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Claiming the Holocaust didn't happen is ignorant and dangerous

  • Written by Solveig Whittle
I read the story (on Patch) about the gentleman who showed up on a Wednesday evening in Woodinville holding a sign with a swastika on it and was denying the Holocaust. Claiming to be a Nazi is not a joke.
 
Claiming the Holocaust didn't happen is ignorant and dangerous. The swastika is a symbol of fear and intimidation, and I won't stand by and let its public display go unchallenged.
 
My mother was born in Bavaria, Germany, near Dachau, in 1932. She was 12 when her town was liberated by the Americans. She was a sickly child and the only child of a single mother (her father died when she was 5). Although my mother was not Jewish, her mother was afraid of letting her play with the other children because my grandmother was worried the authorities would take her away. 
 
The Nazis killed thousands of disabled children, gay people, artists, scientists, black people and "gypsies" (Roma), in addition to millions of Jews. Some Catholic priests who helped Jews were imprisoned and sometimes killed, too. 
 
My mother, who lived at Brittany Park for five years until she passed away a few years ago, told me she remembered the Roma family in her town suddenly "disappearing." No one talked about it. She told me she remembered having to stand for hours in the town square listening to the public broadcast of Hitler's speeches. When the war ended, my mother told me the Americans made the adults in her village go to Dachau to see what had happened. 
 
The Nazi symbol continues to be a symbol of white supremacy and hate today. I want the people in my town to know that most of their neighbors don't agree with the Nazi ideology, and are not white supremacists. Most Woodinville residents want everyone to feel safe and welcome, regardless of race or religion or sexual
orientation. 
 
I was one of the six people out demonstrating publicly against Holocaust deniers and white supremacists  Saturday, Sept. 7, but the only one willing to be named. 
The few courageous people who stood with me are afraid of being harassed and their children being harassed at school, and I can respect that.
 
But I refuse to be afraid. If the gentleman shows up again with his Nazi sign, I will be there to protest again.
Everyone is free to express their First Amendment right, even Nazis, however.
 
I believe in peaceful dialog and protest. I respect the gentlemen's right to express his opinion. However, I will be out expressing mine, too.
 
 
Solveig Whittle
Woodinville

Woodinville needs balanced and reasonable development

  • Written by Kate Nichols
A public hearing will take place Sept. 26 at the Brightwater Center to allow input on a proposed permit request to subdivide approximately 14.5 acres into five lots for single-family dwellings west of 164th Ave NE.
 
I know this sounds like big lots (2.8 acres), and yes, they will be. However, it could start a trend in and around Woodinville to add density and permanently change the character of the area that would include pushing wildlife out.
 
King County’s Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program affords developers to purchase development rights from rural landowners. The purchased TDRs gives developers the ability to build additional houses that exceed the number allowed by the zoning base density. Once the land is purchased, a conservation easement is then placed on the rural site to focus growth into urban areas.
 
The Harvey parcel is currently zoned RA-2.5, which specifies one dwelling unit per 5 acres. However, it is eligible for the TDR program. I use the term eligible because the TDR program isn't automatic. The program is supposed to provide a public benefit and "adjusted to the specific conditions of each receiving site" (KCC 21A.37.010).  
 
I believe King County should consider the impact of the TDR program on our specific area and adjust the additional density allowed accordingly.  
 
For example, since the parcel is approximately 14.5 acres, a reasonable adjustment would be to subdivide the land into three lots (4.83 acres). This would keep the density in our area relatively consistent while still allowing the developer an additional house.  
 
KCC 21A.37.010 further states receiving sites are, “evaluated in a timely way and balanced with other county goals and policies.”
 
There are plenty of big homes for sale in the Woodinville area so I do not see a need to start a redevelopment trend. Although the Harvey parcel is vacant, approving the maximum density transfer sets a precedence and slippery slope for the redevelopment of other big RA-2.5 parcels in the unincorporated areas of Woodinville, which would change the feel and character that many of us moved here for.
 
Part of the character of Woodinville (both city and unincorporated portions) is the wildlife. My next-door neighbor had a bear and two cubs in his yard.  When he called the Department of Fish & Wildlife, they said, "Well, that's bear country!" A bear, coyotes, several deer, and a family of bobcats have been seen on the Harvey site. Owls can be heard there at night. 
 
