Commentary: Enough is enough — Bad behavior by coaches, parents and fans must stop

There’s an unfortunate trend continuing in Washington and across the nation that must be stopped: the bad behavior of coaches, parents and fans at high school and middle school athletic events. We’ve all seen it: the yelling, harassing, berating, disrespecting and even physically assaulting referees, umpires and other officials during and after games. And oftentimes,…

Commentary: A call to action for Highway 99 neighborhood safety

Edmonds is certainly not immune to the crime issues facing the entire nation. In recent months, there have been countless instances of shop lifting, illegal narcotics use, car thefts, catalytic converter thefts, vandalism, home break-ins, and other various forms of petty crime. This data is easily accessible by the general public on the Snohomish County…

Reader view: Grandma rides an e-bike

I ride an e-bike. It enables me to go for longer rides and spend more time outdoors getting fresh air in  my lungs than a regular bike. It helps me to keep up with cycling companions who are younger, stronger or who prefer riding faster than I could on a regular bike. The battery assists…

Commentary: City council majority ‘taking Edmonds parks backwards’

The new council majority has rejected the voices of thousands of Edmonds’ residents. Voices who want more equitable distribution of our parks, more open space, more trails and more walking paths. They dismissed the community’s input as flawed. They say they want citizen input but reject any opinion that doesn’t align with their own. Instead,…

‘Comrades No More’: Rick Steves cancels all tours that include Russia

The following is republished with permission from the Feb. 24 Rick Steves Europe travel blog: Today is a profoundly sad day. Russia’s aggressive action is heartbreaking for the death, suffering, and economic turmoil it will cause in Ukraine and, indirectly at least, beyond. Here at Rick Steves’ Europe, we hope that a diplomatic solution can…

Commentary: Revisiting the 2022 budget is good governance

In response to Mayor Nelson’s press release of 1/28/22, there is no point in debating the hyperbole and fear-mongering he chose to dispel in his statement. Edmonds’ citizens can rest assured that this council has no intention of negatively impacting public safety, the environment, or keeping the public uninformed. Most of the amendments to be…

Commentary: Finding ways to help our health care heroes

Growing up, I always enjoyed watching superheroes like Superman defeat the bad guys. Lex Luthor’s evil plan would be foiled once again, and the world would be saved. However, in the real world, superheroes don’t always wear capes when they save lives. Doctors are our superheroes, and we must protect them as they protect us….

Commentary: Why is the 2022 budget being rushed?

Do citizens realize that the budgeting process is being aggressively rushed this year? Why is this budget being rushed and why is this scheduling not typical or appropriate? For decades, the administration’s timeline has extended into December to allow citizens adequate time to comment, allow councilmembers adequate time to review with citizens, and lastly to allow thoughtful review of the…

Commentary: Washington CeaseFire working to end gun violence

He was a typical college student. During the week he attended classes and studied, and on the weekends, he blew off some steam. Occasionally he partied a little too much. On one such evening, he returned home somewhat inebriated and tried to unlock the front door of the house he shared. Only it wasn’t his…

Commentary: Do you know how to make local government work for you?

Your city council and mayor were elected to represent your interests in the efficient operation of the city. They work for you. They represent the entire city and respond to the will of the people. Contact and communication with them is vital for any representative form of government to function appropriately. All municipalities maintain websites…

Commentary: An Edmonds Kind of Townhome — injecting common-sense ideas Into housing policy

The flagship policy recommendation from the Edmonds Citizens Housing Commission (CHC) is “missing middle housing in single-family neighborhoods.” This essentially recommends our city council craft a housing policy that would allow two townhomes/duplexes to replace one single-family home and it would do so citywide in all residential zones. This might seem reasonable in its most basic…

Commentary: Join me in voting yes to support schools

Voters in the Edmonds School District will soon receive a ballot in your mailbox, and I am asking you to join me in voting yes in support of the school capital levy. The levy will provide much-needed funding for safety upgrades, maintenance and operation of our schools, and building additional capacity to meet present and…

Commentary: Equity at Edmonds College 

I have been deeply saddened by the recent attacks on members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and as I watch the trial of the officer charged with George Floyd’s death, it is clear there is much work to be done. There is a long-standing history in the U.S. of violence and…

Commentary: The Waterfront Center and the significance of place

As we prepare to welcome the community into the new Waterfront Center (subject to the course of COVID-19 and meeting safety protocols), it is important that we place this milestone into a larger frame. Our story is more than the building. On January 13, we kicked off The Waterfront Forum, a three-part Zoom series with…

Commentary: Concerns about safety and fair pay at PCC

When you work and shop at a place like PCC you have higher expectations than at a national chain store. We are the Puget Consumer Cooperative – or PCC Community Markets – as we are re-branded. I have worked at Edmonds PCC since 2008. I have felt good about it as a union co-op grocery…

A message from Acting Police Chief Jim Lawless

I wanted to take a few minutes to update you on a few topics that I know are important to our community. As you are likely aware, since December of 2018 we have tragically had three homicides committed in our city: The Senior Center shooting from December 2018. The senseless murder of the 7-11 clerk…

Thanksgiving essay: We are ‘heart-wired’ to be together

When I pause to give thanks this week, the gift of time will be at the top of my list. I can choose to rail about the events I cannot attend, people I cannot see in person, restrictions to travel. Or, I can be thankful for the blocks of unexpected leisure, granted to me by…

Commentary: Sign of times as people choose kindness

I thought I would give you an update to the response from the community about the “We Choose Kindness” signs that came about after I wrote my monthly column for the Edmonds Senior Center a few weeks ago, which was reprinted in My Edmonds News. The “choosing kindness” thought came out of conversations about the…