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Letters to the Editor - June 9, 2014

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BUSINESS LICENSE FEE
So the Woodinville City Council has proposed charging businesses in Woodinville a yearly licensing fee of $50, with $11 going to the Department of Revenue to “administer the program and help enforce it.” So if you are a business in Woodinville you will pay $50 a year and essentially get nothing in return. Wouldn’t it make more sense to let people keep their $50 a year and spend it in Woodinville? In my opinion this is just another way to nickel and dime us to death. It serves no purpose at all. Does this program make sense? How would they enforce this? Would my cleaning lady or gardener have to pay Woodinville a yearly $50 fee to clean my house or mow my lawn? Since the city has $20 million in reserves, maybe we should use some of that money to implement this program. In addition, doesn’t the DOR already have records on the businesses that reside in Woodinville as they pay a yearly B&O tax? Couldn’t we just access their records? I see no reason why this is an important issue and the City Council should stop thinking up ways to take more of our money.
Susan Milke

SUMMER OF ‘69
It was the end of July 1969 when an amazing line up lit up the first ever Seattle Pop Festival, right here in Woodinville at Gold Creek Park. Performers over the three days included Chuck Berry, The Byrds, Chicago, The Doors, the Guess Who, and Led Zeppelin. It was our own Woodstock, and it happened three weeks before Woodstock.
I would like to interview anyone who attended the festival or remembers it from living in Woodinville at the time. I bet you have interesting stories.
I want to write about the event because I found it fascinating to think of that event and it is not widely mentioned so I wanted to know more. It’s part of the area’s history. I’m a local history buff and collect vintage Northwest items (pre-1970s). I learned of the Seattle Pop Festival when I found an old souvenir button from it at an estate sale.
If you have a few memories to share, please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks.
Susan Stoltzfus

BEAR SAFETY
I read the Weekly and while it was a great story about the little black bear that’s being sighted (my husband saw him a couple days ago) I am concerned with what was left out. Yes, we don’t need to be concerned, but there was also no warning about trying to approach the bear or feed it. Having grown up in Alaska with black and brown bears frequently in our back yards, I know that while one might seem friendly or “safe,” especially to children, it is still a wild and potentially dangerous animal in the right circumstances. Bears are incredibly fast and one swipe of a paw could cause serious damage. For folks not familiar with bears they might think he’s cute and that it would be cool to befriend him. I just feel like there should have been some kind of cautionary statement as the story made it sound like he is completely harmless.
Corinna Quilliam

Letters to the Editor - June 2, 2014

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CANTERBURY SQUARE

My husband and I have lived in Woodinville for the past 35 years. We raised our children here and we are now retired. Our yard is getting too big for us and we have talked about moving to a small house or town home. We have been waiting to find out what development might occur in Woodinville in the next couple of years, hoping that we can stay in Woodinville.

Unfortunately, we now find out that Canterbury Square is going to have 800 to 1000 apartments, some of which are going to be town homes and will be rentals. Then a condominium is going to be built for those who want to buy in Woodinville. How about building affordable town homes for those who want to purchase and stay in Woodinville?
Cheryl Conklin

CRIME IN AVONDALE

I live in Brookside Country Club located on Avondale. We have had a few crime-related issues happening the past few weeks. Again.

A few months ago, my fiance returned home late and was sitting in his car in our driveway (keep in mind that the engine was off at this point, and windows are tinted.) Checking news updates on his phone, he didn’t realize that the passenger door was opening and a complete stranger was about to sit down. In shock, it took him a second to snap back to reality. The stranger didn’t even realize that my fiance was in the driver’s seat. The stranger took off running and he heard the “get away” car speed off in the distance. The cops were called but couldn’t do too much.

