Letter to the Editor: Set the Edmonds Housing Commissioners up for success

Editor: During the Feb. 13 Edmonds Citizens Housing Commission meeting, Commissioner Alena Nelson-Vietmeier took a bold and firm stance on community engagement. (As the video was cut off prior to her statement, I will provide the gist of it.) Past and current outreach efforts were and are falling short of expectations. Ms. Nelson-Vietmeier made it…

Letter to the editor: Be sure to fill out the Edmonds Housing Survey

Editor: This past week, additional security statements were added to the Edmonds Citizens Housing Survey: “This survey is anonymous. The City does not have access to any additional data besides the respondents’ disclosed answers.” Participating in Housing Survey#1 will help the Edmonds Citizens Housing Commission in many ways, one of which is answering an open-ended…

Letter to the editor: Why Jim Lawless should be promoted as permanent police chief

Editor: There are several key reasons why our city council should adopt the “promote from within” attitude by strongly considering promoting Acting Chief Jim Lawless to police chief. With the support of Assistant Chief of Police Jim Lawless, a change in the direction of hiring occurred by increasing the diversity of ethnic and racial composition…

Letter to the Editor: There must be a better process for appointing councilmembers

Editor: Luke Distelhorst will likely serve Edmonds well. During interviews, seated council members spoke of and asked questions regarding racism, housing and community outreach. The questions were asked, yet… Highly qualified ethnic minority candidates could have bridged gaps in social, cultural, geographic, business, language and political barriers. Representation and inclusion play vital roles in outreach….

Letter to the editor: Private search not needed for new police chief

Editor: I am asking the City of Edmonds to abandon the idea of using a private search firm for the new police chief and promote from within for several reasons. First, the Edmonds Police Department has a history of promoting from within. Several chiefs, not all, have been promoted from within. Officers are afforded upward…

Letter to the editor: Jenna Nand would be an independent voice on the city council

Editor: I’m writing to recommend that Jenna Nand be appointed to the upcoming open seat on Edmonds City Council. Jenna ran a clean campaign. Unlike many other candidates, Jenna never resorted to asking her supporters to bash her opponent, by sending in negative letters or any other method. Instead, Jenna chose to focus on ideas better serving…

Letter to the editor: Vote no on Feb. 11 Edmonds School District bond and levy

Editor: Over the next few days every householder in the Edmonds School District will receive a ballot for an Edmonds School District bond and levy with ballots due by Feb. 11. This nearly three-quarter-billion-dollar proposal is an unprecedented number that will result in significant increases to your Snohomish County property tax bill that you will…

Letter to the editor: Will Chen understands diversity, value of hard work

Dear Editor: I am writing to support Will Chen for the vacant position on the Edmonds City Council. We have lived in Edmond for almost eight years and we love this community because it is a great place to have a family and a business. My husband and I run a non-profit organization to support refugees and migrants in the…

Letter to the editor: We support Will Chen for Edmonds City Council

Editor: We were thrilled to learn that our friend Will Chen is running for the open seat on the Edmonds City Council. Considerate, positive, well-spoken and committed to the Edmonds community, Will Chen listens with great attention, and really does solve problems by working with others to find common ground. He is a dedicated family…

Letter to the editor: Supporting Nathan Monroe for city council Position 2

Editor: I am writing to support Nathan Monroe for the vacant position #2 on the Edmond’s City Council. For the Edmonds residents to believe that the selection will be equitable, it must be based on objective criteria. In this instance preference should be given to those applicants who were actual candidates for the city council….

Letter to the editor: Happy tree trails to Steve Hatzenbeler

Editor: Steve Hatzenbeler retired from Tree Board after eight years and he deserves a wonderful standing ovation for all his hard work.  Yes, he was part of the Tree Board debacle when the “infamous tree code” came forth to the Planning Board and well we all know what happened (poor Tree Board volunteer citizens). The…

Letter to the editor: Why I support Will Chen’s appointment to city council

Dear Editor: I am writing to support Will Chen for the vacant position on the Edmonds City Council. For the past 10 years, Mr. Chen has enjoyed living in Edmonds and owning and operating a small business for the past five years. He has a vested interest in seeing Edmonds flourish both personally and professionally…

Letter to the editor: More thoughts on council appointment

Editor With the Position 2 seat left vacant by Mike Nelson, our new mayor, the city looks to fill that position by soliciting applications. Applicants can share their volunteer experience, previously elected positions, strengths and weaknesses and what their three priorities would be for the city. Applicants will be asked to share what they see…

Letter to the editor: Thanks to all who supported the CASA gift-giving trees

Once again, the Rotary Club of Edmonds managed the gift-giving trees to support the Snohomish County CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children) and the Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Programs.  These programs provide court-appointed special advocates for children who are victims or alleged victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect.  This year, we had a…