Commentary: Finding ways to help our health care heroes

Growing up, I always enjoyed watching superheroes like Superman defeat the bad guys. Lex Luthor’s evil plan would be foiled once again, and the world would be saved. However, in the real world, superheroes don’t always wear capes when they save lives. Doctors are our superheroes, and we must protect them as they protect us….

Commentary: Do you know how to make local government work for you?

Your city council and mayor were elected to represent your interests in the efficient operation of the city. They work for you. They represent the entire city and respond to the will of the people. Contact and communication with them is vital for any representative form of government to function appropriately. All municipalities maintain websites…

Commentary: Congress, industry must act to make U.S. Aviation cleaner, greener

Right now, Congress is debating an historic, FDR-like investment in the nation’s infrastructure to create U.S. jobs, drive economic recovery and turn the corner on having a cleaner and greener transportation system. As chair of the House Aviation Subcommittee, I recognize that aviation and aerospace mean well-paying jobs in the Pacific Northwest and across the…

Commentary: Join me in voting yes to support schools

Voters in the Edmonds School District will soon receive a ballot in your mailbox, and I am asking you to join me in voting yes in support of the school capital levy. The levy will provide much-needed funding for safety upgrades, maintenance and operation of our schools, and building additional capacity to meet present and…

Commentary: Equity at Edmonds College 

I have been deeply saddened by the recent attacks on members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and as I watch the trial of the officer charged with George Floyd’s death, it is clear there is much work to be done. There is a long-standing history in the U.S. of violence and…

Commentary: Edmonds College is building for the future

We are facing hard times as a local and global community, and as a college it is important, now more than ever, to continue to innovate and provide exceptional value to our students, stakeholders, and community. At Edmonds College, this is part of our mission and a top priority. We’re building for the future by…

Commentary: Join Snohomish County Parks in celebrating Park and Recreation Month

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation and Park Association, Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local park and recreation professionals, such as our staff at Snohomish County Parks, Recreation & Tourism play in conservation, health and well-being,…

From the state schools superintendent: Buildings closed but learning continues

In mid-March, Governor Inslee closed all public and private K–12 schools in our state through April 24. Today (April 6), he extended that directive and ordered all school buildings to close throughout the remainder of the 2019–20 school year. We have more than 1.2 million students in our state who are impacted by this. Over…

Reader view: The season may be lost, but you can still help Girls on the Run

The following was written by Megan Wolfe, executive director of Snohomish County Girls on the Run, a 10-week empowerment and fitness program for girls in third through sixth grades. It was canceled this spring due to the COVID-19 outbreak. I’ve been trying to process my grief over our canceled season for the past week and a…

Commentary: Tobacco and Vapor 21 — What you need to know

Washington State is kicking off a big change for the better. As of Jan. 1, 2020, Engrossed House Bill 1074 – or Tobacco and Vapor 21 – makes it illegal to sell tobacco and vapor products to anyone under 21. Including Washington State, Tobacco and Vapor 21 is currently the law – or will be…

Commentary: Growth is coming — so how will we handle it?

Like it or not, growth is coming to Mountlake Terrace, along with the rest of the region — period. How are we going to handle it? That’s a question that has been on the minds of our city council, staff, local developers and some — though not enough — citizens. The final decision is near. The…

Commentary: Why I support moving 6th graders to middle school

Edmonds School District is considering moving 6th grade to middle school. I am in favor of this change. This would not happen for several years. Currently, we don’t have the facilities for it and it’s a huge change for all of us that requires proper planning. However, we must decide on it well in advance,…

Commentary: The numbers behind the Edmonds School District layoff notifications

On Tuesday May 14, a vote was taken by the Edmonds School Board to approve a reduction in force and notify (as required by law and to honor our collective bargaining agreement) 25.2 certificated staff of the possibility their positions may be eliminated in the 19-20 school year. It was an excruciating decision because every…

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Commentary: Law protects tenants from housing discrimination

As a single mother, a veteran and a renter who uses a voucher to help pay my rent, I am no stranger to what it’s like to face discrimination in the rental market. Despite my squeaky-clean rental history and decent credit, I’ve been denied apartment after apartment, just because I pay a portion of my…

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…