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…