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Letters to the editor are welcome and encouraged. Send them to P. O. Box 587 or 17936 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd., Woodinville, WA. 98072; FAX them to 486-7593; or email them to nwnews@connect.com. They must be signed and include a daytime telephone number for verification. They may be edited.   Many thanks to a kind woman
   This past Saturday, I was driving with my 4-year-old daughter on Monroe-Duvall Road when my little utility trailer got a flat and the tire caught fire.
   I did not have an extinguisher with me and tried to put it out by other means, which were unsuccessful.
   I was standing there becoming more frustrated and concerned. I looked up to see a woman coming across the road with a large thermos in her hands. She said to me "Try this." I took the container from her and doused the flames with its contents. She then handed me her cup of coffee and said, "Make sure it's out." And I complied.
   My attention was momentarily diverted to see what my daughter was doing. When I looked around this kindly, considerate person was driving off.
   Who ever you are, kind woman, I thank you for your help. If the fire had not been put out soon it would have spread to the wooden parts of the trailer and the tragedy would have been worse. Out of the dozens of cars and trucks that passed, you were the only one to stop. Again I thank you.
   Bill Zinsley, Woodinville
  
   Reader suggests: Read the paper
   For those of you who have not read The Woodinville Weekly dated June 24, 1996 please do so. For those of you who have, sadly,.............I REST MY CASE!
   Mary Baum, Woodinville
  
   New commmissioner an excellent choice
   I would like to congratulate the Woodinville Fire Commissioners for their excellent choice of Donald L. Eddy to fill the position vacated by Commissioner O'Dell.
   While we are not close personal friends, I have known Don for about seven years, initially through his employers, who are my very close friends, and subsequently from working in areas of shared interest with Don. All I know of Don's personal life is that he is a single parent of two teenage boys, and along with raising them he is also caring for his mother, who has Alzheimer's Disease.
   What I do know from personal experience in working alongside Don is that he is a fiscal conservative of highest integrity and ethical standards, so that he will be an excellent guardian of the taxpayers' money.
   He also seems to never enter any activity or commitment with less than 100 percent dedication. So I'm sure that he will give his very best efforts to the position.
   His education and professional experience should help him in meeting the requirements of the position of Fire Commissioner.
   What more could we ask for this position of public responsibility?
   Roy H. Bleikamp, Woodinville
  
   Applicants sought for new fire commissioner vacancy
   It is with deepest regret that for personal reasons I will be resigning in the near future as Commissioner for Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District.
   With that in mind, for those residents who are interested in serving as a Fire Commissioner for this district, please submit your resume or letter of intent to my attention in care of Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District, 19900 144th Ave. NE Woodinville, 98072, and I will be happy to personally present them to the full Board of Commissioners for consideration.
   Sue Dickson, Commissioner for Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District
  
   Message clear for high school students
   The following letter was written to Chief Jim Davis of the Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District, with a request for publication:
   Dear Jim,
   On behalf of the Woodinville High School PTSA, I would like to thank you and your staff for coordinating and participating in the alcohol related mock accident, "This Could Happen To You!" that was staged at our high school on May 15.
   This is an exciting time of the year for high school students with graduation, proms, new licenses and summer vacation coming up. Parents, teachers and safety officials are trying to get the message across that accidents can happen when teenagers combine drinking and fast driving.
   This message was graphically clear and the panel was most effective, and we hope our teenagers will think about the consequences of their actions.
   Your team of professionals did an excellent at the accident scene. I would especially like to thank Dave Leggett, Cliff Griffin and Domenic Marzano and the duty crew. We are looking forward to working with you in the future on this program. Again, thank you for your part in this excellent program.
   Fredricka N. Bolinger, PTSA Co-President
  
   City would be stuck with an outdated school
   Donna DeYoung made some interesting comments in her latest letter to the editor in which she calls me a naysayer. She states that "The only thing wrong with the old school is that the wiring and the plumbing are inadequate." She goes on to say that the building is "almost maintenance free" and could "never be replaced for the cost it is being sold for."
   If the old school is in such good shape why in the world would the school district build another school (Woodmoor) to replace it? It was built as a school, not as a civic center and City Hall. The buildings are not maintenance free, and they are in need of a lot more than some plumbing and electrical work to bring them up to code. If purchased, the city would be stuck with an outdated school for a civic center.
   I have suggested to the City Council that there is never only one answer and asked that they explore other alternatives. They have refused to even discuss any other alternative. The council has decided to go full steam ahead and put the matter on the ballot again, after "educating" the voters so that they will vote yes.
   The council is exploring ways to get you to vote yes, but the final cost will be $15,000,000 regardless of the amount placed on the ballot. The difference will come from Councilmanic bonds, general revenue, increased taxes or a combination of all.
   The council is considering reducing the amount of the bond issue and using general revenue to make up the difference. General tevenue is money that could, and should, be used to build sidewalks to protect our children, for street rebuilding, and street lighting. Yes, these are all scheduled at some future date. We need them now, not 10, 15 or 20 years down the road.
   The city wants the Sorenson School and has a public-be-damned attitude. There is no need for a city of less than 10,000 population to spend $15,000,000.00, or more, on a civic center.
   Bob Dixon, Woodinville
  
