Letter to Editor: Olympic Ballet’s Nutcracker cast ‘wonderful’

Editor: Sunday evening I attended the Olympic Ballet Theatre’s perfomance of The Nutcracker at the Everett Performing Arts Center. I don’t believe most people in the area realize what a treasure we have in Mara Vinson, co director of Olympic Ballet. Before coming to OBT, Mara was a principal ballerina with Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. Mara’s performances as Snow Queen and... »

Letter to the Editor: Why I’m resigning from Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Board

Editor: I am announcing my resignation from the board of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. I have been on the board for the last 14 years with one year left in my current term. The reason I am announcing this on My Edmonds News is to let our membership know there has been a change in the makeup of the board. We have had several board members resign this year with no announcement made to the general... »

Letter to the editor: Traffic safety on 196th a concern

Editor: Many comments were made regarding the recent car/pedestrian accident on 196th Street. I had emailed both the City of Edmonds Police and the Public Works Department about a huge problem on many of our streets. 196th Street, in particular, carries a tremendous amount of traffic, often cars that go above the speed limit. A particularly bad area is between 80th and 88th Aves. SW. Not only are ... »

Letter to the Editor: Trains, Edmonds and studies to nowhere

Editor: I learned Saturday that City Council is not going to fund a serious study of a Train Trench for Edmonds by either Jacobs Engineering or Berger ABAM (experienced with under-water train trenches). Instead, the City has decided to do a $10,000 superficial peer review of a $10,000 superficial study by Tetra-Tech that actually recommends an in-depth study. So, what’s my concern when this suppos... »

Letter to the Editor: How about a new slogan — ‘Share Sunset Avenue’

Publisher’s note: The author sent this letter to the Edmonds mayor and city council, but asked us to also share it here as a letter to the editor. Dear Mayor Earling and City Council members, The temporary walkway along Sunset Avenue has been the Talk of the Town. After publication of an article in MyEdmondsNews.com on Sept. 20, nearly 120 comments were posted in response to the story. On Oc... »

Letter to the Editor: Expressing our deep appreciation to Valerie Claypool

Dear Editor: As Chairmen of the following events put on by the Chamber of Commerce – 4th of July Parade; Taste of Edmonds; The David Stern Memorial Golf Tournament and The Edmonds Classic Car Show – we want to express our deep appreciation for Valerie Claypool, former Director of Membership and Events for the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. We sincerely appreciate the valuable working relationships a... »

Letter to the Editor: Town or city? That is the question

Editor: Is Edmonds a city or a town? By the law, Edmonds is a city. Yep, you can look it up. To all those who make this claim, you’re right and well-informed. Woodway is also a city, despite having no shops or restaurants, no tall buildings, no parks, and less than 4% of the population of Edmonds. By the law, Steilacoom is a town, despite having 5 times as many people as Woodway. It has restaurant... »

Letter to the editor: Solomon and The Sunset Ave Issue

Dear Editor: (Sent to Mayor Dave Earling, Edmonds City Council) The Council’s decision to compromise and make interim improvements to Sunset ends up pleasing no one. For once, I am in agreement with the Naysayers.   The “ interim improvements” have made it worse than it was before….with one big exception. The vast majority of the people now walking on Sunset Av.are using the new walkway. So ... »

Letter to the editor: Bike riders need to follow rules of road, pedestrian says

Dear Bike Riders, While I fully appreciate and support people using bicycles as a mode of transportation, I have a simple request: please use the Rules of the Road. I recall there are rules for bike-riders which include signaling turns into traffic. I thought there were also rules for riding on sidewalks, or walking paths, and signaling you are coming up behind a pedestrian. In years past, I remem... »

Letter to the editor: What should City Council do after approving a budget?

