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Letters to the Editor - November 10, 2014

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

WOODINVILLE MALL

It has come to my attention that the owner or owners of the Woodinville Mall (Optik and DOL) are planning on taking down one of the last brick and mortar buildings to build a pharmacy? This is also going to take out the Goodyear building as well as the little auto repair shop and all the businesses in that mall.

We are quickly losing our history to these kind of huge buildings. We do not need a Walgreens in Woodinville. We have one in Cottage Lake that is only a few miles away. We have a Rite Aid that will probably go out of business if we let this happen.

The Optik Eye Doctor took over the business from the Norgards who occupied that space for a long time. Optik has upgraded that space to a very inviting and state-of-the-art place to get your eyes examined. They have invested a lot of money into making it a nice business...and have been there a year and now are asked to move? The business has curb appeal for new customers. That is not to forget all the other small businesses in that little area who will have to be relocated or end their business.

We need to get our city to not let this happen. Next thing will be a Walmart in our back yard.
There is not much Old Woodinville left. Can’t we keep some things?

I just want to make sure everyone knows what’s coming.
Sindi Giancoli

Letters to the Editor - October 27, 2014

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DISTRICT COURT JUDGE

For many, district court is the first contact anyone has with the judicial system. This moment is crucial to our very faith in the American judicial system, perhaps more now than ever. When an individual looks to explain their perspective or circumstances, they are often embarrassed, indignant or feel that they have more to say about whatever brought them to stand in front of the judge that day. Our entire system of government is premised upon the belief that each of us gets to be heard. Regardless of the outcome, this moment needs to be one of respect and conscious care. The “system” must work. As a former attorney, a business owner and mother, I have sat in courtrooms where judges looked to humiliate and degrade. These experiences leave lifelong impressions, and not the ones that foster respect for the law or judicial system. In fact, these encounters tear away at the very foundations of our society.

Sarah Hayne, who is running for King County District Court Judge, comes from a real-person background and has consistently shown her compassion for her communities. Sarah has seen the judicial system from every angle and will adjudicate those before her with respect, humaneness and a passionate commitment to the rules all must abide. Her intelligence, life experience and fair-mindedness are exactly what we need in our judicial system.

Kate Riffle Roper
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Many of us, when it comes to casting our ballots, may not necessarily pay much attention to the judicial candidates on the ballot. This election I want to bring your attention to one candidate, Marcus Naylor, who deserves your attention. Marcus is running for the open King County Northeast District Court Judge position. I have been a friend of Marcus now for over ten years. During this time I have come to know him very well and respect him so much for his honesty, integrity and compassion. We have taken some of the most memorable fishing trips of our lives together. It is rare that we have such an honorable and well-qualified candidate. Marcus has been practicing law for over 23 years in our state. For the last four years he has been a part-time judge. As a testament to his non-partisanship he is endorsed by both the King County Democrats and Republicans. Marcus has also earned the endorsement of many prosecutors, court staff, and judges including the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court. He has been rated “exceptionally well qualified” by the King County Bar Association. For more information about Marcus and his candidacy please visit marcusnaylor.com.
Peter Lamanna
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STATE SENATOR

I’ve been involved in education advocacy in public schools for the past 12 years. As the parent of a child with autism, I’ve worked closely with families and schools to help students with disabilities. As an advocate for children in our foster care system, I help some of our most at-risk students get the support they need. And like so many parents, as the mother of three school-aged children I’m a committed volunteer, helping out in our schools whenever I can.

When I first met Andy Hill, I was immediately impressed by his smarts, his passion for helping others, and a problem-solving approach that puts what’s best for kids above politics. He understands the challenges our schools face. And he’s impatient, but in a good way, because that meant starting on his first day in office, Senator Hill was ready to tackle the big issues. He’s been unwilling to accept the same, tiresome excuses for past failures.

Most importantly, Senator Hill listens. When parents like me approach him with a problem, he tries to understand it from our perspective. If issues come up that directly impact our community, he asks us to share our views. That’s because he knows the value of ensuring every viewpoint has a seat at the table.

During his time in office, Andy Hill has made helping our most vulnerable a top priority. His VIP Act means that 5,000 people with disabilities and their families will receive respite care and supported employment. His Para-educator Development Bill will provide a career path for educators who provide over half of all instruction to students with disabilities. This issue is important to me because I’ve seen firsthand how these dedicated professionals have changed the lives of students with disabilities, including my own son. Thanks to Senator Hill, they will finally receive the support needed to do their jobs.

