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Letters to the Editor - April 14, 2014

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BULLYING

I am deeply proud of the role myself and my family have played in making Woodinville the beautiful, charming and vibrant community it is today. The land use decisions made when I was mayor and on the city council in the 1990s have protected the character of our community and helped our wine district flourish. My grandparents bought their homestead in Woodinville in 1930 and I know they would be overjoyed to see how the community they loved is developing while keeping its small town character.

Unfortunately this small town also has some characters, three of whom have written letters to your paper. Councilwoman Susan Boundy-Sanders takes umbrage at being called a bully but has an unfortunate and very public history of making false accusations and very anti-female insults.

Your readers will remember Councilmember Boundy-Sanders called me the “Evil B____ Queen” and mocked another female elected official as a “Mean Cafeteria Lady.” Being a woman in elective office carries with it an additional burden, but that burden shouldn’t include having to endure ugly personal attacks by other female elected officials such as Ms. Boundy-Sanders.

Although most readers will undoubtedly discount allegations that accompany such vitriol, I am compelled to state for the record that I never have voted for any zoning changes on my or my family’s property and the quote Ms. Boundy-Sanders attributed to me is as manufactured as the royal pedigree she assigned me in her profane insults. Rest assured, if Ms. Boundy-Sanders, Mr. Knapinski and Mr. Stecker had evidence as opposed to innuendo you would see it. Instead, the letters from current Councilmember Boundy-Sanders, Water Commissioner Dale Knapinski and former Councilmember Hank Stecker, and are “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
Lucy DeYoung

Crow Funeral

I was privileged to witness a crow funeral in my front yard. (Yes. it is a thing; Google it.) The evening before, I noticed a crow walking with great difficulty on my lawn. When I investigated, I realized there was nothing I could do. The crow would let me come right up to it and was in shock. A few minutes later, I looked through the picture window, and it was lying on my bottom porch step. I got my shovel and wheelbarrow and buried the carcass in the back woods. Next morning at 7:30 I was in the front room and heard a great cacophony. There were (I would recon) 50 crows in the front evergreen at the end of the driveway. All at once they were doing their “caw,” loud and proud. I walked onto the porch to watch and listen. The ceremony lasted 20 minutes. Then they all flew away.
Frank Sanger

CITY VIEW

I always look forward to reading The Woodinville Weekly and particularly found the recent City View insert most informative.

Most interesting was a picture of our 2014 City Council positioned about a City Services and Facilities Survey of Woodinville residents and businesses taken from October 2013-December 2013. The most glaring data showed that 57.98 percent of survey responses rated the “need for solutions to local problems” as “poor” to “needs improvement.”
The survey results are intended to improve city services. Hopefully our current city council can put aside their personal differences and make an honest attempt to work together (even compromise) for the benefit of Woodinville. One can only hope.
Sandra White

TREE-STER EGG HUNT

When I purchased my home and moved to Woodinville in 2008, at the time, I did not realize the added benefit of coming into a city and community that prioritized the protection and maintenance of the lovely tree canopy that allows us all to live in a city with an abundance of beautiful trees.

The City of Woodinville accomplishes this protection through extensive zoning and development licensing requirements that discourage the indiscriminant removal of trees within the city limits.

This practice has resulted in the City of Woodinville being designated as “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation and has allowed residents, like myself, to live in a city with a lot of trees. Without this commitment our city would not likely have the same degree of lush tree canopy that we enjoy today.

I came to understand the city’s commitment because in my small neighborhood of 26 homes, we have a natural protected wildlife zone and a Home Owner Association (HOA) area of common land that surrounds our living space. After joining my HOA Board of Directors, I learned, through our required annual Certified Arborist inspections, that we played a strong stewardship role in managing land for the common good. That led me to the City of Woodinville for more information where I also found out about the Woodinville “Tree Board.” This volunteer committee to the City of Woodinville is made up of Woodinville residents who share the city’s commitment to maintaining such a livable environment. I became a volunteer member of the Tree Board in 2012.

This year, the Tree Board voted to make its official 2014 Arbor Day activity (which falls on Friday, April 25th this year) a brand new event, a tree identification “game,” that would be a new and free community event, open to the public. “Tree-ster Egg Hunt” involves participants taking a short 1/4 mile stroll down the Sammamish River Trail, and identifying 12 trees marked with numbered colorful paper plates. The Tree-ster Egg hunt will be held on Sunday, April 20, from 1-4p.m. at Wilmot-Gateway Park.

