Your article on “Preventing Carprowls” (sic) published on June 13, 2016 provides valuable tips for protecting our vehicles when we park. This is an important subject since car prowls are a chronic problem in our area.
However, the article was confusing in that it gave information that was more appropriate for the city of Seattle and some erroneous local information.
In response to Reverend Van Leer’s Letter to the Editor on 5/30/06. Reverend Van Leer describes two incidents of theft of the Black Lives Matter sign hanging in front of the church and interprets this as evidence of racism “alive and well in Woodinville.” Could the Reverend possibly be overreaching here? Two petty thefts in a city of more than ten thousand people doesn’t constitute an undercurrent of racism any more than it adds up to a crime wave. In fact, I fail to see the racism here. If the Reverend told me that black lives matter I would agree. If I responded by adding “all lives matter” would that make me a racist? Reverend Van Leer misinterprets this as somehow diminishing the value of black lives when in fact it’s no more than a statement of equality. No life is worth more or less than any other life, period!
The Industrialization of the Washington Wine Industry
In 1987, I started Silver Lake Winery in an industrial park in Bothell, Wash. At the time, the location seemed adequate because the cost of moving in and the rent was cheap. However, it became evident very soon that locating in an industrial space was not the image that I wanted for our winery. It was very sterile and we were surrounded by asphalt and delivery trucks. I was disenchanted because I was lured into the wine industry because of its romance and there was nothing romantic with being in an industrial park. As soon as we could afford it, we bought a vineyard in the agricultural region in Zillah, Wash. and began producing our wines and selling them out of our tasting room in the same location. We also opened a tasting room in Woodinville so we could be where the population existed. Like other great wineries, we created an environment for our customers to enjoy the total wine experience surrounded by open spaces, grass lawns, picnic tables and Mother Nature.
The Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church has had a “Black Lives Matter” sign hanging from its wayside pulpit since June of 2015 when nine African Americans were killed during a bible study at the AME Emanuel Church. In the past two weeks, the sign has been stolen two times. The last time it was stolen between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon.
Last week the Eastshore Unitarian Universalist Church had its Black Lives Matter banner vandalized. We have no idea if the vandalism is related.
In the recent Woodinville Weekly article “King County officials pessimistic about budget” by Briana Gerdeman, Councilmember Kathy Lambert and Deputy County Executive Fred Jarrett claimed that property tax levies were limited to 1 percent a year.