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All letters must be signed by the author and include a phone number and address for verification. The Snohomish County Tribune will edit all letters for brevity, clarity and style.
Letters must be 250 words or less.

Authors may be published once every four issues.

Letters policy
The Tribune provides a general forum for pertinent local public comment, but the viewpoints published in letters to the editor do not carry any implied endorsement or fact verifications by the
Tribune.
Send us a letter: letters@snoho.com




Letters published in the Feb. 26 Tribune:

SNOHOMISH CARNEGIE BUILDING
What’s next on the to-do list

To the Editor:
Mark Tuesday, February 18, 2020 as an historic day.  The city’s oldest publicly owned building, the 1910 Carnegie Library Building, just received its first shot of revitalization — the 1968 addition was demolished.  Go down to First and Cedar.  Feast your eyes on the original 1910 prairie style architecture of the Snohomish Carnegie Library. 
To quote Mr. Rogers,“it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.”
  The notion that such a vision could be possible happened at a city council forum at the Carnegie Library on July 30, 2002.  And now the efforts to restore the Carnegie building and grounds are visually in site.  The contractor is in the midst of restoring the Carnegie building, including a new formal entryway.  This includes a new south lawn making way for the eventual Veterans Memorial Park.
  This September there will be a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the re-birth of the crown jewel of our town — a rehabilitated historic Carnegie building, open once again to serve the pleasure of our community.
  Now it is time for the city, the community and the Carnegie Foundation to focus on the establishment of a Veterans Memorial Park, bringing back our War Memorial currently at the GAR Cemetery, placed there by the American Legion. 
  It is with humility and gratitude that the Snohomish Carnegie Foundation thanks the City of Snohomish and the community for its commitment along this journey.  As we say, “Meet me at the Carnegie.”

Melody Clemans
Snohomish


AVENUE D TASK FORCE0
Be alert to redevelopment


To the Editor:

Red alert to Snohomish Mobile Home and RV Park residents.
The City Council approved the creation of a 15-member task force to be selected by Mayor John Kartak and to be conducted by an outside consultant costing $65,000 for five meetings. Its purpose will be to rezone the Avenue D Corridor. More realistically, it is to spot-zone your trailer park and the adjacent Snohomish County-owned, 9.5-acre parcel for commercial redevelopment.
The deadline to apply for this committee is March 4.
Even though the city has a long-standing Economic Development Committee of 10 members and a Planning Commission of 7 members, the mayor wants to promote new revenue sources through redevelopment (translate to more commercial retail businesses for the sales tax revenue). Hence, this redundant ad hoc committee with its members cherry-picked by the mayor.
The mayor and council favor further gentrification over maintaining or adding housing for very low-income folks.
I recently chatted with County Executive Dave Somers about preserving our trailer parks, and even allowing new ones.
The county is slated this year to sell its 9.5-acre Avenue D parcel adjacent to the trailer park. It should insist this acreage be used for affordable housing, which most certainly includes trailer parks.
This City Hall has had a poor track record with their plans for the Second Street Corridor and Pilchuck District. Don’t let the Avenue D Corridor rezone be their third boondoggle and land grab.
Humanity should come first, ahead of real estate profits.

Morgan Davis
Snohomish



No letters published in the Feb. 19 Tribune


Letters published in the Feb. 12 Tribune:

GROCERY CHECKSTANDS
Limited number of checkers frustrates

To the Editor:
I was at Fred Meyer on Saturday morning and there were only three checkers opened and the lines were very long at both self check and check stands. I feel that Fred Myers is being disrespectful of our time and of its employees. The checkers told me their hours have all been slashed. I spoke to a manager and she said corporate wants it this way and her hands are tied.  I am very unhappy with the new business model and although I don’t know any of the checkers, I know that they need to make a living too. I feel bad supporting a store that takes advantage of its customers and employees.  I tried Safeway and found their selection very limited and Haggen is so expensive, it is hard to justify.  I was thinking about organizing a one week boycott of the store and I am putting out feelers to see if other Fred Meyer shoppers feel the same and would be interested in helping me organize a boycott. 

Caroline Baertsch
Snohomish

PROUD BOYS ORGANIZATION
Community needs to stand for equity

To the Editor:
Perhaps you have just moved to Snohomish or you haven’t heard that there is a nonprofit organization focused on creating dialogue and awareness around issues of racism in Snohomish. Snohomish for Equity’s purpose is to engage our community and provide educational opportunities that promote an understanding of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
There have been recent incidents and conversations in Snohomish County that have centered around an extremist group known as the Proud Boys. The Southern Poverty Law Center states on its website that hate groups “espouse a variety of rather unique hateful doctrines and beliefs that are not easily categorized. Many of the groups are vendors that sell a miscellany of materials from several different sectors of the white supremacist movement.” 
Proud Boys’ materials have been found on our city’s utility poles and on Snohomish School District property this past year.  If you find racist material in our city, we encourage you to contact the city, our police department, and Snohomish for Equity.
As a community we need to take a stand against all forms of racism and hate.
Snohomish for Equity will continue to provide solidarity for anti-racist actions and understanding of bias through our collaboration with the Snohomish School District, community, faith and elected leaders, and business owners.  Snohomish for Equity has organized the formation of a student anti-racist committee, a bimonthly book club, and quarterly engagement activities. We welcome you to join us at any of our activities.
Hate has no place in our Snohomish.

Snohomish For Equity Board of Directors:
Rachel Escoto
Tabitha Baty
Troy Martez
Lisa Odom
Kathy Purviance-Snow
Joan Robinett Wilson
Teresa Rugg



Letters published in the Feb. 5 Tribune:

PROUD BOYS ORGANIZATION
Take a stand on proud boys

To the Editor:
After reading the letters in the Jan. 22 Tribune about the Proud Boys, I was curious about the backstory to this controversy, directly affecting the citizens’ safety in this area.
I emailed City of Snohomish mayor John Kartak, a close friend and associate of Bill Betten, for his take on the controversy and all I received back was “no comment.” Additionally, I haven’t seen any comments from the so-called “pro civil rights“ group, “Snohomish for Equity.”
Now, after reading Earl Gray’s letter (Jan. 29 Tribune) and learning more about the Proud Boys organization, I am puzzled why no one wants to stand up against this far right, extremist group.
This is an open request to Snohomish city government and the Snohomish for Equity organization:  Please stand up and take a position, one way or the other, on the merits of the Proud Boys organization.

Morgan Davis
Snohomish



SNOHOMISH SCHOOL BOND
Vote Yes: New Buildings impact education

To the Editor:
I can personally say that I have experienced first hand what it is like learning in an old building. I was educated at Emerson Elementary, one of the schools slated for a rebuild, and I did not receive a good education because the school was not able to provide good enough resources, due to the age of the building. Old buildings DO affect the quality of education.
Safety and security are also important. Fire and health regulations have changed so much since the 80’s, and many of these schools are still trying to catch up. And in the recent wake of school shootings, better security is a must to protect future generations.
Please join me and vote YES! YES to better education!

