Commentary: Housing strategy ‘pause’ vs. ‘reboot’

In order to restore trust in our city government, the Edmonds City Council must vote for a complete reboot of the draft housing strategy.   A “reboot” means start the process over again. Some on the City Council and possibly the Mayor, advocate for a “pause” in the process. A mere pause or “reset” may actually…

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Commentary: Matthew Shepard, 20 years later

Today, 20 years after his murder, Matthew Shepard’s ashes were laid to rest in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.. This is a fitting place for several reasons: Matthew was an Episcopalian and had been an altar boy, and because his torture and death brought about a seismic change in the way our nation came…

Commentary: Initiative 1639 not perfect, but addresses legitimate concerns

I’m going to vote for Initiative 1639. It’s not perfect, but it addresses real concerns. That said, I would like to speak to those who don’t support the initiative: I think I fully understand your fears of being without defense, and I am deeply sorry for anyone who has suffered a serious break-in. At the…

Commentary: In praise of the Diversity Commission

Karl Popper fled the Nazis in his native Austria and found safety in New Zealand during the war. In 1945 he found a new home in the United Kingdom, where he became a reader at the London School of Economics and in 1949, professor of logic and scientific method at the University of London. While…

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Commentary: Law protects tenants from housing discrimination

As a single mother, a veteran and a renter who uses a voucher to help pay my rent, I am no stranger to what it’s like to face discrimination in the rental market. Despite my squeaky-clean rental history and decent credit, I’ve been denied apartment after apartment, just because I pay a portion of my…

Commentary: Scoop the poop, pet owners

Dogs will defecate and walk away from it. It’s in their nature. It’s what doggies…doo. On Friday morning, Aug. 17, walkers on the Sunset Avenue pedestrian path were greeted with a 10-foot-long trail of turds stretching across the walkway, left behind by an irresponsible pet owner. This despite the area being posted with reminders of…

Commentary: With Paine Field expansion on horizon, get involved

During the 1970s and ’80s I was an active pilot, often flying in and out of Paine Field, Everett. During that time there was an effort by Snohomish County to enlarge the facilities and incorporate commercial aviation at the field. As you can imagine, there were many homeowners and local businesses who were concerned about…

Commentary: Is this the last straw?

Single-use plastic products — such as straws, stirrers and utensils — have become virtually ubiquitous in the food service industry worldwide and are contributing to the ever-growing plastic pollution crisis in our marine environment. In fact, experts predict the level of marine plastic pollution to double by 2025 if current trends continue, and small plastic…

Commentary: A housing conversation

What image pops into your mind when you hear “affordable housing”? Is it of a large complex of run-down apartments occupied by the poor and unemployed who rely on government subsidies for their housing? If so, we encourage you to consider a more accurate picture of what affordable housing really is. First, affordable housing is…

Commentary: Open your heart and home to an exchange student

I am a local coordinator for an international exchange student nonprofit. Exchange students are 15 to 18 years old, and we are looking for four or five volunteer host families for our students in the Edmonds School District. The district has a deadline of June 15 for host families to choose their student. Volunteer host families…

Commentary: The Pride of Edmonds picnic — a very personal perspective

I’m looking forward to the Pride of Edmonds picnic at Hickman Park on June 9. It is wonderful of Pride of Edmonds and the Edmonds Diversity Commission to set this up, and I certainly plan to be there. Non-LGBTQ people may wonder why such an event is needed and what good it will do. Many…

Commentary: Edmonds elected officials say ‘Yes’ to Sno-Isle Libraries levy

With ballots arriving in mailboxes throughout Island and Snohomish counties, voters will have the option to ensure full funding for the Edmonds Library and the other 22 branches in the Sno-Isle System through 2025, or face reductions in operating hours, resources, and staff. For public institutions as critical as public libraries, losing services is hard…

A local man’s tribute to the late Stephen Hawking

“Hello, my name is Stephen Hawking.” Every time I hear that robotic voice tone, it puts a smile right on my face. Most people like myself — I am blind — depend on a speech program like Jaws for Windows, to help them use computers. When I turn on my computer, the first thing I…

The Conversation: The dark side of daylight saving time

Publisher’s note: As a service to our readers, we will occasionally present articles from The Conversation, an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public. A train hurtled around a corner at 82 mph, eventually coming off the rails and killing four passengers. Decades earlier, faulty…

Commentary: Citizens can help fund Edmonds Marsh restoration, preservation

Note: The Edmonds City Council on March 6 passed an ordinance that establishes the marsh restoration and preservation fund. A number of citizens over the past years have asked me about donating funds to restore the Edmonds Marsh beyond their volunteering efforts and environmental support. I am proud to announce that in 2017 the City…

Questions, answers and facts about the Sno-Isle Libraries operations levy

Property taxes are a tough subject, but worth talking about. Almost all of the money needed to operate the Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Brier libraries – and the other 19 community libraries in the Sno-Isle Libraries district – comes from an operations levy, which is on your annual property tax statement. Only 2 percent…

A letter from Edmonds School Superintendent regarding school safety and security

Dear Edmonds School District Families, Staff and Community Members: The safety of our students, staff and the entire Edmonds School District family is our highest priority and duty. Our hearts ache for the families and communities impacted by the recent tragic event in Florida. Sometimes words cannot adequately capture the emotions that come from such…

A follow-up on Olympic reflections

Some have expressed disappointment at the overall performance of Team USA. We all like medals, but I’d like to submit that medal counts are not what the Olympics are about. Let me illustrate: Many years ago at the Cross-Country World Championships, John Bauer (USA) had a very bad first day of the cross-country pursuit race….

Commentary: The Bridge To Nowhere – not in Alaska but in lovely Edmonds

Suppose you live in a beautiful city on the Puget Sound, which has a lovely elevated promenade along the waterfront where residents and visitors alike go for walks. The promenade is paved, wide enough, and provides benches so that everybody, including those with mobility challenges, can enjoy it. They listen to the waves, hear the…

Commentary: On National Donor Day, share your wish with your family to help save lives

A year ago, we ran this story about an Edmonds woman who received a tissue donation that helped stabilize her knees so she could dance at her wedding. We are running a follow-up column from Levi Anderson, general manager of tissue bank LifeNet Health, because Feb. 14 is National Donor Day. https://myedmondsnews.com/2017/02/commentary-thanks-to-tissue-donation-i-can-dance-at-my-wedding/ At just seven…

Citizens weigh in: Pro and con statements on Edmonds School District levy proposal

Publisher’s note: We are presenting pro and con statements from two Edmonds School District voters regarding the Proposition 1 levy appearing on the Feb. 13 special election ballot. Residents in the cities of Edmonds, Woodway, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Brier and parts of unincorporated Snohomish County will be voting on a measure, which would allow the…

Commentary: Our disappearing Black Lives Matter sign

Our Black Lives Matter sign has been taken out of our yard four times. The first time I found it in our recycling bin. The second time a neighbor returned it because she found it tucked behind her house. The third time it was thrown into our garden. This last time, we haven’t been able…

Commentary: Why, as an educator, I care about Net Neutrality

To my community of elders, children, educators, information professionals, business and community leaders: I care about Net Neutrality because as an educator, I am a connector of information — the flows, accesses, capacities and environments that can create a human connection of experiences we can share. Let me tell you why I do what I…