Letter to the editor: An election poem

Editor: To a Republican Friend   A right-wing Californian with a hammer Assaults a man whose wife he thinks is bad. A horror, yes, but, from your side no clamor For stopping lies that drive these poor fools mad.   Your politicians will not take the chance. Your party’s fringe has turned into its base,…

Letter to the editor: The role of citizens in Edmonds’ Comprehensive Plan

Editor: The Alliance of Citizens for Edmonds (ACE) is currently involved in examining and evaluating the Edmonds Comprehensive Plan (CP). This detailed document, which has a required update of December 2024, will be used for planning the growth, development and sustainability of Edmonds for the next 20 years. The City of Edmonds has already been…

Letter to the editor: Thanks for donating golf equipment to vets

Editor: A big thank you to the people in Edmonds who answered the request to donate golf equipment to the Veterans Golf Course. Your donations went to vets at the American Lake Golf Course in Lakewood Washington. The amount of equipment was overwhelming. Special thanks go to the owners of Reliable Floor Coverings for allowing…

Letter to the editor: Truth and democracy are on the ballot

Editor: In November’s election, ask yourself “What am I really voting for?” There are so many issues to be addressed. You know most of them. Unfortunately, a referendum on governmental unity is not on the ballot. So, what matters this time? As kids, maybe Superman fostered truth’s value when fighting for Truth, Justice and the…

Letter to the editor: The definition of insanity

Editor: Albert Einstein once said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Voting the status quo this election is insanity. Our nation is at a critical crossroads concerning public safety. It seems like criminals are being treated more like they are the victims. Is the goal of those in…

Letter to the editor: Crossing party lines to vote for Janelle Cass

Editor: Recently, I attended a panel discussion at the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds College on drug addiction and public safety, organized by Janelle Cass, who is running for State Senate, District 21. I was surprised by what I learned from the thoughtful and articulate group of professionals assembled. You may think these issues aren’t…

Letter to the editor: Density, housing insecurity and local needs

Editor: Edmonds is considering eliminating single-family zoning. This objective has always been opposed by a majority of single-family residents. Regardless, the city has propounded numerous rationales in support of upzoning. When one rationale is discarded as undesirable or unworkable, another rationale is substituted as justification to increase density. The latest national thesis that is now…

Letter to the editor: Janelle Cass will make a fine state senator

Editor: Knock knock, who is there? Well “Janelle Cass” of course. I don’t get many visitors so I was surprised. We greeted her with the usual get off my lawn kind of welcome. I was impressed she stood her ground. We had a nice chat. I found her competent, knowledgeable and thoughtful, she had good…

Letter to the editor: Use your signal, drivers

Editor: RCW 46.61.305 Mandatory vehicle light and turn signals became required vehicle safety features in 1968. You have to use your turn signal any time you merge, turn, change lanes, or sit at a traffic light. Every driver or pedestrian should know your next move; 100 feet is the recommended continuously signal notification.  Refer to…

Letter to the editor: A proposal to ensure equitable density across Edmonds

Editor: The Edmonds Citizens Housing Commission recommended that single-family residential areas be rezoned for one duplex or two townhouses to increase the supply of affordable housing in Edmonds. Edmonds single-family residential parcels are zoned from 6,000 to 20,000 square feet. If that recommendation is adopted, the following should be implemented to ensure future equitable density…

Letter to the editor: Seeing the forest for the trees

Editor: One argument in favor of eliminating single-family zoning in Edmonds and elsewhere is that increased housing density will protect farmland and forests from residential development. But Edmonds residents reside in a suburban town, not in a farm community or forested area. The population of the U.S. has grown from 200 million residents in 1970…

Letter to the editor: Edmonds has created more housing than most cities

Editor: One constant refrain often repeated in the Edmonds housing debate is the assertion that Edmonds must do “its fair share” to alleviate the area’s housing shortage. It can easily be demonstrated that Edmonds has created more housing than most cities and unincorporated areas throughout Puget Sound. Those other jurisdictions should undertake their “equitable” obligation to…

Letter to the editor: Affordable housing and ‘smart growth’ schemes

Editor: When debating the causes for the lack of affordable housing, the “usual suspects” are trotted out for public condemnation. Those erroneously vilified corporations and individuals are always the developers, landlords and the so-called NIMBY single-family homeowners. The one group that has actually contributed to the crisis of escalating home prices and rents throughout the…

Letter to the editor: I support Chris Eck for Snohomish County Council appointment

Dear Editor, Stephanie Wright selflessly gave a significant amount of time back to District 3 and other communities in Snohomish County. I think that makes it that much more important for Democratic PCOs to get her replacement right. There are several names that have also given back selflessly to our community and that is also…

Letter to the editor: Calling all volunteers

Editor: The Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society is an organization that supports the Edmonds Historical Museum, the popular Edmonds Museum Summer Markets, the annual Scarecrow Festival the Haunted Museum and other fun events. Ours is largely a volunteer-driven organization, and we are always looking for good people to help in a variety of volunteer roles….

Letter to editor: Call to action regarding Edmonds hotel for those who are homeless

Editor: A call to action to Snohomish County Council: Tell them Edmonds is not the best location for homeless housing for the drug-addicted community and not without a certainty of safety and health for the majority of our community. There are laws that must be considered. Please contact Nate.Nehring@sno.org and Stephanie.Wright@snoco.org as she is in…

Letter to the editor: Deciding the future of Edmonds in 140 characters

Publisher’s note: This letter was written and submitted last week, and I missed it in my inbox. Since it was submitted prior to my post published today stating our new 250-word limit on letters to the editor, I’m publishing this one as written. My fellow citizens of Edmonds: I am writing to alert you to…

Our new policy regarding length of letters to the editor, comments

Dear readers: For as long as I can remember, many have expressed their opinions about the length of comments and letters to the editor allowed on My Edmonds News. At the beginning, there was no limit on comments. For some time, I have limited comments to 350 words. There has never been a word limit…

Letter to the editor: Representative government — let’s build on that

Editor: There was consensus at the Edmonds City Council meeting last night that we have representative government. That we are entitled to representation. Maybe we can build on that. Are we represented when our councilmembers (CMs) assign ugly motives to the council president (CP) on Twitter over a proposed policy — while at the same…

Letter to the editor: Time to share your ‘views’ about Civic Park light poles

Editor: Edmonds is engaged in an elaborate upgrade of our Civic Park. Part of the upgrade includes six new light poles, which appear to be much taller than the old eight wooden poles they replaced. When this upgrade is complete: The height of the new lights will increase light spillage onto neighboring properties, with more…

Letter to the editor: Let’s preserve and protect all of BD2

Editor: Why in the world would Edmonds give up some of the precious little business space in our downtown BD2 Mixed-use Commercial Zone for 100% residential buildings? We have residential zones and even BD2 allows for some residential, but there is very limited space that is zoned for business commercial. These spaces are critical for…