Matthew Weller
Snohomish


SNOHOMISH AQUATIC CENTER
Aquatic Center smelled of urine

To the Editor:
“Disgusting!” That was the thought that flooded my brain as my nostrils were assaulted by the dank and overpowering stench of stale urine!
I had just entered the side door of the Snohomish Aquatic Center where we were to watch our grandson compete in a swim meet. It was Sunday, October 27, 2019 at approximately 12:30 p.m. My nose told me that it had been days, not hours, since the restrooms had received attention! Despite this we saw swimmers, many were barefoot, enter and leave the restrooms on the way to their competitions. Who knows what germs their bare feet may have carried into the pool? Likewise my wife reported finding a pile of feces on the floor of the ladies room.
During the two hours that we waited for our grandson’s competition, we saw not a single individual that we could identify as a custodian or even a district employee.
This unfortunate experience confirmed earlier fears expressed on maintenance when the pool proposal was first introduced.

Robert Kelly
Everett


OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Thank you community

To the Editor:
I am writing to thank Snohomish residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.
Because of the generosity of donors in Snohomish and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.9 million shoebox gifts in 2019. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2019, the ministry is now sending 10,569,405 shoebox gifts to children worldwide.
Through shoeboxes—packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—Snohomish volunteers brought joy to children in need around the world. Each gift-filled shoebox is a tangible expression of God’s love, and it is often the first gift these children have ever received. Thanks to the generosity of donors, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 178 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories since 1993.
It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can be found at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ or by calling 253-572-1155.
Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project—many who do so year after year. These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.

Dana Williams
Operation Christmas Child



Letters published in the Jan. 29 Tribune:


SNOHOMISH SCHOOL BOND
Funds the projects of highest priority

To the Editor:
Did you know that one out of four students in Snohomish School District attends school in a portable?  Are you aware that portables have no bathrooms?  The district currently uses 52 portables for student instruction and 43 of those are for elementary students.
Did you know that the six elementary schools that will be rebuilt, if the Bond passes, were built between 1960 and 1980 (40-60 years ago) and were expected to last only 20-30 years? They lack adequate insulation, plumbing, electrical systems, technology and space to prepare students for their futures. These six schools are below standard compared to other schools within our district.
A volunteer Citizens Facilities Advisory Committee, supported by district staff, spent 18 months studying every district building and comparing its condition to state and district standards. Demographic and enrollment projections were researched and hard decisions about priorities and costs were made.  This committee demonstrated the need for new elementary schools and recommended that the school board ask district residents to approve a capital bond on February 11, 2020.
By voting YES on the bond, voters can make each district school a quality learning environment. YES on the bond means minimizing portable classrooms. It means YES to more classrooms at Glacier Peak High, to renovating AIM High and the Parkway campus. It means the transformation of an elementary school into an early learning center. A YES vote means safety and security improvements at every district school.    
School is where students learn to be productive, responsible and creative citizens; attributes which enhance the quality of life in our communities. Vote YES for better schools.

Sonia Siegel Vexler
Snohomish


SNOHOMISH SCHOOL BOND
School bond asks for too much

To the Editor:
Looks like the Snohomish School District should adopt a new motto: “Never met a dollar that we don’t want more of.” According to their website, their proposed 2020 Capital Bond will increase your property taxes by almost one dollar per $1,000 assessed valuation of your home. That’s hundreds of dollars per year per taxpayer.
Do we really need (not want) to replace six elementary schools now? How about doing “reasonable and affordable upgrades and repairs” as opposed to “replace”? Buildings and facilities do not have and “expiration date” as one letter writer recently suggested. They fall into disrepair due to age and neglect but are usually recoverable at lower cost than replacement. And what is the cost of “This bond will ensure our schools continue to be a source of pride in our community”? Are our schools about to fall into such disrepair and neglect that our community pride is threatened? And just what is wrong with temporary facilities? Does learning decrease when the label “temporary” is applied?
Ready to turn over hundreds of dollars per year more of property taxes to them? If not, VOTE NO on their excessive 2020 Capital Bond proposal. Tell the school board to go back and cut down their proposal to one that the Snohomish School District community can afford.

Michael Scott
Snohomish



SNOHOMISH SCHOOL BOND
Stop. Look. Listen. This deal is bad.

To the Editor:
Stop the music. Put down the pom-poms. Start adding the real cost of another yes vote, to approve the Snohomish school district 2020 capital bond.
Here is your math and history lesson: This new bond amount is $470 million dollars, to expire in 20 years. A bond passed in 2008, had a price tag of $261 million dollars, to expire in 2029. That is a total of $731 million. This total DOES NOT include the 2018 operation levy nor the 2018 technology levy passed by voters.
Combine these two 2018 levies, both bonds. What then is the real cost needed in taxes? That figure will keep growing. How? Your assessed home value will increase, during the next 20 years, making your tax rate higher. Also, the district will ask for 2, 3, 4 levies during the next 20 years.
And don’t forget the Teachers’ Union. Remember the court approved McCleary Decision in 2018 ? Some districts were given a double digit percentage pay increase. Are the Snohomish teachers next? Your taxes will go up to maintain this McCleary money. (You can’t vote on this one.)
Reject this new bond and future levies. Diffuse your taxes. Vote no. That will allow the district to promote a lower amount in their future bond request (and that is exactly what we want them to do.) Let’s not take their first “offer.” Give the students’ future a second chance.

Bruce A. Ferguson
Snohomish


PROUD BOYS ORGANIZATION
Author: Group uses deception

To the Editor:
Recently the Proud Boys have accelerated recruiting, meeting, and making threats in Snohomish county. Members have jumped to their defense saying they are “a mens drinking club” among other things, in complete denial of the fact that the Anti-Defamation League and others have deemed them a hate group. Several members are now in prison for organized violent attacks, and locally they have threatened and coerced many citizens for political ends.
Credit where credit is due, the Proud Boys certainly are more media savvy and clever with words. Saying things like “Venerate the Housewife” rather than “Women Shouldn’t Work” and “Western Chauvinist” rather than “White Power” shield their ideology from many passersby, but don’t be fooled. Their ongoing actions detail their views, and are exactly as Wikipedia describes them “The Proud Boys is a far-right neo-fascist organization that admits only men as members and promotes political violence.” And don’t kid yourself, they are after your sons.
I believe these groups (and groups like them) have no place in civilized society, and we shouldn’t coddle them. Free speech means the government won’t arrest you. It doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences. Their threats and violence are never acceptable, and they only survive in the dark. We should therefore be shining a spotlight on them allowing the community to know what they really stand for, and who they are. I have confidence in the majority. Let’s see how “proud” they really are.

Earl Gray
Lake Stevens



Letters published in the Jan. 22 Tribune:


TRIBUNE
Stories on students delightful

To the Editor:
Two articles in the Jan. 8, 2020 edition of the Tribune were especially pleasing — “At Home With Local History” and “For the Art of It.”
How rewarding to see the enthusiasm these students at Emerson Elementary and Seattle Hill Elementary show their love of learning through the arts. And this taking place in outdated and older facilities!
 
