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Letters to the Editor - March 24, 2014

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ETHICAL WOODINVILLE

When Ethical Woodinville began circulating literature about Mayor Talmas, it angered people because many of the statements made about the Mayor were blatantly false. We tend to forgive some campaign rhetoric as being self-serving, one-sided or biased. Normally, putting your name to campaign literature helps to keep comments within acceptable limits. Ethical Woodinville took extraordinary efforts to hide the identity of people behind some very vicious, and in my opinion, slanderous commentary presented to Woodinville voters. Anonymity allowed an election to be influenced by money and lies that could not be traced to an individual. Campaign spending limits were ignored, reporting was not done and the political process was compromised.

Months after the Woodinville council election was over, the Public Disclosure Commission published information that shows Lucy DeYoung is personally responsible for accusing Mayor Talmas of being a Peeping Tom, of having operatives spying on a council member’s home and of trespassing. These allegations are lies. For a former Mayor and prominent citizen like Lucy DeYoung to masquerade as Ethical Woodinville, hiding behind the scenes, making a mockery of campaign laws, and spending thousands of unreported dollars trying to unseat a political candidate in this manner is wrong, really wrong. The Public Disclosure Commission is responsible for disciplinary action against Lucy DeYoung, but the damage done to the reputation of Mayor Talmas cannot be erased.

Lucy DeYoung is a defendant in a federal lawsuit regarding her dealings with Frontier Bank. Lucy has failed to follow campaign reporting regulations. Lucy’s anonymous comments about our Mayor were ethically and morally wrong. Is this the type of behavior we should expect from a community leader?
Dale Knapinski

EXECUTIVE ORDERS

I received several messages of support from my 3/3/14 editorial. Many asked if Ms.DelBene had responded. Yes, her office did a cut and paste of Wikipedia’s “Executive Orders” description. And to M. Wallace, your editorial rebuttal was also very similar to Wikipedia. I only wish that you had argued the issue vs. the tired old excuse of what Bush did/did not do during his term.
For anyone that is concerned/confused about what is going on, let me give you a simple and specific explanation so that you can do your own homework and gain the knowledge you need to monitor your government, and president. First, it doesn’t matter if Obama uses an executive order, action, directive, or privilege – he has used them all to do whatever he wants regardless of the law. To quote Professor Turley of George Washington University Law School, “The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system; he is becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid: that is, the concentration of power in any single branch.”

Obama is no longer upholding his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the law. As he continues his pledge to “fundamentally transform America,” we are losing our checks and balances among the three branches of government. We no longer teach this in our public schools, but we DO have three distinct branches of government and the concept of separation of power is specified in the first three articles of our constitution. For much of our history, this balance has been maintained. But no more; Obama and his Senate are ceding power to the executive branch and the balance has shifted in a dangerous way.

Whether you consider the lawless implementation of Obamacare, IRS intimidation, illegal spying by the NSA or the lost lives in Benghazi, the list of Obama’s illegal actions is staggering. This president rules through an unchecked bureaucracy which Professor Turley refers to as “this rising fourth branch.” There is no greater danger to us as citizens, and our liberty, than his continued illegal actions.
Patty Franklin

Letters to the Editor - March 10, 2014

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It is unfortunate that the government official, Parks Director Tom Teigen, continues to make many misleading and false statements about his plans and actions.

I feel it is essential to continue to call him on that. Ms. Stewart was generous when she said Teigen makes “a lot of statements that are only half true.”

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Letters to the Editor - March 3rd, 2014

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I was very disappointed in the recent article The Woodinville Weekly did on the City Council’s public hearing on Wellington Hills Park. A large number of people spoke against the Snohomish County Parks Department proposal to change Wellington Hills Park into a Regional Sports Complex.  In general, people were concerned over the very real issues of traffic congestion on local roads, noise, light pollution, loss of natural habitat, public safety, lack of any input into the park’s design as required and loss of the quality of life that’s associated with living in Woodinville.    
 The fact is:  the director of Snohomish County’s parks was not at the public hearing yet he was quoted in the article.  The terrible misconception is the things he said were sound bytes, clichés, half truths or totally unsubstantiated and condescending generalities.

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Letters to the Editor - Feb. 24, 2014

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THANKS

We wanted to pass along a heartfelt thanks to the Northshore community for your strong support of the school district’s recent bond and levy measures. 

Our committee was proud to work on behalf of our students and schools.

While we hope the information you received was helpful, we know you cast your ballot in support of our teachers and staff who care and make learning a priority. 

Buildings that are well maintained and an administration that is fiscally sound. Northshore can be proud of its community and schools.

