Menu

Letters to the Editor - April 9, 2012

  • Written by Readers

RESOLUTION 414 — ANNEXATION

Hello, Councilmember Les Rubstello:

At a recent council meeting, you indicated your willingness to review the factual content of Resolution #414.

Please comment.

Resolution #414 indicates the proposed annexation areas will be used to promote “Agritourism” while the 2010 docket states the northern area will be used for medical buildings.

Can you tell me what best describes the city’s intent with respect to zoning and permitted uses in the annexation area?

If the northern portion of the annexation area will be used for medical buildings, and the northern portion represents 14 out of the 17 properties, doesn’t the resolution present a false sense of what the real intent of the city is?

I might note that I was originally baffled about Lucy DeYoung’s very vocal interest in annexation.

But a review of the 2010 docket request indicating the northern 14 properties would be used [for] medical buildings and reviewing Lucy’s history of significant support of Evergreen Hospital, offered the connection.

During a recent public records inspection at Woodinville City Hall, I noted that there is virtually no public input with respect to Resolution #414.

I located some very limited support by the affected property owners and some curious documents from a local real estate agent who represents some of the property owners but essentially no public input of any kind.

Do you think the public has been properly informed about the annexation issue?

In an article in The Woodinville Patch, Councilmember Paulette Bauman stated “…My support for resolution #414 was simply to encourage King County Council to look at the proposed annexation.

“Ultimately they will decide the Urban Growth Boundary.”

Is Resolution #414 just a request for KC [to] look at the proposed areas, or does the resolution serve as notice that Woodinville intends to annex the area in the event that King County adjusts the UGB to include those properties?

Isn’t it KC that will decide on the UGB, and Woodinville that decides on annexation? Can we make sure that Paulette understands what the resolution means?

Although accepting campaign contributions is not illegal, many people feel very uncomfortable knowing that a significant portion of your campaign funding came from a person now described in Woodinville public records as a representative of property owners seeking annexation. Resolution #414 will be a financial windfall for your principal contributor.

When you prevented Mayor Talmas from openly questioning the factual content of Resolution #414 with your “Out of order” interruptions, you caused people to question whether you were more interested in providing the public with truthful information or furthering the financial gain of your contributors.

I don’t want to ignore the fact that you apologized.

But I do want to tell you that many people lost faith in your ability to vote without bias on this particular annexation issue.

In conclusion, I call you to task, Mr. Rubstello. Address the issue of the factual content of Resolution #414.

Describe the city’s actual intent. Correct Resolution #414 to accurately reflect the purpose of the resolution so that council members know what they signed. Make a personal determination if your campaign contributions, together with your attempt at silencing another council member’s request for presenting a resolution based on facts and decide if there is the APPEARANCE of a conflict of interest with respect to your vote on annexation.

Thank you,

Dale Knapinski, Woodinville


STOP DEYOUNG FROM WHAT?

Over the April 1st weekend as I was driving off Hollywood Hill, I saw some very disturbing signs that stated: “Stop Valley Construction” and “Stop DeYoung.”

Stop DeYoung from what:

1. Giving better than a quarter of a million dollars to the Evergreen Hospital Foundation

2.  Buying the Old DeYoung house for $500,000 and then donating it to the Woodinville Heritage Society

3. Donating thousands of dollars to see that Wilmot Park became a reality

4. Setting up an endowment for the Woodinville Cemetery that takes care of its maintenance.

5. Donating thousands to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

6. Donating thousands of hours in service to this community

7. So many others I can’t remember them all

So whoever was responsible for the signs must be a “Newbee” (someone who has only been here 20 years or less!) And whoever you are, quit polluting the landscape with plastic signs!

If you see a DeYoung around town why don’t you tell them thank you for all they’ve done for this community.

Roger Rettig, Hollywood Hill

Letters to the Editor - April 2, 2012

  • Written by Readers

HAT’S OFF TO ‘GLENO’


We would like to thank you for the complimentary and extensive article on Woodinville High School DECA.

However, the story is incomplete.

