Letters to the Editor - Feb. 9, 2015

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At the board meeting on Jan. 27, the School Board voted to implement a high school start time no later than 8 a.m. by 2017. After nearly a decade of advocating on this issue PALS is thankful that we finally have a positive vote! However, we could have healthier start times sooner. The survey sent in the fall clearly showed overwhelming community support for a later high school start time. There are options available right now for later starts, which with a bit of modification can be implemented for the 2015/2016 school year, at reasonable cost — transportation is now fully funded by the state — with no disruption to current programs. Please come and support later starts for your teenagers. There is a study session and board meeting on Feb. 10 starting at 2 p.m. to discuss these options.  

Annette Whelan


Dear Ms. Boundy-Sanders,

The nine elected board members of the Woodinville Heritage Society (WHS) see the need to address your Dec. 15 letter to the editor of the Woodinville Weekly.

Your letter noted WHS as one of a list of agencies and organizations that you say are not run for the benefit of the community. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Since you are not a member of WHS, nor do we believe you have ever visited the Woodinville Heritage Museum, you may not be aware of the work of WHS.

We are a 501(c3) non-profit organization supported by public grants and community donations. We have no paid staff, only numerous community volunteers.

The stated vision of the Woodinville Heritage Society is that “We will be viewed as an essential partner in the fabric of our community.” This year, the Woodinville Heritage Society is celebrating its 40th year (1975-2015) as part of the greater Woodinville community.

The Woodinville Heritage Museum is open to the public more than 20 scheduled Sundays each year plus special openings by appointment. We are proud of our current exhibits on Gold Creek Park of the 1960s, Hollywood Farm (present-day Chateau Ste. Michelle) of 1912-30 and a panorama of Woodinville general stores from 1890s to the 1970s.

Our regular programs are free to the public and include speakers, events and open houses. We partner with the Northshore Schools Foundation to offer elementary school field trips and have created posters illustrating the heritage of Woodinville that are being distributed to classrooms in our community. As a recipient of several King County 4Culture grants over the years, we are currently engaged in digitally scanning the historic newspapers of the community from 1903-1970.

We recently partnered with Metro Transit to install historic photos at the Woodinville Park ‘n Ride shelters. Later this year, we will publish a wide-ranging photo history of Woodinville through Arcadia Publishing Company’s “Images of America” series.

Ms. Boundy-Sanders, we believe you should apologize to members and volunteers of the Woodinville Heritage Society for your “assessment” of their contributions to and for the Woodinville community.

Woodinville Heritage Society Board of Directors
Phyllis Keller
Suzi Freeman
Deanna Arnold-Frady
Judy Moore
Jim Kraft
Lucy DeYoung
Terri Malinowski
Kevin Stadler
Rick Chatterton

Letters to the Editor - Feb. 2, 2015

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I thought long and hard about how I could write down my feelings about this botched road project. I finally decided to use the David Letterman approach and list the top five reasons that I think the project has been botched.
5. The designer did not clearly specify how the work was to be performed by the contractor. Obviously, no one really understood the job. The bone-jarring utility ditch patches in the road are terrible.
4. If the project specifications are correct, and also clear, then the City project construction managers have clearly not enforced the construction “rules.” Exact specifications or not, the contractor should not have been allowed to do the things that have been done.
3. The contractor clearly does not know how to patch pavement ditches. Even after the latest paving there are still some bumps at the patch locations, and that means they will most likely be there when the “final” paving is done, which is “sometime” in the spring — many months after the promised construction completion date.
2. The City allowed another contractor to schedule work on NE 180th Street that closed the street for the majority of the summer! What was the City thinking to close off one of the shortest detours for those of us who need to get into downtown Woodinville?
1. The City Council allowed it to happen! There is no doubt that during the construction, City Council members drove through the project. Therefore, they know how bad the roadway surface is and did nothing to get it corrected. Now we must all endure even more months of bone-jarring drives.
And finally, when this project is over there will not be more lanes for through traffic! True, there will be cute retaining walls, decorative metal handrails, sidewalks (with poles), a nice place for bicyclists and improved access for the adjacent property owners, but what about the rest of us? What was the Washington state TIB thinking by giving the City lots of public money for a major arterial roadway project that does little for the traveling public?
J.D. Chambers, Woodinville


If anyone has had any dealings with the Woodinville Post Office in the past, you will know what I’m talking about. The staff that I have had to deal with there are unprofessional, arrogant, lazy and impatient. The customer service there is the worst I’ve ever seen.