Elections are about choices. And in this election, for me, the choice is clear. I’m voting for Andy Hill because of his commitment to education and his passion for helping others. I hope you’ll do the same.
Beth Sigall
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In the race for 45th District Senator, the best decision for voters is to reelect Senator Andy Hill.

Senator Andy Hill stands for education. He led the crafting of a budget that put $1 billion into public education – the most in recent history – without raising taxes. This budget reversed a 30-year trend in which education was chronically underfunded. With the budget, education spending growth now outpaced non-education spending growth 4 to 1. Furthermore, this budget also held the line on in-state college tuition for the first time in 27 years. Our students – our future – need this kind of leadership. Those who claim bipartisanship is dead should know that Senator Hill’s budget passed both houses with 89 percent of the vote in each chamber. It was because of this budget that Senator Hill received endorsements from both Stand for Children and the League of Education Voters – organizations that might not otherwise be expected to support Republican candidates.

Senator Hill was responsible for crafting the Vulnerable Individuals Priority (VIP) Act. This proposal ensures adequate funding into DSHS so that individuals with developmental disabilities can receive the help they need. This is much-needed assistance to over 4,000 individuals that need at-home care, and over 1,000 individuals that need assistance in finding employment. Again, this resolution passed the House and Senate with broad bipartisan support.
Senator Hill’s opponent, Matt Isenhower, offers little in comparison. He has a few talking points and scant experience to support himself. With Senator Hill, I know I am dealing with someone who truly cares about his constituents and all Washingtonians. His experience as a PTA dad, tutor, and soccer coach exemplify his concern for children in both the 45th District and Washington state. Senator Hill’s record of sponsoring bipartisan legislation shows that Hill is a pragmatist who truly cares about best representing all Washingtonians.

If you want honest leadership with real results in Olympia, then I encourage you to make the right decision and reelect

Andy Hill as our State Senator.
Calvin Helker
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GREENBRIER HEIGHTS

I support the homeowners of Greenbrier Heights who bought homes with backyards that unbeknownst to them were developed outside of the legal land parcels. The most common sense solution is that they retain ownership of all the property that they were led to believe was included in their lot when they bought it. The property lines should be redrawn in the homeowners’ favor.  

My expectation of government is that it spend its money wisely by doing normal due diligence and oversight on the projects that it’s involved in. Call me a fiscal conservative. But let me point out that being fiscally conservative is not the same thing as being mean. If the City of Woodinville did not manage its contractor’s work in the Greenbrier Heights development then any responsibility regarding faulty property lines is the responsibility of the developer and the City. Does the City not write its contracts in such a way that the developer is held responsible for its work? There is nothing good about asking homeowners to vacate property which they were led to believe belonged to them and they call home. It’s just plain mean. And being mean is no way to represent the good-hearted people in this town.

The at best uncooperative behavior by City of Woodinville paid staff towards Woodinville’s small business and property owners has got to stop — from the top down. Too many of us in Woodinville have stories about how our city has made doing anything constructive here in Woodinville ridiculously difficult. This part of Woodinville is downright depressing to our local economy. Yet that behavior must be benefitting someone.  

Perhaps the inability of City Council members to communicate with city staff below the executive is a factor in this dysfunction at City of Woodinville? Is this legal? It gives too much power to a few.

The brilliance of American democracy is in the checks and balances that create balances of power. For some reason we’re not benefitting from this on our local level.  

Pati An
Lake Leota Neighborhood, Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - October 20, 2014

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THANK YOU

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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STATE SENATOR
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.” (www.courts.wa.gov/content/PublicUpload/Supreme%20Court%20News/84362-7%20order%20-%209-11-2014.pdf)

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. (voteisenhower.com) 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

WELLINGTON PARK
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 WellingtonPark.blogspot.com and SaveWellingtonPark.com. 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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DOGS’ HEALTH

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 www.caninelifetimehealth.org. 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 www.morrisanimalfoundation.org.

If you want to support Morris Animal Foundation’s groundbreaking study, become a volunteer. Find out more at www.caninelifetimehealth.org/become-a-golden-volunteer.

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

SPEEDING ON HOLLYWOOD HILL

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