   Illegal to build churches?
   The Bear Creek United Methodist Church has spent $250,000 and three years trying to get a permit to build a church. An environmental impact statement is not required.
   Apparently, some neighbor doesn't like churches and has been saying all kinds of things which simply are not true. One must assume that it is illegal to build churches in King County.
   Now I don't know about anybody else, but I find this intolerable. I do not want to live in a community where it is illegal to build churches.
   The United Methodist Church is a main line denomination well thought of everywhere. This is a human rights violation on the part of King County government. In other words, we live in a tyranny. To my knowledge, only in Communist nations is it illegal to build churches.
   George C. Best, Woodinville
  
   Logic is lacking in Congressional funding cut
   Congress recently reduced funding for overseas family planning by 85 percent in fiscal year '96. Ostensibly, this massive cut was the prize for House Congressional leaders who feel that the irradication of abortion at any cost, for any woman, in any country, is more important than keeping the U.S. government operating.
   Don't they realize that by cutting this funding, an additional 1.6 abortions will occur? Don't they realize that for many women living in third world countries, this is their only source of health care? The logic of these right-wing extremists is lacking.
   International family planning crosses party and ideological lines. Let's make sure that funding is reinstated for this critical program in fiscal year '97. Now is the time to let our Senators and Representatives know.
   Molly Murdock, Bothell
  
   Isolation of elderly contrary to American tradition
   America is going through a longevity revolution! In 1900, the average life span was from 25-30 years old. Since then, it has nearly tripled. Why is this significant? Because the fastest growing population in America is the elderly.
   Part of American tradition is for family to take care of family. When your parents got older and less self-sufficient, you would take them into your home and care for them as they cared for you the first years of your life. Now, however, we send them off to daycare, hospitals, and nursing homes...for months, years, as long as it takes for them to pass on.
   This isolation of our elderly from family and community life is contrary to our history, morals and values. With the number of two income families on the rise, is the "average Joe and Jan American" too busy to be involved in their community's aging population?
   For those who are taking the time and are struggling with the mental and physical problems that their aging friend or loved one is going through, such as Alzheimer's, arthritis, or dementia, there are many organizations that have support groups to help. There are also schools and youth groups like Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly, Girl Scouts, and Teen Northshore that are involved with elderly in their community. They have discovered the many rewards of this kind of community service.
   Getting involved can be as easy as a phone call for a chat on a rainy day, a greeting card on a non holiday, inviting an elderly person to a community activity or meeting, or playing a game of checkers or cards "just because." Incorporate random acts of kindness towards the elderly in your daily life, as well as encouraging them to get involved with your community activities. It is the simple and small things that brighten their days the most.
   The elderly are a valuable part of the community. There is so much warmth, kindness, and wisdom they have to share with us. Why not take advantage of this opportunity to make all of our lives a little bit richer?
   Liz Murray, Bothell
  
   Natural Law Party seeks candidates
   I am writing to thank the thousands of voters who cast votes for Natural Law Party candidates in 1992 and 1994 in Washington.
   The Natural Law Party represents the next generation of politics in America, offering a new prevention-oriented approach to government, conflict-free politics and proven solutions to our nation's critical problems.
   Because we will soon be on the ballot, we invite citizens to run for state and federal offices with our party, citizens who support preventive health care, a cleaner environment,renewable energy sources, community development programs that significantly reduce urban crime and less partisan conflict and special interest control in government.
   You would join hundreds of creative, successful, socially minded men and women from across the country who have already stepped forward to be voices of common sense, candidates who support profound principles and proven new solutions designed to bring our nation into harmony with natural law.
   It is time that we work together now to bring these programs into public policy. As a Natural Law Party candidate, you would receive substantial support to help you run an effective campaign-including clear, thoroughly researched platform positions on all the issues.
   For more information about the Natural Law Party and about opportunities to run as a candidate in Washington, please call me at 206-842-0464.
   Michael Huddleston, Chair, Natural Law Party of Washingt