Letter to the editor: Questions for the former mayors and councilmembers

Editor: Regarding the recent letter from former mayors and city councilmembers, thank you for your past service. Edmonds is what it is today for your contributions. Having relocated to Edmonds only a few years ago, I (like many) am awed by the natural beauty that surrounds us. That beauty, the majesty of our home, is one…

Letter to the editor: Diane White is a champion for equity issues

Editor: I have had the pleasure of serving on the Equity in Funding committee for the Edmonds School district under the direction of Diana White. Over the past two years I have witnessed Diana seeking answers to tough equity issues the ESD is facing. Diana seeks opportunities to create equity throughout our schools by asking lots of questions and…

Letter to the editor: Show your courage

Editor: I am guessing most people reading this letter agree with me that Edmonds is a very special place. I would also argue that those of us who live in Edmonds exhibit characteristics that make us special as well. We participate in our community, we show up, and we help each other out, as illustrated…

Letter to the editor: What Judge Okoloko brings to the Superior Court

Dear Editor:  After a 23-year career as a Snohomish County judge, having served over 18 years on our Superior Court, I retired from that service last year. While I have now left the court, I have a strong interest in maintaining and improving the quality of our judiciary. It is for this reason that I…

Letter to the editor: It’s time to repeal the MTFE

Dear Editor: The citizens of Edmonds don’t seem to know that we are paying higher taxes to subsidize apartment building construction or remodeling which increases traffic congestion. The MFTE (Multi Family Tax Exemption) program is codified in Chapter 3.38 of the Edmonds City Code. The website describing it and linking to the relevant ordinances is…

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…