Letter to the editor: What Judge Okoloko brings to the Superior Court

Dear Editor:  After a 23-year career as a Snohomish County judge, having served over 18 years on our Superior Court, I retired from that service last year. While I have now left the court, I have a strong interest in maintaining and improving the quality of our judiciary. It is for this reason that I…

Letter to the editor: Rob Toyer best choice for county treasurer

Editor: For the past 85-plus years, the Sievers family served Snohomish County in a few roles, but none more public and distinguished than that of Snohomish County Treasurer. The recognition given to the family by the county in the naming of the Sievers Plaza is but a small step in recognizing the family’s dedicated and…

Letter to the editor: Why I’m supporting Okoloko for Superior Court Judge

Editor: In my 39 years as a judge, I had the pleasure of serving with many good judges. A year ago, the governor selected Edirin Okoloko from a large field of candidates to fill a vacancy on the Snohomish County Superior Court, and since he took office, Judge Okoloko has distinguished himself as one of…

Letter to the editor: Thanks to our Girls on the Run community

Editor: What has 1,400 feet and a smile that can light up the whole county? Answer: 700 girls and their running buddies crossing the finish line at Saturday’s Girls on the Run of Snohomish County’s Spring 5k at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett! All our girls – from 51 teams throughout Snohomish County – came…

Letter to the editor: Thanks, Red Onion Cafe for hosting our fundraiser

Editor: On May 28, I joined in on a FUNdraiser for a new group in town called Connect.REFIT. There are several classes offered in our area. REFIT connects people thru free dance fitness for every BODY. We are planning to go to our national convention in October in Dallas, Texas and wanted to thank Red Onion…

Letter to the editor: The time has come for a new voice in Olympia

Editor: I am writing to ask you to vote for Jesse Salomon. In prior elections, I have endorsed very few candidates, because in our democracy each voter should make his or her own decision and cast their vote for the best candidate. In this election, I feel compelled to say it is unequivocally clear the…

Letter to the editor: What special interests are working against Sen. Chase?

Editor: The effort to defeat Senator Chase in this election has expended over $120,000. A substantial amount of that represents contributions by Monsanto, Chevron, pharmaceutical interests, charter schools, developers, and real estate agents. They use relentless attacks by The Seattle Times in their effort to to defeat Senator Chase. Why are they doing this? They…

Letter to the editor: Facts about clean air initiative 1631

Dear Editor: How to tell fake news from real news is one of the challenges of our times. It takes time and energy to maneuver through all the questions: Can I trust the source? Does it ring true? Am I just believing because it fits my world view? What fears is this playing on? Can…

Letter to the editor: Why is PUD rushing to hire general manager?

Editor: Why is our PUD rushing to hire a new General Manager right before the election, with two PUD commission seats on the ballot? Results of the primary election indicate that the public is ready for a change in leadership, yet the current leadership seems to be pushing to keep control. Decisions by the PUD…

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: 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…

Letter to the editor: Addressing parking problems that new light rail station will create

Editor: MLTNews.com recently reported that Sound Transit and Metro will be hosting meetings to address the demand for scarce commuter parking at their various park and ride facilities. The focus will be on charging single-occupancy vehicles parking fees to utilize transit facilities so that parking is available for commuters after the early morning hours. It…

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…

Letter to the editor: Everyone benefits when our wetlands thrive

Dear Editor: Mountlake Terrace is full of pleasant, productive wildlife habitat, and some of our most ecologically important sites are wetlands. Every Feb. 2, the international community observes World Wetlands Day, and this year, urban wetlands are the theme of the celebration. I invite our community to take this opportunity to learn about the importance…

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: Remembering Stan Krahn

Dear Editor: On Friday, Oct. 20, Stan Krahn, one of last original issue Mountlake Terrace residents, passed away. He endeared himself to at least four generations of us beginning in the 1950s, when many of us either weren’t here yet or were just barely. Stan was a nice guy who just happened to also be…

Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes on Prop 1 for a modest City Hall

Dear Editor: After three failed Mountlake Terrace City Hall ballot measures in 2010, 2012 and 2013, the community went back to the drawing board. An advisory committee made of both proponents and opponents of past measures was created. The committee worked through most of 2017 and organized dozens of committee meetings and informal meetings throughout…

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…