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….

Letter to the editor: Mike Nelson has track record of accomplishing big goals

To the editor: We are voting for Mike Nelson based on his experience and accomplishments.  At his own expense, he has prepared himself for the mayor role by studying law and working in law enforcement in a city larger than Edmonds. We admire him for showing initiative to accomplish those goals. Developing the Edmonds section…

Letter to the editor: Why Neil Tibbott is the best choice for Edmonds

Editor: While some positions in government are partisan, those for council and mayor of Edmonds are not. This means as a voter, I have the opportunity to learn about each candidate based on their merits, experience and public statements rather than simply knowing their political party affiliation. City government manages the needs of a city of…

Commentary: Our Edmonds Marsh — what I know now and how can we help?

I was asked “what did I learn” from the final report from Windward LLC (Windward). The City Council contracted with Windward in 2017 to provide an 18-month site-specific scientific study that would address a number of tasks relating to the ecological function of the Edmonds Marsh and its wildlife.  A primary purpose was to establish…

Letter to the editor: Hate has no home in Edmonds

Editor: On Monday, Indigenous People’s Day, I’m reminded of a maxim I’ve frequently seen on the internet: “No one is illegal on stolen land.” Yet, just this past weekend, someone took one look at my skin color and asked me if my parents are illegal immigrants. Ten years ago, if you had told me that…

Letter to the editor: Why I support Neil Tibbott for mayor

Editor: I have known Neil for five years and served with him on Edmonds City Council for four of those years. Over that time, I’ve come to know him well and have closely observed his leadership style on council. He is a humble man, but at the same time is highly intelligent, intuitive, patient, receptive…

Letter to the editor: Neil Tibbott has the qualities needed for mayor

Dear Editor, Neil and Margaret Tibbott have been our neighbors for 20 years. He has been a neighborhood leader, bringing us together to build community and friendships.  He became a Planning Board member/chair and is now serving as a qualified elected city council member. We know from personal experience that Neil has the qualities that…

Letter to the editor: Anna Alexander the right candidate for Superior Court judge

Editor: As a judge and former colleague, I strongly recommend Anna Alexander for Superior Court Judge. I believe Anna is the right candidate because of her integrity and her diverse experience. I first met Anna Alexander while we were both law students at the University of Washington School of Law, where, at age 19, Anna…

Letter to the editor: Why I’m supporting Diana White for city council

Editor: I am writing in support of Diana White, candidate for Edmonds City Council, position 6. There have been many letters in the past several weeks concerning our current political climate. My best takeaway from all of this is that my support of any candidate should be based on my own knowledge and experience gained…