Letter to the editor: Don’t mistake a tactical withdrawal for a victory

Editor: Nine thousand signatures for the Save the Beach Campaign. Four hundred people protesting in the Public Safety Complex during the June 2019 City Council meeting. Mike Nelson yard signs proliferating in Edmonds. It was probably difficult for the Earling-Tibbott political establishment to ignore the widespread and growing backlash against the Edmonds Viaduct. But why…

Letter to the editor: Don’t bargain away the money you don’t have

Editor: This opinion is in response to Diana White’s submission to My Edmonds News on May 22, 2019, where she attempted to justify her actions as Edmonds’ School Board President regarding the recent substantial raises for teachers and subsequent layoffs.  Since she is running for the open Edmonds’ City Council Position #6 against Susan Paine,…

Letter to the editor: Thanks to our Girls on the Run community

Editor: What has 1,400 feet and a smile that can light up the whole county? Answer: 700 girls and their running buddies crossing the finish line at Saturday’s Girls on the Run of Snohomish County’s Spring 5k at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett! All our girls — from 51 teams throughout Snohomish County — came…

Letter to the editor: Accuracy is important when talking about Waterfront Connector

In recent weeks there has been much public debate about the proposed Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector. Public debate on major projects like this is healthy and can improve the final outcome. But it’s important to be mindful of accuracy when portraying information related to the project.  Recently a Letter to the Editor was published in My…

Letter to the editor: Facts about likelihood of funding for proposed Waterfront Connector

Editor: Last week, the Mayor submitted a letter to My Edmonds News and The Beacon entitled “The Case for the Waterfront Connector” claiming widespread misinformation and/or confusion evidenced in several articles and opinions. In response, Councilwoman Diane Buckshnis posted a comment including content attributed to Patrick Doherty (Economic Development and Community Services Director City of…

Letter to the editor: Thanks to the Alderwood-Terrace Rotary for Honor Guard support

The following letter from Edmonds Police Chief Al Compaan was sent to Kevin McCandlish, president of Alderwood-Terrace Rotary, on May 7. We are republishing it with permission. Dear Mr. McCandlish: On behalf of the Edmonds Police Department as a member agency of the South Snohomish County Honor Guard (SSCHG), we thank the Rotary Club of…

Letter to the editor: The new Housing Commission selection process

Editor: Our City Council has listened to the people and is seating a new Housing Commission. It is my hope that the council is also listening to the people of Edmonds when they say they want a commission that is fairly comprised of citizens with a variety of views about what growth and development in…

Letter to the editor: Friendly alternatives to parking meters downtown

Editor: The City of Seattle treats car ownership like a moral failing, and tries to make you feel as guilty as possible for driving a car into the city. But for many of us in the suburbs, cars are still a necessity of life. Rather than punishing people for driving cars into downtown Edmonds with…

Letter to the editor: Dogs need to obey the law

Editor: In a about a half hour around 2 p.m. Saturday we counted nine dogs at the Marina Park. Most of them were running loose on or near the beach. It made me wonder how many of those owners walked over the newly painted signs on the walkway, “No dogs allowed in the park”. I…

Letter to the editor: The process — and reasons — for the Waterfront Connector

Editor: Professor Prakash’s letter with respect to the Waterfront Connector, has received a great deal of attention. Most of his points have been covered by others so I will limit my comments to a couple of items I believe are misunderstood. First, this is not Mayor Earling’s pet project. We should all remember the train blocking…

Letter to the editor: Our expectations of the Edmonds Citizens Housing Commission

Editor: We applaud the Edmonds’ City Council’s decision to create a new Citizens Housing Commission. If fairly and thoughtfully formed, this new commission could help make Edmonds become “the city that did growth right.” We, as citizens of Edmonds, expect a commission that represents the true stakeholders of Edmonds, those who live here now, pay…

Letter to the editor: Fracked gas a concern in our state and county

Editor: Do you know that the fossil fuel industry is trying to build massive fracked gas projects in our state? These include a massive Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in Tacoma, and the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, right along the banks of the Columbia River. If built, the Kalama methanol refinery would become the…

Letter to the editor: Will Edmonds remain divided?

Editor: I recently traveled to Berlin, Germany where I visited just a few of the many museums that provide a stark reminder of what East German life was like during the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s when government decided where you live, how you live and what you could say. Through all of government’s great ideas…

Letter to the editor: Soundbites vs. substance

Editor: As a kid growing up in Alaska, we’d play this game, “name that ad” (when we weren’t shooting each other with BB guns or sword fighting with willow branches), that challenged our young minds to name the product after we heard the jingle. I remember the joy I had when I proudly stated, “Alka…

Letter to the editor: A distracted driving kind of day

Editor: Those who have lived in our great city for any length of time realize we are lucky to live in an oasis amongst the metropolis. We often tout the phrase, “Enjoy an Edmonds kind of day”. However, I would be interested to know what our citizens believe is an “Edmonds kind of day”. Monday’s…

Letter to the editor: Trust and verify

Editor: There’s an old Russian proverb, “Trust but verify,” that was made popular by President Ronald Reagan between 1984-1987 as his administration worked toward nuclear disarmament with the Soviet Union, now known as Russia. The story goes that he was advised that Russians liked to talk in proverbs, so it only made sense if he…

Letter to the editor: Transparency in city processes need improvement

Editor: Over the last few months, the lack of transparency in city processes has been called out repeatedly. First, exactly what is transparency?  One business dictionary defines transparency as a “lack of hidden agendas or conditions, accompanied by the availability of full information required for collaboration, cooperation, and collective decision making.”  One of the primary…

Letter to the editor: City must act to protect Edmonds’ tree canopy

Editor: The Edmonds Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) will address all of the forest in Edmonds. The city controls 13 percent of the tree canopy in its parks and street trees.  The other 87 percent is on private properties. Currently there are no restrictions on tree removal on private land except for property classified as…

Letter to the editor: Factors to consider in protecting the tree canopy

Editor: I write in response to Chris Walton’s commentary about the vanishing tree canopy in Edmonds, which is changing the face of our community. In no way do I want to be seen as defending developers who scalp property of all vegetation, replace one house with five huge ones and sell off the top soil,…

Letter to the editor: Support Edmonds Marsh restoration

Editor: The alarm bells are ringing loudly and Edmonds City Council, the Mayor and city staff are some of the first responders, through their allocation, last month, of $1.3 million to commit to the process of restoration of the Edmonds Marsh. The Marsh may eventually be used to raise salmon, as it used to do,…

Letter to the editor: Thanks for supporting CASA giving trees for children in need

Editor: Every year the Rotary Club of Edmonds provides 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 herculean request of…

Letter to the editor: Mayor responds to Council President’s remarks on the budget

Editor: It is concerning to me that the Council President would represent my originally proposed 2019 Budget in a factually incorrect manner. Doing so serves no purpose other than to confuse the public. First, the Council President’s statement of the increase over 2018 is not accurate. One must compare the two years’ total budgets, which as shown in…