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: An environmentally-friendly artificial turf option

The following was sent to the Edmonds School Board, and the author requested that it also be posted as a letter to the editor. Edmonds School Board Members: There is an alternative product that will allow you to address most of the concerns raised by the community while still allowing eager athletes to have a…

Letter to the Editor: Supporting a vote against crumb rubber fields

Dear Editor: Below you will find the letter I have sent to our school board members. You may find it of interest. Our family is very concerned about the possibility of crumb rubber being used for the field project, and hope that before the school board votes this Tuesday, more research will be done, more…

Letter to the Editor: Time for a new Snohomish County Executive

Dear Editor: I’ve only lived in Snohomish County for eight years, but long enough to witness the resignation – in shame – of former Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, due to scandals. Have we jumped out of the frying pan, into the fire? Are we going to suffer interminably the questionable behavior of this current executive?…

Opinion: Join teachers May 15 in taking stand to fully fund basic education

Dear Neighbors: You’ve undoubtedly heard about the one-day strikes in districts around our state to protest the legislature’s failure to fully fund the costs of basic education, as well as its continued defiance of the State Supreme Court. I’m sure you’re wondering if and when this type of action will come to the Edmonds School…

Opinion: Don’t let your city turn basic necessities into a blank check

Our cities and towns are struggling to stay above water these days, with good reason. When the Great Recession devastated tax revenues, the state reduced every funding stream it could to balance the budget during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. As a result, the local infrastructure necessary for economic growth has become…

Letter to the Editor: Victoria’s Secret displays at Alderwood Mall in bad taste

Dear Editor: I visited the Alderwood Mall on Tuesday morning and was greatly disturbed by the larger than life indecent advertising in the windows of Victoria’s Secret, Pink and Soma stores. I believe the scantily clad models were in bad taste and quite unseemly. This type of advertising goes beyond suggestive and borders on pornography….

Commentary: 21 local pastors, faith community leaders back Initiative 594

The following was written by 21 pastors and faith community leaders from Lynnwood, Edmonds, and Everett. We write to ask for and encourage you to vote YES on Initiative 594. We believe this will help reduce gun violence in our communities. Local law enforcement, community leaders, gun owners and other citizens have supported our stand….

Commentary: Building a better robot, or how NCLB is failing our students

Students at Mountlake Terrace High School know how to innovate. The robots they build, wings they design and medical research they conduct are clear markers of successful students and teachers. When I visited the high school last spring, students not only schooled me in robotics and aerodynamics, they presented their ideas to me clearly and…

Commentary: No Child Left Behind Act — How a federal law is failing schools

As the new school year approaches, school districts across Washington state are struggling with the federal requirement to send a letter to families, which includes an option for parents to transfer their child to a different school. Many parents may be confused about why this change is happening in some of our schools in the…

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…

Op-ed: Lower business license fees

The following letter was sent by former City Councilman Jim Smith, who works as a mortgage adviser, to the current council: Council members, Just a quick word from “the street” about Lynnwood taxation. Under the old business tax rate we paid $103 plus $10.50 per employee.  We had nine employees and now 13.  Our tax…