Northwest NEWS

November 16, 1998


Letters to the Editor

Salmon, predator balance is difficult

 Never in history has anything so wrongfully misled people as these never ending salmon fears and recovery plans. Who believes that spot planting of trees along a 17-mile long stretch of Sammamish River and buying a few farms will bring salmon back. It will not.

Turn out for replanting was amazing

 Over 550 volunteers showed up on Oct. 14 to help plant Wilmot Park and to take part in the Sammamish Re-Leaf project.

In spite of no treat, she was treated like a queen

 I had been ill; someone else did the shopping, and trick or treat candy was left out. No one had come the last two years. I was watching television when I heard a car stop. I looked out; it looked like a van with kids spilling out.

A combination of errors prompted follow-up

 With the imminent Endangered Species Act listing of chinook salmon, the urge to transform various side channels that have contained trout--but never salmon--into salmon habitat, could escalate the $14 million estimate for Sammamish River restoration into who knows how much.

Writer wants to say, "I'm sorry"

 I grieve because you were a youngster who shouldn't have been allowed to play outside at night.

Student needs host family

 An 18-year-old boy from Morocco is in need of a host family for the remainder of the school year.

Only the oil companies would profit

 Washington doesn't need a new pipeline through the mountains.

Another definition of legacy

 Regarding the response to my letter calling for the preservation of farming in King County, the letter writer may find that making a point is more persuasive if the facts are correct.

Election crew sends thanks to voters

 Thanks also for citizens' patience, especially those who had glitches in their registration or was a pleasure to serve you!

Sammamish Re-Leaf a success

 One thousand thirty volunteers planted 13,000 trees and shrubs along a half-mile stretch of the Sammamish River.

Help for those affected by HMO withdrawals

 Recently, nearly 27,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Washington received notice that their HMO will not continue in the Medicare program after Dec. 31, 1998. This means they will have to change the way they currently receive their Medicare benefits. We understand that these changes can be disruptive and we are working to provide more choices to beneficiaries in the future.

Update from your post office

 I want to assure you that mailing in blue boxes is safe. Although you have not been affected by this problem, I want to let you know what we are doing to ensure this doesn't happen in the Northshore area.

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