Fast forward to this week: A few of our neighbors have been returning our mail. OPENED mail. My bills and cards. We are not the only house though. This is happening behind us and across the street. We back up to the trail, and according to our behind neighbors, whoever is doing this is coming from the pipeline trail. The mail is opened, and then stashed behind random bushes, and in driveways. My packages are also vanishing. Last but not least, one of our cars (in our driveway) has been broken into this week. Everything was removed from the glove box, and spread around the car. Tools were also stolen.
Kristina Kennedy and the Haldorsen family

SCHOOL START TIMES

Parent Advocates for a Later Start (PALS) was created in response to the very early start times of high schools in the Northshore School District (NSD). NSD currently has the earliest high school bell time of any district in the region. The drop-off time for high school is 7 a.m. and bus pickup times can be as early as 6 a.m. Over the years research has shown that inadequate sleep for teens is associated with lower academic performance and overall deteriorating health, to name a few effects. All over the country school districts are changing their start times and studies have shown the benefits to students are instantaneous. As NSD continues to “raise the standards” for students to graduate, the pressure to succeed is even greater.

All these problems can be mitigated by a later start time for adolescents.

If you are the parent of a Northshore School District high school student, you already know the problems associated with a 7:20 a.m. start time. For parents of junior high and elementary children, this is something that you really need to think about now as change takes time and resources.

Currently, Northshore School District is on the path of restructuring programs, grade reconfiguration and moving boundaries for the building of a new high school, thanks to the approval by the community of the bond and with increased funding of the levies. Therefore, this is the best opportunity the community will ever have to affect a change to start times. If you would like to know more about this issue, Google the national campaign “start school later,” join the PALS local petition on change.org (search for “Northshore school board start high school later,”) and join the conversation on the Facebook page “Parent Advocates for a Later Start (PALS).”
Parent Advocates (PALS)
Annette Whelan, Karen Van Til, Sheryl Wilkins, Wendy Reynolds

Letters to the Editor - May 26, 2014

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RETIREMENT
To the City of Woodinville, and to all our valued clients and their “fur persons.”
As they say, all good things must one day end. It is with both a sense of anticipation, and of sadness, that I am announcing my impending retirement, effective May 31, 2014.

I have served the Woodinville community for nearly 35 years. During that time I have experienced both joy and sadness in my work. I have delighted in your new puppies and kittens, along with the occasional rabbit, rat, guinea pig, ferret, and even a parakeet or two. I have delivered their offspring, repaired their broken bodies, laughed at their antics, and cried as they passed from our lives.

My wife Marilyn worked with me in the clinic for some 20 of those years, and has been a constant and unwavering support for all 35 of them. Together we wish to thank you for your loyal support through the years.

A very heartfelt thank you goes to my associate, Dr. Daniel Frey, for a dozen years of service, support, and camaraderie. I wish also to thank my staff, some of whom have been with me for many years.

A very experienced veterinarian has taken over the Woodinville Animal Hospital. Dr. K. Nicole Davis is a 1997 graduate of the veterinary school at Texas A&M, and holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. A small-animal general practitioner, Dr. Davis has experience in a wide variety of veterinary medicine and surgery. Dr. Davis expresses particular interest in the areas of ophthalmology, soft-tissue surgery, feline medicine, and internal medicine. Her hobbies include hiking, bicycling, gardening, and running.

Dr. Davis is married to Mark Davis, DVM, ACVS, who operates his own mobile veterinary surgical practice locally. They are the proud parents of two youngsters, ages 10 and 7, and they own a home in the Woodinville area.
We ask that you greet and embrace Dr. Davis and that you give her the same wonderful support that you have given us over the years.
Alan and Marilyn Marsh

MILK MONEY
May is the fourth annual Milk Money campaign for the Northshore Schools Foundation. If you see an old-fashioned glass milk bottle with a big-eyed cow holding a Milk Money sign at local Kenmore, Woodinville, or Bothell merchant counters, please empty your change and you’ll be supporting the Northshore Schools Foundations Initiative that supports Advanced and Disadvantaged Learners in the Northshore School District. There are over 180 homeless children in our district and funds raised will be used to buy them school-related items including clothes, supplies, yearbooks and school pictures, as well as college placement test fees and high school graduation fees. When you drop your change in one of the Milk Money bottles, know that all funds raised in the campaign will be doubled by the generous commitment of the Windermere Foundation Northlake Office. It’s not hard to make a difference, just drop your spare change in a Milk Money bottle. Following is a list of participating businesses in the Kenmore, Bothell, and Woodinville areas. We thank them all for their support!
Sara Solum Hayashi and
Davina Williams Duerr
The Milk Money Moms