Judy Bartelheimer
Snohomish 



SNOHOMISH SCHOOL BOND
Voting yes funds key projects

To the Editor:
I am writing in about the Snohomish School Bond.  I am not typically a guy in favor of raising taxes.  In fact, in most cases I vote against the increase of government spending because I often question the stewardship of the money provided.  
Eighteen months ago I was invited to participate in a committee to review the status and quality of the Snohomish Schools.  On one hand I was impressed with the handling of this process, on the other hand I was discouraged by the results.  I kept wanting to get to a place where we didn’t need to include this school or that school for an upgrade because I didn’t want to see the price tag get too big.  I wanted to avoid having to go to the taxpayer and add an unreasonable burden.  
In the end I am satisfied with the outcome. This committee has done amazing work of identifying the most important projects to bring about safety and security as well as equity among our students for their learning environments. The tax increase has all of us paying less than we were two years ago for the bond.    
This isn’t about giving more money to Snohomish Schools.  This isn’t about buildings.  It’s about students.  It’s about their learning environment.  It’s about their safety.  
I hope you will join me in supporting Snohomish Schools for a yes vote on the Feb. 11th election.
 
Jeff Judy
Snohomish


PROUD BOYS ORGANIZATION
Author: I am a Proud Boy

To the Editor:
My name is Bill Betten.
There have been rumors and erroneous accusations circulating about me and my association with the Proud Boys, so let me set the record straight about both. Yes, I am a Proud Boy. I am also a husband, father, amateur historian, photographer and an over-the-road truck driver. I am of African American descent. I am not a racist nor white supremacist. 
The Proud Boys are average people. They are God-fearing Americans. Patriots who support our Constitutional Rights, minimal government, freedom, protecting our borders and personal responsibility. The very opposite of Antifa, who are against free speech and promote themselves with violence. 
I love Snohomish and its citizens. It truly is a unique community. I am the man who led the charge to change the very form of city government. Snohomish has a bright future. Get involved and ask questions. Hold your elected officials accountable. They represent you, as you and I are the government.
After the Snohomish election, I got involved with state politics and soon realized that Washington is going in a direction I do not agree with nor can support.  So, my wife and I have moved to East Texas. While my life began in Snohomish, it will end in Texas.

Bill Betten
Maydelle, Texas


PROUD BOYS ORGANIZATION
Spreading personal data is harmful

To the Editor:
I spoke with Bill Betten on the phone right before he wrote this letter, and he told me he was going to be sending it. Bill confirmed that he has been publishing a document talking about shock experiments, people doing harm to others, and gives a list of citizens’ names and their home addresses.  
When my name was published months ago, I asked him to stop.  He declined.  He says he’s doing it as a social experiment, and I believe him when he says he did not intend to harm anyone.  I told him that I wasn’t worried about what he was going to do, but what some other person reading it might do after seeing it.
They accused me of having an affair, sent me a photo of my house, and made demands, using language that led me to believe that it was Bill.  After speaking to Bill recently, I believe him when he says it wasn’t him. I do not know who it was, but I do know this person has contacted many others as well, intending to intimidate people.
I have urged Bill to stop publishing it and to apologize to anyone who he’s ever put on the list.  He said he’s not going to do either, so I’ll apologize for him.  I am sorry to my wife, everyone who’s been on the list, and countless others who have had their lives interrupted by this.

Dan Myers
Lake Stevens




No letters published in the Jan. 15 Tribune



Letters published in the Jan. 8 Tribune:

SNOHOMISH SCHOOL BOND

Support schools

To the Editor:
As a proud graduate of Snohomish High School (class of ’94), I feel very blessed to have been a part of the Snohomish School district from my very first day of kindergarten. 
Because of great teachers and access to programs like band and AP classes, I was well prepared for my college and career. 
That is one of the reasons my husband and I chose to relocate to Snohomish to raise our kids, ensuring that they would have access to the same great level of public education.
And while their education has been great, we have seen the negative impact of outdated and older facilities.  Leaking roofs, inflexible classroom configurations, lack of adequate multipurpose space, excessive use of portables, and aging facilities are a drain on the educators and a distraction to the students. 
 Although we do have some newer elementary schools (Little Cedars, Riverview and Machias), the other six elementary schools are past their expiration date, and the disparity between old and new is growing with each year that passes.  I believe that ALL students in our district should have access to modern and safe schools, not just the few who live in select boundary areas.
I recognize that my education in Snohomish happened because many years ago, the Snohomish community voted yes on bonds that built the schools I attended. 
It’s now our turn to say YES to the future generations of students.  YES, we value quality public education for EVERY child! 
YES, we want safe and efficient schools!  YES, we care about our students in Snohomish!
 
Erica Farmer
Snohomish 



POLITICS

GOP has lost its mind, soul

To the Editor:
Over the past several decades the only time the GOP has been able to get into the White House was through the Chad Courts or the electoral college, a system that allows one person to vote any way they want regardless what that state voting numbers said. No GOP has won the peoples vote, aka popular vote, since Reagan.
On the flip side of the coin, during the same period the only time our country has had a balanced budget was under a progressive administration.  
I like to say that I matured to the left after Reagan left office.  Current events have convinced me it was the right move. Today’s GOP has lost its mind and soul.

R. Todd Olmsted-Fredrickson
Monroe




Letters published in the Jan. 1 Tribune:


GUN CONTROL
It is confiscation

To the Editor:
I want to thank William Walker for his service to our nation. I respectfully disagree with his stand on the Second Amendment (Tribune letters, Nov. 27).
Clearly it states: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” 
For the record, the Military Rifles every citizen had then were superior to the British. 
Federalist paper 46 Madison’s argument is brilliant as to why the 2nd Amendment is so critical in our history as a nation. Madison’s argument is exactly in line with our founders: that no government is over the people, the people are over the government when he wrote: “Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”  The problem we have is not just the 2nd Amendment is under attack but the 1st Amendment as well. Each builds on the other and is protected by each. We do not need more laws that are stepping on the rights of law-abiding free citizens but the enforcement of the current laws; and not a single one stopped people with mental health disorders from harming others. Tread lightly — anti-gun activists want nothing more than 100% confiscation. Keeping weapons away from people with mental health disorders, and criminals, while infringing on law-abiding citizens is not the answer.

John Lorenz
Snohomish


No letters published in the Dec. 25 Tribune - Happy Holidays!



Letters published in the Dec. 18 Tribune:


COSTCO
Public will be ignored

To the Editor:
Your article on Costco (Dec. 4 Tribune) included both Pro and Con from the many people in the room.
People were given the “feel-good” moment to voice their thoughts. However, the people on the council had made their own private choice, long before any one spoke. That is the “unfair and unpleasant” truth. Costco is a go. Not one council member will vote “no.”
The revenue trumps any and all impact on the individual. Your inconvenience will not stop the council from allowing Costco being built.
Hold on ... has your neighborhood been “up-zoned” yet? You won’t be able to stop this either. Don’t even try, it would be as pointless as teaching a horse to play tennis.

Bruce Ferguson
Snohomish



Letters published in the Dec. 11 Tribune:


SECOND AMENDMENT
You're more in danger by your doctor than guns

To the Editor:
In response to Willian F. Walker’s printing to ensure guns only reach lawful users: The second amendment was written (as Walker says) a long time ago. The reason was to ensure what had just taken place at that time never happens again. It simply states that the government has no right to take away the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
As far as who should have them, right or wrong it’s part of our constitution and should be. As far as the media making guns to be the biggest killer in the country let’s look at the facts. You are much more in danger by your doctor then guns.

