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Letters to the Editor - January 28, 2013

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It is heartening to know that our fearless city leaders are possibly no longer breaking any state laws when they “imagine” Woodinville.

I read where City Manager Leahy commented on yet new “standards” that are intended to “establish an overall design plan for future development in downtown consistent with its desired image.”

Now I find a number of things interesting here.

Foremost of course is the anthropomorphizing of the city in that the city has “desires.” But we know of course that it is not the city but the imaginations of the city leaders who pine for an upper scale shopping district in the downtown core that would cater not to the vast majority of Woodinville residents but rather would cater to the city leaders and their small group of wine-sipping and hot-air- balloon-riding friends.

Once again city leadership ignores the needs of the vast majority of Woodinville residents, a group that is decidedly middle class and lower.

I read that Mr. Leahy gave his State of the City address to the attendees of the local Chamber of Commerce, a group not necessarily representative of all the local business community but a group that does tend toward a belief in the “free market.” And that “free market” is telling our city leaders that the downtown core is decidedly middle class at best.

Yet the city leadership refused to acknowledge the obvious, and one could hear all the way to Bothell the howls of disgruntlement emanating from City Hall when the “free market” decided what to do with the long abandoned QFC building. But the city pushes on with “standards” and codes that they imagine will re-create the city of their desires. Some of these new standards and codes will put a damper on some existing business plans that do not fit into the city leaders’ imagined community.

But of course such businesses do not even exist in their minds.

Look, if there was a market for an upscale retail development in the downtown core then the major landlord and its management group would not need the City’s assistance in creating such a development.

But until TRF decides to build out an upper scale retail space on their properties, which is the majority of the downtown core, it is all just a pipe dream for our deluded city leaders.

As I noted, at least such imagination activities are now legal in this state and I should maybe head over to City Hall and ask them to pass their pipe over to me.

R. Jaffe, Woodinvill


Snohomish County Parks is having another meeting regarding the Wellington Hills County Park Master Plan Thursday, January 31, from 7-9 p.m. at the Brightwater Education and Community Center, 22509 SR 9 SE, Woodinville

I am encouraging everyone to attend and have your say in what you would like to have in your local park.

Remember, this park is to improve the area for any negative effects Brightwater has brought to the local community.

I will be there along with other members from Neighbors to Save Wellington Park. Remember this is not a done deal and you still have a say and can make a change on what style of park the mitigation money goes to build in our neighborhood.

Please pass this information on to your neighbors, friends and family.

Todd Bailey, Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - January 21, 2013

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‘A TALE OF TWO CITIES’

There has to be some irony in the Jan. 14 edition of the Woodinville Weekly.

The front page articles about Bothell and Woodinville are in direct contrast to one another. The promising news for Bothell and its sheer optimism is so opposite of the Woodinville City Council that it is somewhat of a dismay and embarrassment to me as a Woodinville city resident of 24 years.

Bothell’s revitalization with a high outlook of many jobs, the McMenamins brew-pub-hotel in addition to fixing up the pool and allowing Bothell residents to use it free as well as the positive financial outlook of that city speaks in high regards for the plan they have implemented.

In contrast, Woodinville meets for the new year and has to settle housekeeping items and feels the need to spend money on a retreat to get the work done they have been unable to accomplish or agree upon at regular city council meetings.

Certainly, I commend anyone being on a city council and understand that there are countless hours involved to work as a team, however reading that two cities right next to one another could have such a different outlooks for their future, is unsettling to me.

I encourage our Woodinville City Council to look at the big picture.

Look to see how Bothell is accomplishing its goals, and I want to mention that in my opinion, a retreat is not going to resolve the issues of Woodinville, I think the best idea is to sit down together at city hall and work until our city’s outlook is looking forward and  not just cleaning up the past issues that could not be agreed upon.

Wendy Wands, Woodinville


HORNS ARE FOR EMERGENCIES

My husband and I recently moved from out of state to Washington. We love everything except the rudeness of people honking at you. This was supposed to be a nice place to drive, unlike L.A.

Horns are supposed to be for emergencies not impatience. I have been honked at so many times and hurried to move just to find myself blocking the roadway. It is rude. Please stop honking out of impatience. thank you.

Lisa Debaets, Woodinville


THANK YOU

The Boy Scouts of the North Lakes District wish to extend a huge thank you to the citizens of our community. Each year we offer Christmas tree pick-up and recycling and in turn, we receive donations which help to fund our program and pay for summer camp.

The response has been, as in years past, wonderful.  We appreciate so much your support and would like to especially thank our local Minuteman Press in Woodinville and All-Wood Recycling in Redmond for their continued help.

