Letters to the Editor - May 11, 2015

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Thank you for your article on etiquette for those who use the Burke-Gillman trail. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful amenity in our community, which my family has enjoyed for 25 years. The trail can be very busy at times, especially on weekends. As someone who has been both a cyclist and a pedestrian pushing a stroller or walking a dog, I have witnessed some poor choices made by both pedestrians and cyclists and wanted to provide additional guidelines.   

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Letters to the Editor - May 4, 2015

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I was so very pleased to see an article about Ernie Pyle on April 20. He is one of my all time heroes in journalism, and I still have six of his books on my shelf.

He wrote magnificently about World War II and about America and the people involved. The 1946 book cover of “An Ernie Pyle Album” by Lee Miller says Ernie was “a gallant gentleman, a great newspaperman and one of the most beloved figures of our time. Throughout his life, wherever Ernie went (and that was practically everywhere), he met people, talked to them, wrote about them and gave them something of himself in warmth, friendliness and perception. And when he moved on, out of their lives, they never forgot him.”

That is so very true. It was because of him I got interested in writing, as he had such a gift and made it seem easy.
Even now, his journalism is very relevant, which is why I am delighted to see that you appreciated him, so others could be aware of this very special man.

Thank you so much for bringing back memories of my adolescence when I was trying to find heroes to lead me into adulthood. He was at the top of the list, for he was humble, and found connectedness with just about everyone, and shared it with the world.

Wendy Walsh


I support our teachers and district staff as they seek to encourage the state Legislature to fulfill its legal obligation to fully fund education. I also support families who can be considered as part of our vulnerable population, for whom a one day walk-out by our teachers creates, not an inconvenience, but a hardship. I do not believe that the two concepts – supporting teachers and supporting families – are mutually exclusive.

It was my hope that the teachers would vote, not to close school for a day, but to “walkout” during their early release time, thus sparing those families any hardship, while still achieving their goal of drawing attention to the educational funding crisis in this state. I do not know whether or not that was presented to the teachers as an option.
The teachers have voted to approve a one day walkout. While I do not think that is the best way to get their point across, I do still support them in their struggle to get our legislators to “fix” the funding problems. I have reached out to families in my community who may need help on May 6 when the schools are closed for the day. I hope others will do the same. I also hope others will join me as I participate with the teachers in one of their afternoon rallies on May 6.   
We are all in this together. You know, the whole “it takes a village” thing. We are that village! Let’s work together to support our teachers and school district staff, as well as the families in our community.

Berta Phillips

Letters to the Editor - April 27, 2015

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My mom and I recently went to a local grocery store to get dinner at the deli counter while we went shopping. When we returned, we were disappointed to see the container that held our food was styrofoam. We went to that store because it advertises products that are sustainable, healthy and natural. Styrofoam and other plastics are not any of these. Plastics are super bad for the environment because they do not biodegrade and they cause animals to get killed and injured every day. I want people to be more aware of what plastics do to the environment so then they will think about whether they should buy items that contain or are packaged in plastic.

Sawyer Krohn (age 9)

Letters to the Editor - April 20, 2015

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Awesome. The Woodinville City Council is taking credit for “our brand new road we just put in.” I don’t know about you, but the road is hardly finished. It’s been stuck in a construction nightmare for those that drive it since last summer.

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Letters to the Editor - April 15, 2015

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Imagine a river brimming with abundant wild salmon stocks. Imagine healthy, clean streams for our children to explore and play in. Imagine robust riparian forests full of fecundity. Twenty-five years ago a group of dedicated volunteers set out to make such a vision a reality. The founders of Sound Salmon Solutions rallied around a mission that engages in community-based salmon recovery as part of a larger response to Endangered Species Act listings of local Chinook and Coho salmon stocks. In addition to habitat restoration projects, educating the public on wetland ecology and the importance of stewardship was also deemed key to ensuring the future of salmon in the Stillaguamish, Snohomish and Island County watersheds.

Over the years the work has progressed and evolved. With the help of hundreds of smiling volunteers and students of all ages, our organization has made significant progress towards realizing the founders’ vision. Some of the accomplishments include: nearly a million fish released in local waters, numerous fish passage projects that opened miles of habitat, over 40 miles of river restored (including placement of large woody debris to increase habitat complexity), over 175 acres planted with more than 150,000 native trees and shrubs, thousands of carcasses distributed (returning ocean-based nutrients to local ecosystems), and over 15,000 students have learned about the salmon life-cycle through hands-on lessons and field trips that include service projects.

If you have been or are currently a supporter, a volunteer or a student in one of our programs, we would like to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to visit our website ( to complete our survey. We are interested in knowing what motivated you to be involved with our organization. To commemorate our 25th anniversary you can participate in our Give 5 in 2015 campaign by making a $5 donation, volunteering five hours one Saturday or sharing with five friends who we are and what we do. The success of our next 25 years requires a new generation of supporters, volunteers and students. Can we count on you to be one of them?

Robert Sendrey
Executive Director, Sound Salmon Solutions
Lake Stevens


Thank you for the article “Abandoned Bunnies are an Easter Epidemic” in the March 30 edition. The article was a much needed public service.

I have lived with rabbits for over two decades, and while they can be wonderful companions they are not for everyone. Witness that our last five rabbits have all come from rescues or shelters (one all-white bunny had been abandoned at Green Lake — go figure). Whereas in our home rabbits are not caged, are protected from danger and with proper vet care live for about 10 years. It is important for prospective pet owners, regardless of the species, to be reminded that pet ownership is a life-long promise, and “life-long” is the natural life span of the pet, not the attention span of the owner. If you really want a live rabbit, after Easter is a great time to visit the local pet shelters and adopt one of their many rabbits. Pet shelters want a long-term animal-human success story and will help you decide if a rabbit is a good fit in your household, and they are also a great resource for learning proper pet care.

In the meantime, the chocolate bunny might be best.

Neal Friedman


Bothell Mayor Freed opposed OneBothell’s repeated requests for cooperation and assistance in preserving the whole of the Wayne Golf Course open land (both front and back 9). Mayor Freed’s obstruction and opposition are visible on the February 10, 2015 Bothell City Council meeting available on YouTube.

During the February 10 City Council meeting, One Bothell (James McNeal) presented its vision for a public regional park and asked for city participation and support during a February 13 meeting in Olympia with state Senator McAuliffe, Representative Stanford and Representative Moscoso. Mayor Freed would not send a Bothell city representative. Council members Samberg and Rheaume also requested that the City Council and/or city manager send a Bothell representative to the Olympia meeting along with OneBothell. In each case Mayor Freed argued about the request and finally adjourned the meeting without satisfying any of the requests.  

Bothell Councilmember Rheaume volunteered to attend and did attend the February 13 meeting despite the mayor’s opposition. During that meeting Mayor Freed and City Councilmember Lamb participated by telephone. Their participation was opposition and obstruction. According to, “Each (of the callers) voiced their concern that the interests of the community (as represented by OneBothell) might end up above the interests of the owners of developable land.” Several attendees characterized the mayor’s disruptive participation as a filibuster.

Why would the mayor of Bothell oppose and obstruct a civic organization dedicated to creating regional parkland for Bothell and the surrounding area?

And then the mayor revealed in his March 4 letter to the Bothell City Council that he and others had acquired the rights to the back 9 area of the Wayne Golf Course for private development.

Do the mayor’s actions opposing and obstructing OneBothell in February prior to his announcement of his purchase of the back 9 but after his purchase of the property constitute an illegal or unethical conflict of interest? Perhaps neither, but his actions certainly are counter to the public interest.

Dennis Skofstad