Roger Hanson
Snohomish County



SNOHOMISH SCHOOL BOND
Pass the bond for the future of Snohomish Schools

To the Editor:
Passing the $470 million school bond is integral to the future success of our town.
The Snohomish schools are over 40 years old and, while our teachers do the best they can to provide an excellent education to our students with the facilities available to them, the buildings are dated and need replacing.
This bond will build six new elementary schools as well as create additional classroom space at GPHS, renovate the AIM campus, and create a larger space for the Early Learning Center.
When communities stop showing support for their schools, property values decrease and students’ educational and career prospects decrease. We don’t want that here in Snohomish.
With schools improved, students, and subsequently our community, will benefit from higher quality education and a safer learning environment. These kids grow up to be tomorrow’s local business owners and community leaders.
I have four kids in Snohomish schools, and would be beyond grateful for our community’s support in providing all students, present and future, a high-quality education. For the cost of a few cups of coffee a month, you can be a part of making Snohomish an even better place to live. Vote Yes! for Snohomish Students by February 11th.

Nicole Serviss
Snohomish


GRATITUDE
Snohomish is a wonderful place to live

To the Editor:

At this time of gratitude I am reminded of how lucky I am to live in Snohomish with our incredible library, pool, trail, and caring citizens.
The Tribune ties it all together with reporting citizen actions to battle hunger, lack of affordable housing, and the many opportunities to have fun in our town. The Tribune also prints our thoughts, like mine on ending hunger and poverty as I volunteer with RESULTS (results.org). Thanks to the many folks who came out to celebrate our 15th year anniversary at our musical fundraiser. Snohomish Treasure Tim Noah led the band in meaningful songs and our own Karen Guzak received the Seeds of Hope for her many contributions to make life better for everyone in our town and beyond. Living in Snohomish is a gift inspiring each of us to do our part to make our town, state, country, and world a better place!

Willie Dickerson
Snohomish


No letters published in the Dec. 4 Tribune

Letters published in the Nov. 27 Tribune:

DOWNTOWN PARKING
Having Carnegie host events will demand parking

To the Editor:
Regarding Geoff Wall’s Nov. 20th letter in the Tribune and the Nov. 13th article “Carnegie project sent back to call for bids after snag”:
Apparently, Snohomish city administration was asleep at the wheel when it approved the $2.4 million lowest bid and allowed a 25 percent contingency fee.
Now, all bets are off as the Council had to restart the bidding process.
This likely $3 million-plus project ostensibly is for “event rentals” and run by City staff. (Note, this is exactly what the Snohomish Senior Center is doing with its City-owned building — event rentals —for critical income for their activities.)
I agree with Geoff Wall’s statement: “Is Larry Countryman the only one on the council with a brain?”
The city plans a puny pocket park (consisting of lawn at the footprint of the demolished 1968 Carnegie Annex) to be named “Veterans Memorial Park.”  Since there already is Veterans Memorial Stadium in town, a better way to honor our war dead is to rename Pilchuck Park as “Fallen Heroes Park.” (This would also avoid any confusion with the new, close by, regional park named for Pilchuck Julia).
The idea of a small Carnegie pocket park should be scrapped and instead replaced with sorely needed parking spaces (real “placemaking” — making visitors want to come to downtown First Street).
The city has plenty of large and small parks, trails, and open spaces in the vicinity of First Street already.

Morgan Davis
Snohomish

FIREARMS
Ensure guns only reach lawful users

The U.S. Constitution’s 2nd Amendment doesn’t say that the populace has the right to any firearm. Consider when the amendment was enacted. Guns at that time were primarily single or double shot. There were no AK-47s, AR-15s, bump stocks, high capacity magazines, etc. Such weapons weren’t envisioned. I am a retired military officer and a gun owner. However, I don’t believe the 2nd Amendment prohibits gun regulation and background checks. We all need to do all we can to ensure that guns are safely and securely stored and handled.
Gun ownership should be a right for appropriate, lawful and responsible individuals.

William F. Walker
Snohomish



Letters published in the Nov. 20 Tribune:

DOWNTOWN PARKING
Using leftover Carnegie land for parking is smart

To the Editor:
Regarding Larry Countryman’s suggestion for expanding parking at the Carnegie (Nov. 6 Tribune letters):
Is Larry Countryman the only one on the City Council with a brain? This is an excellent idea, as I have been trying to get more parking in the Historic District for over 20 years and every idea I came up with has never been acted on by the Council or the old City Managers.
I hope Larry keeps pushing for this and tries to convince all the other Council members to make a parking lot at the Carnegie. This is needed by everyone, especially the businesses and this will stop prospective customers from leaving because they can’t find any parking.
Keep up the good work Larry. Thank you.

Geoff Wall
Snohomish
Owner of Piccadilly Circus


LAKE STEVENS COSTCO
Costco will clog traffic, speak at Nov. 26 hearing

To the Editor:
The Costco Warehouse store and Gas Station proposed location at 20th Street and Hwy. 9 in Lake Stevens will have severe major negative traffic impacts on City of Snohomish residents as well as those traveling to and through the town of Snohomish, the U.S. Highway 2 Trestle east or west, north or south on Highway 9, east or west on Second Sreet in Snohomish, 87th Avenue SE north or south, east or west on 30th Avenue SE, east or west on 56th Avenue SE, Sinclair Avenue north or south, north or south on Bickford Avenue and east or west on South Lake Stevens Road.
  There will be a public hearing which is to be held on November 26th at 7 p.m. before the Lake Stevens City Council.
  More details are included in the notice at this link: https://www.lakestevenswa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/8008/LUA2019-0178-NOA_NOPH-Publication   
  Once again, the City of Lake Stevens, in an effort to suppress turnout and public participation, has scheduled the only opportunity for public comment and participation just two days before Thanksgiving Day.
  We hope you can join us at the hearing. 
  Lake Stevens taxpayers will not be happy to discover that they are going to be on the hook for 60% of the estimated 10 million dollars it will cost for the planned Costco development at 20th Street and Highway 9.
 
David Clay
Snohomish




Letters published in the Nov. 13 Tribune:

TRESPASSING
A question

To the Editor:
WHEN DID TRESPASSING BECOME LEGAL?

Devee Hintze
Snohomish

FIRE DISTRICT 7
FD7 regrouping after levy failure

To the Editor:
Snohomish County Fire District 7 wants to thank everyone who cast a ballot in the recent election. Turnout was low, and the outcome for our fire levy lid lift was not as we’d hoped. However, we appreciate everyone who participated in the process.
Fire District 7 will continue to provide the best service possible within budget. This may change how we consider funding emergency services, but it won’t change our commitment to you, your family or business.
We will communicate our next steps to you through our newsletter, website and social media. In the meantime, thank you for having considered our request and wish you a safe holiday season.

