Letters to the Editor - 10/10/16

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Post Office Litter

Responding to letter from Ms. Campbell (Sept. 19, 2016). Agreed, the plantings in front of Woodinville Post Office were littered with garbage and butts. Every city has its “slobs.” I and Angie cleaned, weeded and pruned the plantings on Labor Day weekend. Angie replanted the flower pots. This was a big job we gladly volunteered to perform. Last week the area was again littered and cigarette butts were in flower pots. The city needs to do the maintenance because the citizens who trash the Post Office grounds will continue trashing it and volunteers who keep it tidy get burned out. Thank you  … and you’re welcome.

Patricia Lazzar, Woodinville.


Bigotry in Woodinville

This summer a Latina friend of mine spent an afternoon at Woodinville Farmers Market, gathering signatures for an initiative to raise standards for Washington workers. As volunteers, we’re used to receiving occasional rude comments from those who disagree with our proposals. But, on this afternoon, my friend was approached by an older gentleman who told her, “if you don’t like it here go back where you came from.”

I was raised in Woodinville, a 26-year resident in total and a graduate of WHS; I can recall a handful of serious incidents of racial intolerance during those years. My childhood friend was from one of the few black families in my upper middle class neighborhood. One day, a neighbor who lived across the street used a racial slur towards his father, a prominent and successful local business owner. The following day, someone parked a van sporting a large “B-I-G-O-T” sign in front of the offender’s house. Because that nonsense didn’t stand with our community.

It is unfortunate that, after so many years, such incidents of intolerance still occur in my hometown. After her disheartening experience at the Woodinville Farmers Market, my friend went back to where she came from –Skagit County. She probably told her children about her appalling experience in our beautiful city.

I wanted to share this story because of the recent emboldening of bigotry and racism in our country. We are all obliged to acknowledge and address acts of intolerance, to stand up for our beliefs and for our neighbors. If you ever see someone attack an individual for who they are, instead of for what they believe, don’t stand idly by and wait for someone else to act, speak up.

Ian Jacobson


Legislative Initiative 877

Attention all alienated grandparents ... please sign and ask others to sign Legislative Initiative 877, “Children Need Grandparents” to restore the rewritten law that will allow grandparents to petition Washington state’s courts for visitation with the grandchildren that they have had a steady, loving and positive relationship with.

If you have suddenly been alienated from your grandchildren through no fault of your own, after their parents allowed you to be in their lives for at least two years, then this initiative pertains directly to you. Get involved today by signing and collecting signatures to restore this law.

We have until December 20, 2016 to collect signatures.

For information on where to sign LI-877, please call 509-378-0027 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Washington state is the only state FAILING to have this law since the year 2000!

Because we simply don’t know what’s coming tomorrow, rain, shine or maybe sorrow.

Christine Nichols
Grandmother of Sophia
Citizen Lobbyist for LI-877,
Children Need Grandparents
Richland, WA

Letters to the Editor - 10/03/16

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Dogs in the grocery store
I have noticed what seems to be a huge increase in the amount of dogs that are allowed into our local grocery store. I find this to be so disgusting, people pop their dogs in the cart, dogs frequently have intestinal parasites and I do not want to place my produce where someone’s dogs butt has been. Several days ago things really seem to have come to a head. On a 25 minute shopping trip there were five dogs in the store. One of the employees, who I hoped was going to ask the owner to remove the dog, actually played with the dog, petting it and went back to handling food. I will not shop in this grocery store anymore if the management can’t enforce local health code. Safeway has a very large placard that states that only service animals are permitted, why can’t our one and only grocery store do the same?

Lyn Parker



Responding to Mark Landau’s Letter to the Editor:

Thank you for your Woodinville Fish Sculpture History 101. My brain just doesn’t wrap around your “fact” that Gay Pride decor was the only reason: “few complaints” reported by Tom James that caused the City to take action. Cities tend to ignore a few complaints, but eventually, over the years few complaints will add up and the Cities will finally take action. This is my opinion from living and working in a small town, much smaller than Woodinville, for over 20 years.  

Just because something was always done does not make it right, which was my point in stating the City should have done something sooner. We are not talking First Amendment but a lack of respect to an Artist and a Sculpture.  

A tremendous amount of people decorate an actual or designated spot, their houses, or cars to show support, recognize losses, or acknowledge they grieve with others. The First Amendment does not guarantee anyone the right to decorate, deface, or destroy another individual’s property. The Sculpture belongs to the City of Woodinville. Respect and commonsense seems to be disappearing in this Country under the the claim of First and Second Amendment Rights interpretations and name calling. I will not argue my opinion, as that Right has not disappeared yet in this Country, but only clarifying it. Many people have thanked me for speaking up as they shared that same opinion. We are all proud of Woodinville’s unity and diverse community and to say or intimate it is otherwise, is false.

Thank you for your opinion Mark Landau and now you have mine.

Shawnee McCartor



For more than five months, the Wellington community has asked the city for pedestrian safety improvements along the 195th St/164th Ave corridor.  The city’s ill-advised removal of the barrier in May has made a poor-quality road even more dangerous. What’s Council’s justification?  Four different excuses, each disproved by facts and reality.

We have requested meetings and provided safety suggestions yet the city has made no improvements.  Well, unless you count self-serving comments in Council meetings as action.  

Why such animosity for the Wellington neighborhood? We have every right to demand improvements from our city government, particularly when it comes to student safety.  Claims of budgeting and planning have been the latest excuses we have heard, if we hear anything at all.  

Yet public records demonstrate that the city has spent upwards of $120,000 in legal fees in the past year (well over $200,000 since 2012) to assist in a third-party land dispute. Land that is not in the city itself or even in King County.  That certainly belies the Council’s assertion that they are strapped for funds.  

Replacing the barrier is a cheap, effective solution.  As an alternative, speed bumps, stop signs and improved pedestrian foot paths are also a drop in the bucket compared to the Council's frivolous legal expenditures.  Is it because we haven’t paid to join the special interest group connected to Mayor Talmas and Councilmember Boundy-Sanders that our children are denied basic safety improvements?  

Then again, land is always more valuable than the safety of children in the eyes of this City Council. Politics is all about perception. The City Council should remember  that fact.

Rachel Best-Campbell

Letters to the Editor - 9/26/16

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Fish Sculpture

I would like to respond to Shawnee McCartor’s uninformed claim that the Woodinville city manager put a moratorium on decorating the iconic Fish Sculpture to prevent “graffiti.”

The Fish Sculpture has been decorated virtually since its initial placement to celebrate: New Years, the Fourth of July, high school graduations, sports championships and countless other events of local and national importance.

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Letters to the Editor - 9/19/16

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City Council & Salmon Sculpture

Mr. Bauer’s claim that City Manager Buchanan and the City Council are homophobic certainly was not proved in his recent letter.

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Letters to the Editor - 9/12/16

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Woodinville Fish Sculpture & City Council

I am responding to the letter from Alexander S. Bauer “City Council and Homophobia”. I just moved back to Western Washington and was struck by the beauty of the Fish Sculpture. It is an incredible piece of Art. We are so lucky to have it at the gateway entrance to our little town, is what I thought each time I passed it. Then the “graffiti” started appearing, detracting from its beauty.  I realize this “graffiti” is to show support of various activities, sports, groups and sometimes cute. However, this is not Fremont, or Gum Alley, and putting graffiti on Art is unacceptable, defacing, and a dishonor to the Artist, not to mention Woodinville.  

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