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…

Letter to the editor: Thanks to all who participated in food drive

Dear Editor, All of us at McDonald McGarry Insurance wanted to take a moment to thank those who came by our Shredding Event & Food Drive this past Saturday — the generosity of the community toward the Edmonds Food Bank was overwhelming! Collectively, the event is donating 25 boxes of food and $900 to the…

Letter to the editor: Have your say about Navy flyovers by May 28

Editor: There is a last chance for public comment around the Navy’s proposal to overfly the Olympic Peninsula 5,000 times per year with Growlers — some of the loudest planes in the sky today. By May 28 no further input will be accepted and the plan finalized roughly as characterized above. Sending panes on practice…

Letter to the editor: Time has come to welcome food trucks near ferry terminal

Dear Editor: It’s time to explore the idea of food trucks near the ferry terminal. It’s easy to make the case that Edmonds is a destination city for a number of reasons, one being that is a commuting hub: Community Transit, Sounder and the ferries. The Edmonds/Kingston ferry had the second highest ridership in 2018,…

Letter to the editor: We support creation of Citizens Housing Commission

Publisher’s note: The following letter was presented to the Edmonds City Council during its March 19, 2019 meeting. It was submitted to My Edmonds News for reproduction here, in case citizens did not attend or watch proceedings of that meeting. March 15, 2018 To: Mayor Earling Edmonds, City Council, Edmonds Planning Board, Shane Hope, Development Services…

Letter to the editor: Why you should be party agnostic — locally and nationally

Editor: I had a “Jerry Maguire” moment. It wasn’t exactly a “Fewer clients. Less money,” moment (I’m a self-professed capitalist so I’ll always take more clients and more money), but definitely an epiphany. Traveling from San Diego back to Seattle after engaging with some high-profile organizations on a Veterans border to border initiative, I started…

Letter to the editor: Emergency shelter still getting people out of cold

To the Editor, Tuesday’s City Council meeting included a report on homelessness in Edmonds that was thoughtful, thorough and enlightening. There were also comments about the recent lack of an emergency cold weather shelter. But We All Belong, the volunteer organization that has been providing those services, has not gone away. It has, however, faced enormous…

Letter to the editor: Make sure your voice is heard on housing strategy

Editor: There has been much recent discussion about a “housing strategy” in Edmonds, including an article in the Feb. 14, Everett Herald.  I urge all Edmonds’ citizens to monitor this issue closely and let your voices be heard. There are positive ideas to come out of a plan to address real population growth while preserving Edmonds’…

Letter to the editor: Be a neighbor this Valentine’s Day

To the editor:  It’s Valentine’s Day and hearts and pithy messages are everywhere. It is a day for romance and for love. And the Edmonds Neighborhood Action Coalition (ENAC) hopes this Valentine’s Day is a day for caring and community building.  Of course, none of us loves every other individual in our community. Maybe not…

Letter to the editor: A word of caution to pet owners regarding coyotes

Editor: There have been recent sightings of coyotes in Edmonds. These are desperate times for them seeking a food source My friend who lives in Edmonds was out in her fenced backyard with her husband and her three dearly loved dachshunds, when suddenly a coyote jumped over the fence and took one of the dogs…

Letter to the editor: How many cookies will it take?

To the editor: Mr. Bellingham of Edmonds Bakery apologized profusely for putting a message on a cookie that made a political statement and was interpreted as anti-immigrant. Then when the cookies turned out to be popular and profitable, he un-apologized. Mr. Bellingham has a First Amendment right to put political messages, even hurtful or divisive…

Letter to the editor: Time to survey residents on housing strategy

Editor: Edmonds has embarked upon a designated “housing strategy” process that has the potential to transform targeted neighborhoods, as well as impacting the quality of life for much of Edmonds. This process has been presented with the underlying theory that thousands of non-residents will require housing in Edmonds, but many will be unable to pay…

Letter to the editor: Let’s show some mutual respect with comments

Editor: Can we have some courtesy and restraint on the My Edmonds News comment board. Please? Sometimes we all see ideas with which we disagree. There are two options: respond to the idea, perhaps with a counter suggestion; or put the offending party on “Ignore.” Some will say that the latter is strangling the free…

Letter to the editor: Edmonds housing — challenges and opportunities

Editor: The Puget Sound Regional Council forecasts the population of the Puget Sound region will increase by over 1.5 million by 2050.  All cities, including Edmonds, will experience continuing growth pressures as new residents move to our area drawn by the attraction of good jobs and our excellent quality of life.  In Edmonds, our population…