Fire District 7 Chief Gary Meek



Letters published in the Nov. 6 Tribune:

SNOHOMISH CARNEGIE BUILDING
Annex teardown gives opportunity­ — downtown parking

To the Editor:
We have a rare opportunity to help alleviate the parking problem in downtown Snohomish. Currently the proposal for the property gained from tearing down the Carnegie addition is to add a park to downtown Snohomish, instead of doing something about parking. We do not need another park. We need parking.
There are several parks within walking distance of the Carnegie building including Totem Park, the Riverfront trail, Averill Park and Pilchuck Park. All of these parks are beautiful and enjoyed, but there is a significant cost to long-term maintenance and not enough need to support more.
Over the last ten years, many of the buildings near the Carnegie have been renovated and changed uses. Due to being grandfathered in, they made changes to occupancy without adding additional parking.
If we plan to have community events such as weddings and meetings at the Carnegie, it will cause an increased need for parking. The present parking lot can park only about 20 cars. By redesigning the parking lot, we may be able to get at least 30 cars which only slightly increases the current capacity. By using the new space for parking on the south side of the building, it will add at a minimum another 30 parking spaces.
I recommend instead of a park we increase parking through re-design and additional blacktopped areas. We can still have a quiet place for reflection by relocating the veteran’s memorial back to the entrance of the Carnegie, adding a few park benches and landscaping. This would be a smart compromise that would benefit visitors and locals alike.

Larry Countryman
Snohomish City Councilmember

TAX CREDITS
Tell Congress: extend tax credits

To the Editor:
In 2015, the precedent was set that no business tax breaks should be extended without also extending the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit for hard-working, low-income families. But Congressional leaders are at it again. They want a tax deal to primarily benefit the wealthy and corporations and ignore the working poor.
I say “no!” Tax policies should be restructured to reduce inequality and help working families make ends meet by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. 
Email or call your member of Congress and ask them to cosponsor the EITC and CTC expansions in HR 3157.  Don’t keep quiet and allow Congress to continue to give tax benefits to corporations while ignoring the needs of the working class. Your email or call makes a difference!

Rochelle Goldberg
Bothell



Letters published in the Oct. 30 Tribune:

FIREWORKS ADVISORY VOTE
Survey is overreach by politicans

To the Editor:
As the advisory vote regarding a fireworks ban is on ballots, I would like to point something out: This all started with a petition submitted by the South Snohomish County Fire and Rescue Authority to the County Council. This was put forth by their board of commissioners that are essentially the politicians of this fire district, not by the firefighter’s local union — the actual first responders.
Also remember, this is going to happen in the unincorporated areas of the county where the Sheriff will be the responding agency. The Sheriff’s office doesn’t really do much or anything when fireworks go off the other 364 days of the year, so do we really think that will change and magically improve when their call volume will be going up quite drastically on a future 4th of July after a ban is enacted?
Let’s talk to each other about fireworks and educate all parties, not just enact an unenforceable ban on something that won’t stop.

Mike Luke
Alderwood Manor

FIRE DISTRICT 4 COMMISSIONERS RACE
One is not like the other

To the Editor:
The Fire District 4 Commissioner race is not about two individuals with the best interest of the community in mind. If it was, the community would not have already been involved in an issue that created an uproar about the closure of a fire station.  Social media would not have been inundated with attacks by people intending to discredit the actions of the District rather than discuss the attributes of the individuals wanting to be involved in the process.
Unfortunately, what is occurring is about public interest versus special interest.  In this case it is about a misleading concept called regionalization that attempts to make the public believe that a large fire agency is more efficient and cost-effective to operate with total disregard of the tax issues.  It is about wages and benefits for individuals on the backs of the tax paying public.
The funding of basic emergency services is necessary and complicated to explain to the average citizen. But the public should not have to worry every year that because of the emotional yes vote of the majority that they will have to fork over more of their hard-earned dollars.  You should not have to be inundated annually with the typical political rhetoric and threatening hype that your lives will be in danger unless you vote yes.
District 4 citizens need to be well informed about this Commissioner race.  Make an effort to understand the intent of the candidates, as well as the agenda of their supporters.

Ron Simmons
Snohomish


SNOHOMISH COUNTY COUNCIL
Megan Dunn is the clear choice

To the Editor:
Megan Dunn is the clear choice for Snohomish County Council.  
On her website, Megan offers 44 pledges (strategies, actually) to address the many dilemmas facing our region, including:
· Continuing the regional response to opioids as an emergency epidemic and, collaboratively, developing a comprehensive plan to end the opioid crisis; 
• Expanding and supporting drug addiction and mental illness treatment, reducing their impact on crime and homelessness;
• Improving sustainability, investing in a Green Economy, enforcing the 2019 100% Renewable Energy Resolution and bringing Snohomish County to clean electricity by 2030.  
  Megan’s well-funded opponent continues to blow the same old whistle, with promises to:
• Reduce taxes on wealthy property and business owners at the expense of services and programs for the less fortunate;
• Contribute to over-crowding of jails and prisons by denying the disease of addiction and vilifying the mentally ill;
• Boost economic development by deregulating environmental protections. 
  Megan has 44 (and counting) realistic, progressive and achievable strategies to ensure affordability, promote livability, and improve sustainability in Snohomish County. 

Christopher Glans
Everett

EVERETT SCHOOL BOARD RACE
Berg would put students first

To the Editor:
I had the pleasure to work with April Berg on the Everett School District Bond Planning Committee this past year. She was thoughtful, asked the right kinds of questions, and had a “student first” approach.
She has an eye towards equity and inclusion while also being mindful of the budget needs in her decision making. I really appreciate her willingness to hear multiple sides of an issue, her willingness to be a dissenting opinion, and her willingness to “show up.” She is a “connector” in our community, and I think that’s a strength.

Jennifer Black
Mill Creek


Letters published in the Oct. 23 Tribune:

SNOHOMISH COUNCIL ELECTION
Kuleta open to other opinions

To the Editor:
Judith Kuleta has the most important qualities for local non-partisan politics, the ability to work with everyone, to be open to other opinions and to be positive about the responsibilities and obligations of being on our city council.
Community leaders support Judith’s decision to run for city council. Both Mayor Kartak and former Mayor Guzak have given her their endorsement because of her love for our unique, historic town.
She has the experience of a lifetime in public service, including paramedic, firefighter, fire chief and fire science educator. Her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and her masters degree in Cultural Studies have given her a well-rounded view of the world and the ability to make decisions based on what best serves the people of Snohomish.
At this time Judith is ready to give back in another way ... to get involved in city government. Make her your personal choice and vote for Judith Kuleta for Snohomish City Council position 2.

Julie Davis
Snohomish



Letters published in the Oct. 16 Tribune:

SNOHOMISH COUNCIL ELECTION
Kuleta brings peace

To the Editor:
It is refreshing to see Judith Kuleta run for Snohomish City Council Position 2. She has common sense, thoughtfully examines issues through research- and talking to current Snohomish Commission and Board members including the City Administrator, to learn what issues are important in Snohomish. She has reached out to the community for the same, and thereby comes to a balanced, fair approach for collaborative leadership. Judith’s extensive experience on public boards, public service and education, affords her the ability to work well with others to accomplish a greater good for the community.
With her ability to examine issues and build relationships, it is no surprise that she has the endorsements of both Mayor Kartak and former Mayor Guzak. We are fortunate that she is willing again, to devote her talents to serving the greater good- by representing the citizens of the city of Snohomish.

