Letters To The Editor

Want to give back this holiday season? Become a LINKS mentor | Letter

The holiday season is upon us. It’s that time of year to…

  • Dec 2nd, 2016

 

Responding to reporter’s editorial following the presidential election | Letter

Reporter Samantha Pak’s recent editorial was filled with conditioned-reflex reactions to the…

  • Dec 2nd, 2016

 

Uniting for a bipartisan goal — defeating cancer | Letter

No matter where you look today, you are bombarded with comments regarding…

  • Dec 2nd, 2016

 

Thank you, Redmond, for partnering again with Open Kitchen | Letter

We are so grateful for the runners, walkers, families and furry friends…

  • Dec 2nd, 2016

Props to post-office employee | Letter

Shout out to Robert at the main branch of the post office…

  • Nov 18th, 2016

Student doesn’t like getting soaked at bus stop | Letter

I am writing to you to bring awareness to the bad bus…

  • Nov 18th, 2016
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Proud of Redmond High football team’s brotherhood | Letter

My son’s Redmond High School football team recently had its last game.…

  • Nov 18th, 2016
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The Blaze is looking for advertisers, donors | Letter

The Redmond High School newspaper, The Blaze, is currently looking for advertisers…

  • Nov 11th, 2016

Redmond Nourishing Network starts Food Box Program | Letter

Redmond is a great place to live. We enjoy a beautiful slice…

  • Nov 11th, 2016

Thank you, Redmond, for saving energy, one LED light bulb at a time | Letter

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) would like to thank Redmond residents for your…

  • Nov 5th, 2016

Please resolve traffic problems NOW | Letter

My daily “commute” is driving three children to and from three schools…

  • Nov 4th, 2016

Valderrama is open, approachable, astute and more | Letter

It is a commendable thing, in my opinion, for anyone to step…

  • Nov 1st, 2016

Valderrama works with all sides to seek solutions | Letter

As a tax PAYER, I’m voting for Ramiro Valderrama for 45th Legislative…

  • Nov 1st, 2016
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An opinion on transportation revenues generated in Redmond | Letter

The proposed Regional Proposition 1 (ST3) is a $54 billion tax and spend proposal that would have a long lasting and hugenegative impact on the finances of the City of Redmond and our region. ST3 is way out of the realm of reasonableness. It buystrains for Seattle at 12 times the cost of the SR 520 Bridge Replacement. For perspective, I have compared the City ofRedmond’s current annual budget for transportation to the pro-rated share of east King subarea’s $9.8 billion that would bepaid annually by Redmond residents in the accompanying chart.

  • Oct 31st, 2016
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Goodman provides us with solid leadership | Letters

• I am writing in support of Roger Goodman, my 45th Legislative District state representative. I have volunteered for his campaigns since he was first ran in 2006 and his many legislative accomplishments for the people of our state have been my reward.

  • Oct 31st, 2016

Valderrama will bring real change | Letters

• I don’t know many people who are excited to cast their vote for president this year. We are one and a half weeks from the general election and yet nary is there a bumper sticker or yard sign declaring a person’s candidate of choice for the Oval Office. I’m not sure I can stomach watching or even listening to one more presidential debate. To all this I say “Bottom’s Up!”

  • Oct 31st, 2016

High schoolers’ twist on climate-change education | Letter

We are a team of three high schoolers from Redmond. Over the course of a year, we have developed a climate change strategy game that we believe will have a positive impact on society. We aim to educate youth about the consequences of their actions on the environment and potential alternatives.

  • Oct 31st, 2016

Curves is crucial to Redmond | Letter

Our Curves is going away on Oct. 29. I say “our” because I have been attending the Redmond Curves for 14 years. The trainers and the gym goers are my friends and keep me (and others) encouraged to keep moving. I’m not sure where I will go now.

  • Oct 31st, 2016

Sound Transit 3 funding plans are not practical | Letter

Our community needs transit and revenue. But the funding plans in Sound Transit 3 Proposition 1 are not practical and do not merit passage. This issue is non-partisan and not ideological.

  • Oct 31st, 2016

Addressing misconceptions from letter on homeless encampments | Letter

There are a number of misconceptions from a previous letter on homeless encampments that we would like to address.

  • Apr 1st, 2016

Bond will help students and community | Letter

Why I support the April bond and you should, too. I avoid going out of my house between 7:30-8:05 a.m. and again between 2:15-3 p.m. Wondering why? I live in a neighborhood close enough to a middle school with extreme overcrowding and these are the start and end timings for the school. The situation is so bad that I would rather schedule my life around that time than stay stuck in traffic.

