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Letters to the Editor - Valley View 9/11/17

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Last year I was with FEMA in Houston. I stayed in a hotel in Katy, just west of Houston. This year Katy got 9" of rain on Sunday, August 27, for an accumulation of 29.75" since 8 p.m. the previous Thursday. If I were there now, I wonder if I would have enough food in the refrigerator. Come to think of it, the power in Katy has likely been out since the storm hit.

From the August 28 Wall Street Journal's opinion piece on Tropical Storm Harvey: "The costs will be enormous in losses to property as the region dries out, but the good news is that a rich country like the United States has the resources to respond. The means to cope with disaster, natural or man-made, is one reason that we put so much focus in these pages on policies that promote sustained economic growth and the wealth that flows from it.

"Immunity from nature’s fury is an illusion that humans cultivate until we are forced to confront that fury again. We forget the damage that storms and earthquakes can do. Com-plex societies can better cope with the damage if they have a reservoir of accumulated wealth that governments and private sources can devote to alleviating the suffering and helping communities rebuild."

We here in Carnation and Duvall should be able to cope with the Big One when it happens, but after that disaster we may be on our own for a few weeks or months. Got non-perishable food and water to last you on the trip to Ellensburg or further east?
 Gene Laughlin

Letters to the Editor - 9/11/17

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LOOKING FOR GOOD SAMARITAN

I don’t know if you can, but I’d like to ask your help getting in touch with one of your residents.
He was in Spokane at a wine bar on Wednesday evening, July 26th, and he very kindly picked up the bar bill for myself and my friend Bill after a lengthy conversation. (There was an unfortunate spill of lovely Washington State Cabernet on some brand-new white slacks involved, too!)

We never exchanged names, but this delightful man regaled us with stories of his adventures working with a film crew/production company documenting off-road motorcycling in the Appalachians and across the country.

We’d like to thank him personally and get more information about the project. He told us his wife is very ill, and we’re hoping she’s doing okay, and that any attempt to contact him will be taken in the right spirit!!

If you can help in any way to get us in touch with this man, we’d be very grateful. We’re planning to get to your wine country on our next trip (coming from LA and NYC!) as a result of this man’s rave reviews of YOUR wine country.

Thanks a million for whatever you can do.
Wendy D, New York
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SCULPTURE

It may already have a name(?) but Woodinvillians really ought to have a special local name for  the distractingly noticeable windmill-like installation smack dab in the middle of the new bypass roadway.

We nominate “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” as the most apt label, and  can only wonder if  the Elton John recording might ooze out of speakers  when this mirrored thing spins in the sunlight, attracting drivers’  attention while circumnavigating the roundabout. If we cannot agree on a title, can we at least know its total cost to taxpayers?

Jon & June Hahn, Woodinville

Editor’s Note:  The sculpture was a donation to the city.  The Woodinville Weekly staff wrote a story about the artwork on March 28, 2017.  It can be found at http://www.nwnews.com/index.php/local/news/14524-sculpture-will-blow-in-the-wind-25-feet-over-woodinville-intersection

CAMPAIGN SIGNS

I noticed that, shortly after the August primary election, nearly all of the signs for 45th District State Senate candidate Jinyoung Englund had been removed on Avondale Road.  I still saw plenty of signs for other candidates along the road.  I asked Englund’s campaign about this, and they told me that they did not remove them, nor had local authorities removed them.  I had a similar experience when I installed an Englund sign on my street and it was removed twice.

I’m not going to point any fingers here, but it seems rather suspicious that Englund’s signs are disappearing, while her opponent’s signs remain.  I hope that those in our community who are inclined to play dirty politics remember that removing campaign signs is illegal and portrays your candidate negatively.

Peter Drewel, Woodinville

SVA

The Sammamish Valley Alliance (SVA) appreciates that Executive Constantine addressed recent unpermitted business activity here in the Sammamish Valley. This activity highlighted the inability of the main two-lane county road to handle the impact of a large-scale event, despite having three sheriff officers on-site to direct traffic. If the east side of that road were allowed to develop along that section of road it would be very problematic.

King County and the City of Woodinville have long discussed the idea of a joint area study, but the leadership to make that happen has yet to emerge. We acknowledge that the county and the city share common boundaries; and no common boundary is more significant than the mile of shared Sammamish River, framed on both sides by King County parkland. On the east side, from Willows Lodge to Wilmot Park lies a sleeping connector of all things community to all things organic and sustainable. And, bordering the river to the west, is the ever-expanding River District of wineries, breweries, and distilleries. This is where we should further nurture an adult beverage business. These businesses, and their customers, want an outdoor, farm-fresh experience. Where better to invite them but to a riverfront trail with views of the farmland to the east?

