Letters to the Editor

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

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