Letters to the Editor

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

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