Dawn Peyton Wheatley
Snohomish

COUNTY AUDITOR ELECTION
Garth Fell has broad experience

To the Editor:

Garth Fell is the best candidate to serve the Snohomish County Community as Auditor.
It has been my pleasure to work with Garth Fell as he served Snohomish County residents both as our Elections Manager and Recording Manager. As peers in the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office for over 10 years, I can attest to Garth’s dedication, honesty and relentless hard work.  
Garth Fell brings 20 years of election experience to ensure and protect the integrity of our local and state elections. Garth Fell works tirelessly to protect the transparency of the election process, deliver accurate vote tallies and truthful election results. 
The Office of the County Auditor serves as the County Recorder for all real estate transactions in the county.  This office issues and records marriage licenses, provides vehicle title and registration services, pet and kennel licenses, county business licenses, animal control services and oversees independent vehicle licensing subagents across the county. 
Garth’s comprehensive management background provides the necessary knowledge, experience and skills to effectively manage this very diverse office with its myriad of public services.  
Having served three (3) County Auditors during my tenure, I have the greatest personal and professional respect for Garth Fell. He has strong family values and is thoughtful, genuine and truthful.  Garth Fell leads with vision and is best qualified to be the next Snohomish County Auditor.  

Vicki Lubrin
Snohomish

GLOBAL HEALTH
AIDS, Malaria effort funded

To the Editor:
Great news in global health. Thanks to newspapers carrying letters to the editor across the country, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria was fully funded on Oct. 10, 2019.
Letters to the editor, like the ones in this paper, calling on Congress to contribute $4.68 billion over the next three years help made this happen. Along with these letters in a majority of states, there were calls, letters, and visits to members of Congress in all 50 states, asking for America to increase our pledge to inspire other donors. Sure enough, other donors responded to America’s commitment with over two-thirds of the $14 billion budget for the Global Fund. Special thanks to Reps. Larsen and DelBene for being an important part in securing this pledge that will make it possible for the Global Fund to save 16 million lives, prevent over 200 million new infections over the next three years.
By battling these pandemics globally, we are protected locally, and this work will keep us on the path to control these pandemics by 2030.

Willie Dickerson
Snohomish



Letters published in the Oct. 9 Tribune:

SNOHOMISH SCHOOL BOND
Asking for too much money

To the Editor:
The front page story on the $470 million capital school bond (Oct. 2 Tribune) was enough to ask: “why so much” ?
Because this amount is so large, the bond will run for 20 years. Does this district think people will accept this amount and length of time? I sure hope not.
Please consider this: Over 20 years, your County Assessor will keep increasing your home assessed value. That means you will be paying more and more as your house value goes up. At the end of the 20 years, who knows what you will be paying by then.
Please consider this: did you know, school districts receive 44 percent of your property tax. The schools get the highest percentage.
Please consider this: The people of Snohomish, for the next 25 years, are paying the water and sewer bill, for the swimming pool complex. Like every thing else, that bill will increase too.
With our tax burden of today, the school district CFAC group is simply expanding our taxes too much. Regroup.

Bruce Ferguson
Snohomish

 

SNOHOMISH CARNEGIE
City should stay out of business ventures

To the Editor:
I’d like to point out a couple of areas the small town of Snohomish is getting involved in that traditionally were reserved for the private sector.
First, construction bids are due Oct. 10th for the renovation of the city-owned 1910 Carnegie building.  The mayor, city administrator, and council are hoping the bids come in under $2 million.  If not, it is unknown whether the city will further take from its utility and real estate tax funds to cover any overage. 
The city wants to use the Carnegie as a weddings venue/event center.
In my opinion, being a commercial landlord is not a proper function of city government (getting into the weddings rental business).
Second, during the Oct. 1st council meeting. the council revealed it wants to keep its glossy print, quarterly magazine even though it is a big money loser.  The magazine is mailed out to every Snohomish resident within the city and outside the city at a cost of around $10,000 per edition while revenues from advertisers account for only $2,700 to $4,000.
In my opinion, the city shouldn’t be involved in the publishing business, soliciting advertisers who are subsidized by our tax dollars.  Additionally, the magazine has become a “flattersheet,” promoting city staff and incumbent elected officials, a venue for them to “toot their horn.”
The magazine competes with the local free press in disseminating city news and therefore constitutes “unfair competition” by attracting private sector advertisers with “below cost” rates.

Morgan Davis
Snohomish





No letters published in the Oct. 2 Tribune



Letters published in the Sept. 25 Tribune:

ALZHEMER’S CARE
Write to support bill, help families

To the Editor:
Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t strike just the elderly. The 200,000 Americans diagnosed with dementia before age 65 need services like in-home care, transportation, and caregiver support.
Alzheimer’s Association advocates have asked members of Congress to cosponsor the Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act. The bill will amend the Older Americans Act to let the area agencies on aging serve these families too.
I am grateful that Congresswoman DelBene has cosponsored this needed legislation. Please join me in urging Congressman Larsen and Senators Murray and Cantwell to join her as cosponsors.
This advocacy is important to me because I am a Long Term Care Specialist who works delivering services to seniors and I know the heavy burden that families carry.
All our members of Congress should continue to actively support policies that address Alzheimer’s disease as the national public health crisis it is.

Christine Khemis, MBA CLTC
Snohomish



Letters published in the Sept. 18 Tribune:

EAST COUNTY PARKS BOND
New parks will be paid for by many to serve few

I have to agree with Todd Frederickson’s letter (Sept. 11 Tribune) regarding the East County Parks District’s parks and recreation bonds, proposition 1 and 2. 
I’m in favor of a healthy park department, of course.  But it’s always on the backs of homeowners who are being taxed to death trying to accommodate burgeoning growth that many of us do not want. 
In Monroe an apparent “need” is for “Converting unlighted poor-draining grass fields to all-weather, lighted, synthetic turf to allow year round play for baseball, football, lacrosse and soccer,” according to the recent mailer.  Really?? 
Can’t we let kids play on natural grass and get a little muddy or dirty and experience nature once in a while?  We live in a sanitized and virtual world of “smart” phones and an artificial environment of concrete and tract homes.
Do all of us have to subsidize expensive lighting and construction so that a (very) few people can play sports at night and not get too dirty? I don’t think so.

Robert Van den Akker
Monroe



Letters published in the Sept. 11 Tribune:

EAST COUNTY PARKS BOND
Funding ask needs deeper evaluation

To the Editor:
Only six more weeks before the general election ballots are in your mailbox. Two issues that are intended to glean more revenue from homeowners: East County Parks and Recreation Prop. 1 and Prop. 2
Neither one of these propositions have shown efforts to properly evaluate the need for increase costs. No performance or fiscal audits to identify and eliminate redundancies and waste, to begin with. The answer is always to ask for more.
Snohomish County property owners are experiencing tax fatigue. They have been nickel-and-dimed over the last five years to the point their mortgages have risen faster than the cost of living. We all want vibrant and safe parks and there are innovative options to address the concerns noted in their proposal without gouging homeowners with yet another tax increase. Go lean, go green and be innovative.

Todd Olmsted-Fredrickson
Monroe





No letters published in the Sept. 4 Tribune




Letters published in the Aug. 28 Tribune:

TIM EYMAN’S INITIATIVE 976
Writer: Initiative to limit car tabs threatens projects

To the Editor:
Initiative 976 is another one of Tim Eyman’s initiatives that people better think really hard about before they vote.
Sure, it will help many people save on their car tabs, which is good, but think about all the problems it will create. It cuts funding for Sound Transit by $328 million per year (many jobs will be cut) and if it passes, I hope it isn’t one of you who voted for it.
Some other agencies that could be affected are: money that funds some Washington State Patrol activities, state ferry maintenance, highway construction, county roads and bridges, bike, and pedestrian projects. It would also threaten projects such as building sidewalks, repaving streets and flashing yellow lights in school zones.
Of course it is my opinion as far as job losses, but what other alternative is available, if there is no money to pay people, they would have to be let go. This might give people food for thought. It would be doing the public a disservice if they hadn’t thought things through.

