Letters to the Editor

Valderrama is open, approachable, astute and more | Letter

It is a commendable thing, in my opinion, for anyone to step forward these days and put themselves “out there” to run for public office.… Continue reading

  • Nov 1, 2016

Valderrama works with all sides to seek solutions | Letter

As a tax PAYER, I’m voting for Ramiro Valderrama for 45th Legislative District state representative. When I opened my mail the other day, I found… Continue reading

  • Nov 1, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 2016

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 31, 2016

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 31, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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 26, 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 25, 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 25, 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 17, 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 11, 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 11, 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 11, 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 4, 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 4, 2016