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: Time to build a new City Hall, but what’s the cost?

There appears to be gathering momentum in the process to construct some sort of new City Hall complex for Mountlake Terrace. The city is recruiting a consulting agency to interact with the newly organized City Hall Advisory Committee, which has been created to provide some sort of guidance in this extensive, almost-decade-long process. A new…

Letter to the Editor: Support Ballinger Park improvements with a letter

Dear Editor: As many Mountlake Terrace residents know, the City went through a master planning process last year to prepare a plan for the future of Ballinger park. The purpose of the Ballinger Park Master Plan is to create a clear and concise set of goals, policies and objectives that will provide direction to the…

An inside look at the voter’s experience — Part 3

This is the final piece in a series of three parts by Mountlake Terrace resident Michelle L. Hankes on her experiences as a voter throughout the years and becoming more engaged in politics. Read Part 1 here. Read Part 2 here. I have spent the past week being rallied, pepped up, and ready for change. So,…

An inside look at the voter’s experience – Part 2

This is the second piece in a series of three parts by Mountlake Terrace resident Michelle L. Hankes on her experiences as a voter throughout the years and becoming more engaged in politics. Read Part 1 here. The next part will be published Friday. From the first part of this insider’s look, you will remember that…

An inside look at the voter’s experience – Part 1

This is the first piece in a series of three parts by Mountlake Terrace resident Michelle L. Hankes on her experiences as a voter throughout the years and becoming more engaged in politics. The next part will be published Thursday. The year was 1994 and I had recently turned 18. I stood in line, my…

What one mother’s volunteer experience at Holly House might teach us all

Holly House, a children’s holiday gift program serving the Edmonds School District, recently had its annual event at Meadowdale Middle School. The non-profit organization distributed new toys, books, socks, underwear, pajamas, coats, Christmas stockings, stuffed animals and blankets to low income families. The children and parents served by Holly House weren’t the only ones to benefit from the generosity…

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…

The Civic Campus: A terrific project for Mountlake Terrace

Today’s statement supporting Proposition 1 comes from Mayor Jerry Smith: I’m writing to encourage the community to vote YES on Mountlake Terrace Proposition 1. This measure will provide a new civic campus on the old civic center site with a new community/senior center, public meeting places, new police station, emergency operations center, city offices, library…

Community Voices: Appreciation for your levy support

Well-written letters we receive about issues in our community will now be published under the category “Community Voices.” These are more than just comments because it allows MLTnews readers to direct the conversation and bring up topics we may not necessarily think of to cover. As always, feel free to sound off in the comments….