Letters

Letter to the editor: Woodway fields — what happens next?

Dear Editor, Your headline, Decorum takes a holiday as council decides to review Woodway Field permits, was (unfortunately) spot on. I was at the meeting and I agree, it was very contentious and without the usual and expected decorum. As someone who very much dislikes and tends to avoid heated conflict, I was uncomfortable and confused while at the meeting. I have been processing the events of the... »

Letter to the Editor: What is role of our elected officials regarding health and crumb rubber?

Editor: As one of many who have been very involved in the movement to keep crumb rubber off of athletic fields in the City of Edmonds, I have found the process both frustrating and confusing. I have been amazed at what we have gone through in our attempt to simply change the infill used on the new synthetic athletic fields; a move that would give peace of mind to thousands of Edmonds residents who... »

Letter to the Editor: It’s time to ban crumb rubber in Edmonds

The following letter was sent to the Edmonds City Council with a request to print it in My Edmonds News. Dear Edmonds City Council; Undebated facts about crumb rubber infill in synthetic turf versus Issues that simply should not be debated After months of discussion, public comment, testimony and letters to the editor, I am flabbergasted that a high-ranking Edmonds Parks & Recreation staffer i... »

Letter to the editor: School Board’s response ‘unconscionable’

Dear Mayor Earling and Edmonds City Council, It was with great dismay, but not surprise, that I read in today’s My Edmonds News that the Edmonds School Board has declined yet another opportunity to respond to its partners’ concerns in the fields development project at the “Old Woodway.” In declining this request to meet with Edmonds City Council, the Edmonds School Board has refused yet another op... »

Letter to the Editor: What has happened to police enforcement of speeding?

Dear Editor: It used to be that Edmonds was known for speed limit enforcement. That made me proud and feeling safe. I live on 3rd Avenue and when cars go speeding by (often coming from the ferry, cutting thru to get to 220th, 100th, etc.) it makes me very concerned. I think of children who will be coming to the park (even now, with the construction there are groups who play on the grass). I also h... »

Letter to the Editor: Children deserve ‘due diligence’ on crumb rubber turf

Editor: I’ve followed the Edmonds School District’s proposed use of crumb rubber on Woodway fields under the Inter-Local Agreement (ILA). After listening to a consultant at a City Council study session, I have questions: Crumb rubber contains toxins. Does a child have to get sick before considering safety? Cancer is a concern. Is that gamble acceptable? Why does the District resist investigating a... »

Letter to the editor: Why I’m supporting Dave Somers for County Executive

Editor: Dave Somers is the best candidate to lead Snohomish County. Over his years on the County Council and during his career as a biologist, he worked tirelessly and successfully to bring people with widely separated goals together on issues. Dave has a non-confrontational style, strong principals and a vision for the future of the County. It is his concern for Snohomish County that drives him t... »

Letter to the editor: Is school district willing to sever city partnership over crumb rubber?

Editor: Did the Superintendent of the Edmonds School District really threaten to sever a partnership with the City of Edmonds because council members are considering responding to the concerns of hundreds of residents about crumb rubber infill? Is this the official stance of the Edmonds School Board as well? In speaking about the installation of crumb rubber infill on the new synthetic turf field ... »

Letter to Editor: Dave Somers campaign continues to mislead public

Editor, How long will the Dave Somers campaign continue to mislead the public about fiscal responsibility? It is disappointing to me that in his position as council chair he has either not read the County Charter or is choosing to distort it for political gain. Section 2.2 – Powers of the Council, the Charter clearly states; “To levy taxes, appropriate revenue and adopt budgets for the county.” In... »

Letter to the editor: Edmonds should lead by example on crumb rubber playfield issue

Editor’s note: The following was sent to the Edmonds City Council and the author asked that it also be posted as a letter to the editor. Edmonds City Council Members, Thank you for the opportunity, at last night’s city council meeting, myedmondsnews.com/2015/07/council-rejects-idea-to-up-bid-for-edmonds-conference-center-hears-again-from-turf-field-opponents/ to express my deep concern... »

