Letters to the Editor

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

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 26, 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 26, 2016

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 21, 2016

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 19, 2016

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 19, 2016

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 19, 2016

Keep the tolls on the Eastside, privatize some roads | Letter

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

  • Feb 12, 2016

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 12, 2016

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 5, 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 5, 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 29, 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 29, 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 24, 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 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 10, 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 8, 2016