Our teacher, Paul Glenovich, was honored at the recent state DECA conference as the Washington DECA chapter advisor of the year.

He works countless hours as a member of the board of executives for Washington DECA, the Area Three Advisor, a marketing teacher at WHS, as well as being a husband and a father to a three-year-old.

The 230-member-strong WHS DECA chapter that he is the driving force behind, was named the state’s largest chapter.

We would like to recognize and thank Mr. Glenovich for all that he has done for Woodinville High School and Washington DECA.

We would not be a nationally ranked chapter if it weren’t for “Gleno.”

Best Regards,

Alex Lazear and the WHS DECA chapter


STOP THE INSANITY


I am a regular bike rider but rarely ride the local, Sammamish trail bike paths.

[On a recent]  beautiful day,  I decided to give it a whirl and ride a few miles alongside the river.

From that experience I wish to apologize profusely to the families and pensioners who were also out strolling the path.

On a 10-mile ride, I was constantly passed by “teams” or  individual lycra-clad cyclists who were riding along at much more than the posted 15 mph speed limit.

It was ridiculous and dangerous. I witnessed numerous close-calls as middle-aged, pot-bellied Lance Armstrong wannabes screamed passed toddlers feeding the ducks or pensioners out for a stroll by the river.

Pace-lines of cyclists whizzed by me as if I was standing still and weaved in and out of pedestrians as if on some kind of crazed cycling proficiency test.

To the “pro” cyclists that use the path:

Guys, ENOUGH! Somebody is going to get seriously hurt. I know its cool to tell everyone in the bar that you can ride at 20+mph and you really have a knack for riding but you are on a flat path with children and pensioners.

If you really want to ride fast, head into the hills and mountains and knock yourself out.

To the pedestrians that use the path:

I’ve been riding the local roads for a couple of years now and have heard negative remarks about cyclists. I always assumed people were just mad that we were tree-hugging, nature types and perhaps they were a little envious of our healthier lifestyle.

Not anymore — I agree. We are a bunch of self-centered, egotistical jerks and I apologize.

To the community:

Let’s ask that the speed limit be dropped to 10mph MAX.

I for one would not want my daughter hit by some 200-lb. buffoon riding at 15 mph who thinks he’s on the Tour De France.

Stop the insanity – more regulation on these paths!

Mr. Hughes, Woodinville


YOU HAVE THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE


Driving home from work on Tuesday I happened to notice a bumper sticker on the back of a truck ahead of me.

It said, “I jump out of planes and shoot Muslims in the face for a living.”

I hope one day the person who put that sticker there realizes that provoking hate is exactly what terrorists want to accomplish.

Congratulations, you just scored a point for the team that wants to destroy the very country that grants you the freedom to express yourself with such a horrible sticker.

You have the freedom to choose — keep spreading hate and terror with that sticker or take the courageous and patriotic choice to reject hate and voluntarily remove that sticker from your truck.

Most Muslims, just like most non-Muslims, would prefer peaceful coexistence with all people, rather than acts of war, terror, or hate.

The vast majority of religious leaders of all faiths promote love, charity, understanding, forgiveness and peace, while they condemn acts of violence.

Frustratingly, a few Muslims, and also a few non-Muslims, attack people and then claim to be doing so for religious reasons.

These few bad actors are essentially criminals (which sadly exist in every culture) who abuse religion in order to try to convince themselves and others that their acts of violence are somehow better than those of other criminals.

Please express your frustration without lashing out violently (or claiming to do so), and do not seek to escalate irrational hatreds.

Tom Moore Duvall

ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS ARE A HEAVY BURDEN


What a pleasure to read the Seattle Times’ March 22nd article about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that an Idaho couple have the right to sue immediately to challenge the Federal Environmental Agency (EPA) order designating their Priest Lake, Idaho, lot as a wetland and forbidding them from building a home there – with a threat of a $75,000-a-day fine for noncompliance.

The EPA argued that an immediate judicial review of that agency’s administrative actions would undermine its enforcement of the Clean Water Act and that the Idaho couple’s lot was “part of the ‘navigable waters’ of the United States.”

