Letter to the Editor: Who is drinking the Kool-Aid?

I feel the need to respond to Councilman Michael Plunkett’s email to several citizens that condemns the Planning Board’s proposed changes to the BD (business district) zones, and asked those citizens to “please don’t drink the developers’ Kool-Aid.” 1) Mr. Plunkett says that some of the people who spoke in favor of taller buildings at…

Letter to the editor: Mayor responds to bus stop trash complaint

To the editor: I am writing in response to a concern raised by a local citizen regarding an overflowing trash bin at a bus stop in downtown Edmonds. Ms Sinha has also contacted my office on this issue and I took the time to personally follow up with city staff regarding our efforts to keep…

Letter to editor: True environmentalists pick up their trash

Dear Editor: I was an environmentalist before it was popular. I boycotted McDonald’s for using Styrofoam container and purchased organic milk and food before such lifestyle choices came in vogue. I commute to work in Seattle. I ride the bus and am happy that there is a bus stop walking distance from my home on…

Letter to the editor: Move Tuesday meeting back to Council Chambers

I noted on the agenda for the June 28 council meeting this Tuesday, that the meeting is being held in the Brackett Room in City Hall, rather than in Council Chambers, where council meetings are typically held. Since the video equipment that allows for the taping of the meetings is located in Council Chambers, this…

Letter to the editor: ex-Edmonds mayor endorses Dave Earling

To the editor: I was pleased to see Dave Earling announce that he is campaigning for mayor of Edmonds. Having worked with Dave on the City Council and as mayor, I know he brings consensus building and leadership to the position, two traits sadly missing in today’s Edmonds city government. Dave has operated a business…

Work or go to school in King County? You can take this survey

Note: We confirmed that those living in Edmonds can take this survey if they work or go to school in King County. Dear Editor: While some bright spots are emerging in our local economy, many communities continue to feel economic distress and local governments continue to deal with budget shortfalls that include cuts in services…

Letter: Federal patent bill is bad news for small businesses

Dear Editor: The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate continue to ignore the needs of the small business community despite the desperate need for the jobs smaller American businesses create. For years the small business community has repeatedly warned the Congress that provisions in various Federal patent bills, like current House Bill H.R. 1249,…

Coming Wednesday: Edmonds ‘Go Green’ panel to focus on green building

The City of Edmonds Economic Development Commission is hosting a “Go Green Edmonds” panel this Wednesday featuring Puget Sound-area experts who have experience developing green building projects. The meeting will be at 7:10 p.m., immediately following the commission’s regular 6-7 p.m. meeting, in the Brackett meeting room of City Hall, 121 5th Ave. N. “Go…

Letter: Thanks to Edmonds Police Chief Compaan and Cpl. Ploeger

To the editor: On August 31st, I wrote a letter to My Edmonds News regarding a nuisance vagrant living in a vehicle on the street where I live. I called the Edmonds Police Department several times about the matter. The last encounter was with an officer who gave me a dissertation on the “rights” of this bum, who was evicted…

To those working in King County: A letter from Dick’s co-founder Dick Spady

Dear Editor: King County government is facing a $63 million budget shortfall for 2011. This is a critical decision-making time for our elected leaders and tough choices need to be made. Why should you care about the King County budget?  In more ways than most people realize, county services are a part of your day. How…

Letter: Edmonds car tax a burden to those already struggling

I am proud to be the only member of the Edmonds Citizens’ Transportation Committee to oppose the TBD vehicle fee increase. While I hope we can look for ways to increase transportation revenue, such as REET redistribution, I will not support increased revenue at any cost. This fee is yet another affront to working families….

Letter: To TBD or not to TBD in Edmonds?

We have an issue to vote on this November: To TBD or not to TBD. But what is it and why should I, as voter in Edmonds, care? The Transportation Benefit District (TBD) was formed in Edmonds on Nov. 18, 2008, by a vote of the Edmonds City Council in response to an opportunity to…

Letter: I’m voting for the Edmonds car tab fee increase

I support an increase in vehicle license fees in order to provide for transportation improvements in Edmonds. And, before I say why, let me add that any increase will involve all four vehicles at our house. It will be a substantial increase in our annual cost of using vehicles in Edmonds. I support adding $40…

Michael Plunkett’s letter: moving ahead with city manager proposal

Recently I had come out in support of a council-manager form of government for Edmonds. I was willing to put off Council consideration of council-manager form of government because of the need for stability for rest of the year. That premise has been blown out of the water by the mayor’s action. Therefore now is…

Letter to the editor: Political games of ‘The Five Horsemen’

Dear Editor: I am writing to opine about the political games currently being played out by City Councilpersons Bernheim, Buckshnis, Fraley-Monillas, Plunkett and Orvis (“The Five Horsemen”) and the purchase of the Skipper’s property. I will talk about each one in turn below. Secret Meeting. The Five Horsemen, led by Mr. Plunkett, have spent an…

Letter to the editor: How much is an unobstructed view worth?

What is Councilman D.J. Wilson thinking by supporting his investor and building friends in their effort to destroy the visual quality and character of both the waterfront and downtown Edmonds?What’s  in it for him? Follow the money and I think you will have your answer.  Please do not support Councilman D.J. Wilson’s efforts to increase…

Letter to the City Council: Taller buildings will ruin ‘small town feel’

Dear members of our City Council, It has recently been brought to our attention that there is a proposal on the table to increase building heights on the Edmonds waterfront. This information has been received with disappointment. My wife and I have lived in Edmonds for over 20 years now. We chose Edmonds as our…

Letter: Another approach to waterfront development?

To the editor: Recently an Edmonds City Council subcommittee was tasked with holding discussions about the downtown waterfront properties. As a result, D.J. Wilson has reported to Council and the public at an unscheduled and unannounced presentation on April 6, 2010 that there is now an understanding that we are to be “open mindedly flexible…

Letter to the editor: Preserve our views

To the editor: I have sent an email to each of the Edmonds City Council members asking that city building ordinances that preserve our distinctive “on-the-water, picturesque-town, gorgeous-sound view” image be maintained. DO NOT INCREASE THE BUILDING HEIGHT THAT IS ALLOWED ON WATERFRONT PROPERTIES. As residents, guests and tourists walk or drive through our lovely town, there are multiple…

Edmonds Mayor: Let’s look at facts when discussing labor costs

To the editor: There have been several articles in the newspaper recently concerning the wages paid to public employees. Some have quoted the Wall Street Journal. Some have mentioned the City of Edmonds employees and the upcoming negotiation process for our four unions. While allegations and comments continue to be bandied about, it seems like…

Councilmember’s letter to editor: Time to rein in public employee labor costs

Publisher’s note: This letter was originally posted on March 28. It has been reposted to the home page because of the important nature of the topic. To the editor: A recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that public employee compensation grew by 28.6 percent, compared…