Letters to the Editor

What will be the outcome of the Nokomis building scenario? | Letter

Growing up in Redmond and the Redmond of today are vastly different. The “Third Street” (now 166th Avenue Northeast) I grew up on of residences with yards and gardens has disappeared into high-rise apartments and condominiums snugged right up to the sidewalk. How is the sun to reach the earth? Are zoning laws being upheld? What about carbon footprint? The earth is paved over. Lost is the feeling of neighborhoods and private residences.

  • Dec 29, 2015

More thoughts on letter regarding Christmas signs | Letter

I don't know who Rajan Amani is, but he certainly doesn't seem very progressive to me. As an atheist and (I consider) a progressive, and someone who has friends with a variety of religious beliefs, I find nothing offensive about religious iconography of any faith, and will just as happily wish someone “Eid Mubarak” as I do “Merry Christmas.”

  • Dec 29, 2015

There shouldn’t be controversy over Christmas signs | Letter

An article regarding the “It’s OK to say Merry Christmas” signs was recently published in the Redmond Reporter. There is some controversy over the use of these signs when, as it is obvious to me, there should not be.

  • Dec 24, 2015

Have a blessed and merry Christmas | Letter

In regards to all the Christmas signs comments and being open minded, etc. In the 1970s, I sang all kinds of Christmas carols, secular and religious to the troops in Germany with the U.S.O.

  • Dec 22, 2015

Help paralyzed veterans through Wheels Helping Warriors | Letter

During the holiday season, many find themselves wondering how to honor the men and women who have so bravely served our country. Currently, there are more than 18,000 paralyzed veterans across the country who are members of Paralyzed Veterans of America, with more than 400 living right here in Washington. There are countless stories of neighbors picking up a restaurant tab or saluting a soldier in the streets, but it is often hard to find a way to truly give back to those who have sacrificed so much.

  • Dec 22, 2015

Salon partners with YWCA of Redmond | Letter

C. Joy Salon of Redmond has catered and specialized in women’s beauty since 2009. In 2011, they started a relationship with the YWCA of Redmond.

  • Dec 18, 2015

Reaction to package-thefts story | Letter

I read with interest the article regarding thieves removing parcels from the front door steps of homes after deliveries by UPS and USPS. We have experienced this in our neighborhood in the past and work to be diligent to discourage this from happening.

  • Dec 18, 2015

Part 2 | Responding to letter about ‘Merry Christmas’ signs | Letters

Editor’s note: The following letters are in response to a letter in the Reporter’s Dec. 4 issue, stating that “the cross and manger are offensive to many people of many religions” regarding their inclusion on the “It’s OK to say Merry Christmas” signs around Redmond.

  • Dec 18, 2015

Responding to letter about Christmas signs | Letters

Editor’s note: The following letters are in response to a letter in last week’s issue, stating that “the cross and manger are offensive to many people of many religions” regarding their inclusion on the “It’s OK to say Merry Christmas” signs around Redmond.

  • Dec 14, 2015

As-Salaam-Alaikum, Peace be upon you | Letter

The Islamic Center of Eastside (ICOE) and the Islamic Center of Redmond (ICOR) condemn the San Bernardino, Calif., shooting and extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed or injured in this unfortunate incident. There are no words that can help them overcome their pain and loss.

  • Dec 11, 2015

Reviewing the Nokomis Building situation | Letter

Beginning in February 2015, the Nokomis Club of Redmond participated in the process proscribed in the City of Redmond zoning code to prevent the Nokomis Building from being demolished and replaced by the 162TEN Project.

  • Dec 11, 2015

Christmas signs in Redmond | Letter

Redmond has opened its doors to Muslim refugees and has a growing Muslim and other non-Christian population. Because of this, progressives in this city want our society to be open and not offensive. The cross and manger are offensive to many people of many religions.

  • Dec 4, 2015

Hats off to Haggen | Letter

I am writing to share with you an undiscovered gem of our community: Haggen Food & Pharmacy on the Redmond-Fall City Road (SR 202) at 236th Avenue Northeast. Our children suffer multiple allergies (gluten, dairy and egg). For years, our specialty product search has necessitated weekly grocery trips to as many as four stores.

  • Dec 4, 2015

No race is exempt from micro aggression | Letter

Have you ever had that moment when you were questioning whether somebody made a racist advance towards you? Was it racist, or are you being overly sensitive? You might make excuses up for them such as, “Maybe they were having a bad day…” More than likely they were being subtly racist, intentionally or unintentionally.

  • Nov 24, 2015

Legislation to support veteran military medics to the civilian workforce | Letter

Military veterans receive some of the best medical training and experience available when serving our country. Their sacrifices, commitment to duty and ability to get the job done in austere environments make them exceptionally well suited for working as EMTs and paramedics in our communities upon their honorable separation from the U.S. Armed Services.

  • Nov 20, 2015

Sponsor a family in need this holiday season | Letter

Jane needed help for the holidays. She’d just bravely escaped an abusive relationship, and she and her four children were healing from the trauma they’d endured. Jane was working full time, but she was also preparing for major surgery, so her finances were stretched thin. Fortunately, Youth Eastside Services (YES) was there to help.

  • Nov 20, 2015

I will be the first to go back to Chipotle | Letter

I have something I need to say about this Chipotle situation, and I swear I have no affiliation with them. I am just a customer and only an occasional one at that.

  • Nov 13, 2015

I-405 tolls: What were they thinking? | Letter

I saw with interest (and a lot of confusion) the new “rules” for the toll lanes on I-405. I think the IRS code is simpler. It makes the Obamacare handbook easy reading. You will have to have so many stickers on your windows they will look like a Seahawks season ticket holder’s jacket.

  • Oct 30, 2015

Distracted driving kills 11 teen drivers a day | Letter

According to the Department of Transportation, 11 teen drivers die every day due to distracted driving.

  • Oct 30, 2015

Save the Nokomis building | Letter

The Nokomis building is a historic structure, built in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), used as Redmond’s first library and the site of many gatherings by women leaders of the city.

  • Oct 30, 2015