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…

Commentary: Let’s take another look at parking for redesigned Civic Field

A lot has changed since 2016 when the Edmonds Civic Park Master plan was approved. This is why we have a city council to represent the people and make needed adjustments to best serve the people and our community. More than 48 private residential Edmonds property owners around Civic Field, together with most businesses in…

Commentary: Why it matters that we weigh in on the Edmonds gateway sign

As reported in My Edmonds News on Friday, a lively and engaged group of Edmonds’ citizens gathered in a room at the library recently to discuss and critique options for the Edmonds’ gateway sign. The designers’ introductions to the four quite different designs were terrific. I urge everyone to take a moment and weigh in…

Commentary: Be a good neighbor — be quick to listen, slow to speak

I don’t recall when I first heard the adage, “Be quick to listen, slow to speak.” It could have been when I was a teenager, having some teenage moment, and my mother giving me the look as she uttered those words through her clenched teeth…or it could have been my dad in one of those…

Commentary: Roses are red, cookies are too

While scrolling through Facebook this morning, I came across this photo. The caption read: “Really Edmonds Bakery? Really?! Your racism is so ‘cute’. Lost my business.” Now let me be perfectly clear, you have the right to patronize any business you choose. You also have the right to NOT patronize a business for a particular…

Commentary: A viaduct eyesore in creative Edmonds?

There are three interesting developments in the Edmonds viaduct saga. First, as Seattle is tearing down its viaduct, Edmonds is seeking to build one. We are supposed to be living in a learning society. Companies learn from each other, individuals learn from each other and even governments do. Welcome to the Edmonds exceptionalism. The city’s…

Commentary: The declining Edmonds tree canopy

The following was submitted to the Edmonds Tree Board. It is being republished here by permission of the author. It is sad to watch the ever-increasing numbers of beautifully treed lots in Edmonds being clear-cut by developers. This is a very emotional public topic to be sure. At last year’s city council meetings, private citizens…

Commentary: Keep people and pets safe by keeping wild coyotes wild

Coyotes become more visible in the fall and winter as young animals search for new territories and vegetative cover becomes less dense. These shy predators make excellent neighbors by keeping rodent populations like rats and mice in check, and are a valuable part of a healthy ecosystem. Coyotes are wary of people, and avoid us…

Commentary: We need a warm welcome sign, not wayfinding

I wanted to share with My Edmonds News readers my “input” in preparation for the “Welcome” sign Nov. 29 open house meeting, given the meeting announcement was given on short notice, and during our holiday season. I feel like I have some messages to pass along to the Wayfinding Sign Committee and our leadership. I want…

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…