Letter to editor: Rep. Rick Larsen should be speaking for Democrats in his district

Editor: The vote on the motion to rescind endorsement of Representative Rick Larsen will occur at the May 18 meeting of the 21st Legislative District Democrats Organization. This is a good thing and represents democracy in action. Rick Larsen, Democrat, represents the 2nd US Congressional District of Washington. Because of this position, he is a…

Letter to editor: Ban all new construction from frequently flooded areas

Editor: In light of ongoing and upward projections about rising sea levels, I believe that ALL NEW CONSTRUCTION should be banned in the frequently flooded zone. The numbers keep changing as scientists find it hard to calculate the accelerating rate of melting of glaciers. Estimates currently range between one foot and nine feet, and these…

Letter to the editor: Edmonds Veterans Plaza launches public fundraising effort

Editor: Since June 14, 1775 when the Continental Congress passed legislation to form the Colonial Army to defend the rights of the Colonies against England, we have honored veterans who have served our country in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and the Coast Guard. For the past 241 years, men and women have continued…

Letter to the editor: Edmonds Police Foundation ready for year of activities

Editor: What’s going on at the Edmonds Police Foundation this year? Well, spring is on its way and it’s time to plan for your golf outings and 5k Run/Walk this year. Get on with your practice swings or putting and get your teams together for another round of skill, laughter and fun. The David Stern…

Letter to the editor: How important is the Marsh to Edmonds?

Editor: It’s always a pleasure to see the photos of the Edmonds Marsh and its wildlife posted in My Edmonds News. Clearly the Marsh is important to the wildlife (herons, eagles, waterfowl, even coyote) that utilize this natural undisturbed area. But, how important is it to the citizens of Edmonds to preserve and enhance the…

Commentary: Firefighters perform ‘exceptional act of kindness’ during wind storm

Ted Williams of Edmonds shared his story about “an exceptional act of kindness” from Fire District 1 firefighters/paramedics Deanna Herbert and Jesse Altizer during Tuesday’s windstorm. Last evening’s wind storm resulted in fallen trees and electrical wires on the ground on Fir Street just off of 3rd Avenue South. Our father, who is 85 years…

Commentary: Voices have been heard on crumb rubber

Crumb rubber has been an industry standard for almost two decades, and the placement of up to 40,000 finely ground used tires per field, acts as a cushioning agent on synthetic turf fields and playgrounds. But is it toxic? On one hand, there are many studies held up by industry, that have not found an elevated…

Commentary: We all play a role in helping injured wildlife

The blue skies and warm temperatures stirred me from my mid-winter semi-hibernation out to the beautiful waterfront at the Edmonds Marina last Monday. Looking forward to spotting the seal pup basking in the sun, I had prepared myself for a leisurely stroll. Unfortunately, I had not prepared myself for the sad scene that I would…

Letter to the editor: Thanks for keeping citizens informed

Editor: I just attended the Mayor’s State of the City address, and I was impressed with his presentation of our “vibrant” community. Afterwards, I was thinking about my familiarity with much of what the Mayor presented, except for some of the financial details, and realized it is primarily from reading My Edmonds News. So… I…

Letter to the editor: Holly House says thank you for ‘best event’ ever

Editor: We want to say THANK YOU to each and every person that helped with Holly House this year. Because of all of our volunteers, donors, sponsors, and the Holly House team, this was the best Holly House Event we’ve ever had. (We say it every year, but Holly House keeps getting bigger and better,…

Letter to editor: Edmonds Senior Swingers Jazz group welcomes new members

Editor: Hello! My name is Tim Leese, and I am the conductor of the Edmonds Senior Swingers Jazz Orchestra. The Senior Swingers is a group of 25 dedicated members that love to play music. As our title might suggest, we are not a jazz band or an orchestra but somewhere in the middle. Concert band…

Letter to the Editor: Building height limits should remain in Coastal Zones

Editor: The following letter was sent to Mayor Dave Earling & City Council Members Johnson, Nelson, Fraley-Monillas, Buckshnis, Teitzel, Mesaros and Tibbott Subject: Properties Located within the Coastal High Hazard Areas and Coastal A Flood Zones Proposed Amendments to: 19.00.025 International Building Code 1612.4.1 Lowest Flood Elevation 21.40.030 Height, Section D. Height Exceptions 1. The…

Letter to the editor: Gun violence and our children

Editor: I have frequently felt helpless and terribly fearful when sending my kids to school knowing there is a real possibility they could leave in a body bag. I know a woman who had a grandchild at Marysville Pilchuck High when that shooting occurred. I have a valid fear. It is a reality. In my…

Letter to Editor: February school levy not consistent with community values

Editor: The Edmonds School District is asking the community to pass a $59 million levy. This levy is an increase of $15 million over the old levy, $11.7 million of which is accounted for by the field replacements and improvements, an item not in the old levy. Citizens are responsible for providing ample funds for…