Roy Johnson
Mukilteo


No letters published in the Aug. 21 Tribune


Letters published in the Aug. 14 Tribune:


BREWERY AWARDS
Story omitted local brewer

To the Editor:
I recently read this article (“Monroe beermaker wins gold in state awards,” July 10 Tribune) and was a bit confused as to how Snohomish’s own Scrappy Punk Brewery was left out of the article.
They pulled in 1st place in overall token counts for the entire show. No, they didn’t get a medal for their beer, but they pulled in over 200 tokens more than the second place brewery. This is pretty amazing considering he is a 3 barrel brewery, only had two beers on tap and was up against some large, great breweries. Scrappy Punk also just pulled in top brewery at the recent Rivers Edge Brewfest here in Snohomish. Pretty scrappy for the Scrappy Punk Greg Krsak.
Just wanted to bring the amazing work being done in Snohomish to light.

Chris Alton
Snohomish



No letters published in the Aug. 7 Tribune


Letters published in the July 31 Tribune:

FIRE DISTRICT 4 EMS LEVY
Vote no to keep voter control

To the Editor:
“Your Vote Matters” is spelled out on all the yard signs, telling us to vote “yes” to impose a permanent tax by Fire District #4.
Should this tax levy pass, we will lose our right and privilege to vote in the future. Do we really want to give that up ? Permanent means your vote really did not matter, because it was taken away.
Should this levy fail, we will not witness a decline in service. Should it pass, you will see a decline in your wallet and lost voting rights.
As stated by District No. 4: “The Fire District Staff goes to great lengths in the attempt to maintain our equipment and keep it in the best operating condition possible.”
Here is another fact: Fire Districts receive the third highest percentage (school districts first place, cities and towns second place), in the distribution of tax revenue. The remaining 8 divide 25.2%. These figures are from the State Treasurer.
Save your money and your vote. Vote no.

Bruce A. Ferguson
Snohomish

GLOBAL AFFAIRS
Journey to get issues heard in D.C.

To the Editor:
This year I decided to make my journey by train to the RESULTS (www.results.org) International Conference in Washington, D.C. Why? The ending of hunger and poverty is at stake. Impossible? Not really, since hunger and poverty is a product of our system, not a choice people make. That’s good news because it means we can change the system so hunger and poverty are no longer by products.
Volunteering with RESULTS for the past 25 years, I have seen how citizens can use their voices with Congress to make a difference. So I headed out on the train, seeing America on the way and meeting a cross-section of Americans as well. Part of the time I spent studying the issues of affordable housing for all Americans and the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria to finally control these pandemics.
As the days past, I thought of the 40 million Americans who are rent stressed, paying up to and over 50% of their income for rent; of the 27 million lives the Global Fund has saved since 2002; each of these lives is an individual story, like those of my own family. In D.C., I was encouraged by Rep. DelBene’s Office and Senator Cantwell who promised to look into a renter tax credit to ease the burden on families.
I also took the opportunity to thank members of the House for supporting the Global Fund. Now to follow up on these issues.

Willie Dickerson
Snohomish



Letters published in the July 24 Tribune:

MINIMUM WAGE
Hurts the little guy, writer says

To the Editor:
Price control is an old socialist scheme for creating so-called fairness. Let’s examine it. Trade is an exchange of products and services where both parties gain. When masses of exchanges occur over time a law of supply and demand can be seen repairing supply imbalances and stabilizing prices.
Not good enough, say socialists! They demand government enforce wage increases on the pretext of reducing stress for big families.
  One might expect increases be paid by somebody that can afford it. Like government. Or private aid. Or by changing employers. But no! Promoters demand raises given to all, including for single persons — affordable or not!
In other words: a very un-American enforced asset transfer between two private parties. Employers who get the short end of the stick must  then close shop and lay everybody off. Does the law mention compensation? Nope!
  Switzerland employs no minimum wage law. Imagine they decide to imitate USA! High wages would be established. Lower wages made illegal. Such policy would then cause sudden, catastrophic job losses within millions of long established worksites.
  Minimum wage is common in most countries of the world. Socialists must be  celebrating! Their phony compassion fooled everybody—even the BBB.
 
Gunnar Unneland
Shoreline

BOEING 737 MAX
A solution to all the woes

To the Editor:
I just had what I think might be stroke of genius  regarding the solution to the Boeing 737 Max grounding.
Here it is:  Instead of letting software fly the plane, let the pilots fly the plane!
Presto! Problem solved!

Robert Van der Akker
Monroe



No letters published in the July 17 Tribune.


Letters published in the July 10 Tribune:

ATVS ON ROADS
Reasons to deny ATVs “ridiculous”

To the Editor:
I just finished reading the article on ATVs in Snohomish (June 26 Tribune), I am not for or against the argument but the reasons for denying them are ridiculous...
Shayn Bancroft says he’s worried about kids getting killed by ATVs, but we live in a town that supports drinking and driving! We have booze on every corner and several city-sanctioned alcohol events each year, how are those drinkers getting home? Do you worry about the kids when the drinking drivers are leaving the city functions? 
Councilwoman Lynn Schilaty thinks ATVs are smelly and noisy.... When was the last time she actually saw an ATV?
After seeing that monstrosity the council allowed to be built on Maple Avenue I have severe concerns about our decision makers. That is one hot mess, what an eyesore! 
I recently read that the council is allowing eight mini hotel units in the heart of downtown in a residential neighborhood.  What are you thinking!  Let’s put those hotel units in their neighborhood.
The council members have some really weird thinking. 

Caroline Baertsch
Snohomish

PILCHUCK JULIA LANDING NAME
Opposition to name choice

To the Editor:
The City of Snohomish’s ad hoc parks naming committee and parks board approved the name “Julia’s Landing” on Feb. 27th for the new 20 acre boat launch park on the Snohomish River. 
However, the committee and board on June 26 reversed its February decision and recommended that the council use the name “Pilchuck Julia Landing” for the Snohomish River park ("Name for boat launch site revised,” July 3 Tribune.)
The rationale for this abrupt reversal is the fact Denise Johns, a former city project manager who quit city employment in early June, and City Councilwoman Linda Redmon, met with a Tulalip Tribes representative (not on its board of directors).  Apparently, this representative insists the name “Pilchuck Julia” be included in the new park’s name.
Snohomish, decades ago, christened a large nearby regional park on Cypress Avenue and the Pilchuck River as “Pilchuck Park” for its geographical location.  It was not named to honor Pilchuck Julia Jack, the iconic historic Snohomish Indian Tribe member who by some accounts lived to be 100.
In my opinion, having two nearby large regional parks beginning with the name “Pilchuck” could be confusing to some folks from out of the area.
Additionally, dropping the possessive changes landing to a verb instead of a gerund noun.
The Snohomish City Council at its next meeting on July 16th should name the new boat launch park “Julia’s Landing” as unanimously recommended on Feb. 27th.

Morgan Davis
Snohomish




No letters published in the June 26 or July 3 Tribunes.