Participating businesses in Bothell/Kenmore:
1st Security Bank
Alexa’s Café
Aloha Nails
Bank of Bargains
Banner Bank Bothell
Best Friend’s Espresso
Bothell BECU
Bothell Pediatric and Hand Therapy
BowWow Fun Towne
Canyon Park Vision
Compass Management
Cox Printing
Cuban Café
Dawn’s Candy & Cake
Dr. Dallman
Dr. Chaison
Extreme Pita – Canyon Park
Fey and Grey
Foundation House
Gallo de Oro
JC Market
Julio’s
Lyly Hair Studio
Key Bank
The Den Coffeehouse
Michael’s Auto Body
Pizza Bank
Sparta’s Pizza and Spaghetti House
Steve’s Café
Sun Cleaners
Sushi Zone
The Ranch
Ultra Custom Cleaners
Uncle Peteza’s Pizza
Woodlawn Optical
Yakima Fruit Market
Espresso Works
Elle Marie Salon
Golden Nails Spa
Jay’s Cafe
Jiffy Lube
Kenmore Camera
Kenmore Subway
Lakepointe Bar and Grill
Manhattan Express
44
Maser’s Pet Grooming
Micro Homebrew
Northlake Windermere
Ostroms Drug & Gift
Rocky’s Corner Store
Security Pacific
Snapdoodle Toys
St. Vincent DePaul
Teriyaki of Kenmore
The Commons
The Den Coffeehouse
The UPS Store
Town Market
Whidbey Island Bank
Woodmoor Elementary

Participating businesses in Woodinville:
ACI Clinic
Banner Bank Woodinville
Woodinville Bakery
Bill the Butcher
Cox Printing
Cuban Café
Dandy Dogs
Drunken Easel
Eastside Spine and Injury
Edward Jones
Dr. Ryan Fox
Hollywood Hill Elementary
Greek Pita
Indian Palace
Jubilee Cleaners
Knoff, Fettig & Naumann Maxillofacial
McFall Construction
Michel’s Autobody
Northwest Trophy
OntraMarketing
Play it Again Sports
Pho Hao
Menchie’s
Simon & Sons Dry Cleaners
State Farm Insurance
Sushi Connections
Thai Tanee
Thai Woodinville
Uncle Peteza’s Pizza
Uplake Grocery and Deli
Village Wines
Woodinville BECU
Woodinville Weekly
Windermere NE Office
Zip Market

ALICE
This year, the Woodinville Toddler Group’s Wobblers class has had the pleasure of getting to know a special girl named Alice. She is a 1.5-year-old toddler with a sparkle in her eye and a whole lot to say. Alice is speaking full sentences, whereas her peers are still working on mastering the use of single words. She has tremendous determination, especially considering that she is affected by a genetic disease: spinal muscular atrophy type II. Her parents received her diagnosis after she turned one year old. It was a shock that no parent wants to get. Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the most common genetic cause of infant death. It is a progressive disease that causes muscle weakness and impairs mobility, and it affects many other bodily functions as well. Research for SMA is not as widely funded as some of the other diseases that are highly publicized. There is hope for finding a cure for SMA within the next five years, with proper funding. Alice’s friends from her toddler group are currently campaigning to raise funds that will go toward purchasing some great support and mobility devices for her. We hope that Alice will be able to enjoy more of the activities that her walking peers are able to in the near future. You will have to search high and low to find another toddler who has a smile like Alice — especially one who has as much to say! Please spread the word about spinal muscular atrophy and its profound effect on children.

For more information on SMA, see the Families of SMA website, www.fsma.org, where they accept donations to fund research and help families. If you would like to show your support for Alice, please visit this website: www.gofundme.com/TeamAlice.
Resa Roth

Letters to the Editor - May 19, 2014

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FARMERS MARKET
I am a huge fan of Woodinville. I have lived here for almost 15 years. However, I do miss the Woodinville Farmers Market. Like many others, we forget it is open because it is tucked away and out of sight when you drive by on a Saturday afternoon. Have you considered moving it to the Park & Ride parking lot? I know it is not in the heart of downtown Woodinville, but look at it this way. Parking will be very ample because the parking lot is usually filled during the weekday. There will be more space for vendors to use. It is very noticeable for many to see. Plus, you will have bus riders to enjoy the market. Just a thought.
Cathleen Gustafson

ELECTION
When casting your ballot this election, vote to re-elect State Senator Andy Hill. As an experienced legislator who values fiscal responsibility, education, and jobs, Mr. Hill should be given a second term.