Erik Neilson, Committee Chair, Troop 585, Woodinville


BUTCHERING HORSES

I wish I knew people as compassionate as Nora, a teen-aged girl who wrote last week about butchering horses.  To visualize in your mind the screaming that animals do in the slaughterhouses, you would know why the job of the slaughterer must be the most numbing occupation.

In the book “Beyond Beef” now somewhat outdated, Rifkin describes the inside of slaughterhouses, which most people know nothing about.

Nora also gives many good suggestions and contacts for concerned people.

One unpleasant fact, however, is that Europeans are ever increasing the demand for horsemeat. It started in Belgium but is growing to other countries. And it may grow to this country. I saw an ad recently for horsemeat saying, “Would you eat this?”

I think Nora would make a good leader for this country and I salute her for laying out the facts.

Nancy Snyder, Woodinville

Homeward Pet Adoption Center Celebrates 23 years!

  • Written by Terri Inglis, Homeward Pet Adoption center executive director
Homeward Pet Adoption Center was founded in 1990 as Hooterville Pet Safehaus.  Since then, they have changed their name once, moved three times and found new homes for more than 22,000 companion animals.

Every February, we celebrate another year as one of Washington’s leading no-kill shelters.

February 2013 marks our 23rd anniversary, and with your help we are setting our sights on helping even more animals by collecting 230 donations of $23.

Donations of just $23 will help provide vaccinations, food, microchips, FeLV/FIV tests and more. Look for the thermometer on their website as they track life-saving donations all month long.

Plus, on February 23, we will hold our special anniversary adoption event.

All adoptions will be just $23, and we hope to send a record number of animals home with wonderful new families! Working together, there is so much we can do.

Visit http://www.homewardpet.org to learn more about Homeward Pet and to see the available cats and dogs.

At Homeward Pet our skilled adoption counselors are ready to give you personal, one-on-one attention to help you find the best match for you, one that will become a lifelong member of the family.

Remember, adopting a spayed or neutered animal helps reduce pet overpopulation and saves one more dog or cat from being homeless.

Homeward Pet Adoption Center is a non-profit, no-kill shelter serving the Greater Seattle area since 1990.

We give homeless animals a second chance and have matched over 22,000 companion animals with loving, safe, forever families.

Forty percent of the animals at Homeward Pet are surrendered by their former owners; the other 60 percent are rescued from shelters, many that are often forced to resort to euthanasia.

While the animals in our shelter wait to be adopted, over 400 volunteers make sure their basic needs are met and give them plenty of love and attention.

For some of our animals, that is more than they have ever known. More information at http://www.homewardpet.org or call (425) 488-4444, ext 405.

Letters to the Editor - January 14, 2013

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WELL DONE!

Hats off to our own Woodinville Fire & Rescue Board of Fire Commissioners for their action during the January 7,  2013, meeting.

Woodinville Fire & Rescue inherited a non-conforming commercial advertising billboard on their property.

A previous property owner had signed a long-term lease for this billboard before Woodinville became a city.

Billboard signs are NOT allowed in the city, but this sign was “grandfathered.”

The commissioners said that the small amount of rent that the sign generated was far outdistanced by the fact that the sign was non-conforming, does not fit within the design guidelines of our city and only contributes to “urban blight.”

They concluded that removing it would be in the best interests of Woodinville’s residents.

Thank you, commissioners, for doing your part in making our city a more attractive place to live and work.

You have made a positive impact here in Woodinville.

Terry Jarvis, Woodinville


PET PEEVE

While glancing through a recently-received volume of the state’s laws published in 2012, I was reminded of a pet peeve exemplified by an item I’d clipped from the Seattle Times.

The clipping quoted a state Department of Ecology planner to the effect that under shoreline management law “. . . priority is given to water-dependent businesses and industries, shoreline restoration and public access.”

The pet peeve arises in that as so often happens, there is an implication of public access to all waterfront. But the Shoreline Management Act specifically states “Increase public access to publicly owned areas of the shorelines.”

During a period in which it was allowed by the state, many people purchased the public beach in front of their private ownerships.

There is no required public access to those private beaches unless and until the landowner initiates a development project that warrants a local-government requirement to include public access as part of the develop­ment conditions.

So far private property rights are still respected by our state government.

Maxine Keesling, Woodinville


MEMBERSHIP OPENED

The Falcon Athletic Booster Club (FAB) at Woodinville High School has now opened membership to alumni, family, friends and community members.

