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... »

Letter to the Editor: Strom Peterson will work for us

Dear Editor, Strom Peterson, an Edmonds City Council member and candidate for the State House in the 21st Legislative District, is trustworthy, reliable, and committed to serving his constituency as an elected official. As much as we all hope those words apply to all politicians, they do not always. Strom has proven himself to be all of those things and more—he shows up to community events, he sho... »

Letter to the Editor: Justin McMahon ‘a true progressive’

Dear Editor: I’m writing in support of Justin McMahon who is running for State Representative in the 21st Legislative District. I’ve know Justin for many years. The one thing that has impressed me throughout those years is that Justin says what he means and does what he says. Justin does not play politics. Justin grew up in Lynwood where his family struggled to make ends meet. Through hard work an... »

Letter to the Editor: Strom Peterson best choice for 21st District legislative seat

Dear Editor, I do not often write letters like this to the editor, but I have been reading about the upcoming primary for State Representative to the 21st Legislative District (Position 1). I was surprised to see such a wide field (5 candidates), but also reassured to see a name I could trust among the group: Strom Peterson. Strom Peterson, an Edmonds City Council member, has been working tireless... »

Letter to the Editor: Why I’m voting for Justin McMahon

Editor: Justin McMahon has earned my vote for State Representative, Position 1 in the 21st Legislative District because He understands the tragic problem of homelessness right here in Snohomish County. This is an issue that affects all of us, not just those who are struggling to live without shelter. In almost every greenbelt in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mukilteo, we find people setting up camp becaus... »

Letter to the Editor: Justin McMahon for 21st District Position 1

Editor: I wanted to write you today to tell you why I support Justin McMahon for Washington State Representative for the 21nd District, position one (1). I cannot vote in this race and I do not often tell people how to vote. I would rather have each person look at all the options and come to a realization themselves; having said that, I understand that it might be difficult for the voters to get t... »

Letter to the Editor: Your chance to preserve 2.28 acres of Seaview woods through auction Friday

Dear Editor: Local residents and the City of Edmonds have been presented with a big opportunity to acquire a portion of a 4.8-acre woodland that is part of the Perrinville Creek drainage and home to an abundance of wildlife. Its western boundary runs along 80th Avenue West near the intersection with 184th Street Southwest and continues easterly downhill to Olympic View Drive in Perrinville. The ow... »

Letter to the Editor: Let’s prevent gun murder

Dear Editor: I’ve heard the suspect in the recent SPU shootings was a student at Edmonds Homeschool Resource Center, now known as Edmonds Heights, where my children have attended school since fall of 2003. The shooter’s two years older than my oldest daughter. They went to school together. I have to ask: how many more kids have to die before people start taking proactive steps to reduc... »

Letter to the Editor: With yet another subdivision, there goes the neighborhood

Dear Editor: Well yet another subdivision is being developed in my neighborhood. In the last 28 years there have been at least seven subdivisions built on 218th, between 84th and 92nd. Most of the original homes on our street are one-story ramblers and date back to the early 1950s. Your development is named “Shaw Lane” after the family you purchased the land from. I have watched in the... »

Letter to the Editor: Spend some of that school levy money on landscape maintenance

Dear Editor, After walking and driving past our local Edmonds Schools I find the landscape condition and maintenance appalling. I ask the question how can this be with passages of two recent levies and record payments to the Edmonds School District, in our case, $2800 per year? The answer is, there is no excuse for the grounds to be in this poor condition. There are many examples to choose from, b... »

Letter to the Editor: Third Thursday Art Walk continues to thrive

Dear Editor, Walking around town Thursday night the city was alive with laughter, excitement, people in the streets and artist busy talking about there exhibits. Over the last 3 months the Art Walk has gone through some changes, the monthly DEMA meetings I’ve attended have been very productive and informative to create the new leadership. Alexandra Rousu (DEMA President) & Denise Cole (A... »

Letter to the Editor: Kudos to Campbell Nelson employees for helping motorist in distress

Editor: Today I stumbled onto a young lady that was having car troubles at the intersection of Hwy 99 and 205th. When I approached her she explained that she had broken down and was calling Triple A. I went to my truck to radio for help to push her off Hwy 99 and to my surprise a crew of Campbell Nelson employees came running out to help. I just want to pass on a thank you to them for helping this... »

Letter to the Editor: Thanks to those who supported Oso and attended fashion show

Editor: This morning’s story about our National Guard members being called up to help in Oso was very, very touching. It made even more of an impact on my tear ducts because yesterday I helped with the fund raiser for Operation Military Family, held at the yacht club. Special thanks to all our awesome local Edmononians who came out to support with their presence, their applause, and their do... »

Letter to the editor: Climate change must be addressed on national level

Editor: It was great to read about the things Edmonds is doing to address climate change, but small, local efforts, necessary as they are, will never be enough in time. We need national legislation. The latest IPCC reports say we have to reduce CO2 emissions drastically in the next 15 years or we will face “catastrophic” climate change. There is a simple, realistic plan for replacing f... »

Letter to the Editor: Thanks to 2014 Tax Aide volunteers

Dear Editor: The doors have closed on 2014 free Tax Aide Assistance this year at the Edmonds Library. I want to take a few minutes to thank the incredible volunteers who made this free service to our community a reality. From the beginning of February through April 15 these trained, kind, caring volunteers put together a program to prepare tax returns for four hours a day, three days a week. Their... »

Letter to the Editor: Stephen Clifton will be missed

Dear Editor: On April 15, 2014 during the audience comments portion of the Edmonds City Council meeting, I made the following remarks about Stephen Clifton. For those of your readers who were unable to attend the Council meeting or watch it on television I am providing a transcript of my remarks below: I have had the pleasure of working with Stephen Clifton as a member of the Highway 99 Task Force... »

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