Commentary: With Paine Field expansion on horizon, get involved

During the 1970s and ’80s I was an active pilot, often flying in and out of Paine Field, Everett. During that time there was an effort by Snohomish County to enlarge the facilities and incorporate commercial aviation at the field. As you can imagine, there were many homeowners and local businesses who were concerned about…

Letter to the editor: Fire chief thanks community for supporting EMS Levy

Dear Editor: South County Fire wants to thank voters for supporting the community levy for emergency medical service (EMS). This levy replaced two others that were paid to the Lynnwood Fire Department and Snohomish County Fire District 1. Last year, voters approved combining the two agencies into a regional fire authority called South Snohomish County…

Letter to the editor: Thank you to Edmonds Noon Rotary, Windermere

Editor: YWCA Seattle|King|Snohomish would like to extend a big thank you to the Edmonds Noon Rotary Club and Windermere Edmonds for their efforts to replace windows, paint the exterior and beautify the grounds at YWCA Trinity Place in Lynnwood. Windermere painted much of the exterior in June and Rotary held a work party in July…

Commentary: Open your heart and home to an exchange student

I am a local coordinator for an international exchange student nonprofit. Exchange students are 15 to 18 years old, and we are looking for four or five volunteer host families for our students in the Edmonds School District. The district has a deadline of June 15 for host families to choose their student. Volunteer host families…

Letter to the editor: Don’t deny our right to peacefully demonstrate

Local pastor and former Lynnwood City Council president M. Christopher Boyer wrote the below letter to Lynnwood Today after the Washington Poor People’s Campaign was denied permits for a peaceful demonstration on Monday, May 28. According to Rev. Bianca Davis-Lovelace, organizer for the Washington Poor People’s Campaign, government officials and police department representatives denied their…

Letter to the editor: We need to listen to our kids to keep them safe

Lynnwood resident Joe Julian submitted this Letter to the Editor in response to a recent letter regarding safety by Edmonds School District Superintendent Kris McDuffy. Read McDuffy’s letter by clicking here. Dear Editor: Safety is important, to be sure, but it’s a treatment of a symptom. This child in Texas felt at a complete loss…

Letter to the editor: Much to enjoy about talented Dynamite Limbo

Editor: Living at Lynnwood’s Alderwood Court, a Shag independent-living apartment complex, does have its perks. We older folks had the chance to enjoy one of those special treats on another Thursday afternoon. Even though no one actually got up to dance, a lot of feet were tapping to the vibrant music of the acoustic performance…

Letter to the editor: Vote yes on Library Levy Prop 1

Editor: As a lifelong library user and concerned citizen of Snohomish County, I urge you to vote “Yes” on April 24th for the Library Levy Prop. 1. Libraries are essential to healthy, thriving communities. People of all ages and backgrounds enjoy and depend on the services offered at their community library. Children and teens benefit…

Questions, answers and facts about the Sno-Isle Libraries operations levy

Property taxes are a tough subject, but worth talking about. Almost all of the money needed to operate the Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Brier libraries – and the other 19 community libraries in the Sno-Isle Libraries district – comes from an operations levy, which is on your annual property tax statement. Only 2 percent…

A letter from Edmonds School Superintendent regarding school safety and security

Dear Edmonds School District Families, Staff and Community Members: The safety of our students, staff and the entire Edmonds School District family is our highest priority and duty. Our hearts ache for the families and communities impacted by the recent tragic event in Florida. Sometimes words cannot adequately capture the emotions that come from such…

Commentary: We can eliminate traffic congestion in our area

Editor: It is possible to completely eliminate traffic congestion and do so quickly and for much less money that we currently spend. Our transit system is disconnected and difficult to use. Buses do not pick us up where we are nor take us all the way to our destinations, including our transit centers. So only…

Commentary: Solving the educational diversity gap won’t be easy, but is necessary

In a state so obsessed with fighting President Trump and seeming progressive, perhaps it’s time we take a look inward at ourselves, particularly at our school districts. Washington state has among the largest gaps between the number of students of color and teachers of color. Within the state, 44 percent of students are non-white, compared…

Letter to the editor: Support our teachers — vote yes for the replacement levy

Dear Editor:   We are so fortunate to have one of the finest school districts in the state. The educational programs, special services and extra-curricular activities that are provided for our students continue to receive top honors and awards for excellent achievements.    A primary reason for the success of our programs is the fact…

Citizens weigh in: Pro and con statements on Edmonds School District levy proposal

Publisher’s note: We are presenting pro and con statements from two Edmonds School District voters regarding the Proposition 1 levy appearing on the Feb. 13 special election ballot. Residents in the cities of Edmonds, Woodway, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Brier and parts of unincorporated Snohomish County will be voting on a measure, which would allow the…

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…

Commentary: Why, as an educator, I care about Net Neutrality

To my community of elders, children, educators, information professionals, business and community leaders: I care about Net Neutrality because as an educator, I am a connector of information — the flows, accesses, capacities and environments that can create a human connection of experiences we can share. Let me tell you why I do what I…

Op-ed: Supporting veterans starts locally

As a grateful nation pauses to honor women and men who served in the military this Veterans Day, I call on community members to reflect on how to best support local veterans. I recently held six public forums with veterans across Washington’s 2nd Congressional District. Representatives from the VA, service groups, state, county, and local government…

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…

Op-ed: Never too soon to prevent gun violence

Imagine this scenario: during an annual physical exam, your doctor turns to you and says, “I’m sorry, but I have some bad news. You are really sick.” Concerned, you ask your doctor what can be done to remedy your illness. And it is at that point your doctor responds, incredulously, “isn’t it a little too…

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…