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…

Commentary: Firefighters perform ‘exceptional act of kindness’ during wind storm

Ted Williams of Edmonds shared his story about “an exceptional act of kindness” from Fire District 1 firefighters/paramedics Deanna Herbert and Jesse Altizer during Tuesday’s windstorm. Last evening’s wind storm resulted in fallen trees and electrical wires on the ground on Fir Street just off of 3rd Avenue South. Our father, who is 85 years…

Commentary: Voices have been heard on crumb rubber

Crumb rubber has been an industry standard for almost two decades, and the placement of up to 40,000 finely ground used tires per field, acts as a cushioning agent on synthetic turf fields and playgrounds. But is it toxic? On one hand, there are many studies held up by industry, that have not found an elevated…

Commentary: Best available science indicates no reason for turf health concerns

The Edmonds City Council’s decision to impose an 18-month freeze on the installation of turf fields with crumb rubber infill appears to rest on the assumption that there is substantial uncertainty regarding chemical exposures from this product. There is always at least some uncertainty in all areas of scientific inquiry, but the key is to…

Commentary: Don’t be terrorized

The following has been reposted with permission from the blog of Rick Steves. After Friday’s horrifying events in Paris, as we keep the victims and their families in our prayers and marvel at how violent hatred can express itself, it’s natural for those of us with travels coming up to wonder what is the correct…

Commentary: An Edmonds Kind of Perspective — Part 3

This is the third of three articles I’m writing regarding economic conditions in Edmonds. Again, the goal of these writings is to encourage all of us to think and act more proactively toward moving our city forward while preserving our desirable character and benefits here on Puget Sound. In the first two of these writings,…

Commentary: Reasons to vote no on Proposition 1

Proposition 1, the last item on many of our ballots this November, will ask Snohomish County voters to increase the Retail Sales and Use Tax by .3 percent to benefit Community Transit. According to the state Department of Transportation, Community Transit is one of the most expensive transit agencies in the state for it’s size….

From the Edmonds Mayor: Your right to vote

One of the rights and privileges we have in the United States is our ability to participate by voting on our elected representatives at the state, national and local levels. Generally local elections (county and city) alternate years with state and federal elections. This year we are holding local elections, choosing our county and city…

Commentary: An Edmonds Kind of Perspective – Part 2

I had submitted an article in August regarding some of my views regarding the economic picture in Edmonds. This writing is part 2 of 3 in this regard about where we stand as a city trying to move forward in coming years while preserving both our character and benefits. I’m choosing not to recite or…

Commentary: An Edmonds Kind of Perspective – Part 1

This writing is the first of three in a series that I’ve been formulating in my mind for several years now. The theme is Edmonds—our city, where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we want to go from here. I hope to focus on the latter category within my remaining two proposed articles….

Commentary: Why Edmonds needs a new tree code

The Edmonds Citizens’ Tree Board, created in 2010 by the City Council (Ordinance 3807), advises the council and mayor on tree-related issues. Among other things, the Tree Board is tasked with “developing a tree ordinance designed to preserve and protect existing trees” and “encouraging the Edmonds citizenry to become active stewards of the urban forest.”…