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…

Letter to the editor: City needs a full-time arborist

Editor: The Edmonds city trees, on our streets and in our beautiful parks, are not receiving adequate care! We have very little dedicated staff to attend to them, which leaves them less structurally sound and more open to potential disease due to lack of care and pruning. Debra Dill, our city beautification program leader, has…

Letter to the editor: No 30-year wastewater contract with Mountlake Terrace

Editor: Are Edmonds residents subsidizing other communities by entering into long-term wastewater contracts of 30 years, possibly contributing to utility cost inflation for Edmonds residents over the long term? Affordability is a hot topic in today’s modern world. One thing that is of affordability factor is long-term local utility costs. Utility cost are specifically sensitive…

Letter to the editor: More on racism, ideology and party loyalty

Editor: I was moved by Alicia Crank’s letter describing her feelings during and after the campaign. As a minority myself, I know what it is like to be discriminated against.  But it is what we do with what life has handed you and what you do along your life’s journey that defines who and what…

Edmonds Senior Center sponsors intergenerational trivia night Nov. 15

The Edmonds Senior Center is sponsoring an intergenerational trivia night this Friday, Nov. 15 at Holy Trinity Church, downstairs social hall, 657 Daley St., Edmonds. The free event begins with a 6:30-7 p.m. sign in/pizza time followed by trivia from 7-9 p.m. Answer trivia questions and use the knowledge of all your team members, younger…

Letter to the editor: The truth about the Kalama methanol refinery

Editor: Citizens of our state need to know the truth abut the proposed Kalama methanol plant. They need to know they are being lied to by the Chinese company seeking to build the world’s largest fracked gas to methanol refinery — and have U.S. taxpayers subsidize it. This plant would use more fracked gas than…

Letter to the editor: Save our Puget Sound views

Editor: As active members of the Edmonds community and residents in the “Bowl”, we were recently given a copy of the new Landscape Plan for the new Civic Park between 6th and 7th Avenues.  The plan looks great! The park is a dream come true and for those of us fortunate enough to live neighboring…

Letter to the editor: A thank you to our patients

Editor: After more than 28 years serving Edmonds and the greater Edmonds area, I will be closing my solo family medical practice at the end of December 2019. Words cannot express how grateful I am to be a part of this wonderful greater Edmonds community and for the support and love that so many of…

Letter to the editor: Informed voting more important than ever

Editor: As ballots are marked, primary consideration should be given to Edmonds City Council candidates’ fiscal acumen, accountability and responsibility.  The Edmonds “City Council Mission and Purpose” states that council is the legislative body that establishes city policy and represents the city on boards and commissions, among other duties. As such, councilmembers must be able…

Letter to the editor: Addressing mental health needs in our community

Editor: October 19, 2019, I attended the the first film of Edmonds Diversity Commissions’ free Film Series of the season, “CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion: A star-studded documentary on the portrayal of disabilities in entertainment. Do media’s portrayals impact society or vice versa?” (As written on the Diversity Commission’s Film SeriesBrochure) As the film progressed,…

Letter to the editor: Candidates — we need more field space for youth sports

Editor: As parents of children in youth sports, we would like to know where all of the candidates – school board, city council, and mayoral – stand on supporting youth sports and improving the facilities on which our children grow, play and compete. Children participating in youth sports are more likely to experience improved health…

Letter to the editor: Mike Nelson embodies spirit of public service

Dear Editor,  Like many longtime Edmonds residents, we wish to preserve the charm of the downtown core, and the natural beauty of the marsh and our beaches. We also celebrate the diversity of our town: once referred to by local residents as “Deadmonds” due to its sleepiness and homogeneity. As Christians, we care very much…

Letter to the editor: Neil Tibbott will rise above partisan politics

Editor: I didn’t plan on writing a letter to the editor, as I know people are generally sick and tired of opinion pieces at this point. However, after reading Adrienne Fraley-Monillas’ condescending and fearmongering “endorsement,” I feel compelled to write in. I don’t particularly appreciate being lectured about what is best for my family nor…

Letter to the editor: Firefighters support Mike Nelson for mayor

Editor: I have served as a firefighter for our community for over 17 years. I have seen our town go through changes. I first got to know Mike when he participated in a training with our firefighters. He donned our heavy bunker gear in 90-degree weather. He eagerly climbed up a 6-story ladder, crawled on…

Letter to the editor: Neil Tibbott will preserve and protect Edmonds

Dear Editor, Choosing a new mayor for our great city is like choosing a steady, experienced, protective captain of a ship. Neil Tibbott meets and exceeds those qualifications and qualities. Whether working on the Planning Board or as a City Council Member, he comes prepared, he listens respectfully to the public, to staff and to…

Letter to the editor: Do your homework before casting your ballot

Editor: This time during each election year, people become campaign exhausted. Within Edmonds alone, we have eight people running for council seats and two people running for mayor. You don’t know who to believe or what to believe when it comes time to vote. The biggest piece of advice I can give is do your…