Letter to the editor: A pledge for the new council — Listen, Talk and Respect

Editor: As our city council begins with a new mayor, new and seasoned councilmembers; it might be time to remember that they are supposed to be non-partisan elected officials with goals of good government for all the citizens of Edmonds. Perhaps to start off this quest we should begin with civility. Civility is a key…

Letter to the editor: Edmonds Waterfront Center a story of hope and bold decisions

Editor: With the backdrop of a steady stream of stories about divided communities and institutions and alarming news about climate change across the globe, the Edmonds Waterfront Center is a story of hope, bold decisions and never giving up. It’s hard to believe the campaign to replace the failing Edmonds Senior Center was announced in…

Letter to the editor: Thanks to all who supported the CASA gift-giving trees

Once again, the Rotary Club of Edmonds managed the 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…

Letter to the editor: Thank you, mayor and council

Editor: As the year is about to come to an end, so does the role of four amazing individuals who have served our city with distinction. I want to express my sincerest thank you to Mayor Earling and City Council Members Tibbott, Mesaros and Teitzel. It has always been clear to me that You love…

Commentary: A most unique gift

During this season of giving we all have stories of memorable gifts given and received. In our family the story retold year after year was given (and abruptly returned) to my Great Aunt Julie from Chicago. During the family gift exchange prickly Aunt Julie opened the gift of assorted nuts and roared, “I hate nuts!…

Letter to the editor: City needs a full-time arborist

Editor: The Edmonds city trees, on our streets and in our beautiful parks, are not receiving adequate care! We have very little dedicated staff to attend to them, which leaves them less structurally sound and more open to potential disease due to lack of care and pruning. Debra Dill, our city beautification program leader, has…

Letter to the editor: No 30-year wastewater contract with Mountlake Terrace

Editor: Are Edmonds residents subsidizing other communities by entering into long-term wastewater contracts of 30 years, possibly contributing to utility cost inflation for Edmonds residents over the long term? Affordability is a hot topic in today’s modern world. One thing that is of affordability factor is long-term local utility costs. Utility cost are specifically sensitive…

Letter to the editor: More on racism, ideology and party loyalty

Editor: I was moved by Alicia Crank’s letter describing her feelings during and after the campaign. As a minority myself, I know what it is like to be discriminated against.  But it is what we do with what life has handed you and what you do along your life’s journey that defines who and what…

Letter to the editor: Edmonds needs a full-time certified arborist

Editor: I urge the Edmonds City Council to adopt the budget line item funding the hiring of a full-time arborist for the city of Edmonds. With the adoption of the UFMP (Urban Forest Management Plan) policy there is a huge need for a professional certified arborist to guide the process of implementing the UFMP and…

Letter to the editor: The truth about the Kalama methanol refinery

Editor: Citizens of our state need to know the truth abut the proposed Kalama methanol plant. They need to know they are being lied to by the Chinese company seeking to build the world’s largest fracked gas to methanol refinery — and have U.S. taxpayers subsidize it. This plant would use more fracked gas than…

Letter to the editor: Save our Puget Sound views

Editor: As active members of the Edmonds community and residents in the “Bowl”, we were recently given a copy of the new Landscape Plan for the new Civic Park between 6th and 7th Avenues.  The plan looks great! The park is a dream come true and for those of us fortunate enough to live neighboring…

Letter to the editor: A thank you to our patients

Editor: After more than 28 years serving Edmonds and the greater Edmonds area, I will be closing my solo family medical practice at the end of December 2019. Words cannot express how grateful I am to be a part of this wonderful greater Edmonds community and for the support and love that so many of…

Letter to the editor: Informed voting more important than ever

Editor: As ballots are marked, primary consideration should be given to Edmonds City Council candidates’ fiscal acumen, accountability and responsibility.  The Edmonds “City Council Mission and Purpose” states that council is the legislative body that establishes city policy and represents the city on boards and commissions, among other duties. As such, councilmembers must be able…

Letter to the editor: Addressing mental health needs in our community

Editor: October 19, 2019, I attended the the first film of Edmonds Diversity Commissions’ free Film Series of the season, “CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion: A star-studded documentary on the portrayal of disabilities in entertainment. Do media’s portrayals impact society or vice versa?” (As written on the Diversity Commission’s Film SeriesBrochure) As the film progressed,…

Letter to the editor: Candidates — we need more field space for youth sports

Editor: As parents of children in youth sports, we would like to know where all of the candidates – school board, city council, and mayoral – stand on supporting youth sports and improving the facilities on which our children grow, play and compete. Children participating in youth sports are more likely to experience improved health…

Letter to the editor: Mike Nelson embodies spirit of public service

Dear Editor,  Like many longtime Edmonds residents, we wish to preserve the charm of the downtown core, and the natural beauty of the marsh and our beaches. We also celebrate the diversity of our town: once referred to by local residents as “Deadmonds” due to its sleepiness and homogeneity. As Christians, we care very much…

Letter to the editor: Neil Tibbott will rise above partisan politics

Editor: I didn’t plan on writing a letter to the editor, as I know people are generally sick and tired of opinion pieces at this point. However, after reading Adrienne Fraley-Monillas’ condescending and fearmongering “endorsement,” I feel compelled to write in. I don’t particularly appreciate being lectured about what is best for my family nor…

Letter to the editor: Firefighters support Mike Nelson for mayor

Editor: I have served as a firefighter for our community for over 17 years. I have seen our town go through changes. I first got to know Mike when he participated in a training with our firefighters. He donned our heavy bunker gear in 90-degree weather. He eagerly climbed up a 6-story ladder, crawled on…

Letter to the editor: Neil Tibbott will preserve and protect Edmonds

Dear Editor, Choosing a new mayor for our great city is like choosing a steady, experienced, protective captain of a ship. Neil Tibbott meets and exceeds those qualifications and qualities. Whether working on the Planning Board or as a City Council Member, he comes prepared, he listens respectfully to the public, to staff and to…

Letter to the editor: Do your homework before casting your ballot

Editor: This time during each election year, people become campaign exhausted. Within Edmonds alone, we have eight people running for council seats and two people running for mayor. You don’t know who to believe or what to believe when it comes time to vote. The biggest piece of advice I can give is do your…

Letter to the editor: In support of Anna Alexander for judge

Dear Editor: I have known Anna Alexander for over 25 years, both in her capacity as a neighbor and friend, and in her capacity as a legal professional. Given what I know about Anna as a person, lawyer, volunteer, and pro-tem judge, I will not hesitate to cast my vote for Anna Alexander this November….