Reader view: Remembering John Reed

The COVID-19 pandemic just got personal. It took the life of John Reed, a man I worked alongside for the past year. A man I admired. A man who became a “partner in crime,” if you will, as we brainstormed and worked on a city commission. We were like “partners in crime” on the Edmonds…

Reader view: Names matter — COVID-19 vs. ‘Chinese Virus’

In wake of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and around the world, an alarming phenomenon is the sharp rise of gun ownership among Asian-Americans who are panicking and feel insecure and targeted, partly due to COVID-19 being called “the Chinese Virus.”  Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt…

Reader view: Five great things — pass it along

In this new day of stay-at-home, stay distant and stay healthy/safe, so much of the news seems to be gloomy — more cases, more shortages, more sadly deaths and serious illness with possible long-term effects. In my stay-at-home days I have been reading lots of books — I always read lots of books, but I…

Reader view: The season may be lost, but you can still help Girls on the Run

The following was written by Megan Wolfe, executive director of Snohomish County Girls on the Run, a 10-week empowerment and fitness program for girls in third through sixth grades. It was canceled this spring due to the COVID-19 outbreak. I’ve been trying to process my grief over our canceled season for the past week and a…

Reader view: ‘We can help each other pull through’

I am not a Pollyanna. I am seriously frightened by this virus. I will scrupulously follow all restrictions to the best of my knowledge and ability. But at the same time, I wonder if we are not marinating ourselves in negativity, division, and pessimism. FDR unified a nation when he said, “We have nothing to…

Reader view: What will the coronavirus outbreak teach us?

‪I know a lot of people in our society are panicking right now, but I am surprised by my parents’ ‬and my grandmother’s completely calm response to the #coronavirus outbreak. My parents are in their 70s with underlying health conditions that qualify them as “at risk” for complications from an infection. My grandmother is in…

Commentary: Tobacco and Vapor 21 — What you need to know

Washington State is kicking off a big change for the better. As of Jan. 1, 2020, Engrossed House Bill 1074 – or Tobacco and Vapor 21 – makes it illegal to sell tobacco and vapor products to anyone under 21. Including Washington State, Tobacco and Vapor 21 is currently the law – or will be…

Commentary: A most unique gift

During this season of giving we all have stories of memorable gifts given and received. In our family the story retold year after year was given (and abruptly returned) to my Great Aunt Julie from Chicago. During the family gift exchange prickly Aunt Julie opened the gift of assorted nuts and roared, “I hate nuts!…

Commentary: Our Edmonds Marsh — what I know now and how can we help?

I was asked “what did I learn” from the final report from Windward LLC (Windward). The City Council contracted with Windward in 2017 to provide an 18-month site-specific scientific study that would address a number of tasks relating to the ecological function of the Edmonds Marsh and its wildlife.  A primary purpose was to establish…

Commentary: Alliance for Gun Responsibility working to ease tragedy

Three of every four gun deaths in our state are suicides. 512 people took their lives with a gun in recent reporting by the State Department of Health (2016). Working to ease that tragedy is one of the goals of the Edmonds chapter of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, which met last week to begin…

Commentary: Why citizens have petitioned Gov. Inslee to restore the Edmonds Marsh-Estuary

The Save Our Marsh citizens group has initiated a petition drive asking Gov. Inslee to dedicate the state property adjacent to the Edmonds Marsh (the old Unocal property) for salmon recovery, estuary restoration and wildlife conservation.  The petition can be accessed online at: http://chng.it/4Kg7wdtZcT The old Unocal site on the southern edge of the Edmonds…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Our policy on candidate comments

Recently, I came across a comment on a social media site that suggested I am allowing critical comments of candidates to appear here to increase our site traffic. It’s only Aug. 9. The primary election hasn’t even been certified yet. And then there’s the general election to deal with. I want to assure you that…

Commentary: Northgate Mall closing, Part 2

I read with interest the story by David Carlos about Northgate Mall closing. It flooded my memory with the role that the Mall held in my life. I spent the better part of my youth growing up near Northgate. It was built when I was very young and lived nearby. My doctor visits and childhood…

Commentary: How residential density expansion will impact parking and traffic in Edmonds

Density expansion and future traffic impacts within a 6-mile radius of Edmonds’ downtown and waterfront are growing at an unprecedented level. It’s been said that the Puget Sound region has not seen this acceleration of population growth in nearly 100 years. Edmonds is a small, 18-square-mile seaside town, not a mega-urban metropolitan area. The fact…

Commentary: Just exactly what used to go on at the Edmonds Senior Center?

Over the past few years as I’ve gone about the business of being a board member  of the Edmonds Senior Center and the campaign co-chair of its replacement, the new Edmonds Waterfront Center, I’ve learned a lot. I learned that most people knew of our senior center, but most had no idea of what went…

Commentary: That’s the way the cookie crumbles

Some of you may have seen the story I wrote several months ago about an Edmonds baker who decorated a batch of cookies with “Build The Wall’? A customer of Hispanic descent posted a picture of one of the cookies on Facebook and it was immediately deemed offensive by many. My initial reaction was one…

Commentary: Why I support moving 6th graders to middle school

Edmonds School District is considering moving 6th grade to middle school. I am in favor of this change. This would not happen for several years. Currently, we don’t have the facilities for it and it’s a huge change for all of us that requires proper planning. However, we must decide on it well in advance,…

Commentary: The numbers behind the Edmonds School District layoff notifications

On Tuesday May 14, a vote was taken by the Edmonds School Board to approve a reduction in force and notify (as required by law and to honor our collective bargaining agreement) 25.2 certificated staff of the possibility their positions may be eliminated in the 19-20 school year. It was an excruciating decision because every…

Commentary: Parking requirements for downtown Edmonds buildings

In light of recent discussions about parking in downtown Edmonds, we offer this commentary from Edmonds resident Darrol Haug, who is a member of the Edmonds Citizens Economic Development Commission but is sharing his views as a private citizen.  The City of Edmonds approved a nine-unit development in downtown that does not have on-site parking….

Commentary: The Tree Board’s mission is ‘Right Tree, Right Place’

The Edmonds Citizens Tree Board is no longer responsible for writing code or policy, contrary to what some people still believe. Granted, when the Tree Board was first created in 2011, one of its goals was a tree ordinance as the Tree Board was under the legislative branch. We all know how gravely awry the…