Letter to the editor: In support of Paul Thompson for judge

Editor: As a criminal defense attorney and former public defender, I work in courtrooms throughout Snohomish County. Judge Paul Thompson, a member of our Superior Court bench, is clearly someone who has the kind of thoughtful, balanced demeanor that distinguishes him. He was appointed last year by our Governor from a long list of candidates…

Letter to the editor: Why Vivian Olson will make an excellent councilmember

Dear Editor: I am writing in support of Vivian Olson for Edmonds City Council position 5. I am her direct supervisor as aquatics director at Harbor Square Athletic Club and have known her professionally and personally for a long time. Vivian is a swim coach and highly sought-after instructor at our Club. She is a team player…

Letter to the editor: As mayor, Mike Nelson can bring our city together

Editor: I’m writing today in support of Mike Nelson, candidate for mayor.  I had the opportunity to attend one of the mayoral debates and I was impressed with his ability to express himself and his views in a clear and respectful manner. It was obvious to me he cares about this special place and is…

Letter to the editor: Alicia Crank would strengthen the city council

Editor: I have talked to Alicia Crank several times in the last few months and have heard her speak about numerous local issues in recorded candidate interviews. Each time I came away impressed and excited by the idea that this very talented person might become a member of our city council. For those who don’t…

Letter to the editor: Judge Paul Thompson ‘passionate, smart and dedicated’

Editor: As a new resident of Edmonds, but a longtime follower of Snohomish County politics, I am writing in support of Judge Paul Thompson for the upcoming election. Judge Thompson was appointed to the Snohomish County Superior Court bench late last year and is now running to retain his position. Besides being exceptionally well-qualified for…

Letter to the editor: How do you decide?

Editor: All the candidates seem to say the same things – the things they think voters want to hear. So how do you figure out who to vote for? I have discovered that you can’t rely on the superficial evidence – which is all you get if you read or listen to campaign statements.  You…

Letter to the editor: Questions for the former mayors and councilmembers

Editor: Regarding the recent letter from former mayors and city councilmembers, thank you for your past service. Edmonds is what it is today for your contributions. Having relocated to Edmonds only a few years ago, I (like many) am awed by the natural beauty that surrounds us. That beauty, the majesty of our home, is one…

Letter to the editor: Diane White is a champion for equity issues

Editor: I have had the pleasure of serving on the Equity in Funding committee for the Edmonds School district under the direction of Diana White. Over the past two years I have witnessed Diana seeking answers to tough equity issues the ESD is facing. Diana seeks opportunities to create equity throughout our schools by asking lots of questions and…

Letter to the editor: Show your courage

Editor: I am guessing most people reading this letter agree with me that Edmonds is a very special place. I would also argue that those of us who live in Edmonds exhibit characteristics that make us special as well. We participate in our community, we show up, and we help each other out, as illustrated…

Letter to the editor: It’s time to repeal the MTFE

Dear Editor: The citizens of Edmonds don’t seem to know that we are paying higher taxes to subsidize apartment building construction or remodeling which increases traffic congestion. The MFTE (Multi Family Tax Exemption) program is codified in Chapter 3.38 of the Edmonds City Code. The website describing it and linking to the relevant ordinances is…

Letter to the editor: Edmonds would be lucky to have Vivian Olson on council

Dear Editor, I am writing to you today in support of an amazing candidate for the Edmonds City Council, Vivian Olson. I met Vivian at Seaview park 17 years ago. I was pregnant at the time and she had a two year-old and a newborn. It was the start of a wonderful friendship and years of debating the…

Letter to the editor: Alicia Crank walks the talk

Editor: Why I am voting for Alicia Crank for Edmonds City Council:  She walks the talk. Alicia knows that a healthy community supports all its members, and she is willing to be a realist about how to serve everyone. She gave up a life in wealth management banking in order to walk the talk of…

Letter to the editor: Why I support Vivian Olson for Edmonds City Council

Editor: I’m endorsing Vivian Olson for City Council Position 5. I met Vivian when she became a member of Edmonds City Tree Board and have served with her for four years. She has proven to be a staunch supporter of our Edmonds Tree Canopy survival. When the Tree Board is considering new projects, Vivian always…

Letter to the editor: Thank you to Zero Waste volunteers at Taste Edmonds

Editor: We want to thank all the volunteers who came to Taste Edmonds to help staff the Zero Waste Stations. Students from Edmonds Community College, community members, graduates from the wonderful WSU Extension Sustainable Community Stewards program, plus all the appreciative patrons together managed to divert much material from going to the landfill. Food scraps,…

Letter to the editor: Responding to charge of fiscal irresponsibility

Dear Editor: In multiple letters to the editor, Lynne Chelius has characterized me as “fiscally irresponsible” in my service on the Edmonds School Board. Having served proudly in this capacity for the past eight years, including three as President, I am compelled to respond. I agree with Ms. Chelius that our voters deserve the right…

Letter to the editor: An Edmonds Musical, ‘Preaching to the Choir, Edmonds Politics’

Musical: Preaching to the Choir, Edmonds Politics Cast Preacher (happens to be an agnostic atheist), Lori Rasmussen, Edmonds resident Readers: You Church Newsletter Editor: Ms. Wippel, Editor of My Edmonds News, City Council meetings Church Choir: All Edmonds residents who are informed on City Government happenings Church Holiday Attendees (CHAs): Blamers, Naysayers Church Leaders: Edmonds…

Letter to the editor: When party politics invade Edmonds

Editor: I commend those who choose to run for public office. The scrutiny, the embellishment of truths, the double standards applied to candidates by many is a heavy weight to carry. It is no doubt a weight that many won’t and choose not to carry. And so some who don’t run take the easy road…

Letter to the editor: Time is now to enhance city’s tree canopy

Editor’s note: The author sent the following letter to the Edmonds City Council and asked that it be republished here. Greetings Edmonds City Council:   We must face the reality of our diminishing urban forest canopy.  We know we are losing hundreds of large conifers due to development. This is not a unique problem. The speed of…