Supreme Court Justices, after mocking the EPA’s view that the couple’s lot was a part of the “navigable waters,” called on Congress to provide a reasonably clear rule regarding the reach of the Clean Water Act.

Amen to that.

In unincorporated King County landowners are not only burdened by wetlands requirements, but also by buffer requirements.

A 100-foot buffer around a circular-acre wetland 236-inch diameter would grow that use-restricted acre to 3.4 restricted acres.

A not-uncommon 200-foot buffer would grow that circular acre to seven restricted acres.

Environmentally influenced regulations are a heavy burden on the use of property owners of what they like to think of as their own land.

Maxine Keesling

DON’T VOTE? DON’T COMPLAIN


Recently, I had a conversation with an individual who was complaining about politicians and the state of politics in general in this great country.

I am all for it, if you vote.  I have a problem when people complain about that, then inform me that they have never voted and never intend to.

I was raised with the ideal that if you have the opportunity to vote and simply choose not to utilize that, then you forfeit your right to complain.

I remain confident and quite optimistic that many people feel the same way.

Jeff Swanson, Everett


APRIL IS NATIONAL GRANGE MONTH


April is National Grange Month. In our state there are 254 grange halls in the 38 counties. There are eight granges in King County.

Grange was formed after the Civil War as farming increased and shipping of tobacco, cotton and other farm-grown products became so expensive that through the grange, the Anti-Sherman Trust Act was passed.

Grange efforts resulted in getting free mail delivered. Granges in Eastern Washington are mainly responsible for the Columbia River dams, enabling irrigation of the wheat, rye, alfalfa and fruit tree farms to be able to exist, for the good of all farmers, both animal and raising of crops.

Our local Sammamish Grange has joined with farmers in the Valley to form the Sammamish Valley Alliance to preserve what is left of farming in the valley.

Helen McMahon, Woodinville


STUDENT NEEDS MAP, SOUVENIRS OF WASHINGTON


Dear readers,

Hi! My name is William M. I am a fifth grade student at Harlan Intermediate School in Harlan, Iowa.

My class is studying the history and geography of the United States.

I chose Washington because I love trees and nature.

I would appreciate it if you sent me a souvenir and a state map — also some information if possible.

My teacher, Mrs. Newlin, would love a car license plate for a school project, but only if possible. Thank you.

Sincerely,

William M.

Mrs. Newlin’s S.S. class

Harlan Intermediate School

1401 19th St

Harlan, IA 51537


PS

Because of wonderful editors like you, 124 intermediate fifth graders are able to learn many things about your state.

Nothing can equal the encouraging letters, beautiful picture postcards, and exciting historical information your subscribers send to them.

All is very much appreciated, and I thank you very much for printing their letters.

Mrs. Newlin, social studies teacher

Bands wanted!

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Cedarcrest High School’s annual Battle of the Bands, a fundraiser for RHYTHM (Riverview Helping Youth to Have Music) will be held Saturday, April 21.
Bands interested in performing will play 30-minute sets of creative, original music before a live, all ages audience, and five judges from the professional music community.  

Band members must be 21 years of age or younger, with at least one member in high school. Bands will compete for music gear, gift certificates and other prizes.  Registration ends April 6.  For specific rules and judging criteria, go to http://chsbattle.info.

Letters to the Editor - March 19, 2012

  • Written by Readers

Thanks to the Y at the Carol Edwards Center, Hometown Heroes. businesses

To all the community members, schools, businesses, churches, non-profits, elected officials and hometown volunteers that make us a city:

Plans are underway for the 34th All Fools’ Day Parade, the 29th Basset Bash, the Celebrate Woodinville Arts & Craft Show, the Annual Woodinville Fire & Rescue Pancake Breakfast and the traditional City of Woodinville’s 19th birthday cake.

Because of city budget cuts in 2010-2011, last year was a transition year for the Carol Edwards Center and other events in the city.  This year it’s all new and  we expect an even better attendance than in 2010.

