Letter to the editor: Car-free downtown — did the experiment succeed?

Editor: Based on anecdotal evidence (and our own biases!), it seems that closing off three blocks of Main Street to traffic last weekend worked well. We saw a large number of people, including families with children, enjoying the restaurants and the experience of walking around, without the hassle of looking out for cars. We want…

Letter to the editor: Be transparent when giving grants to businesses

Editor: Owners often live in the same city of their small businesses. If the Edmonds City Council decides to exclude the potential 390 one-employee businesses, recommended by Mr. Doherty, there may be fallout of unthought-of proportions.  Public records requests and upset could ensue and reverberate for an indefinite time. These one-employee businesses have partners, families,…

Letter to the Editor: A message to Police Chief Jim Lawless

The writer sent a copy of this letter to My Edmonds News with his permission to republish it. Dear Chief Lawless: I’m writing as a taxpaying citizen of Edmonds to express my extreme support for your department. The SRO members of your team provide a vital link to educating our youth that law enforcement is not our…

Letter to the editor: Is anyone out there?

Editor: We have seen the reactors for a week now; the protestors, the looters, and all of us reacting in our own way. How does that end? How do we move forward? Time for responders to come together! Where are those who can lead us with plans/steps to move us to a real response to…

Letter to the editor: Herd immunity math and Edmonds

Editor: The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a lot of discussion of herd immunity. Yesterday, I was reading comments and articles on MyEdmondsNews, where it was brought up. It is an old concept, often mentioned in discussions around viral disease. I’m not a virologist or epidemiologist, but I am a mathematical modeler. It occurred to…

Letter to the editor: Little Free Libraries are neighborhood gems

Editor: Nestled in our neighborhoods of Brier, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and Everett are cleverly designed Little Free Libraries (LFL). Open the little doors and discover books to satisfy your curiosity and reading delight. Books are free … Books for all. Books soothe the soul, are a respite for worried minds, and stimulate the isolated…

Letter to the editor: Supporting My Edmonds News

Editor:  Each day, reliable MEN — ready for me in my inbox, “Hello Lori.” My Edmonds News is unique as a small for-profit business, in that the online news publication fills gaps where nonprofits, governments or membership entities might otherwise provide. The timeliness and ability for virtually anyone to comment on published topics, regardless of income,…

Letter to the editor: Time to reopen libraries to all users for book checkout

Editor: Sno-Isle Libraries have been closed since Friday, March 13 and the only services offered are electronic. The online catalog has been reduced to electronic items only. This is discriminatory and is only serving the privileged. The libraries are taxpayer funded and should provide services to all. Action Immediately update and include all online catalog…

Letter to the editor: People with disabilities are essential

 Dear Editor:  Many of you reading this may have lost or are in jeopardy of losing your job. You are scrambling to find resources and understand the relief that is being offered, trying to figure out if you qualify and standing in virtual lines. You are trying to keep your family whole and support your…

Letter to the editor: Thanks for supporting the Edmonds Food Bank

Editor: The board members and volunteers of the Edmonds Food Bank wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to the many organizations and individuals who have stepped up to assist us in meeting the needs of the Edmonds community over the past few months. We especially wish to thank the Hazel Miller Foundation, Verdant Health, the…

Letter to the editor: Sculptors Workshop would appreciate rent relief

Editor: I am writing in support of the proposal for rent relief for Sculptors Workshop in the Frances Anderson Center. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all members have not had access to our studio. Sculptors Workshop is a non-profit organization that was invited by the City of Edmonds to the Frances Anderson center in 1981….

Letter to the editor: Personal freedom vs. the greater good

Editor: A friend of mine and I have been discussing the recent anti-quarantine protests going on is states such as Ohio, and the question that arises is to what extent is the state — or the nation, or the city — justified in compelling observance of restrictions imposed or steps taken to counter threats or…

Letter to the editor: A new ritual for Edmonds — clapping at 7 PM

The Coronavirus episode has left many yearning for social interaction. Social distancing was meant to create physical separation, and it seems to be working, at least in the state of Washington. But it has also bred social isolation. Neighbors don’t chat. The impromptu conversations on Sunset Avenue are over. No more small talk in the…

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…