Letter to the editor: YWCA thanks community organizations for their support

Editor: Over the holidays and through the end of 2017, YWCA’s Snohomish County community stepped up for our clients in a big way. Some highlights include: 170 families and 20 adults were served through our Adopt-A-Family program. Businesses like Norwest Kitchen and Remodel, Acura of Lynnwood, Symetrix, Pacific Medical Clinic, and Pur Skin Clinic in…

Letter to the Editor: I support Cathy Baylor for Edmonds School Board

Editor: Cathy Baylor is an excellent candidate for the Edmonds School District Board of Directors. I’d like to tell you why I am voting for her. I first met Cathy Baylor at a candidate’s meeting where she was seeking an endorsement. She answered the questions thoughtfully. Each of her responses included the aspect of inclusion…

Letter to the editor: Let’s all be safe out there

Dear Editor: I’ve had the opportunity recently to visit nearly every school in the district, as students were either arriving at school or leaving. And so I’ve become aware of some very unsafe traffic situations at some of our schools. Yesterday I witnessed a “close call” involving a parent leaving a school and an early…

Letter to the editor: Cathy Baylor an ideal candidate for school board

Editor: Cathy Baylor is the best choice for Edmonds school board in the upcoming election. Having known her for years, I can testify that she is motivated by a genuine desire to make this world a better place. An educator herself, she has a decades-long track record of involvement with education within the Edmonds School…

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Deborah Kilgore for School District Director

Dear Editor: I’m writing to ask people to vote for Deborah Kilgore for Edmonds School Director, District 4. Deb is a leader in every sense of the word. When she was PTO president, she respected every person who volunteered with us. She found out what they wanted to do, listened to their ideas, and made…

Letter to the editor: Vote for Cathy Baylor for Edmonds School Board

Editor: I encourage you to vote for Cathy Baylor for the Edmonds School Board, Position 4.  I’ve know Cathy for many years.  She comes with solid teaching and leadership credentials.  I think what strikes me most prominently are her people skills. She listens, seeks to understand, synthesizes multiple points of view and compromises to find…

Letter to the editor: Every child deserves a hot school lunch

Dear Editor: I went to a school board meeting last night. The hot topic? HOT SCHOOL LUNCHES!!! Many schools carry “lunch room debt” throughout the year, and how this debt has or hasn’t been dealt with has been the subject of a great deal of press across the country. Last spring, our school board decided…

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…