Councilmembers should be commending, not criticizing, Economic Development Commission

Editor: Councilmember Plunkett commented at the Jan. 23rd council meeting that he wants to do away with the volunteer Economic Development Commission. Councilmember Buckshnis hasn’t stated that she wants to abolish the ECD, but she has joined Mr. Plunkett in disparaging that valuable group. The root cause for Plunkett’s and Buckshnis’ ECD concerns is their…

Letter: Thanks to all who helped families through City’s Giving Tree project

Editor: On behalf of the City of Edmonds, we would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2011 Giving Tree project. Between the trees located at the Frances Anderson Center and at City Hall, there were approximately 150 tags. These tags were provided by Volunteers of America and were for local children and adults…

Letter: When newspaper delivery becomes littering

Editor: A few months ago I noticed that the weekly publication The Weekly Herald was not being delivered by the school kids as it has been for as long as I can remember. I imagine this is because of the labor laws/safety etc. I always appreciated them delivering this to me because when they would…

Letter: Given dog park vandalism, looking for kindness in the New Year

Editor: The new agility course built as an Eagle Scout Project by Alex Young and Boy Scout Troop 312 seems to be the target for vandals. The course, installed in late October, has now had two instances where the dog jumps have been destroyed.  O.L.A.E. Director and Scout Master Shay Hastler reported the incident last…

Letter: Edmonds Rotary says thanks to gift-giving tree donors

Editor: Every year the Rotary Club of Edmonds provides gift-giving trees to support the CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children) and the Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Program.  These programs provide court-appointed special advocates for children who are victims or alleged victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse or neglect. This past year the list doubled in…

Letter: It’s not too late to reverse decision on roundabout

Editor: Since Tuesday’s council meeting we’ve heard from other citizens who oppose the construction of the roundabout at this time. The comments are 10 against to 2 for it on M.E.N. The vote in the M.E.N. poll was in favor of the roundabout Tuesday evening  – probably weighted by city employees – now the poll…

Letter to editor: Edmonds paraeducators also deserve our thanks

Editor, During the past American Education Week we should also pay tribute to the fine unheralded group of paraeducators in the Edmonds School District. They assist teachers in the classroom helping students learn, supervise playgrounds during recess and perform crossing guard duty in all types of weather and dangerous road conditions all to help keep the…

Letter: Let’s ban campaign signs on public right of ways in Edmonds

Editor: We have recently started a dialogue on whether or not or not campaign signs should be regulated in Edmonds. I believe they should be, and that they should be restricted only to property with the property owners’ consent. The 50 or so signs that clutter up every public right of way is visual pollution…

Letter: Support our schools during American Education Week

Editor: Nov.13-19 is American Education Week. Set up in 1921, its purpose remains to inform the public of “the accomplishments and needs of the public schools and to secure the cooperation and support of the public in meeting those needs.” The NEA (National Education Association) and the American Legion instituted the week’s focus on school…

Letter: Private colleges helping veterans achieve the American Dream

Dear Editor, The recent op-ed by Michael Schindler does not fairly detail the role of private-sector colleges and universities in the lives of America’s veterans. As our men and women in uniform return home to civilian life, many are looking to obtain new skills to compete for jobs in a difficult economy. Many have families…

Letter to the editor: Those who support the arts, support Dave Earling

Editor: I am writing in support of Dave Earling for Mayor of Edmonds, and specifically after a recent political mailer from Mike Cooper that referenced the Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA). I do not speak for or on behalf of the ECA or Public Facilities District, but can personally attest the ECA is a…

Letter to the editor: A commitment to transparency — period

Editor: On October 18, 2011, the Edmonds City Council decided to take no action to move forward with an investigation of the Haines Wharf cost overruns. On November 1, 2011, the Edmonds City Council declined to grant DJ Wilson’s request for a public hearing to air the circumstances that led to his censuring minutes later….

Letter to Editor: Council’s censure action appalling

Editor:   I am appalled at the actions of five of our City Councilmembers.  Last week, one or more city councilmembers broke the law by releasing confidential material to the Beacon. Ignoring this crime, this week five of them instead voted to censure DJ Wilson by passing around a resolution at 11:00 at night!  …

Letter to the Editor: an embarrassing moment for an embarrassing Council

Editor: I stayed at Tuesday’s City Council meeting for the duration of the night. At 11 p.m., when most of the room was empty, I witnessed the most embarrassing thing an embarrassing Council could have done.  They introduced a motion of censure  that wasn’t on the agenda, and for which no public notice was given….

Letter to the editor: The reasons we’re supporting Joan Bloom

To the editor: We support Joan Bloom for a number of reasons.  Just some of them: Joan is NOT political. She has Edmonds’ interest at heart–not her own. Joan is an open book and is not devious–a welcome change. Joan is honest and forthright–we can use more of those traits. Joan does NOT court special…

To the editor: Truly, no one works harder for Edmonds than DJ Wilson

Dear Editor, Critical thinking isn’t meant to be comfortable; it’s meant to yield high quality actions and decisions. “Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”  -Martin Luther King, Jr….

To the editor: Much more to Bob Wilcox than his knowledge of construction

Diane Buckshnis has made an interesting attack against Bob Wilcox in her mailer to voters in the last few days. She says that “Bob Wilcox is All About Construction”. This causes me to wonder how she would have defined the late John Beck, one of the former owners of Beck’s Funeral Home and a highly…

To the editor: Why I’m endorsing Mike Cooper for Edmonds Mayor

Dear Editor: I am writing to endorse Mike Cooper for Edmonds Mayor. Mike is a decorated firefighter, husband and grandfather. He is a lifelong resident of Edmonds where he graduated from Edmonds High School. I support Mayor Cooper for many reasons. Mike is a proven legislator. As a county council member, Mike spent his time…

Letter to the editor: Lora Petso can’t ‘connect the dots’

To the Editor: Lora Petso was elected once, but did not win ever again — and she tried three times! Perhaps the major reason is because Ms. Petso’s council votes often result in the suppression of economic development. One very good example is the Point Edwards condominium development. I just completed an analysis of Snohomish…