|Letters to the Editor - August 8, 2011|
|Written by Readers|
IT CAN HAPPEN
Who do we have to thank for the latest plot of land that was clear cut for a new Walgreens store on Woodinville-Duvall Road? Our King County Council? Why does Woodinville have to look like every other city with its cookie cutter strip malls? Where are the county’s "design standards?" Let’s keep the "wood" in Woodinville! We can live without more stuff; we cannot live without the lungs of the earth as trees provide.When was the last time you stopped in the fast track of consumerism to sit under a tree and smell its green life and to watch the birds enjoy that habitat? Trees have rights. Nature has rights. Humans do not have the right to destroy the future of our grandchildren’s children. Yes, that can happen one Walgreens, one strip mall, at a time.
Trish Knox, via email
GRATEFUL FOR PATIENCE
Thank you for the opportunity to write a response to a letter concerning our construction project on the Woodinville-Duvall Road.
We are doing our best to minimize the inconvenience as we connect utilities and create turn lanes into the property that will help the flow of traffic once we move in. I am grateful to our community for the warm welcome as we make plans to serve Woodinville for decades to come and for your patience during construction.
Our parish, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, is a new Catholic community in our area with faithful parishioners and ministries. During these trying economic times, we feel good about providing jobs for construction workers who otherwise might not have employment. As you know, the money that we are spending on our new spiritual home is also good for the local economy. Because we value Mother Teresa’s example, it may be of interest to your readers that we are simultaneously building a house for orphans in Kenya this year.We have several ministries that reach out to the poor in our area as well.
We invite anyone who would like to consider visiting us at our temporary church located at Check Ride Driving School in Woodinville or at the new church when it is built.More information about our community can be found at www.blessedteresa.org.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. May God bless you with his love!
Fr. Frank Schuster, pastor, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Woodinville
WHERE IS PRIDE?
The flower pots on Main Street are a huge factor in making downtown Woodinville have an inviting, small town feel. They cost the city money to put in and many of the plants in the pots were donated by the Woodinville Garden Club. It is tragic to watch the City of Woodinville let many of these plants die because they don’t water them. They have also let many of the plants around the Carol Edwards Center die due to lack of water. I know we have had an extraordinary amount of rain this year, but pots dry out faster and need water more often. The cost of watering the plants on a timely basis is far cheaper than buying new ones. Dead plants and empty planters make the city look run down and tacky. Where is the city’s civic pride?
Lucy DeYoung, Woodinville