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... »

Letter to the editor: Edmonds BID plan for spending merchants’ money ‘mystifying’

Dear Editor: The City of Edmonds has a relatively new “Advisory Board” which is called the Edmonds Business Improvement District (EDBID). This board assesses businesses within the downtown boundary area (which they determined) a certain amount of money based on square footage. This new entity was formed with the idea that they will be able to bring more people to Edmonds through differ... »

Letter to the editor: Council should find way to purchase Perrinville property

Dear editor: There are obviously differences of opinions as to the value of the natural environments in Edmonds. Some individuals espouse that preserving a watershed and wildlife habitat is far less important than clear-cutting, re-grading steep slopes and the filling of deep ravines and wetlands to make way for additional housing. The property at issue here is known as “Angler’s Cross... »

Letter to the Editor – What are Edmonds’ priorities?

Dear Editor: Two months ago my wonderful friend Ellie Bonanno was fatally hit by a car on Walnut Street at the crossing where the city paths link the two segments of 8th Avenue. For years, she and I had attempted to get the City to understand the need for pedestrian friendly streets, especially Walnut, so that horrible accidents like this one (which is still under investigation) would not happen. ... »

Letter to the editor: City can’t afford to ‘do nothing’ on Sunset Avenue

Dear Editor: I spent my 20th birthday somewhere near the middle of Lake Superior. That year I worked as a deck hand on the SS Lehigh, which was an ore carrier in the Bethlehem Steel Company’s fleet hauling iron ore, dolomite and coal to various steel mills on the Great Lakes. There is one tiny memory that has stuck with me ever since that summer that I’ll share. One afternoon the First Mate was sh... »

Letter to the Editor: Citizens concerned about loss of woods in Seaview/Perrinville area

Dear Editor: The residents in the Seaview and Perrinville area are facing, for the third time over the past 15 years, the possibility of a 27-home planned residential development (PRD) being developed in their back yard. If it comes to fruition, more than five acres of woodlands will be clear-cut and graded to make way for 27 homes. The development is known as “Angler’s Crossing”... »

Letter to the Editor: Why I support Neil Tibbott for City Council

Dear Editor: I am writing to you about my friend Neil Tibbott. You might say that this is an endorsement of sorts. Neil expressed to me that he is applying for an Edmonds City council position that has opened up. Neil stated that there are some very good candidates who have been on the council before and are very qualified as well. Neil, as you know, is a member of the Edmonds planning board. He h... »

Letter to Edmonds City Council and Mayor Dave Earling: Ellie Bonanno’s death tragic, preventable

Edmonds City Council President Edmonds City Councilmembers Mayor Earling A week ago today at 9 o’clock in the morning (PST) I chatted on the phone with my good friend and former neighbor Ellie Bonanno who lived at 820 Walnut Street since the late 1950’s. I lived for nearly 10 years at 801 Walnut and now reside in Pittsburgh, Penn. That very afternoon upon returning from the walk she had told me sh... »

Letter to the Editor: Edmonds School District SAT scores nothing to brag about

Dear Editor: My Edmonds School District News, urging that I vote for the new levy and bonds, announces that its SAT scores are slightly above the state and national averages. This is good news? No, it’s a disgrace. Our relatively rich and well-educated community should be ashamed to be just barely above our woeful national average, which ranks only 27th in the world. Mediocrity is no reason ... »

Letter to the Editor: Say ‘no’ to the Sunset Walkway

To the Editor: Mayor Dave Earling and the Edmonds City Council, Just say “NO” to the Sunset Walkway! We think it would be extremely short-sighted to spend millions of dollars for a walkway on Sunset Avenue. Much of this proposed walkway between Edmonds Street and Caspers Street would be on Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) property. We have already been warned that BNSF wants to build a... »

Letter to the Editor: Experience could be a positive in council seat appointment

Dear Editor: Does Our City Really Need Even More “New” ?? In the past five years our city has had to function with extraordinary turnover of elected officials and director-level staff: Three different mayors, five councilmembers did not complete their elected terms, six different finance directors, as well as a new fire chief, development services director, parks director, public works... »

Letter to Editor: Edmonds City Council appointment provides opportunity for ‘new blood’

Dear Editor: With the Council soon to interview 15 candidates for its open position, this is an opportunity to bring ‘new blood’ to the Council. In taking time to find information about the 13 candidates who have not served before, I see some good citizens to consider. Some already serve on City committees. Others hold important positions in the community. Most have good lengths of tim... »

Letter to the editor: Thanks to all who participated in 2013 City Giving Tree

Dear Editor: On behalf of the City of Edmonds, we would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2013 Giving Tree. Partnering with Volunteers of America, the Frances Anderson Center and City Hall collected over 200 gifts, making the holiday season a little brighter for local families. Volunteers of America has worked to provide vital services to the most vulnerable in Western Washington sinc... »

Letter to the Editor: Another endorsement for Steve Bernheim

Editor: To the Edmonds City Council – I hope that you will wholeheartedly endorse and vote for Steve Bernheim to fill in the vacancy created by the departure of Frank Yamamoto. I have worked with Steve on several progressive ideas and admire him very much. He loves Edmonds and wants to retain its charm and also make it progress into the best that it can be for the future. He has great ideas ... »

Letter to the editor: Steve Bernheim would be a great addition to council

Editor: Council & Mayor: I understand that The City Council and The Mayor will be voting to fill a position on The City Council. I urge Council and Mayor to vote for Steve Bernheim. I attend many City Council meetings and have served on several work groups and committees. I have always been impressed with how thoroughly Mr. Bernheim researches issues. Steve truly loves Edmonds and has done a g... »

Letter to the Editor: Steve Bernheim is perfect for City Council appointment

Editor: I have had the pleasure of working with Steve Bernheim on the Edmonds City Council for several years. Therefore I support Steve Bernheim for the vacancy on Council. Steve is the perfect candidate for the position. This is because I believe Steve Bernheim can specifically help continue the council’s work immediately without his needing to get “up to speed.” He already has detail... »

Letter to the Editor: Complaints about Edmonds sandwich-board signs ‘a tempest in a teapot’

Editor, The recent “furor” on the part of a few unhappy individuals re: business “A”-board signs seems to me the very definition of a tempest in a teapot.  It is so unfortunate that the self-defined aesthetic of a grumbley few can be used to hurt so many others. While all can certainly agree that signs which impede pedestrians and congest narrow sidewalks are undesirable, b... »

Letter to the editor: Please drive safely!

Dear Editor: A stretch of 216th Southwest, between Highway 99 and 73rd Place, is both a short distance and a danger to those living and working in the area. It is a busy transit location during the day. This street is the main entry to Swedish and medical clinics. Large commercial trucks rumble along these streets. Five of the seven wheelchair cuts on 216th are not ADA compliant. The risk for pede... »

Letter to the Editor: Edmonds Recreation thanks its sponsors

Dear Editor: As 2013 draws to a close, Edmonds Recreation would like to take this opportunity to thank those businesses and organizations that sponsored recreation events this year. It is with their help that our events were successful. We extend our gratitude to: Axis Physical Therapy Edmonds Family Medicine Revelations Yogurt Trader Joe’s Lynnwood QFC Edmonds Fred Meyer Proliance Penny Berglund ... »

Letter to the Editor: Thanks to all who supported Rotary gifts for children in need

Dear Editor: Every year the Rotary Club of Edmonds provides gift giving trees to support the CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children) and the Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Program. These programs provide court-appointed special advocates for children who are victims or alleged victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse or neglect. This past year, we processed 289 requests. Miraculously, we... »

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