All dollars raised go to support athletic teams at WHS,  and membership levels offer a variety of benefits including passes to games and tickets to the annual FAB Sip, Bite, Win! event.

In addition, each new member receives a Falcon booster window cling to show their Falcon pride.

“The Falcon Athletic Booster Club was formed in 2009 to help our student-athletes and their teams pay for additional training, travel, equipment, uniforms and facilities as needed, said FAB president Brett Bader. “We have now opened up membership to the community at large because of the tremendous support this area gives to our teams.”

Annual memberships can be purchased online at the FAB website: www.falconathleticboosters.com.

Falcon Athletic Booster Club memberships are available in four levels, White, Blue, Green and Gold.

The group also plans to award college scholarships to outstanding WHS student-athletes who do not receive athletic scholarships.

“Our goal is not just to raise funds but to also give as many of our supporters as possible the opportunity to be a Falcon booster,” Bader added. “Membership levels start at just $35, but individuals and businesses can help even more by joining at one of the higher levels as well.”

Donations to Falcon Athletic Boosters are tax deductible.

The FAB Board is made up of representatives from each of the 19 sports teams at WHS.

The organization works throughout the year to raise funds and assist Falcon athletics during the regular season as well as with special support in post-season tournaments.

Help Falcon student-athletes.

Join the Falcon Athletic Booster Club today!

Falcon Athletic Booster Club


STOP THE SLAUGHTER

When you see a young, healthy horse going to auction, do you know where they’re going?

There is a good chance that that horse will go to a slaughterhouse.

Does that horse really deserve that fate?

When horses are bought at an auction by slaughterhouse employees, the majority of them are young and healthy horses because their meat sells for more money than the meat of old or sick horses. They are then transported long distances in crowded trailers with little to no food and water.

Though the plants in the U.S. have been shut down, live horses are being shipped across the borders, to be killed somewhere else.  Pictures from the SPCA have showed the awful things that happen to the horses in these slaughterhouses. They are killed inhumanely, going through severe pain and suffering.

There are other alternatives to sending that horse to a slaughterhouse. What if the owner had privately sold their young, healthy horse so he could enjoy a happy rest of his life? What if that owner had spent the extra money to euthanize that horse and give him a happy ending?  Isn’t knowing that your loyal companion will have a painless death worth the extra money that euthanasia costs?

If we end horse slaughter, it will not increase the amount of unwanted or neglected horses.

Horse slaughter was banned in California in 1998, and as a result of that, horse theft dropped by 34 percent because there was nowhere to sell them.

You can help that horse at the auction and tens of thousands of other U.S. horses that go to slaughterhouses every year by raising money and donating it to the Humane Society of the United States which has made ending horse slaughter in the U.S. one of its priorities.

You can talk to your senators and representatives and ask them to support The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, which will ban horse slaughter in the U.S. and the transportation of live horses across the border to be killed.

You can help give our horses happy lives.

We can stop this senseless slaughter.

Nora Cyra, 13, Bothell

Letters to the Editor - January 7, 2013

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NORTHSHORE COMMUNITY KITCHEN

Many thanks to the local businesses, organizations, PTAs and community members who have supported the Northshore Community Kitchen since it started in April 2012.

With this amazing help, this joint Northshore Council PTSA/Northshore YMCA program has prepared and distributed over 1570 once-a-week meals to more than 30 families in need, plus (since October) a total of 290 once-a-week snack sacks for the students who go to the Hang Time afterschool program at Kenmore Junior High.  

As our program continues into the new year, we look forward not only to maintaining but also expanding our support base, so please contact either of us for information on how your financial support, your pantry item donations, or your volunteer time can make a real difference in the lives of many Northshore families.

Sue Freeman, Social Services Chair, Northshore CouncilPTSA

(425) 844-8923  | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Julie Jacobson, Senior Director, Northshore YMCA

(425) 286-6122   | jjacobson@seattleymca org


NRA SOLUTION FOR SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

The NRA`s solution to the recent tragic school shootings is, incredibly, armed guards at the schools. This is pure genius, why didn`t anyone think of it sooner.

More guns is the obvious solution, it`s so simple. Armed guards at all schools, and of course shopping malls.

Don`t forget theaters, fast food restaurants and coffee shops. Also the local post office and all liquor stores and bars. Every IRS office, Social Security and unemployment office is an obvious target. Doctors’ and especially lawyers’ offices should be watched around the clock for disgruntled clients.

Protect every place of employment where more than three employees congregate at one time.

More guns will save us? Tell that to the four dead police officers from Lakewood!

Jim Willett, Woodinville