With vision, we could install pedestrian bridges that cross the river at the Tolt Pipeline and then again closer to Wilmot Park, allowing a person to walk or ride safely along the existing trail, then crossing to the River District. This is prime riverfront with a view unmatched. Bridges would entice more restaurants to the River District, encouraging farm-direct purchasing as well as the influx of businesses which support the beverage industry along SR202. The necessary infrastructure to accommodate additional truck and vehicle traffic already exists, so few alterations would need to be made to allow for this growth.

Let us be creative in addressing the challenge of where to encourage further development of wineries and tasting rooms. Let’s be the leadership that creates something great, something that showcases the beautiful landscape which makes our community unique, unlike anyplace else.

Thomas Quigley, President
Brenda Vanderloop, Exec. Dir.
Sammamish Valley Alliance

 

Letters to the Editor - 9/4/17

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CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE CONCERT

We were lucky enough to attend the  Chicago concert at Chateau Ste Michelle (CSM) on Sunday, August 27th.  What an amazing venue, and we could only think how lucky Woodinville is to have this gem.

We arrived at 3 p.m. to wait in line to be one of the first through the gates – the gates were to open at 5 p.m. and there were about 70 people in front of us.  We were in the “first” line according to security.  Just before 5 p.m. a new “first” line seem to form with people that had just arrived, and they were allowed to enter before the rest of us.  We thought maybe they paid for the right to enter early but found out that they were granted access due to their ADA (American Disabilities Act) status.  By the time we got in to set our blankets and chairs down, the ADA group was three deep in the center stage area with blankets strewn about and saving as many as eight spots for friends.  In checking the CSM website, one person with ADA status and a companion can go in early and “additional space cannot be held in the general admission section for more than the individual with a disability and the companion.”  A true bummer that the ADA group read the information about going in early but ignored the “one person and a companion” part of that same note on the website.

The gal in front of me informed me that her friend that she joined at 6:30 p.m. on the saved blanket had an ADA pass due to a "bad back" – ironically her friend danced great all night with that "bad back."  There was also an older couple, that was in the first row directly in the center with their chairs spread on a much bigger blanket than needed already enjoying their picnic as the rest of us were vying for a place to sit.  When a woman by herself asked if she could occupy the two foot space to the left of them, the woman said “no” and it would block her view – it wouldn’t have in the least and she was frankly just rude.  BTW this couple that of course must have had an ADA card because they got in early, had no trouble hopping the fence between reserved and general seating with their chairs and picnic basket when they decided they didn’t want to stay for the encore.   These are only a couple of the numerous examples of people that clearly took advantage of the situation.

Please know this.  I truly am a supporter of the American Disabilities Act.  It was and is a great step forward for people with true challenges.  It seems, however, to have become warped and used in ways not intended by the law's authors.

Lastly – there was a crazy amount of trash people just left in the areas that they sat in – really?  Do you do this at home?

Margaret Brady, Seattle

MAN’S BEST FRIEND

After reading the Police Beat about Man’s Best Friend being locked in a hot car and near death, I cried.  Then I read Letters to Editor and could only shake my head what is wrong with people? 

Per Washington State Law:
RCW 16.52.340
Leave or confine any animal in unattended motor vehicle or enclosed space—Class 2 civil infraction—Officers’ authority to reasonably remove animal.
(1) It is a class 2 civil infraction under RCW 7.80.120 to leave or confine any animal unattended in a motor vehicle or enclosed space if the animal could be harmed or killed by exposure to excessive heat, cold, lack of ventilation, or lack of necessary water.
(2) To protect the health and safety of an animal, an animal control officer or law enforcement officer who reasonably believes that an animal is suffering or is likely to suffer harm from exposure to excessive heat, cold, lack of ventilation, or lack of necessary water is authorized to enter a vehicle or enclosed space to remove an animal by any means reasonable under the circumstances if no other person is present in the immediate area who has access to the vehicle or enclosed space and who will immediately remove the animal. An animal control officer, law enforcement officer, or the department or agency employing such an officer is not liable for any damage to property resulting from actions taken under this section.
(3) Nothing in this section prevents the person who has confined the animal in the vehicle or enclosed space from being convicted of separate offenses for animal cruelty under RCW 16.52.205 or 16.52.207.
[ 2015 c 235 § 1.]