Senator Andy Hill values fiscal responsibility. Being balanced for four years, his budget had bipartisan support. The budget kept taxes down, yet did not raise tuition for public universities.

Education is a top priority to the senator. His last budget designated an additional nearly $1 billion to be spent on basic education and allocated $1.5 million for technology and computer courses that would be free to the public. Senator Hill also sponsored Senate Bill 5881, which would require two-thirds of new state revenue to be spent on education.

Senator Hill desires to create jobs, not just temporary government-produced jobs during projects such as road construction. By lowering taxes, Mr. Hill seeks to cultivate a business friendly environment and grow the economy.

The senator’s experience will benefit him and us in the next term. Having already served a four-year term, he knows how to pass effective legislation. As the chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, Mr. Hill was the Senate’s chief writer of Washington state’s most recent budget. A former program manager at Microsoft, he was the first senator who requested viewing budget documents on a spreadsheet in order to experiment with the numbers.
Endorsed by several prominent figures in Washington state politics, Senator Andy Hill has proven himself to be a successful leader in the Senate. Former state attorney general Rob McKenna and former state senator and Senate Ways and Means Committee chair Dino Rossi have given Mr. Hill their endorsement. He is also endorsed by Woodinville mayor Bernie Talmas and Duvall mayor Will Ibershof.

Let’s continue the positive changes made to Washington state. A balanced budget, an environment that encourages job creation, and making education a priority are goals that both Republicans and Democrats should seek to attain.

Support Andy Hill by writing letters to newspapers, by waving signs, and perhaps by making a donation. Most importantly, vote for him this August.
Grace Deng

PHONE SCAM
I am replying to Frank Sanger’s letter about a possible new scam on the phone, concerning one’s computer. He has taken the time to let us know this possibility and I thank him. As a daily reader of The New York Times, I’m aware of their continuing health section pointed toward older readers. The human brain mutates over time to the point where older and elderly people are more vulnerable to scams than at earlier ages. We think we grow wiser with time and perhaps we do, but there is this one area in which we are growing less aware, possibly even less assertive — towards possible scammers. I repeat this to myself everyday ... I am older, wiser, and more vulnerable to scams. I have to face it. Another factor which draws the elderly into answering a phone call is just plain loneliness. Please, if you don’t know the person, hang up quickly.

I first used computers in the early 70’s, and took classes once in a while. At the present, if I hadn’t kept up through the years, I would be calling a computer fixer every week. Even these people are not omniscient, as the last one I had in left a dangerous virus in his wake. Spending time fixing my computer makes me feel stupid, but having to pay $100 for each service call even stupider. With all the updates, and all the malware that hides in the C:\Program Files, even knowing where your Control Panel is located is not enough. I am sure that older readers may be turning away from computers because it’s hard to learn new things, new scams and viruses, and the frustration of not being able to uninstall programs, not to mention all the parasitic programs that come along now, with a download you may wish to install.
I hope others will continue this discussion, possibly pointing out that with a phone call to the right parties, you may get help in virtual reality from someone who can take over your computer at a distance and fix it.
Nancy Snyder

PANHANDLERS
I read, with great interest, Thor Skeel’s article on panhandlers. I have always passed them, thinking, “Why don’t they at least try to get a job at AM/PM or 7-11, bagging groceries or getting carts at a store?” or as the author said, “They would just use my money for drugs.”
This article gave me a new perspective on what those men and women really do with the cash. I still wonder why they don’t try for a job at those places first as they stand for long periods of time anyway. And they must have some kind of transportation as they get to the street corners. Safeway, for one, is really good about hiring people with physical problems.
Chris Martin

Letters to the Editor - May 12, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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