Letter to the editor: Good government needs our help — will council let us?

Editor: Good government is one that has clearly defined the issues it wants to solve and engages all the stakeholders who can help create solutions which are measurable and sustainable. It must also be willing to adjust as situations change. Lived here for 46 years, and after volunteering on civic issues for 20 years I…

Letter to the editor: More on the impact of words

Editor: I applaud Will Chen’s recent commentary in My Edmonds News, “Reader View: Names matter – Covid-19 vs. ‘Chinese Virus’.  (March 29, 2020). Mr. Chen’s letter was well written and contained supporting evidence and argument. He persuasively argued that the way words are used can inspire ignorance in people. My hope is that we in…

Letter to the editor: Protect our grocery workers

Editor: As a grocery shopper and a retail consumer, I am not  comforted by the “appearance of normal” at grocery stores. I do note that most retail and food service personnel have donned  latex gloves, but I truly wish  to see face masks on everyone who interacts with the public, from personnel who handle our…

Letter to the editor: One student’s view on school district response to coronavirus

Editor: The Edmonds School District was not prepared for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) because they underestimated the disease. They didn’t designate a way for students to continue to their education if the disease got worse, and it did. When more than one case was diagnosed in Washington and the state eventually became the most infected state…

Letter to the editor: Our seniors need your help

During these times of uncertainty, due to COVID-19, many of us are feeling anxious and are concerned for those most vulnerable, people over 60 years old, and individuals with underlying health conditions. Many of our seniors are concerned about leaving the house. While many of our seniors have family and a large social support system,…

Letter to the editor: COVID-19, Act Two

Editor: In my 80-plus years on this planet I can’t recall a more serious global threat to our health, financial stability and morale than the Covid 19 pandemic. In a matter of a couple of weeks, we have witnessed a threat to mankind that has struck fear and uncertainty into every corner of the world. …

Letter to the editor: Caring for each other, neighbor to neighbor

Editor: I just posted this on my Nextdoor neighborhood forum and have been encouraging others to do something similar in whatever community forums they have available. There have been over 200 responses and all of them are offerings of help (none — yet — requests for assistance!). I have also created a form to request…

Letter to the editor: The bigger picture behind the ADU increases

Editor: Ms. Dotsch’s Monday letter to the rditor misses the culprit behind the 3 ADU/lot discussion.  Peterson and Lilas are simply following the path the state legislators have been on for 30 years. Most citizens don’t have a clue as to why this is/maybe happening. State SB6617 and HB2570 are simple further implementation of the…

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….