  • Apr 1st, 2016

Task force member not supporting proposed LWSD bond measure | Letter

The Lake Washington School District convened a Long Term Facilities Planning Task Force in late 2014. In August 2015, the district published the task force’s report and a separate bond committee recommended the $398 million construction bond measure for the April 26 ballot.

  • Apr 1st, 2016

A student’s view on why people should vote ‘yes’ on the LWSD bond | Letter

I wish to present my opinion regarding the April Lake Washington School District (LWSD) bond, which would grant the district $398 million to build new schools and expand old ones while maintaining the current tax rates.

  • Mar 26th, 2016

Supporting the LWSD bond | Letters

• I’m a Lake Washington School District (LWSD) parent, and I am writing to encourage voters to vote “yes” to support the school district bond on April 26.

  • Mar 25th, 2016

Addressing Redmond homeless encampments | Letter

The City of Redmond is missing the opportunity to truly lead the region in addressing chronic homelessness. Right now the main focus of the City Council, mayor and Planning Commission is to put two rotating camps on Education Hill for what amounts to full time over the next five years. Most of the advocates who want these camps on Education Hill don’t live in the neighborhood, or they are from outside Redmond.

  • Mar 25th, 2016

LWSD staff and students can help fight global warming | Letter

To Lake Washington School District administration: I recently read “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore. He describes the unmistakable signs that the world’s climate is changing, such as record high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and steadily increasing temperatures in many regions of the world. He also stresses the impacts of the rising temperatures: the melting of the world’s poles, rising sea levels and the resulting catastrophic flooding.

  • Mar 17th, 2016

‘Dismayed and embarrassed’ by how Chancellor and friends were treated | Letter

I must say I was dismayed and embarrassed when I read about the way Kam Chancellor and his friends were treated by Redmond Athletic Club employees. It hardly seems likely people knocking, or even pounding, on a door at 4:45 in the afternoon were up to anything bad. What if someone was hurt and needed help?

  • Mar 11th, 2016

Vote ‘yes’ — Supporting the school district bond | Letters

• I’m a Lake Washington School District (LWSD) parent, and I’m supporting the school district bond that will come before voters on April 26. For the bond to pass it requires a minimum of 40 percent registered voters who cast ballots in the last general election to vote, and a 60 percent “yes” vote.

  • Mar 11th, 2016

Misleading headline in school bond election letter | Letter

An opinion letter in last week’s Reporter carried a misleading headline. The letter was in support of the upcoming school bond election which, if passed, will require $398 million in new property taxes. The writer is technically correct in stating there will be no change in the tax RATE (emphasis added). That’s because the bonds will replace existing debt being paid off.

  • Mar 11th, 2016

Bond keeps taxes the same, addresses urgent needs for Lake Washington School District | Letter

I’m a Lake Washington School District (LWSD) parent, and I’m supporting the school district bond that will come before voters on April 26.

  • Mar 4th, 2016

Learning about large construction projects in downtown Redmond | Letter

As a data analyst, I read about Redmond’s new project portal, now public on http://gis.redmond.gov/cpv/. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was interested to learn something about the large construction projects in full swing in downtown Redmond.

  • Mar 4th, 2016

Impressed with Schmaltz’s traffic solution | Letter

I was impressed by Brent Schmaltz’s Feb. 19 letter, “Reader’s solution to Redmond’s traffic problem.” In a nutshell, the solution was creative and in the spirit of “Target Zero,” a state initiative to improve safety.

  • Feb 26th, 2016

Become a LINKS volunteer today at schools | Letter

One hour per week can impact a student’s ability to achieve success in school. One person. One hour per week.

  • Feb 26th, 2016
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Support Kaiser’s Group Health acquisition | Letter

I am writing in regard to the recent news of Kaiser Permanente’s agreement to acquire Group Health.

  • Feb 21st, 2016
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Urging state leaders to invest in more early education | Letter

I would like to thank Gov. Jay Inslee for making early childhood education a priority during his time in office. During his recent state of the state address, the governor highlighted the fact that over the past three years, almost 7,000 additional children were given access to high-quality early learning opportunities.

  • Feb 19th, 2016
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Speaking out on Myers’ guest column regarding marijuana | Letter

This is in response to Redmond City Council member Hank Myers’ guest column from Feb. 5. Myers claims that he wants to listen to what Redmond citizens want, but then dismisses the community’s input to push a pro-marijuana agenda.

