|Letters to the Editor - May 21, 2012|
|Written by Readers|
NO ZIPPER IN GRACE
Serving as grand marshal of the Township of Grace, I am writing to advise the town-folk of greater Grace that we are carefully following the zip line amusement park controversy raging in Woodinville.
The mayor of Grace, members of our town council and I all agree that the hillside King County property at Gold Creek was conveyed by the original owners with the understanding that it always remain in its natural state.
Further, we want to serve notice to any developers or parks people from King County that no permit exists that would allow them to drop their zipper anywhere within the Town of Grace.
Very truly yours,
John Hughes, aka Hugo B. Jonsen
MAY IS MILK MONEY MONTH
If readers see a milk bottle in Kenmore, Woodinville, or Bothell with an adorable cow holding a milk money sign at a local merchant’s counter, please spare some extra change and you’ll be supporting the Northshore Schools Foundation’s intiative to help advanced and disadvantaged learners in the Northshore School District.
There are over 180 homeless children in our district and funds raised will be used to buy them school clothes, school supplies, books, yearbooks, school pictures and pay for advanced test fees as well as caps and gowns for high schools seniors and other school-related costs.
When you drop your change in one of our bottles, know that all funds raised in the campaign will be doubled by the generous commitment of the Windermere Foundation Northlake office.
It’s not hard to make a difference, if you don’t mind throwing in a little spare change.
Here is a list of business which are collection sites in the Woodinville area although there are many in Bothell and Kenmore as well:
Thanks to all these businesses for their support.
Bill the Butcher
Woodinville Banner Bank
Better off Threads
Natural Path to Healing
Le Timeless Beaute
Dawn’s Candy & Cake
Cottage Lake Karate
Simon & Sons
Panera - Woodinville
The Milk Money Moms
Sara, April, Davina and Debbie
INVEST IN OUR FUTURE
Last week I made a choice. My options were clear.
1) Build infrastructure that perpetuates our reliance on outdated technologies and a dwindling resource, putting the health of thousands of families here in Washington state in jeopardy.
2) Invest in our future, promote new technologies, harness limitless resources and safeguard the health and welfare of our communities.
You see, SSA Marine has proposed building a shipping terminal near Bellingham that would bring strip-mined coal from Montana and Wyoming through our state for export to China.
There it would be processed, consumed, and the unfiltered carcinogens and carbon dioxide released into our atmosphere.
China has no environmental regulations, and their rapid expansion of coal-fired power plants allows them to industrialize on the cheap, without regard to the global environmental impact.
The diesel-powered coal trains would also leave a plume of coal dust in their wake as they chug through our communities.
Author Eric Allenbaugh famously said, “Every choice moves us closer to or farther away from something.”
I believe we need to move further away from dirty coal, and closer to clean, green power.
That is why I stood up this week to oppose SSA Marine’s coal terminal.
We need to invest in our future.
Instead of exporting coal to China and importing Chinese-made solar panels, we should invest in American manufacturing and build our solar panels right here in Washington. We can retrofit schools to make them more energy efficient, an investment that will pay for itself and more in energy cost savings over the coming decades.
We can harness the power of tidal forces along our coast and the wind through our valleys. We can put people back to work improving their own communities.
I hope you will stand with me and compel our leaders to invest in our future, not in China or in the technologies of the past.
Together we can build a better tomorrow.
Darshan Rauniyar, Bothell, 1st District candidate for Congress