Letters to the Editor - October 20, 2014

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Please join me in thanking the dedicated volunteers who spent the last year serving our schools and community.
In May 2013 Monroe Public Schools appointed a Capital Facility Steering Committee to review current capital facility needs. The charge of the committee was to develop a new set of recommendations regarding school district facilities, and to submit its recommendation to the School Board in June 2014.

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Letters to the Editor - October 13, 2014

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Recently we bought three cartons of milk that turned out to be spoiled. Our 10-year-old daughter made the unpleasant discovery. You know what it’s like: you never forget the taste and smell of spoiled milk.

We have a state senator who, when it comes to supporting education for our kids, has been like spoiled milk. Our senator says he’s a big supporter of education but as Budget Chair has not properly funded our schools while handing industry special tax breaks. In my book, you don’t get to put corporate profits above school funding, then use education to get reelected.

Funding education is the State’s “paramount duty” under Article IX of the state constitution. Last month, the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Legislature is in contempt for “ongoing violation of its constitutional duty to K-12 children.” (

Republican Senator Andy Hill of Redmond, District 45, is Budget Committee Chair and chief architect of the Legislature’s failure to fund our schools properly.

No one in the Republican-controlled Legislature bears more responsibility than Senator Hill. Senator Hill campaigns on adding $1 billion to education, but the Supreme Court didn’t swallow that line and neither should voters. The House voted 52 to 45 to approve HB 2201 to disclose corporate tax breaks to the public, but Senator Hill wouldn’t give the bill a hearing. During the last session, Senator Hill refused to close any tax loopholes and added or extended 18 more. Senator Hill’s record shows commitment, but it isn’t to our schools.

Our family is fed up with spoiled milk. I’m voting for Matt Isenhower. ( He is a Navy veteran and Harvard MBA with two kids in public schools. Matt Isenhower is committed to dedicated, sustainable revenue to meet the state’s responsibility to fund education. Matt Isenhower is the change we need for K-12 education across Washington.
On Oct. 21 when election ballots arrive in the mail, please join me in voting for Matt Isenhower and encouraging your family and friends to do the same.
Sylvia W. Schultz

On Oct. 7, Neighbors to Save Wellington Park (NSWP) attended the Snohomish County Planning Commission public meeting to advocate for the establishment of an appropriately planned Wellington neighborhood park — one that is congruent with the topography of rolling hills, which has a narrow, two-lane county road winding through it. For those that are curious about the park, instead of turning into the Costco parking, go east on 240th St. SE at Route 9.

A packed audience at the meeting applauded as many residents detailed their numerous objections to the county’s proposed national/international sports complex in the middle of Woodinville’s rural residential neighborhood. “Use the Brightwater mitigation money to establish a real community park — not an enormous sports complex development,” was their unanimous message.

Each one of these concerned neighbors listed the reasons why the county’s proposed sports complex is the wrong plan for this particular location considering the magnitude of the proposed project and Wellington Hills’ hilly terrain situated in the middle of a residential neighborhood, zoned R5, with only a single road to access this already heavily trafficked area.
On an ongoing basis NSWP has attended city and county meetings, often with the advice of their attorney; conducted research; knocked on doors; circulated petitions; posted road signs; held fundraisers and kept residents informed through newsletters and web sites, www.NeighborsToSave and In one campaign alone over 360 local residents submitted their objections to the county.   

If you want Woodinville and the surrounding area to retain their rural character and maintain the quality of life that’s been the motto of this area, Neighbors to Save Wellington Park is asking you to donate to their legal fund.

Because if the proposed tournament level sports complex is built, you will feel like victims of a mugging. (It has the same footprint size of Safeco Field, including a Costco-sized parking lot.) But instead of bruises, you will be seeing massive traffic snarls, evening and weekend noise and the very real possibilities of sewer hook-ups and lowered property values.
Vicki Marshall

Letters to the Editor - October 6, 2014

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You have a golden opportunity to improve the health of dogs. Join Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. This is a groundbreaking effort to learn how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and other diseases. This is the largest and longest observational study ever undertaken to improve the health of dogs. The study will enroll up to 3,000 golden retrievers and will last 10 to 14 years.