  • Feb 19th, 2016
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Reader’s solution to Redmond’s traffic problem | Letter

I believe there is a solution to the traffic problem in Redmond. It involves widening Willows Road to provide a bypass for users through Redmond. Each day, Highway 202 (Redmond–Woodinville Road) is jammed packed.

  • Feb 19th, 2016
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Keep the tolls on the Eastside, privatize some roads | Letter

Toll lanes are the future, like cell phones were in the 1990s.

  • Feb 12th, 2016
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Inslee should take care of state business | Letter

While Gov. Jay Inslee was jetting to Paris (to talk about the weather) it appears that Washington state was slowly crumbling. First we have the Department of Corrections scandal, which goes back to 2001 and more particularly to 2012.

  • Feb 12th, 2016
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Disappointed with Nokomis building demolition | Letter

I am compelled to a write a letter to the City Council and the City of Redmond after reading about the demolition of the Nokomis building.

  • Feb 5th, 2016

Communication takes two | Letter

Gold stars to Mr. Grubb for his letter to the editor of Jan. 22 regarding the communication disconnect between Redmond residents and “the powers that be.”

  • Feb 5th, 2016

Kudos to those who mobilized to expand winter shelter | Letter

The Eastside Homeless Advisory Committee (EHAC) meets monthly with the goal of using collective discussion and effort to further homeless housing and service activities in east King County. We engage members from several sectors of the community including; county and city jurisdictions, faith communities, human service organizations and advocates from the community. We focus on solutions that work best in our communities. The Eastside Human Services Forum (EHSF) fosters strong public and private partnerships for a stable network of health and human services for the benefit of all east King County residents.

  • Jan 29th, 2016

Dissecting OneRedmond’s LINK light rail letter | Letter

I noted with interest OneRedmond CEO Bart Phillip’s comments on the Sound Transit 3 measure being developed for the November ballot, and OneRedmond’s insistence that preliminary engineering for the downtown Redmond extension begin immediately. I share OneRedmond’s position that LINK light rail to downtown will be transformative, and will have huge benefits for Redmond businesses and citizens alike. For that, I say bravo, One Redmond!

  • Jan 29th, 2016

An American Muslim woman’s response to the Jan. 14 GOP debate | Letter

When politicians or commentators talk about Islam or Muslims, they should think about the effects of their words on the everyday lives of millions of American Muslims, especially the American Muslim children growing up across our nation.

  • Jan 24th, 2016

Offering some perspective on Group Health-Kaiser Permanente partnership | Letter

I am writing to offer some perspective on Group Health’s recent acquisition agreement with Kaiser Permanente. As a Group Health physician who has provided care in our Eastside clinics for nearly 10 years, I would like to share how this agreement will improve health care for my patients.

  • Jan 22nd, 2016

Start designing Redmond LINK extension immediately | Letter

Construction of the Overlake LINK extension is underway. As 2016 progresses, construction activity will become more visible proceeding toward a 2023 opening date.

  • Jan 22nd, 2016

Thoughts on demolition of the Nokomis building | Letter

In a recent survey in the Redmond Reporter, more than 80 percent of the respondents voted to preserve Redmond’s historic Nokomis building.

  • Jan 22nd, 2016

Incident at From Rags to Riches is ‘despicable’ | Letter

I just heard the the news and the hate crime that was perpetrated on your family. I am a 69-year-old white woman. I was deeply moved by the cruelty of the act.

  • Jan 22nd, 2016

Don’t encase your heart in fear, open your heart | Letter

In this time of heated rhetoric, political posturing and heart-breaking violence, we have a choice. We can succumb to fear. We can build walls, fences and make policies that protect us from the outside, from those who are different than us. We can raise our voices and shout, “Keep out! I’m afraid.” But the real cost of a defense built out of fear is not in dollars or even in lost opportunity to expand our diversity; it is in the callousness, cynicism and hatred with which we embalm our hearts.

  • Jan 10th, 2016

More thoughts on the Nokomis building | Letter

I was reading the letter to editor from my friend, Patsy Rosenbach, about the outcome of the Nokomis building. Patsy raised several questions about the legal and ethics of the project to construct a dormitory-styled building in place of the Nokomis building, built in 1933 during the Great Depression by the Works Progress Administration for intended use as a library and use of the community.

  • Jan 8th, 2016