Letter to the editor: Edmonds would be lucky to have Vivian Olson on council

Dear Editor, I am writing to you today in support of an amazing candidate for the Edmonds City Council, Vivian Olson. I met Vivian at Seaview park 17 years ago. I was pregnant at the time and she had a two year-old and a newborn. It was the start of a wonderful friendship and years of debating the…

Letter to the editor: Alicia Crank walks the talk

Editor: Why I am voting for Alicia Crank for Edmonds City Council:  She walks the talk. Alicia knows that a healthy community supports all its members, and she is willing to be a realist about how to serve everyone. She gave up a life in wealth management banking in order to walk the talk of…

Letter to the editor: Why I support Vivian Olson for Edmonds City Council

Editor: I’m endorsing Vivian Olson for City Council Position 5. I met Vivian when she became a member of Edmonds City Tree Board and have served with her for four years. She has proven to be a staunch supporter of our Edmonds Tree Canopy survival. When the Tree Board is considering new projects, Vivian always…

Letter to the editor: Doorbelling thank you

Editor: I have recently been doorbelling for two outstanding city council candidates, Susan Paine and Nate Monroe. This piece is not about how wonderful and well-qualified they both are (they are), but about how warmly and kindly my Edmonds’ neighbors have received me when I ring their doorbells. This so captures what Edmonds is all…

Commentary: Why citizens have petitioned Gov. Inslee to restore the Edmonds Marsh-Estuary

The Save Our Marsh citizens group has initiated a petition drive asking Gov. Inslee to dedicate the state property adjacent to the Edmonds Marsh (the old Unocal property) for salmon recovery, estuary restoration and wildlife conservation.  The petition can be accessed online at: http://chng.it/4Kg7wdtZcT The old Unocal site on the southern edge of the Edmonds…

Letter to the editor: Rob Toyer best choice for county treasurer

Editor: For the past 85-plus years, the Sievers family served Snohomish County in a few roles, but none more public and distinguished than that of Snohomish County Treasurer. The recognition given to the family by the county in the naming of the Sievers Plaza is but a small step in recognizing the family’s dedicated and…

Letter to the editor: Why I’m supporting Okoloko for Superior Court Judge

Editor: In my 39 years as a judge, I had the pleasure of serving with many good judges. A year ago, the governor selected Edirin Okoloko from a large field of candidates to fill a vacancy on the Snohomish County Superior Court, and since he took office, Judge Okoloko has distinguished himself as one of…

Letter to the editor: Why I’m supporting Vivian Olson for Edmonds City Council

Editor: I will vote for Vivian Olson for Edmonds City Council in the November election. Ms. Olson’s academic credentials alone merit serious consideration.  She is an Air Force Academy graduate with an additional graduate degree in aeronautical science, and other advanced education ranging from contracting and contract law to accounting. She possesses a superb intellect…

Letter to the editor: Thank you to Zero Waste volunteers at Taste Edmonds

Editor: We want to thank all the volunteers who came to Taste Edmonds to help staff the Zero Waste Stations. Students from Edmonds Community College, community members, graduates from the wonderful WSU Extension Sustainable Community Stewards program, plus all the appreciative patrons together managed to divert much material from going to the landfill. Food scraps,…

Letter to the editor: We need a parking strategy, not ‘cultural placemaking’

 Editor: Beware. The city council is potentially about to make the same mistake it made with the original housing strategy process. Let’s not let this happen again.Tuesday evening, Aug. 20, Council will be voting on whether to hire Framework as Edmonds’ parking study consultant. There are multiple important reasons to delay selection of which consultant…

Letter to the editor: Responding to charge of fiscal irresponsibility

Dear Editor: In multiple letters to the editor, Lynne Chelius has characterized me as “fiscally irresponsible” in my service on the Edmonds School Board. Having served proudly in this capacity for the past eight years, including three as President, I am compelled to respond. I agree with Ms. Chelius that our voters deserve the right…

Letter to the editor: Voters entitled to candidate information that may be negative

Editor: I think it important to respond to Alicia Crank’s “Letter to the Editor”, August 9, 2019.  Much of what she said is laudable. What should be informed and fact-based debate has recently often turned into innuendo and supposition. However, voters are entitled to accurate information even if it is argues against a candidate being…

Letter to the editor: An Edmonds Musical, ‘Preaching to the Choir, Edmonds Politics’

Musical: Preaching to the Choir, Edmonds Politics Cast Preacher (happens to be an agnostic atheist), Lori Rasmussen, Edmonds resident Readers: You Church Newsletter Editor: Ms. Wippel, Editor of My Edmonds News, City Council meetings Church Choir: All Edmonds residents who are informed on City Government happenings Church Holiday Attendees (CHAs): Blamers, Naysayers Church Leaders: Edmonds…

What would you like to see in our mayoral (and city council) coverage?

Dear readers: I’m interested in knowing what would help readers make their choice for mayor and how My Edmonds News can help. There are some group candidate forums and meet-and-greets with both mayoral and city council candidates on the schedule, starting after Labor Day — sponsored by the Edmonds Neighborhood Action Coalition (ENAC) and Indivisible…

Letter to the editor: Urban wildlife at risk

Editor: “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi. As I pulled onto my street at 11 p.m. last night, I saw a sight I had never seen in nearly 20 years of living in the Lake Ballinger neighborhood: a beautiful young deer milling around…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Our policy on candidate comments

Recently, I came across a comment on a social media site that suggested I am allowing critical comments of candidates to appear here to increase our site traffic. It’s only Aug. 9. The primary election hasn’t even been certified yet. And then there’s the general election to deal with. I want to assure you that…

Commentary: Northgate Mall closing, Part 2

I read with interest the story by David Carlos about Northgate Mall closing. It flooded my memory with the role that the Mall held in my life. I spent the better part of my youth growing up near Northgate. It was built when I was very young and lived nearby. My doctor visits and childhood…

Commentary: How residential density expansion will impact parking and traffic in Edmonds

Density expansion and future traffic impacts within a 6-mile radius of Edmonds’ downtown and waterfront are growing at an unprecedented level. It’s been said that the Puget Sound region has not seen this acceleration of population growth in nearly 100 years. Edmonds is a small, 18-square-mile seaside town, not a mega-urban metropolitan area. The fact…

Letter to the editor: An open letter to the Edmonds City Council

Dear City Council Members: We are writing to you as Edmonds residents and/or business owners motivated in part by the recent resignations of two Director-level staff and our observations of recent Council activities. Edmonds is a rare and special jewel. Each person who lives here, does so by choice. We all have options, but we…

Commentary: Just exactly what used to go on at the Edmonds Senior Center?

Over the past few years as I’ve gone about the business of being a board member  of the Edmonds Senior Center and the campaign co-chair of its replacement, the new Edmonds Waterfront Center, I’ve learned a lot. I learned that most people knew of our senior center, but most had no idea of what went…

Letter to the editor: Defining homelessness is critical to finding a solution

Editor: Edmonds has been torn by the issue of homelessness for over a year. I, as well as many residents of Edmonds, am concerned about the welfare of those who are homeless and how best to help them. In addition, they are rightfully worried about the impact of low barrier housing and homelessness on our…