For more information on the Tree Board, visit the city’s webpage at  http://www.ci.woodinville.wa.us!CityHaII/TreeBoard.asp.
Michael Munniks, Volunteer, City of Woodinville Tree Board.

HARLEY IS HOME

Thank you again to everyone who helped search for our yellow lab Harley who went missing last August. We are happy to say we were reunited with him last Sunday evening and he is settling back in very well.
Melaine, Chris, Savannah and Cody Thompson

SEWER SYSTEM

I was recently with a customer in Belfair, Wash. We drove through downtown Belfair where he explained to me that the county/city had forced all the businesses along the street to pay thousands (and I mean $30K+) to connect to the sewer. It resulted in several businesses closing.  In addition, the sewer system maintenance far exceeds the revenue stream from users and continues to get deeper in debt.

Perhaps the Woodinville Water District board should take a field trip to Belfair to see how well that has worked for them. I am a Woodinville Water District customer still on a septic system.
Tim Schoo

Letters to the Editor - April 7, 2014

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Less woods in “Wood”inville

Isn’t it often the case that the name of a development reflects what it used to be? This may be the case in the newly approved Woodin Creek Village. While the creek will remain, about 80 percent of the trees (the woods) on the property are slated for removal just in Phase I. This development will replace Canterbury Square mobile home park and in 5 phases may bring around 800 new apartments and some retail space to Woodinville.

The density of homes will save forests from urban sprawl. This is a good thing. However, the removal of a majority of existing trees, many of them large and beautiful, could take a number of homes for migrating birds this spring. With any luck, the trees will be removed outside of the nesting season from February through August to avoid destroying nests, eggs and baby birds and to avoid violating a federal law, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, where removal of trees with active birds’ nests is illegal.

Global removal of trees inside of the perimeter of the property is an all-too-common technique that eliminates the current homes and ecosystems of birds and other small animals.

Replanting, while better than not replacing lost trees, can never fully replace the environment in place. The replacement trees will take years to be of a size usable for birds to nest again. To put a human spin on this, imagine having your home taken with your loved ones in it. You’ve lost your loved ones and no viable home will be available to you in the foreseeable future.

In architecture school, my husband and I were taught not to look at trees as something in our way, but as something to appreciate and include in the design. We feel Woodin Creek Village could be better designed to incorporate some of the larger viable trees and clusters of trees, and to save more trees than are currently picked for removal.
Tracy Hendershott

Who is Responsible for Street Lights?

At the March 24 Kenmore City Council meeting a few people spoke of street lights in their neighborhoods that were not working. Our community cannot afford to pay a city employee to drive around at night and look for inoperable street lights; the citizens must do their part to report these. Please go to the Puget Sound Energy website, at https://pse.com/accountsandservices/ServiceAlert/Pages/Street-Light-Problem.aspx, to report street light problems.
Katrina Rose

SIDEWALKS

Every month I go to Costco over the Woodinville-Duvall Road.
There is a stretch of it that does have sidewalks. I have never ever seen anyone walking there, so I don’t feel we need sidewalks all along the Woodinville-Duvall Road.
It would drive some people from their homes as well if that makes it a five-lane road.
Pauline L. Thompson

Letters to the Editor - March 31, 2014

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COAL ENERGY

When I read Paula Water’s editorial about the likelihood of reducing PSE’s use of coal, I gave a cheer. The following week, I was saddened to see another person solely focused on the cost of the power. We HAVE TO BE better stewards of the earth! When we talk about expensive energy: coal, oil, and gas are ALL expensive resources. All a person has to do is open up this month’s National Geographic Magazine to get visuals of the impact of coal. The collection and processing are expensive to the people and natural resources near the source and the output- health costs and environmental impacts. All power is expensive in one form or another. We are lucky to live in the northwest where we have inexpensive hydro-power which STILL has negative impacts. In Woodinville, so full of NIMBY activity , we should ask ourselves if we would want coal mines, fracking, or oil wells in our back yard. I think that we all know the answer!
We have amazing resources in our home town and the surrounding landscape that provides major potential to be self- sustaining and resilient. There is no need to grow our dependence on big oil or gigantic industrial coal plants. There are other options: solar panels on industrial buildings and wind generators are merely the tip of the iceberg. Better yet, get a full energy audit from PSE for FREE and reduce your use — THAT will reduce your cost AND SO many other local and global impacts!
Stephanie Young

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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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