I would never consider the owner responsible enough to take it to a vet and he should never be allowed to own another pet but obviously not my call.  This is happening more and more, not just with pets but also with young defenseless children.  What does this say about our society and where it is headed?  People are too involved in their social lives and phones to let anything at all interfere. We must stop this senseless abuse in any way possible.  I will not hesitate to break any window of a car if a child or pet is in danger.  I will explain it all to a judge rather than risk any life or their health.  This is the only way to combat these senseless acts.

Shawnee McCartor, Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - 8/28/17

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Never Leave Animals in Your Car

Unfortunately, I had the experience of watching a beautiful black Labrador dying in the inside of a locked car with the windows rolled up while it was 85 degrees outside and probably 120 degrees or more inside the vehicle in Woodinville on August 17, 2017.

Someone mentioned a Labrador in a car with the windows rolled up.  The windows were dripping with condensation marked with paw marks on the windows showing he was trying to get out of the car.  The devastated Labrador was foaming at the mouth while going into shock.  We called 911 immediately. The 911 operator stated it was illegal to break a window of a car since it would be vandalism. It was of no comfort to know there was nothing that I could do to save the Labrador.

The owner finally returned to his car after a two hour lunch. The owner lets Labrador sleep in the trunk (getting through the back seat since one cushion is down in the backseat). The owner opened the trunk telling Labrador to get out of the car. Labrador could not walk or move any parts of his body except for the heavy panting and he could not drink.

Labrador was limp with his head hanging back when the owner lifted him out of the trunk. People poured cold water on Labrador trying to cool his body down. The owner was very mild mannered which was devastating and appalling to see the lack of compassion for Labrador.

The Police Officer told the owner to take Labrador to a Veterinarian immediately since Labrador is dying. At first, the owner was going to put Labrador back into the trunk of the car when the Police Officer told the owner to put Labrador in the back seat, with the cushions upright, preventing Labrador from being put into the trunk by the owner.

This case is animal cruelty which will be investigated by Animal Control. If and when Labrador dies it will be a felony and the owner will be a felon.
Michelle Burdue

Letters to the Editor - 8/14/17

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CAREGIVING

Caregiving can be an emotionally, physically and financially draining role. Across Washington state there are more than 335,000 people providing unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. In 2016, these caregivers provided an estimated 382 million hours of care valued at $4.8 billion.

My mother cared for my father for many years during his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, that ended his life in 2004.

I am proud to advocate for the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, now moving through the U.S. Senate as S. 1028. This bipartisan bill would provide much needed support to our nation’s caregivers.

Endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association, it would facilitate the creation of a national strategy to address the many issues facing caregivers, including education and training, long-term services and supports, and financial stability and security.

The RAISE Family Caregivers Act is consistent with the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, which seeks to expand and enhance training, education and support for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Please join me in thanking Senator Patty Murray for voting for the RAISE Act in committee and in urging Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Suzan DelBene to support this needed legislation in the coming months.
Pete Minden
Kirkland, WA

Climate Change

I would like to thank Kirsten Abel and the Woodinville Weekly for writing and publishing the article published in the July 31st edition on climate change and the Climate Reality Project Leadership Training that I, and 800 other trainees, participated in at Bellevue in June. I am sorry we gave you the wrong dates for the release of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, at the Woodinville AMC. Paramount Studios changed the date of release until the weekend of August 11th. I hope people don’t assume this Sequel is gloom and doom predictions. It is not. The film focuses on what is actually happening internationally today: the climate events, the innovations and progress towards a green, healthy Earth, and the interesting negotiations to achieve the Paris Climate Accord. The negotiations with India are especially enlightening with social justice issues surfacing. I urge people to see the film for its world perspective on a global problem and progress that is beyond national politics.

I also want to expound more about the Leadership training. The Climate Reality Project has offices world-wide and 10,000 Leaders. Even though this was the 35th such training I met trainees from through-out the world. We have all trained to give presentations to groups about climate change. The presentations can be tailored for the audience, whether kids, the medical or faith communities or interested citizens. 

For more information about the Climate Reality Project or to inquire about a local presentation, readers can contact the Woodinville Weekly or go to the website https://www.climaterealityproject.org .   
Barbara Lau