Dear Editor: I was recently provided copies of a public record request related to the SR 104 pedestrian crossing. The public records include an email to a City Council Member that contains the following statements: “As an outsider and a past owner of numerous businesses I am surprised that the City Council has not happily delegated this sort of action to those who are hired to implement the ... »

Letter to the Editor: Traffic and parking at Westgate

Dear Editor: I have a fondness for the idea of an urban village. I imagine picking up groceries at a series of little specialty shops, pleasantly conversing with each shopkeeper, then walking home to prepare a romantic dinner. It would be like living in Paris. When I first heard about efforts to change Westgate into an urban village, that’s what I pictured. But having looked at what’s planned, I j... »

Letter to the Editor: How the City of Edmonds defines economic development

Dear Editor: The Edmonds City Council frequently has issues before it related to economic development, including Westgate, the BID (Business Improvement District), Highway 99 and the EDC (Economic Development Commission). I wanted to share what I believe is the most recently adopted definition of Economic Development, from the Edmonds City Council minutes of 9/24/2002: The undertaking of very spec... »

Letter to the Editor: A solution to harassment of day laborers at Aurora Village

Dear Editor: After my wife and I accidentally crashed a ladder through an upstairs window we have realized that we are too old to wrestle ladders or work in high places. Therefore, we have taken to hiring men from Aurora Village parking lot. Recently, Shoreline Police have been ever present, chasing the would-be helpers around. It is difficult to find good, hard workers willing to tackle just abou... »

Letter to the Editor: Thanks to My Edmonds News

To the Editor and Volunteers of My Edmonds News, My Edmonds News is a pleasure to read and continues to expand in content that keeps me connected to my community whether I’m working in Liberia or Louisiana! Thank you for reporting on such a broad variety of topics. I’m still in awe that you do this every day! With so much negative news, it’s always a joyful part of the day to rea... »

Letter to the editor: My vision for Westgate – a welcoming entrance to city

Editor: In a recent article, Edmonds City Council member Lora Petso asked citizens to share their visions for the Westgate neighborhood with the city council. Mrs. Petso challenged us to determine whether the proposed municipal code would align with our visions for the area. Most of us agree that change is coming to Westgate. Demographically, we are an aging community. We have an opportunity to at... »

Letter to the editor: Picnic Point development ‘a recipe for disaster’

Editor: For the second time in nine years, a developer has proposed to nearly “clearcut” 22 acres of forest in the Picnic Point Valley (north of Edmonds) and build 112 cluster homes in a development named  Frognal Estates AKA Horseman’s Trail.  If allowed to proceed this project will have very negative consequences for our way of life in Snohomish County. According to the informa... »

Letter to the editor: Act to save Picnic Point

Editor: Picnic Point forest, and with it, Picnic Point Creek and Puget Sound, is endangered! A developer plans 112 homes, now called Frognal Estates, aka Horseman’s Trails, upon these steep slopes within this treacherous slide zone. This conifer forest guards Picnic Point Creek where endangered Chinook salmon and threatened silver salmon spawn. It harbors an amazing array of wildlife, much of whic... »

Letter to the Editor: A necessary decision

Editor: The recent hearing about the Westgate community was disheartening. Several councilmembers are taking the “over my dead body” approach to prevent change in a neighborhood needing it. Not cosmetic change, but strategic and well-planned action that responds to two facts facing the future of Edmonds. First, Edmonds is an “older community.” Census data for 2010 showed th... »

Letter to the Editor: ‘Lessons learned’ from Citizens’ Compensation Commission process

Editor: At the August 4th City Council meeting, Mrs. Fraley-Monillas called for the elimination of the Citizens’ Commission on Compensation of Elected Officials (CCCEO). She was joined by Council President Buckshnis and Council Members Bloom and Petso. It was a brave act. It is difficult to deal with failure. A huge computer implementation project at Boeing during my tenure was cancelled due to a ... »

Letter to the Editor: July 4th Thank You’s

Dear Editor: It was a perfect Edmonds summer day for the Fourth  of July Parade put on by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. This was the 107th year that the Chamber, with the help of wonderful volunteers, have banded together to bring the community this wonderful celebration of our countries history. There are many who have a large hand in making this event successful that often don’t get recognize... »

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