One of the mail carriers from there destroyed a section of my lawn and some stepping stones when they got their truck stuck. No note, just a complete mess, and a shovel thrown into my carport. When I called the office,  the person I spoke to was arrogant and extremely unprofessional. He also hung up on me. I filed a police report.

And the government wonders why post office use is decreasing! As far as I’m concerned, with service like this, they can all close down. Good luck to anyone having to deal with the Woodinville Post Office. I’m getting a PO box at a non-post office facility!

P. Mcfarlane, Woodinville


I recently came across a quote by the novelist Cormac McCarthy that said, “You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”
The wisdom of those words rang true last week while driving our truck in Woodinville.
I was on my clueless way when the driver behind me flashed his lights to get my attention. He thought he saw something hanging from my front tire.
At first glance, neither of us could spot anything amiss. Then he felt the inside of the tire and found a large air bubble in the sidewall, about the size of my hand. He’d likely seen part of the rubber separating off.
His expression then switched from Good Samaritan to a look I remember on my father’s face after our old Ford LTD broke down on the side of the road. A tire had come loose from the axle with his teenaged daughter at the wheel. This could have been really bad.
The man advised me of the danger I faced from a blowout and suggested I not drive any farther than necessary. That way, he said, you won’t need us to come help you later. The observant man was driving a car that said “Woodinville Fire Dept.” on the side.
With Goodyear Tire just across the street on NE 175th, I crawled over, hazards flashing, steering wheel gripped.
A sales manager named Jorge seemed to drop what he was doing to help me. He led the charge to unleash the spare tire that was cabled underneath the truck, secured by a rusted-out padlock.
A pair of wire cutters and 45 minutes later, I was back on my way. My neighbor, who I’d called for a possible ride home, kept me company.
This letter is my thank you note to the firefighter, the sales manager and the tireless Leah.
I regularly haul my child and horse with that truck. I’d done so just the day before.
So check your tires regularly, be grateful for the good people in our community and reconsider the next time you encounter “bad luck.”
Theresa Bujnoch, Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - Jan. 12, 2015

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Recently in the news the President is looking for federal funding to equip all police nationwide with video cameras. Video is inexpensive and transparent. It offers the viewer a front-row seat. You can view federal, county or city government on TV anytime you desire. Video is now the norm, available on every cell phone in the world.

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Letters to the Editor - Jan. 5, 2015

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NSD Later Start Time

The NSD recently emailed to the community a list of questions relating to later start times for high school students. With over 5,000 responses the results were overwhelmingly in favor of later start times. This is a pivotal moment for the NSD and school board. PALS (Parent Advocates for a Later Start) is now hoping that the board will in earnest take what the community, parents, non-parents and teaching staff have voted for and move forward with later start times. There will be a board study session Jan. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. to discuss later start times and a board meeting straight after at the NSD offices in Bothell. If you are interested please attend if you can.
A. Whelan

Letter to the Editor - Dec. 29, 2014

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Woodinville-Duvall Road Construction

To the Woodinville City Council:
So can someone answer the question as to why didn’t the so called construction company, Stan Palmer, finish paving the balance of the road at Mack corner for the winter as they said they would do. Tonight in a driving rainstorm I almost got into an accident as I had to swerve to miss a pothole that was about a foot deep. Fortunately I was able to get around it but someone up ahead of me wasn’t so lucky and popped a tire and possible bent a rim.  I noticed they had put down the reflective dots in that area so I can only assume they weren’t going to pave that area… why? And now there are huge potholes yet again.

This has been the worst project I have seen produced in all my 30 years on the Eastside and I am saddened that the Woodinville Council hasn’t taken the initiative to demand better progress.  They don’t work evenings or weekends (except for maybe 2 that I can remember) and during the fall they would start just as the schools were starting and had no concern for traffic flow during the busy hours. Now I read in the Woodinville Weekly that we have to put up with more in the spring. What a joke?

I wonder how many auto claims have been put through to insurance companies due to the lack of responsibility of Stan Palmer to maintain a safe road. I can’t be the only person emailing the City Council and would hope that they are listening and would take the public comments to heart.
Barry Glenn