Mike Sharadin and B-Z Davis, levy/bond co-chairs

GOOD NEWS

Good news about clean energy in Woodinville! 

Puget Sound Energy’s 20-year plan to provide 30 percent of the power it sells to us Eastsiders by continuing to burn coal at its aging Montana coal plant was recently rebuffed by Washington’s Utilities and Transportation Commission.

As a volunteer for the Sierra Club’s Coal-Free PSE campaign, I was happy to hear that PSE will have to take the true costs of coal – on our health and our environment – into consideration in its planning.

PSE will need to rethink its 20-year plan and move to replace coal with energy efficiency and wind and solar power, which will create jobs, a clean energy economy, and a sustainable future for us, our children, and our children’s children – good news indeed.

Paula Waters, Woodinville



Letters to the Editor - Feb. 17, 2014

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Ms. Roundhill and all fellow Woodinvillians:

If there is any one thing that my family respects, honors, and cherishes as much as our beloved, WORLD CHAMPION Seahawks, it is in fact our incredible city. My in-laws, wife, and kids have lived in Woodinville their entire lives and would not change that for anything. We decided to honor our Hawks with a family trip to decorate "the 12th fish." Not only did we use the utmost care and caution, we also used it as a way to teach our kids about community and respect for property.

I appreciate and respect the concern for our landmark and would like to make sure that our wonderful city knows that my son and I removed every trace of decoration we put up.

A soft, non abrasive, non marring agent was used to remove the tape residue. Granted, some residue from other decorators’ previous displays still remains.

We also made sure as we do when we leave a campsite, that it was left "cleaner than when we got there."

Rest assured, if/when this family shall decorate our incredible landmark in the future, it will be handled in the same fashion as it was this time.

GO HAWKS!

GO FALCONS!

The Beaupre family

12th Man, Woodinville Residents

A few months ago, there was a power outage on Puget Sound Energy’s  main line off 232nd Ave.NE, Woodinville, caused apparently by a fallen tree or limb.

Such occurrences are designated "acts of nature" by the power company, and by the State Utilities Commission. 

Thus, the power company says it is not liable for any problems that disruption of service causes customers. Two state legislators indicate now that they are not in a position to change that.

On the occasion referenced, when power was restored it caused a surge into our house that burned out the main circuit board of our electric range which cost more than $1000 to replace.

I am told that there may be at least three or four other customers in this vicinity who may have been damaged,also.

Now, I am not an electrician, but it is my understanding that there should be a substation and/or transformer between the main line and any residence, designed to step down the voltage before it reaches a  residence and prevent any damaging power surge.

And It seems to me that turning the power back on would be an "act of man" rather than an "act of nature," and that it would be the power company’s responsibility to see that its substations and transformers are performing properly.

Nevertheless, at the moment, it seems the only recourse would be expensive legal action against the power company.

I would appreciate receiving other reader/ power company customer’s comments, advice. Thank you.

Keith Oliver, Woodinville

I’m writing to note an error in the article (February 10, 2014) "A 1.3-acre parcel on the southwest corner of NE 171st Street and 140th Avenue NE, for which the city budgeted $225,000, could be used for right-of-way for traffic improvements such as a roundabout." 

The parcel is actually 3 tenths of an acre or approximately 13,000 square feet.

It consists of the thin, overgrown strip that is fronted mostly on NE 171st Street. 

The property is what was left of the larger parcel that includes the KFC corner when the bypass (171st) was cut through several years ago.

The targeted property has carried a for sale sign for several months and has been posted periodically in the past.

It DOES NOT include the Chrysalis School parcel, a separate property owned by the school’s operators. 

The for sale sign has been a source of confusion for Chrysalis and I expect the article might further add as much.

The school is not for sale nor is the property on which it sits.

Walter Fogle, Chrysalis School, Woodinville

In the article regarding the Rettigs’ trip to El Salvador, there is a greater irony than the one noted in the article.  

In the U.S., the requirement of Voter ID cards pushed by some Republicans is Jim Crow coming back to life, putting obstacles in the way of citizens who want to vote. Other examples of Jim Crow activity in this country:  preventing or shortening the opportunity for early voting, ending same-day registration, and the presence of fewer voting machines in minority areas meaning longer lines of people waiting to vote. 

The greater irony is this: that while some in the U.S. are actively attempting to disenfranchise some U.S. citizens, El Salvador’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal seeks to expand enfranchisement by encouraging more and more citizens to vote.

It has already increased the number of polling places and brought those closer to where people live, increased the number of voting booths at the polling places, and for the first time provided the chance for absentee voting from Salvadorans living overseas. 

In the U.S., we should be working to increase enfranchisement, not decrease it!

    Jim Rettig, Woodinville