Letters to the Editor - Dec. 5, 2011

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My husband and I would like to thank the Woodinville Falcons football team for a great season!

You gave us something to look forward to every weekend, whether you were playing at home and we attended or whether you were away and we waited anxiously for the score.

You should ALL be proud of the 12-1 season that you had.  What an accomplishment!

I would also like to acknowledge the Woodinville students and band members.

After the game on Saturday we witnessed some very unsportsmanlike behavior from a few Skyline students.

From what we witnessed, Woodinville students did not stoop to their level and react to that behavior.

That is a testament to Woodinville High School, Woodinville High School families and our community as a whole.

Go Falcons!!

Ron and Kathy Paulsen, Woodinville

The Woodinville High School cheerleaders would like to thank everyone in the community who supported our October breast cancer awareness campaign.

The pink Woodinville T-shirts that were sold during football games and  at school lunches were incredibly popular with demand being much greater than supply — not a bad problem to have.

Over $800 was raised for the UW Foundation’s Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research program.

THANK YOU for helping to make this a success.

Look for many more pink Woodinville T-shirts going on sale next September.

Woodinville High School cheerleaders

To the WHS football team: You heard us cheer. What you may not have heard is our pride, the talk and the smiles for months now, everywhere we went.

At the grocery store, the hair salon, the feed store, in our living rooms and yes, on facebook, everyone was talking football, talking about you boys.

We are so proud of each and every one of you — as proud as if you were our own.

We are not supposed to be a football powerhouse. We don’t have kids moving here so they can play on our team; we don’t have the huge superstar.

What we have is a bunch of boys who have grown up together and play football because they love the game.

Every week you took that field with a passion that comes from the heart, not a drive for statistics.

And that’s why our hearts are a little broken today, because you boys are our world, and when you took that field we were bursting with happiness and pride at what you have become fine young men.

This team is a great football team — the most fun team I’ve ever watched, and you accomplished much more than a 12-1 record.

When all eyes were on you, you stood up, held hands and became a group of young men with bright futures and that is priceless.

This town is a better place because it claims you, all of you, as our very own.

If you want proof look at the stands yesterday: Woodinville fans filled half the Tacoma Dome with students, moms and dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends, all wearing  green and literally rocking the house.

The other side had a mere handful — it was almost sad.

So be proud of yourselves, boys, we sure are and remember while these are great days, they aren’t your glory days. Those are yet to come. I am sure of it.

But for now you are Falcons and Woodinville loves you all. Thanks for the memories.

Becky Jack, Woodinville


I am writing in response to Lynn Kirkpatrick’s letter on WHS fitness runs.

All I have to say is “really?”

I graduated from Woodinville last year and the weekly fitness walks were always highly looked forward to and enjoyed.

The adult supervision, or admittedly lack thereof, is a ridiculous topic to fixate on.

These students are all at least 15 years old and should be capable of walking on a sidewalk without strict supervision.

If he is not, then that is where the parent has failed.

Woodinville is like an oasis of blissful, suburbia ignorance when it comes to “real world problems.”

If the young adult cannot handle walking two miles, then he will have a real shock when he graduates and moves out. That is entirely on the parents.

Not only is the student unprepared for real dangers, he has been babied all his life and is geared for a rude awakening once he hits 18.

That aside, the reason parent permission forms exist requires no explanation.

One does not have the right to complain about the function of a school event that you signed the permission form for! Really?

And attacking the athleticism of the course is pretty ignorant.

Does anyone really get a sufficient workout in high school gym class if they don’t want to?

Let’s be real. If they wanted to make the effort, they would.

I believe that the gym teachers Mrs. Muzzy and Mr. Mills do a great job at what they do and don’t deserve your criticism.

Ashely Hill, student, Pacific Lutheran University


To the person (or persons) who vandalized Bear Creek United Methodist Church:

Thanks for taking the time to express your point of view and opinions.

I wish that you had stopped by to talk with us in person or simply sent us an email, instead of using our building as your canvas by spray-painting graffiti all across the front.

You left no doubt as to your feelings, but they along with your insults are hardly original.

Unlike you, I feel no compulsion to destroy or deface the property of those I disagree with, or even to retaliate in kind.

Instead, I feel honored that you made us the target of your misguided anger.

And though you called us “weak,” there are none so strong as those who are unjustly struck on one side of the face, yet willingly offer the other side to be struck by their antagonist.

We are unafraid, yet you can’t face your own fears, except by lashing out at what you don’t understand.

There’s nothing mysterious or hidden about us. We’re simply a community of flawed and imperfect people who believe that light is greater than darkness and that love conquers all.

You’re welcome to visit us again, and again and again, but next time, just walk in the front door and enjoy our hospitality.

And one last thing: Matthew 5:11-12.

Bill Hoppe, Duvall


Dear Woodinville voters,

Thank you so much for electing me to city council last month.

As a first time candidate, I was nervous about “doorbelling” the voters.  As it turns out, that was the most enjoyable part of the campaign.

For three months I walked every street in town, and as interesting as it was to see and become familiar with the neighborhoods, meeting all of you was the best part.

I even met some of my close-by neighbors for the first time.

Everyone was friendly.  Everyone cares for Woodinville. Most were concerned about the direction our fair city has taken the last few years.

My pledge to you is to work hard on council to bring back economic activity to help make Woodinville a more energized community by getting the city more involved in supporting local programs and activities and to work with everyone in an open and friendly manner.

If you come to a council meeting, please stop by to say hello.

If you don’t come to a meeting, hopefully, we will meet at some local event in the next year or two.

Again, thank you very much for your support.

Les Rubstello, Woodinville

The legislature (met last week) to address the projected $2.2 billion state revenue shortfall. While Washington state’s constitution proclaims that it is “the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children ...” and our governor’s budget proposal is guided by the principle that “our children deserve the best public education we can provide to ensure their future success and that of our state”, you can be sure that K-12 education, as well as many other important social services, will be impacted significantly over the next few months and years.

In the words of the governor, when she called back the Legislature: “While we have worked to adhere to these principles, reductions of this magnitude are impossible without harming many important programs and services.  ... The alternatives we have put forward could have dire repercussions for the citizens of our state, especially those who have already been affected the most by previous cuts to state services.”

Following year after year of state funding cuts to our schools, yet another reduction in funding could be devastating.

The education of our children is key if we are to look forward to a brighter future; reducing the quality of their schooling and expecting them to be contenders in an increasingly competitive workplace is like planting dandelions and expecting to harvest roses.

What can you do to get involved?

1) In times like these, our Legislature needs to hear from each and every one of us about the real impact these cuts have on our families.

Please send a note to your legislative representative, asking that the state honor the constitution and their paramount duty to provide for the education of our children.

2) Share your time and talents.

Contact your local school or the school’s PTA to see how you can support the programs that enrich your neighborhood school.

A myriad of skills are in demand: find out how you can assist the educational experience of our students.

3) Open your wallet to support education. The Northshore Schools Foundation is the fiduciary representative of parents and community members who believe in strong schools: that is you.

While we are unsure exactly what the impact of the state’s cuts will be, you can be assured that the Foundation is committed to helping our community address the gap.

Make a Bridging the Gap donation now so that when our district is faced with difficult local funding decisions, we can be there to help.

Karissa Webster

Co-President,  Northshore Schools Foundation

Kristin Auston

Co-President,  Northshore Schools Foundation

Carmin Dalziel

Executive Director,  Northshore Schools Foundation

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