Register at To be eligible for enrollment, dogs must be healthy, purebred golden retrievers. They must have a verifiable three-generation pedigree. They must be under two years of age.

In 2011, our golden retriever was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, a cancer of blood vessels. Since humans don’t get this cancer, very little research was being done. We were able to enjoy a few months with our sweet boy before cancer ended his life.

It is always difficult to lose a beloved pet but it is especially hard when you realize that cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs, and golden retrievers have a higher risk of developing cancer than most dogs. It is estimated that more than half of all golden retrievers will die of cancer. This is why goldens were selected for the first Canine Lifetime Health Study. The information collected will improve the health of all dogs!

A few months after losing our golden to cancer, we got a puppy to help fill the hole in our hearts. We enrolled the pup in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study and it has been very rewarding knowing that we are helping dogs while raising and enjoying our loving companion.

Morris Animal Foundation is the global leader in supporting research that advances veterinary medicine. Learn more at

If you want to support Morris Animal Foundation’s groundbreaking study, become a volunteer. Find out more at

It is a wonderful thing to be able to make a valuable contribution to the future health of all dogs!
Norma Miller


To the young driver of the older bright blue Audi going 80-100 m.p.h on 168th Avenue NE (top of Hollywood Hill) on last Sunday afternoon — shame on you. If you had had to stop for another car, a pet or, god forbid, a child you could have never done it in time. You recklessly sped past the pipeline trail so fast that other cars going the opposite direction of you stopped to comment on it. I was walking my three dogs on the side of the road, thankfully on the grass and not the street as I sometimes do. You probably live on Hollywood Hill and are aware that many bikers, walkers, horses and dogs cross 168th to continue on the pipeline. You could have easily hit someone and going that fast I am sure you would have killed anything that crossed your path.   

Hopefully, your parents will read this and take your car away from you before you kill someone or yourself.  
Joyce Gress

Letters to the Editor - September 29, 2014

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Like many of us in this community, I’ve had kids in the public school system and really value having high quality schools for my children. In following state politics for the last several years I’m very impressed with the work that Andy Hill is doing in Olympia.

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Letters to the Editor - September 8, 2014

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Congratulations once again to the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, the City of Woodinville and to all of the business partners on a fantastic Celebrate Woodinville Festival. And a BIG thank you to Precor for their partnership and generosity with the Woodinville Leadership Challenge. Without their donation of exercise equipment for the day and a piece of equipment for a raffle we would not have raised nearly $2,000 for Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank and the YMCA food program. It was very gratifying to see elected officials, commissioners, city staff and businesses come together to support our local community in a meaningful way, and have a great time exercising in public no less.

Thank you to our participants:
Andy Hill — Washington state Senator 45th District
Les Rubstello — Woodinville City Council
James Evans — Woodinville City Council
Paulette Bauman — former Woodinville City Council
Rick Chatterton — president, Woodinville Heritage Society
Mark Wiitala — Planning Commissioner
Kevin Stadler — Planning Commissioner
Brad Walker — Parks & Recreation Commissioner
Lucy DeYoung — Ideal Office Suites
Gib Aspen — Experian
Darlene Jones — former PTSA president

Also, a big thank you to our major donors:
Joel Hussey
Andy Hill
Fairwinds Brittany Park
North Creek Self Storage
Robb Anderson — Northwest Trophies
McLendon Hardware
Rhonda Greer — Windermere Realty
Tami and Dave Lyons — Lyons Ski School
Les Rubstello
Gib Aspen
Lucy DeYoung
Rick Chatterton
Jennifer Kuhn
Roy Ghazimorad
Dennis Lone
Liz Aspen