Commentary: Enough is enough — Bad behavior by coaches, parents and fans must stop

There’s an unfortunate trend continuing in Washington and across the nation that must be stopped: the bad behavior of coaches, parents and fans at high school and middle school athletic events. We’ve all seen it: the yelling, harassing, berating, disrespecting and even physically assaulting referees, umpires and other officials during and after games. And oftentimes,…

Letter to the editor: Time for art on Van Ry Boulevard

Editor: Imagine during this transition period if Terrace Station 1&2,  on Van Ry Boulevard,  was developed as a temporary public gallery of the arts! Those large empty spaces could be for installation art or possibly a location for the ongoing creation of a large format sculpture. Vizualise something that would capture the public’s imagination and…

Letter to the editor: Vote for Brett Rogers, Snohomish County Prosecutor

Editor: We are at a critical crossroads concerning public safety in the county. We’ve seen our communities deteriorate bit by bit over time. Earnest Hemingway once said, “It happened gradually, and then suddenly”. Yes, we suddenly find ourselves deep in it. About five years ago, along with a group of caring folks, I helped clean…

Letter to the editor: Why I’m supporting Jason Call for Congress

Editor: Great news everyone! I’m happy to announce that Jason Call, a real progressive candidate with bona fide activist roots, is running in the WA-02 district, which includes Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace. He, like most voters, understands the gravity of climate change, supports Medicare for All, and most importantly, funds solely via small-dollar donations….

Letter to the editor: Nurse staffing ratios don’t work and endanger lives

Editor: Having been a nurse in California when they instituted nurse staffing ratios, I have a good perspective on what would happen if Washington passed HB 1868. Just like in California, the continuing shortage of nurses and the inflexibility of the ratios would delay and restrict care here. Simply put, units will close, and people will…

Letter to the editor: Please support our schools

Editor: Voters in the Edmonds School District will soon be receiving a ballot (due Feb. 8) for the district’s Education Programs & Operations Levy. This is not a new tax!  Every four years the district must ask voters to renew the existing levy that covers essential staff, materials, and programs that are not funded by…

Letter to the editor: Thanks to all who donated to the CASA giving trees

Editor: Every Christmas, the Rotary Club of Edmonds manages four gift-giving trees to support the Snohomish County CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children) and the Volunteer Guardian ad Litem (VGAL) program. This long-standing Rotary project allows CASA advocates the ability to provide gifts for infants, children or teens who are victims of alleged sexual abuse,…

Reader View: Keeping our children safe at school

The message in the photo above was written in June 2012 by Shaylee Chuckulnaskit. At the time she was an 8th grade student in my Washington State History Class. A year and a half later, this beautiful, happy high school sophomore was dead. I watched her grow up, I even taught her little sister and…

Letter to the editor: A thank you to our patients

Editor: After more than 28 years serving Edmonds and the greater Edmonds area, I will be closing my solo family medical practice at the end of December 2019. Words cannot express how grateful I am to be a part of this wonderful greater Edmonds community and for the support and love that so many of…

Letter to the editor: In support of Anna Alexander for judge

Dear Editor: I have known Anna Alexander for over 25 years, both in her capacity as a neighbor and friend, and in her capacity as a legal professional. Given what I know about Anna as a person, lawyer, volunteer, and pro-tem judge, I will not hesitate to cast my vote for Anna Alexander this November….

Letter to the editor: Anna Alexander the right candidate for Superior Court judge

Editor: As a judge and former colleague, I strongly recommend Anna Alexander for Superior Court Judge. I believe Anna is the right candidate because of her integrity and her diverse experience. I first met Anna Alexander while we were both law students at the University of Washington School of Law, where, at age 19, Anna…

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…

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…