Letter to the editor: Donate to protect the Edmonds Marsh

Dear Editor, With all the recent discussion about the Edmonds Marsh and future use of the old Unocal Property, I would like to remind everyone that they can make tax-deductible donations to protect and restore the Edmonds Marsh. Please consider including this delightful oasis of nature in downtown Edmonds in your year-end giving. Tax-deductible donations…

Letter to the editor: Why city should invest in Edmonds Center for the Arts

Dear Editor, On Tuesday evening, Nov. 27, Edmonds City Council will decide whether to include $75,000 to support the operation of Edmonds Center for the Arts as part of its FY 2019 Budget.   We believe such an investment would be consistent with the values and interests of the citizens of Edmonds. The City of…

Letter to the editor: ACE has concerns about housing strategy

Editor: The Alliance of Citizens for Edmonds (ACE) has reviewed in detail the Mayor’s housing strategy as it was presented in July 2018. We have developed many recommendations and comments. ACE has concerns about the housing strategy adversely impacting building heights and density, disruption of single-family residential areas, including parking impacts, and other. There are…

Letter to the editor: Listening to majority of Edmonds citizens or to the chosen few

Editor: Tuesday evening the Edmonds’ City Council will be discussing several options to salvage what has been a very flawed process for adopting an Edmonds’ “Housing Strategy.” I strongly support the option listed as #5. The 2019 chart of government organization in Edmonds notably places the citizens of Edmonds at the top, above the mayor,…

Letter to the editor: The time has come for a new voice in Olympia

Editor: I am writing to ask you to vote for Jesse Salomon. In prior elections, I have endorsed very few candidates, because in our democracy each voter should make his or her own decision and cast their vote for the best candidate. In this election, I feel compelled to say it is unequivocally clear the…

Letter to the editor: What special interests are working against Sen. Chase?

Editor: The effort to defeat Senator Chase in this election has expended over $120,000. A substantial amount of that represents contributions by Monsanto, Chevron, pharmaceutical interests, charter schools, developers, and real estate agents. They use relentless attacks by The Seattle Times in their effort to to defeat Senator Chase. Why are they doing this? They…

Letter to the editor: Thanks from Brooke and Randy Baker

Editor: To all the people who have come by to love on us these past couple of weeks when they learned the news of our departure from the helm at Chanterelle, well, we are nothing less than overwhelmed. We love you right back, all you sweet people! We thought somehow we might be able to…

Letter to editor: No money for Five Corners study until process is examined

Editor: At a recent housing plan open house, another attendee said that there is a $300,000 line item in the proposed 2019 budget to study the re-development of Five Corners. I have not verified the figure, but I suspect that the study’s inclusion is so — at some amount — as the planning board has…

Letter to the editor: In support of re-electing Sen. Maralyn Chase

Dear Editor: I am writing in support of Sen. Maralyn Chase’s campaign for re-election to the Washington State Senate.Sen. Chase is one of the most steadfast, clear-thinking people I know. She is an FDR democrat, who has dedicated herself to standing for workers rights, reproductive rights, fair taxes, racial justice, environmental justice, Universal Healthcare, fully…

Letter to the editor: Thanks to all who support the Edmonds Food Bank

Dear Editor: Every year the volunteers of the Edmonds Food Bank put on a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. This year we celebrated 37 years of feeding the needy. Our self-funded dinner was attended by approximately 120 volunteers and their guests at the Edmonds Senior Center. The Edmonds Senior Center generously supplied their facility at a minimum…

Letter to the editor: Big oil and Initiative 1631

I’m getting really upset by all the ads from oil companies lying about Initiative 1631. You have to look carefully to see the brief, small print notice of who pays for those ads that pretend to be protecting Washington citizens. Those oil companies have already spent $22 million to fight this initiative. Obviously they are…

Letter to the editor: In support of Initiative 1639

Editor: I just don’t get it: Why does the NRA keep saying that we are trying to take their guns away whenever we try to make gun use safer? We have safety rules that car owners and drivers must follow, but no one has taken away our cars. We have traffic rules for car safety,…

Letter to the editor: Facts about clean air initiative 1631

Dear Editor: How to tell fake news from real news is one of the challenges of our times. It takes time and energy to maneuver through all the questions: Can I trust the source? Does it ring true? Am I just believing because it fits my world view? What fears is this playing on? Can…

Letter to the editor: Thanks to police, state patrol for care of dementia patient

Editor: I was recently interviewed by KIRO news regarding my husband’s missing bicycle. My husband has a rare form of dementia called frontotemporal degeneration and progressive peripheral aphasia.  This has left him with very little ability to communicate and erratic behavior; however, he was an athlete and is still very strong. He is not eligible…

Letter to the editor: Initiative 1639 will make schools safer for students

Dear editor: Do you know what it is like to enter school the day after yet another deadly school shooting? I do. I am a 15-year-old high school sophomore, and I am part of the “mass-shooting generation.” Gun violence is a huge part of my generation and I have never known going to school without…

Letter to the editor: Forum offered chance to see realities of homelessness

To the editor: Thursday evening I attended the “Forum on Homelessness: Separating Facts from Fiction” sponsored by Edmonds Neighborhood Action Coalition, and I only wish that more members of our community could have been there. The panel included a woman who is a college student currently experiencing homelessness, several people who have experienced homelessness and…

Letter to the editor: Thanks to Chamber employees for their service

Editor: On behalf of the Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors would like to let the Chamber membership and greater Edmonds community know that we recently accepted the resignations of two Edmonds Chamber of Commerce employees. We appreciate and thank them for their service to the community. The Greater Edmonds Chamber of…

Letter to the editor: We can’t evacuate our way out of climate change

Editor: I’ve been wondering what they were thinking, those people in the Carolinas who had been warned repeatedly to evacuate but decided to stay. What was their argument to their friends and family who begged them to get out? What it a matter of emotional attachment to their house such that if the house went…

Letter to the editor: Why is PUD rushing to hire general manager?

Editor: Why is our PUD rushing to hire a new General Manager right before the election, with two PUD commission seats on the ballot? Results of the primary election indicate that the public is ready for a change in leadership, yet the current leadership seems to be pushing to keep control. Decisions by the PUD…

Letter to the editor: Support Edmonds Waterfront Connector Project

Editor: The purpose of this letter is to strongly urge the public and Edmonds City Council to support and maintain efforts towards design completion and implementation of the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector. This project is currently at concept design status as led by a strong professional team originally authorized by the Council in October, 2015….

Letter to the editor: Welcome to New Edmonds?

Editor: I went for a walk to survey the “Welcome to Downtown Edmonds” sign. The sign serves as a firewall between the politics of Seattle and here. I’m thinking about painting it so that it looks nice before it’s taken down. It really just needs paint and new hardware. On the way I found a…