The King County permitting report for the Harvey Plat reads, "Small birds and animals undoubtedly inhabit this site; however, their population and species are limited due to nearby development. Larger species may visit this site on occasion."  
 
It seems so strange to me that they imply this isn't a problem.
Yes, larger species do visit the site because they need land to roam! 
 
Why increase density and push out wildlife when there is no need at this time, and no reason to believe that there will be in the near future?  
 
The city of Woodinville had a similar density transfer program but repealed it in 2012. They knew it wasn't good for this area. The proposed transfer for the Harvey lot comes from Carnation. We need open space here in the Woodinville area. Carnation has enough open space.
 
Kate Nichols
Woodinville
 

Letters to the Editor - Sept. 12, 2019

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 Higher elevation needed for commercial air traffic over Woodinville

On Tuesday night, Sept. 3 at 7:03 p.m., my wife and I were on our deck when we heard and saw a large four-engine commercial jet flying a few hundred feet above our trees lining up to land at Paine Field.

I immediately pulled out my cell phone and took a picture of the jet as it passed over our house on 168th Ave NE. After mapping it on Google, Paine Field was about 14 miles.

Low flying commercial aircraft over Woodinville poses a number of issues in addition to the noise a four-engine jet makes above our homes. Woodinville has hot air balloons flying over our community, and on numerous occasions, they have flown over our homes at a much higher altitude than this jet.

We also have significant private airplane traffic, which again is at a higher elevation. The big question is: Why does a commercial jet need to be flying at tree top level when it is still 14 miles from Paine Field?

On Wednesday, morning I contacted the FAA’s Seattle Flight Standards District Office and spoke with Chis Melchior, Principle Operations Inspector. He took my information and emailed me the required forms to be filled out so that an investigation could be initiated. I will be filing out a report and include the picture of the jet that flew over my house.

The FAA has given Alaska and United Airlines authorization to fly 24 daily departures from Paine Field. This number is in addition to what Boeing is manufacturing, and will undoubtedly increase over time. I know we are not going to stop this train of commercial air traffic, but what I’m suggesting is that we collectively be proactive by reporting low flying aircraft to the FAA to try and influence them to impose a flight plan floor of 4,000 to 5,000 feet over our community.

There is an App called Flightradar24 you can download on your cell phone. It will allow you to point it at the low flying jet (or plane) and will tell you the model of the plane and who owns it, the tail number, and the speed and altitude it is flying. Take a picture of the plane if you can and be sure and document the day and time you saw it. The valuable information you collect can then be sent to the FAA to assist in their investigation.

The address to the Seattle FSDO is 2200 S. 216 Street, Des Moines, WA, 98198. The phone number is 206-231-3828.

Steve Evans, Woodinville

Sound Transit threatens local fruit market

We were surprised and dismayed to learn that Sound Transit's Bus Rapid Transit project along Hwy 522 is threatening the existence of the Yakima Fruit Market, which is an historic and cultural gem of great importance to people of the Northshore area including Kenmore, Bothell, and Woodinville.

To place this unique family-run commercial activity into a historic context, consider that when the market was founded in 1938:

— Work was starting on the Lake Washington Floating Bridge.
— Boeing unveiled its 307 Stratoliner, the world’s first transport aircraft with a pressurized cabin.
— Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River was just going into service.
— Folk singer Ivar Haglund founded Ivar’s Seafood Restaurant in Seattle.

The people of the Northshore area LOVE the Yakima Fruit Market, and many of them may find it difficult to support Sound Transit if it destroys the market.

Jo Ann Evans , President
Kenmore Heritage Society

 

Letters to the Editor - Sept. 2, 2019

  • Written by Readers
Save Cottage Lake
 
Toxic algae have polluted Cottage Lake, Woodinville’s only public access lake. In late July, King County closed the lake to swimming for the rest of the summer.
 
A local organization; The Friends of Cottage Lake, is aiming to clean up the lake so people can once again enjoy what is perhaps the loveliest landmark in Woodinville.  But they need help from all of us to make this happen.
 
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Letters to the Editor - Aug. 5, 2019

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THANK YOU
 
Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all the many friends and family that attended Dad's "Celebration of Life". Mom, and all us Martys were overwhelmed by all of the love and support shown by all of you.  Also, thank you for all the cards, flowers, donations, words of condolences, and to all who helped and contributed in any way. Thank you SO much! We love you all.
 
The Marty Family