Letter to the Editor: Cathy Baylor prefers organic infill materials on turf fields

Dear Editor: Yeah for Cathy Baylor! She, unlike the present president of the board, Susan Philips, understands the need to protect our children from the toxic crumb rubber fill inexplicably being installed in all the districts new playing fields. Parents need to be informed on this toxic substance. The Edmonds City Council has banned it…

Letter to the Editor: Thank you, voters, for approving Prop 1

Dear Editor: Thank you to the voters in the City of Lynnwood and Snohomish County Fire District 1 who participated in the Aug. 1 Primary Election and approved the formation of a regional fire authority. Throughout my entire career of more than 38 years, we’ve been talking about consolidating fire departments into a single regional…

Letter to the Editor: RAISE Act provides much-needed support to family caregivers

Dear Editor: Care giving can be an emotionally, physically, and financially draining role. Across Washington State there are more than 335,000 people providing unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. In 2016, these caregivers provided an estimated 382 million hours of care valued at $4.8 billion. My father took care of…

Letter to the Editor: We need smaller class sizes in our schools

Dear Editor: I’m a small business owner and a mom of a soon to be 6th grader and future Kindergarten student at Mountlake Terrace Elementary. Education is very important to our family, but I never envisioned I’d become an education activist. However, the state of education funding in our district and in Washington State has…

Letter to the Editor: Everyone benefits from rent control

Dear Editor: I am a disabled senior about to lose my home due to insufficient income. I’ve had less than $100 in raises from social security in the last 10 years. Now my landlord wants over $200 more for rent for a small space in an Mobile Home Park. This would represent far more than…

Letter to the Editor: The Affordable Care Act is not dead yet

Like the “dead man” scene in the classic Monty Python film, the Affordable Care Act is not dead yet. In 2009, I voted for the Affordable Care Act after hearing from more than 15,000 constituents. Largely, the legislation worked as intended. It improved Medicare benefits for seniors, banned discrimination based on pre-existing conditions and expanded health care coverage…

Letter to the editor: Support Fire District 1 levy on general election ballot

Dear Editor: I urge voters to support Fire District 1’s Proposition 1 on the general election ballot. It will help the fire district to hire, train and equip more firefighters. Calls for service have increased more than 12 percent in 2016. As the chairman of the Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners, I can assure…

Letter to the editor: Rico Tessandore experienced, qualified judicial candidate

Dear Editor: Rico Tessandore is the most qualified candidate for judge. Here is a side-by-side comparison: Rico has 10 years of judicial experience as a Judge Pro Tem—his opponent had never worked as a judge prior to filing for judicial office. Rico was ranked No. 1 in the 2016 poll of lawyers and judges in…

Letter to the Editor: Increasing car tab fees is regressive

Dear Editor, Last Wednesday evening, July 27th, the Lynnwood Transportation Benefit District (TBD), made up exclusively of City Council members, voted 4-2 to raise car tab fees for Lynnwood residents by $20. These funds will go to help pay for much needed road repair. This is a final vote that doesn’t go to the ballot…

Letter to the editor: No to expansion of Snohomish County Council

Editor: To Snohomish County Charter Review Commission: With all due respect, the last thing we need is to grow government by adding more council members. Just a little more balance and cooperation on the council is truly what is required. There is no reason in the world that the existing districts can’t be well represented…

Letter to the Editor: Proposition 1 will improve quality of life for all

Dear Editor: With more people moving into the area, we know that traffic isn’t going to just magically go away. In fact, our road system is pretty well built-out. So how can we keep people moving in the face of expected population increases? The answer is simple: we need to make the best use of…

Commentary: Reasons to vote no on Proposition 1

Proposition 1, the last item on many of our ballots this November, will ask Snohomish County voters to increase the Retail Sales and Use Tax by .3 percent to benefit Community Transit. According to the state Department of Transportation, Community Transit is one of the most expensive transit agencies in the state for it’s size….

Letter to the Editor: Reject Proposition 1

Dear Editor: Proposition 1, a .3 percent increase in Retail Sales and Use Tax and on our ballots in the Transportation Benefit District this November, will increase taxes to all shoppers at Alderwood Mall, restaurant customers, anyone buying a car, business owners who purchase equipment and supplies for their companies and more if approved by…

Letter to the Editor: Vote against Community Transit’s proposed tax increase

Dear Editor: In November, many Snohomish County voters will be asked to increase the Retail Sales and Use Tax by .3 percent to benefit Community Transit. (Proposition 1) Washington State Department of Transportation lists Community Transit as one of the most expensive transit agencies in the state. Voters should ask Community Transit to manage their budget before…

Letter to the editor: Crumb rubber an issue nationally

Editor: The use and safety of crumb rubber is an emerging national issue. Crumb rubber is made from tires, and tires contain many known carcinogens. While we can all agree that further research needs to be done, it is important to note a new development — that at a May 19, 2015 meeting of the…

Letter to the editor: What is Verdant’s mission?

Editor: Property owners within Snohomish County Public Hospital District No.2 (also known as Verdant Health) have been saved from an increase in property tax for 2015. Verdant failed to file the necessary paperwork with the Snohomish County Assessor in time for the increased tax rate to be implemented. Fear not, the hospital commissioners plan to…

Letter to the Editor: Why the Verdant Health Commission continues to collect taxes

Dear Editor: We thought it would be helpful to provide information about Verdant Health Commission’s funding sources and purpose based on a recent letter to the editor. The Hospital District’s revenue is currently a combination of rental income, interest income on reserves and tax revenue. There are several reasons why Verdant Health Commission is continuing…

Letter to the Editor: Questions about Verdant Health Commission property tax

Dear Editor: Recent publicity noting the opening of the Verdant Commission’s new building on 196th Street SW, Lynnwood did not mention in full how the Verdant Commission is funded. Verdant collects property tax from an area that is essentially the same as the geographic boundaries of the Edmonds School District plus an additional section along…

Letter to the editor: Act to save Picnic Point

Editor: Picnic Point forest, and with it, Picnic Point Creek and Puget Sound, is endangered! A developer plans 112 homes, now called Frognal Estates, aka Horseman’s Trails, upon these steep slopes within this treacherous slide zone. This conifer forest guards Picnic Point Creek where endangered Chinook salmon and threatened silver salmon spawn. It harbors an…

Letter to the Editor: Strom Peterson understands complexities of school funding

Dear Editor, As a parent I have learned how much our local elected officials impact the lives of our children and our families. For that reason, I am excited that Strom Peterson, local Edmonds City Council Member, chose to run for the State House of Representatives seat being vacated by Rep Mary Helen Roberts. I…

Letter to the Editor: Don’t wait until September, fire lawmakers in August

Dear Editor: State lawmakers admitted they failed to follow the Supreme Court’s order to fund our children’s education. This was after the Court originally found lawmakers in violation of our State’s constitution back in 2012. Our children’s future can’t wait any longer. Do Democrats and Republicans think they can continue kicking the can down the…

Letter to the Editor: Let’s prevent gun murder

Dear Editor: I’ve heard the suspect in the recent SPU shootings was a student at Edmonds Homeschool Resource Center, now known as Edmonds Heights, where my children have attended school since fall of 2003. The shooter’s two years older than my oldest daughter. They went to school together. I have to ask: how many more…

Letter to the Editor: A not-so-personal Christmas greeting

Dear Editor: Alone on Christmas morning I fired up my computer to see if there were any messages. Lo and behold there was a Christmas greeting from a relative who lives far away, but still a relative with very close blood ties. Somehow, a Christmas greeting that says “to you and 30 others” does not…