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…

Commentary: Finding our way back to civility and reasonable discourse

Now that the election is behind us, I’d like to share some thoughts. Given the amount and degree of ad hominem attacks and disrespectful language we have been subjected to locally and nationwide, one might wonder if there is a way back to civility and reasonable discourse. I believe there is, but it’s not something…

Commentary: Can the Edmonds Marsh be saved?

To answer this question, the citizens of Edmonds need to ask — saved from what? The primary threats affecting the Edmonds Marsh and the wildlife it support are: 1) Encroachment into the marsh and its buffer. Most people think filling wetlands for development is past history, but it still exists today especially under the guise…

Commentary: In wake of Las Vegas shootings, let’s do something

Editor’s note: Edmonds City Councilmember Dave Teitzel read the following remarks during the Oct. 3 City Council meeting. We are republishing them here. Over the past two days, I’ve gone through a range of emotions—from shock to sadness to anger. I’m still angry. Newtown, Connecticut.  Aurora, Colorado. Oakland, California. Clackamas, Oregon. Orlando, Florida. Las Vegas,…

Commentary: Let’s celebrate Columbus Day

The Edmonds City Council passed a resolution making October 9th both Columbus Day and Indigenous People’s Day.  Per the resolution, the naming of Indigenous People’s Day was to provide “a more balanced representation of our region’s cultural history.“ As history shows, Christopher Columbus wasn’t the greatest person. He collected slaves and tortured natives. Naming a…

Commentary: We are all in this together

Last week, I asked my 8-year-old son about his first day of school. Beaming with excitement, he said he made a new friend. He was eager to share that his new friend could speak Japanese and he thought it was the coolest thing ever.  He loved that he and his new friend were different from…

Commentary: Why Lynnwood Link light rail will cost more, take six additional months

The following is re-posted from the Aug. 24 Sound Transit web page, The Platform. The economic boom has benefited our region in many ways. At Sound Transit, the boom has boosted revenue and given voters the confidence to invest in new transit infrastructure. But that growth also presents construction challenges for agencies along the West…

Commentary: Why there isn’t more Edmonds in the ‘Taste’

“Why isn’t there any Edmonds in A Taste of Edmonds?” I have heard this question over and over. Being new to the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce (the producer of the event), I took it upon myself to “Bring Edmonds back to A Taste of Edmonds!” After all, how hard could it be? Clearly it’s what…

Commentary: Wasted opportunity will hurt Washington’s kids, infrastructure and economy

This is the first time in state history that lawmakers failed to pass a capital budget. The capital budget, sometimes known as the construction budget, creates tens of thousands of jobs across the state by investing in community construction projects. These resources build schools, colleges, state parks, dental clinics, and make improvements to our mental…

Commentary: It’s construction season – time to pass a capital budget

You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief late last month when the Legislature finally passed a two-year state operating budget and avoided a government shutdown. Now people are once again holding their breath — this time for a capital budget. The capital budget is a two-year spending plan for land purchases and construction…

Commentary: Digital Citizenship — prioritize people, not technologies.

Author’s note: While this is intended to add to the conversation on safe technology use, media literacy and digital citizenship policy in public schools for Washington state – the considerations below are valuable to creating a healthy community and information ecosystem. Washington state has the opportunity to be the national leader regarding safe technology use,…

Commentary: Hats off to Edmonds Museum’s selfless volunteers

Photo captions: Summer Market Volunteers, Larry Carpenter, Jerry Freeland, unknown, Sandra Allbery, Darlene Newquist, Ted Hettinga, Kathleen Ihnken / Board Member Jan Flom selling pedal car raffle tickets at the Museum’s Summer Summer Market (Photos by Bob Sears) The Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society and Museum wants to thank all our generous, selfless and committed…

Commentary: It’s time for all of us to learn Hands-only CPR

When an adult’s heart stops, all of us should know how to give that person the best chance to survive. I’d like to invite you to be the one who could offer someone that chance by learning Hands-only CPR. Edmonds Community College is proud to partner with the American Red Cross Serving Snohomish County and…

Commentary: Downtown signs serve an important purpose

What’s become obvious to me and possibly many others is that A-board signs downtown serve an important purpose for our local businesses. While I do agree that it was getting out of hand, the new code and new input from business owners has brought some much needed improvements. Not all businesses want or need pedestrian-level…