwards of $120,000 in legal fees in the past year (well over $200,000 since 2012) to assist in a third-party land dispute. Land that is not in the city itself or even in King County. That certainly belies the Council’s assertion that they are strapped for funds.
Replacing the barrier is a cheap, effective solution. As an alternative, speed bumps, stop signs and improved pedestrian foot paths are also a drop in the bucket compared to the Council's frivolous legal expenditures. Is it because we haven’t paid to join the special interest group connected to Mayor Talmas and Councilmember Boundy-Sanders that our children are denied basic safety improvements?
Then again, land is always more valuable than the safety of children in the eyes of this City Council. Politics is all about perception. The City Council should remember that fact.