I just want to thank you for the story of the Duvall flood of 25 years ago. It was very interesting. I lived there then and remember what happened, so really appreciate the story by Lisa Allen. Excellent job. I made copies and sent to my kids who remember it too. Gloria Judd Woodinville
Editor’s Note: As part of the requirements to earn their communications merit badge, the Boy Scouts of Troop 573 in Woodinville wrote letters to the Woodinville Weekly to share their opinions. Here are their letters.
REQUESTING A ROUNDABOUT I know this is a little crazy and I get how unlikely this is, but it would be really great if we could get a roundabout near the entry to Reintree, at the intersection. That area’s super unsafe, with busy roads and cars you don’t see coming. It’s a wonder there’s no roundabout. My parents commute, and I get driven to school. We have to be careful, especially because our house is so close to the intersection. Jack Carter Woodinville
A SUGGESTION I think that it’s really cool that the Woodinville Football team is going to playoffs. I have gone to some games but I have missed some. Do you think that we can go to the playoffs again? One suggestion I have for Woodinville is we need more color around Woodinville. It’s just so plain and colorless. We need plants, and to paint light posts and signs — just more color! P.S. Here’s a joke: What would happen if Pinocchio said his nose would grow? Ian Kappelhoff Woodinville
TRAFFIC AT WHS I am a student of Woodinville High School. I am currently a sophomore, who drives to school each day. I feel the need to write this letter today because of the fact that Woodinville’s parking issue needs to be fixed. The fact is, one roundabout is not acceptable for both the exit and entrance to the school. A question that I want to ask is, how much money was saved in the process of creating havoc before and after school? How has this massive amount of traffic affected the lives of the people who live around the school? Marshall Parkman Woodinville
E. COLI OUTBREAK I’m an eighth grader and homeschooled. Since the Chipotle in Woodinville had E. coli, would this affect local farmers in Woodinville? I would also like to know if somebody has looked into Chipotle to see if it’s safe to eat there. The reason I’m interested in this subject is because I like to eat at Chipotle. Michael Parkman Woodinville
WHS ART WING I am a student at Woodinville High School. I am in 11th grade, and all in all, I feel that it is a very good school. Recently the construction of a new art wing has begun, and I was wondering how this will affect the Woodinville community moving forward. Why was it necessary to take down the old art wing and construct a new one? What is the timeline for this project? When are students expected to be able to return to the old art wing? How much will this project cost? Where are we getting the funding for the new art wing? Are there other projects we could be funding instead that would also benefit the community as a whole? Luke Mollerup Woodinville
Citizen participation — activism if you will —does work. Often as not, people join hands when their community is threatened. In May 2012, residents living near Wellington Hills Park were told that Snohomish County intended to build a giant sports complex and that it was a “done deal.” But three and a half years later and after extensive citizen efforts, Snohomish County’s sports complex will not be built on Wellington Hills Park. Instead it will be located on a more suitable 65-acre property at the northern border of the Brightwater sewage plant.
HAZING ON SOCCER TEAM I am quite concerned after reading the article about the WHS girls soccer team. The headline dealt more with the game score than with the most important line, found in the second paragraph, that the school suspended certain players from the game when they “found the players guilty of a hazing incident.” Hazing? In a community that blew up last year after an incident at Timbercrest? In a district that has decried bullying from the superintendent to every teacher? Northshore School District has almost launched SafeSchools Alert, according to nsd.org, but regardless of its inception, can we acknowledge reports of hazing and stop the culture that perpetuates this level of disregard of peers? Woodinville High School administration, what can I do as a parent of elementary-age kids to ensure that the my daughter’s friends in second and third grade who play soccer now won’t be hazed — or hazers — in seven or eight years?
HUNTING IN THE VALLEY I would like to respond to a letter to the editor by a former reader as follows: Brendan Woodward wrote a response to the earlier article about the shooting of geese near the Woodinville wineries. While I understand that we live in an area that was formerly forest and farmland and that our recent and early ancestors had to live off the land, times have changed. We live in a multi-cultural world and especially in a country and state that embrace and celebrate diversity where different modes of life and values exist. An analogous example would be the recent killing of Cecil the lion. This occurred in a county where hunting and killing of wild animals have been ongoing for generations. Yet the world was outraged and continues to be even though this was perhaps a tradition to some, and certainly to that hunter.