Letter to the editor: Thank you, Edmonds Arts Festival volunteers

Letter to the editor: Thank you, Edmonds Arts Festival volunteers

The Edmonds Arts Festival sincerely thanks the 500 plus volunteers who made the 2015 event a huge success. The festival is totally dependent on the time and effort our unpaid heroes donate. Volunteers helped before, during and after the three-day event. They checked in art, set the galleries, worked with children on Kids Create projects, provided booth relief to artists, staffed the information bo... »

Thanks for supporting garage sale benefiting animal advocacy

Editor: A big thank you to all who came to the GGAA (Genevieve G. Animal Advocacy) group garage sale in Edmonds on June 6th. It was very successful. We sold lots of stuff. People enjoyed lots of cookies. And all funds raised goes to the GGAA vet expenses. Watch for our next sale in July. We get new items all the time. Mary Ann Ramminger Seattle »

Letter to the editor: We need a solution to railroad crossings at waterfront

Editor: Sometime before 5 a.m. Saturday, I noticed the RR crossing gates were down and the warning lights flashing — but no train. Just before 5 a.m., I notified 911 of the problem and our local police showing up at the scene. At 5:30 a.m., the ferry docked. Our police showed up. They managed to unload and load the ferry. Seems fixed. Oh oh. No, not fixed. A train came through and the gates ... »

Letter to the editor: Crumb rubber an issue nationally

Letter to the editor: Crumb rubber an issue nationally

Editor: The use and safety of crumb rubber is an emerging national issue. Crumb rubber is made from tires, and tires contain many known carcinogens. While we can all agree that further research needs to be done, it is important to note a new development — that at a May 19, 2015 meeting of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, the use of crumb r... »

Letter to editor: We don’t need regulations to preserve trees

Editor: Should you be required pay the city $250, and submit a site plan, to cut down a tree on your own property? Wait, your tree has a base greater than 24 inches, so I should ask: Should you be required to pay $820? Should you be required to hire an Arborist to tell you how to manage trees on your property? Should you be required to post a notice in the newspaper? Should you notify everyone wit... »

Letter to the editor: Edmonds School District may pay big price later for turf decision

Editor: On Tuesday, the Edmonds School Board made the decision to install a crumb rubber/artificial turf field at Former Woodway High School. It was a disappointing vote for the large group of community members, parents and students who have been urging the board to go with an alternative infill material for the proposed synthetic turf field. Crumb rubber is made from recycled used tires and used ... »

Letter to Editor: Great fun at the Edmonds Pub Crawl and Poker Run

Editor: Special thanks to Marcie and Tom Kretzler, new owners of Gallaghers’ U-Brew, for organizing the first Annual Pub Crawl and Poker Run. It was a great event for Edmonds and participating establishments — Engels Pub, A Very Taki Tiki Bar and Grill, Salish Sea Brewing Co, and American Brewing Co., all saw lots of new faces. About 80 people joined in the four-hour crawl where one card was... »

Letter to the editor: An environmentally-friendly artificial turf option

The following was sent to the Edmonds School Board, and the author requested that it also be posted as a letter to the editor. Edmonds School Board Members: There is an alternative product that will allow you to address most of the concerns raised by the community while still allowing eager athletes to have a great sports field to play on. The White House researched the product and has installed i... »

Letter to the Editor: Supporting a vote against crumb rubber fields

Dear Editor: Below you will find the letter I have sent to our school board members. You may find it of interest. Our family is very concerned about the possibility of crumb rubber being used for the field project, and hope that before the school board votes this Tuesday, more research will be done, more Edmonds citizens will become aware, and alternate choices will be made. Barbara Peterson ̵... »

Editor: Compromise needed for Woodway field proposal

Editor: Regarding the Old Woodway HS field: I’m so disappointed at the City of Edmonds and School Board for the way this whole process has been handled! No independent, impartial, qualified Environmental or Traffic studies were conducted (especially in light of the newly rezoned Westgate area) and the Board seems to be acting in direct conflict of the purpose of the land as stated in its Dee... »

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