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Letters to the Editor - Feb. 17, 2014

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Ms. Roundhill and all fellow Woodinvillians:

If there is any one thing that my family respects, honors, and cherishes as much as our beloved, WORLD CHAMPION Seahawks, it is in fact our incredible city. My in-laws, wife, and kids have lived in Woodinville their entire lives and would not change that for anything. We decided to honor our Hawks with a family trip to decorate "the 12th fish." Not only did we use the utmost care and caution, we also used it as a way to teach our kids about community and respect for property.

I appreciate and respect the concern for our landmark and would like to make sure that our wonderful city knows that my son and I removed every trace of decoration we put up.

A soft, non abrasive, non marring agent was used to remove the tape residue. Granted, some residue from other decorators’ previous displays still remains.

We also made sure as we do when we leave a campsite, that it was left "cleaner than when we got there."

Rest assured, if/when this family shall decorate our incredible landmark in the future, it will be handled in the same fashion as it was this time.

GO HAWKS!

GO FALCONS!

The Beaupre family

12th Man, Woodinville Residents

A few months ago, there was a power outage on Puget Sound Energy’s  main line off 232nd Ave.NE, Woodinville, caused apparently by a fallen tree or limb.

Such occurrences are designated "acts of nature" by the power company, and by the State Utilities Commission. 

Thus, the power company says it is not liable for any problems that disruption of service causes customers. Two state legislators indicate now that they are not in a position to change that.

On the occasion referenced, when power was restored it caused a surge into our house that burned out the main circuit board of our electric range which cost more than $1000 to replace.

I am told that there may be at least three or four other customers in this vicinity who may have been damaged,also.

Now, I am not an electrician, but it is my understanding that there should be a substation and/or transformer between the main line and any residence, designed to step down the voltage before it reaches a  residence and prevent any damaging power surge.

And It seems to me that turning the power back on would be an "act of man" rather than an "act of nature," and that it would be the power company’s responsibility to see that its substations and transformers are performing properly.

Nevertheless, at the moment, it seems the only recourse would be expensive legal action against the power company.

I would appreciate receiving other reader/ power company customer’s comments, advice. Thank you.

Keith Oliver, Woodinville

I’m writing to note an error in the article (February 10, 2014) "A 1.3-acre parcel on the southwest corner of NE 171st Street and 140th Avenue NE, for which the city budgeted $225,000, could be used for right-of-way for traffic improvements such as a roundabout." 

The parcel is actually 3 tenths of an acre or approximately 13,000 square feet.

It consists of the thin, overgrown strip that is fronted mostly on NE 171st Street. 

The property is what was left of the larger parcel that includes the KFC corner when the bypass (171st) was cut through several years ago.

The targeted property has carried a for sale sign for several months and has been posted periodically in the past.

It DOES NOT include the Chrysalis School parcel, a separate property owned by the school’s operators. 

The for sale sign has been a source of confusion for Chrysalis and I expect the article might further add as much.

The school is not for sale nor is the property on which it sits.

Walter Fogle, Chrysalis School, Woodinville

In the article regarding the Rettigs’ trip to El Salvador, there is a greater irony than the one noted in the article.  

In the U.S., the requirement of Voter ID cards pushed by some Republicans is Jim Crow coming back to life, putting obstacles in the way of citizens who want to vote. Other examples of Jim Crow activity in this country:  preventing or shortening the opportunity for early voting, ending same-day registration, and the presence of fewer voting machines in minority areas meaning longer lines of people waiting to vote. 

The greater irony is this: that while some in the U.S. are actively attempting to disenfranchise some U.S. citizens, El Salvador’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal seeks to expand enfranchisement by encouraging more and more citizens to vote.

It has already increased the number of polling places and brought those closer to where people live, increased the number of voting booths at the polling places, and for the first time provided the chance for absentee voting from Salvadorans living overseas. 

In the U.S., we should be working to increase enfranchisement, not decrease it!

    Jim Rettig, Woodinville

 

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