This 2012 celebration will be run by community volunteers, dubbed Hometown Heroes. We need groups, couples and individuals who can step up to the plate and help with time, leadership and resources, including setup and teardown, Ambassetors (not a typo), crowd control and more. If you want to volunteer, we have a place for you.  We also need someone to head up the 2012 Talent and Art Exhibit, which is going to remain a part of Celebrate Woodinville, but under a different format. A group could volunteer for one of these needs.

An individual could coordinate the event. There are no charges for community groups and nonprofits to participate:

With our focus on hometown heroes this year, I would also encourage each group to display ways that ordinary folks can do extraordinary things by volunteering in their community. It’s time to turn things around, go back to the basics as a community and help each other out. More information is available at celebratewoodinville.weebly.com.

Celebrate Woodinville schedule:

• noon to 4 p.m. — Children’s Activity and Family Resource Fair

This is an opportunity for area non-profit groups and others to share information about the resources that their organizations provide. Interactive elements such as a free craft, activity or entertainment for children and their families are preferred. Not only is it a great way to introduce yourself to the community, but it is also a time for members of our community to find out about existing resources that serve our city.

• 1 p.m. — City of Woodinville’s 19th birthday celebration.

The Woodinville City Council will be there to serve a 1000 slices of the biggest cake you’ll see in Woodinville.

Volunteers will also be on hand to serve beverages. We will be holding the event at the Y at the Carol Edwards Center. In 2010, we lost count after 1000+ families, individuals and children entered the doors.

• noon to 4 p.m. — 2012 Amateur Talent & Art Exhibit

This has been a focal point this year, as we are looking at all the budget cuts in our city.  It has also been a learning curve on what can be done and how much time it takes to organize. For this year we are changing how the event(s) are presented and run. However in keeping with the spirit of Woodinville and in looking at all the promising talent that our young people display, we have five ways that our youth and young at heart can participate this year. Grades pre-k thrrough 12th are offered two ways to display their art work. Find details at celebratewoodinville.weebly.com.

Go to celebratewoodinville.weebly.com for contact information on not only our events but the other activities also. The site features an easy contact for more information  and will be updated again as needed.

I’m looking forward to seeing familiar faces and many new ones.  I will also be happy to talk to you about any questions you might have and, if needed, provide simple inexpensive ideas for your participation.

This is also the biggest event of the year in Woodinville and a time when we can have fun and enjoy all the rich resources and wonderful neighbors with whom we have been blessed.

Thank you in advance for being part of this wonderful city.

Catherine Howard, Hometown Volunteer

Letters to the Editor - March 12, 2012

  • Written by Readers

CITY COUNCIL SHOULD RESOLVE R-1 ZONING AND SEWER ISSUE
Mayor Talmas:

Not too many months ago your constituents spent over $150,000 of their own money and City of Woodinville spent many thousands more constituents’ tax dollars to win in State Supreme Court against a Wood Trails Subdivision rezone in the Wellington neighborhood.

The intent was not only to uphold the R-1 zone but to keep sewers from invading neighborhoods of R-1.

NOW here we are, faced with a similar yet dissimilar situation.

Again the developer proposes to bring in sewers and develop on lots smaller than an acre.

The difference this time is not by a rezone but by clustering with density transfer credits on lots as small as 12,000 square feet. Do we, your constituents, AGAIN need to go to court and spend another $150,000 of our own money to maintain one acre building sites without sewers in the R-1 zone?

Or will you and the City Council step up to the plate, modify Ordinance 532 for consistency and  require that lots created in R-1 have the minimum size to support on-site septic?

And while you are modifying 532 please modify Woodinville Municipal Code so that sewer hookups in the R-1 zone are not required and households in the R-1 zone with septic systems cannot be required to connect to sewer.

PLEASE modify Ordinance 532 and the Municipal Code and fix the R-1 zone problems once and for all.

We, your constituents, cannot afford to keep fighting battles in court that can easily be resolved by you and members of our City Council.

Thank you,

Phyllis Keller, Woodinville