RESPONSE TO LAST WEEK’S LETTER
After reading the "Letters to the Editor" last week, I am compelled to respond to Bernie Talmas’s letter.
He states the following in regards to Ethical Woodinville, "The issue of Councilmember Hageman’s residency, which is the subject that their letter is referring to, was first brought to my attention by Councilmember Bauman."
I would like the opportunity to state that Mr. Talmas’s recollection as stated is inaccurate.
At the State of the City address by our city manager last January 2013, I was approached by several attendees asking if there was a councilmember who was resigning.
I responded that I wasn’t aware of any councilmember resigning.
After the meeting, I asked Mayor Bernie Talmas if he was aware of any councilmember resigning and he stated he had no idea.
Within a day or two, I received a call from the mayor saying that he had heard the rumor was regarding Councilmember Hageman.
I expressed to Mayor Talmas that it sounded very personal; we should respect his privacy and wait for Councilmember Hageman to approach Council if he was indeed planning on resigning rather than speculating on a rumor.
Mayor Talmas and I did not speak of this issue again until he brought forward his accusation challenging Councilmember Hageman’s residency at the City Council meeting on February 12, 2013 without my prior knowledge.
The truth is that I did ask the mayor if he knew of a councilmember resigning, but I had no idea the rumor was regarding Councilmember Hageman until February 12, 2013.
At that meeting, I was blind-sided by the mayor’s accusations.
Although I agree that the residency issue is essential to the legitimacy of Councilmember Hageman’s elected position, I was in complete disagreement as to the manner in which it was handled.
This brings me to my final point of this letter.
I do not know who is behind Ethical Woodinville, but I would agree that there is a deeper issue and divide at work here.
The repeated launch of false accusations and personal attacks over the past three years on other councilmembers needs to stop. This is not an isolated incident.
Paulette Bauman, Woodinville
This morning, My 5 year old, while waiting for the school bus, blew a raspberry at the neighborhood bully. Since it is the job of my wife and me to instill character and values in our children, my wife immediately made her apologize, tears and all.
This evening, I got a piece of mail that had obscenities printed on it in bold letters — the same mail that my children fight to go pick up and generally dig through on their way back to the house.
The piece of mail was evidently part of the ongoing shenanigans downtown.
So first, much like my 5 year old, I would like to explain to you down at city hall, that I expect more from you.
I thought better of you. I would have expected that regardless of your political differences, that you put your grown-up pants on and act like adults.
I have a business in town, I pay taxes in this town, I send my kids to school in this town, and I have full expectation that the people who represent the city I have chosen to call my home to do so with some dignity.
Second, as far as the "Ethical Woodinville" folks: Keep your junk mail to yourselves.
I work all day in the construction industry. I hear vile language, suggestive and rude jokes, and all manner of talk that would make a sailor blush.
When I come home, that is my opportunity to keep all that garbage outside.
It stays at the door so that I can teach my children that any moron can use epithets, obscenities, and gutter language to express themselves, but it takes someone with intelligence and class to be able to articulate their views without that smut.
EthicalWoodinvill.com, you are now the antithesis of what I try to instill in my children.
Against my will and permission, you brought garbage into my home.
I would appreciate you all to keep it to yourselves.
The irony of your statement, "Is this junior high school …?" was not lost on me. I hope you have a mirror on the office where you created this.
Supposedly, we are in a new age of respect, understanding, and cooperation.
We were all told that our last election would usher in a new age where we could overlook differences and work in a bipartisan way to make our world better.
It goes without saying that this is an example of a serious failure in that department. Sometimes, my kids get a little rowdy and I need to round them up and have a serious talk with them.
I will tell you all that same things I tell them. GROW UP … CLEAN UP YOUR ACT … YOU ARE OUT OF CONTROL … This is why we can’t have nice things.
Jake Dempsey, Woodinville
NORTH CREEK FOREST IN DANGER
As we witness the development that is taking place in our area, we are glad for the jobs and homes it creates.
Still, something is destroyed in each of us when a forest is cut down.
We can feel both sad and powerless.
The good news is that community groups are doing something about it.
Will you join Friends of North Creek Forest to ensure that our last great urban forest and its wildlife are protected?
North Creek Forest is a 64-acre stretch that lines the west side of 405 just north of 195th exit, all the way to Canyon Park Junior High — about a mile.
With over half of it saved, and 29 acres remaining, we are getting close.
With a $500,000 grant that must be matched in order to be used, we are at a critical juncture.
Can we match it before the grant expires or before it gets developed?
What we can afford to give goes deeper than our pockets — take the time to learn about this forest, offer volunteer hours or attend a fundraising event with tours of the forest. We are a grassroots non-profit group who want to insure a forest for future generations: See our website for details: friendsnorthcreekforest.org.
Mark Twain said something that is even more true today: "Land, they don’t make it any more."
President,Friends of North Creek Forest
Over the last year or more I have noticed a troubling trend in the writing of the Police Beat. I have noticed that there have been several authors, but always the same tone is used.
The tone is what I find offensive. Obviously the Woodinville Weekly thinks that this column is humorous. But I have to say this is very far from the truth.
The incidents spoken about have a victim who has been hurt in some way or another, sometimes seriously.
Yet this column treats each incident as though it were fodder for comedy.
... It is hard to deduce what exactly did transpire because the use of words is aimed at being comical, not informative... I would bet the perpetrator may even read the column just to see what may have been said about their assumedly comical caper! I speak from personal experience. Recently my husband’s work van was broken into and his life’s work of tools, several thousand dollars worth were stolen.
Imagine finding your whole way of doing your daily business stolen from you and an article appears in Police Beat soon afterwards stating among other things "a plethora of tools now answer to new masters and assist in the home improvement projects of persons unknown. Lock ‘em or lose ‘em, guys!" Not funny at all!!!!
This article was personally hurtful as it fails to acknowledge the loss and pain caused to the victim. It felt like a verbal slap on the hand of the victim for being so foolish! I will bet the perp got a good laugh out of that one!
Every time I have read this column I am disgusted at this attempt at comedy taken at the expense of the people or businesses who have been victimized and as a result caused great upset to their lives.
Joan Stoneking, Woodinville
We’ve answered the call to be heroes! We’re having our heads shaved to stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer, but more importantly, to raise money to find cures.
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The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.
Your gift will give hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers. So when we ask for your support,we’re really asking you to support these kids. To make a donation, visit www.stbaldricks.org/participants/KaelyHolly/fb_action_ids/10201840634676687/fb_action_types/og.likes/fb_source/other_multiline/action_object_map/%5B5755572458 24896%5D/action_type_map/%5B%22og.likes%22%5D/action_ref_map/%5B%5D/ or call 888-899-2253.
Holly and Kaely M., Woodinville