Letters in the June 19 Tribune:


MAYOR’S SALARY
Salary was preset before election

To the Editor:
Regarding the letter in the June 5 Tribune by Diane Tunnell: “Snohomish mayor’s minimal salary needs rectification.”
Tunnell regularly lobbies for a raise in pay for the mayor (who’s been in office only 18 months into a 4-year term).
In the letter, she argues the City Council members are well paid but are denying the mayor a reasonable salary. Fact: Council members are paid about half the salary of the mayor.
She further argues the mayor “was elected to be the chief city administrator” (replacing the eliminated city manager position).  Fact: It was Mayor Kartak’s personal decision to appoint and promote former deputy city manager Steve Schuller to be the chief city administrator with the large annual salary now approaching $170,000 to manage about 50 employees. In comparison, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee manages a workforce of about 100,000 employees at an annual salary of about $180,000.
Clearly, if the mayor can’t live on the prescribed salary, by what Tunnell says, then he should resign and look for a higher paying job or retrain for a new career.
But he ought not do what the former Wapato mayor did — that mayor is now being accused of creating a city job of $95,000 for himself.  (See Seattle Times June 11, 2019 article titled “Wapato city official accused of creating own $95,000 job”).

Morgan Davis
Snohomish

THANK YOU
City contractor was professional

To the Editor:
I would like to thank the City of Snohomish for hiring the quality company of D&G to install our new waterline (along Cypress).
The men of D&G were courteous and willing to answer any questions asked of them.
It was amazing to watch the skills of the operators from the excavator operator and the dump truck driver to the men setting up the water meters and “hooking up” the waterlines.
Thanks again D&G for your concern of the residents and a job well done.

Jim Werder
Snohomish



Letters in the June 12 Tribune:

MONROE NEWSPAPER COVERAGE

Hometown papers are important for community


To the Editor:
I enjoy the Tribune and the local Snohomish news and have become a subscriber to support local print media even though I live in Monroe.
Sadly, the Monroe Monitor no longer has a reporter or covers local news and is merely an empty vehicle for some legals owned by an out of town conglomerate.  That leaves a town of 18,000 people without news of city council happenings, school news, local sports, community events, police activity, etc. etc.  A good local paper reflects the soul of a community and helps bind it together with (hopefully) heart, editorial wisdom, caring and oversight.
I feel sad that not enough local Monroe businesses seemed to feel it important enough to at least buy small weekly ads to keep that paper going, realizing it’s importance to their own customer base in spite of “cheaper” alternatives via the Internet.
Kudos to the businesses that do feel some social responsibility who did advertise in the Monitor and continue to do so in the Tribune; and to the customers who subscribe to the paper(s) to offset printing and production costs.  I think a good local paper is a joint effort on all fronts, and worth the effort.
I hope that somehow, some way, we will once again have a Monroe paper and that someone will take the initiative to start one up and that it will be supported by local business and subscribers.  (I subscribed to the Monitor for over 40 years.) 

Robert Van den Akker
Monroe

NATIONAL HUNGER
Housing costs an underlying cause in hunger

To the Editor:
I’m so proud to see Snohomish High School students, staff and community with their efforts to fight hunger (“Assembled meals benefit thousands,” front page May 29 Tribune).
At the same time, food banks don’t come close to meeting all the need, we must look at the underlying causes. One effort underway right now in Congress is a proposed $5 billion increase to the Housing Choice Vouchers program (section 8) that will help put 340,000 more families into homes, providing a ladder out of poverty. Our calls and letters to those who represent us in Congress can help this and other initiatives like tax fairness end the unnecessary hunger and poverty in the world’s richest country.

Willie Dickerson
Snohomish




Letters in the June 5 Tribune:

MAYOR’S SALARY
Minimal salary needs rectification

To the Editor:
There is a serious wrong being done to the mayor of Snohomish.
Some members of the City Council refuse to recognize Mayor Kartak’s role as a strong mayor. They voted before he was elected that he be paid a part time salary, $18,000 a year, plus benefits, regardless of how many hours he works. He cannot lead our city into excellence if he must be concerned about how to pay bills at home.
Why are some City Council members, who are well paid, denying the mayor a reasonable salary? The city has ample funds to pay our mayor.
The duties of mayor include: Assisting with policy analysis, intergovernmental relations, risk management, providing organizational leadership, implementing council policies, strategic planning, responding to citizen concerns, managing the city budget, and more. And yet… he is paid less per hour than anyone working for the city under him.
You, as citizens of Snohomish, elected Mayor Kartak to be our chief administrator and you, as citizens, can give him a raise by telling the council to say they need to correct this serious offense.

Diane Tunnell
Snohomish



Letters in the May 29 Tribune:

VACANT YARD LAND ON AVENUE D
Site is perfect for re-development

To the Editor:
Snohomish represents a much larger population than how many people live within its city limits.
A hindrance to the city’s ability to attract new businesses is because retailers, hotels and entertainment attractions fail to account for the larger population that resides outside of city limits but still relies on Snohomish for its shopping and other needs.
Snohomish even has a prime location for such businesses. The former Snohomish County Public Works site on Avenue D is an ideal location. It is centrally located, close to transit and other city amenities, including shopping. There is street frontage on two significant streets and it is a large enough area to warrant sub-area planning. Other neighboring parcels would also benefit from redevelopment.
The most appropriate use of this property would be for mixed use with buildings that have multiple stores below and above the street level at 13th Street. The type of businesses should include retail, hospitality, entertainment and apartments/condominiums. Office space and child care could be used as fill in to complement the primary uses. Big box stores or other single story buildings should be avoided.
We have many pocket communities just outside city limits.
We also have the Unincorporated Growth Area (UGA) just south of Snohomish that includes Harvey Airfield, 15 businesses on the airport grounds and 12 other businesses.
When we are attempting to attract hotels or larger businesses, we need to consider the real population, which is more than the city boundaries.
Our welcome to Snohomish sign indicates we have about 9,000 people but I would argue we have many, many more.

Larry Countryman
Snohomish City Council member

PLASTIC BAGS
Don’t use plastic bags in kitchen

To the Editor:
There is much talk and letter writing these days regarding recycling and minimizing the use of plastics. There is one item that nearly everyone tosses that would reduce a great deal of plastic in our landfills: the plastic kitchen garbage bag. Based on what I see in the dumpster outside my apartment house it appears to me nearly everyone uses a plastic garbage bag in their kitchen. Here is my suggestion. Simply stop using a plastic kitchen garbage bag. Instead put the kitchen garbage directly into a kitchen garbage container. I have been doing this for over eight years now. When the kitchen garbage container is full I take it out to the dumpster and dump the contents in the dumpster. I then take the container back to the kitchen and clean out the container in five minutes or less.
Using a plastic bag places a burden on our Mother Earth for our convenience and cleanliness. The millions of plastic kitchen garbage bags in our landfills will take about 1,000 years to partially decompose. In addition, what’s inside the bag, such as vegetable and animal matter, will not decompose quickly because the plastic bag prevents decomposition bacteria from doing what God designed them to do.  
When I was growing up there were no plastic kitchen garbage bags. Sometimes nothing is new but what has been forgotten.

William Patrick Daspit
Snohomish



No letters published in the May 15 or 22 Tribunes.

Letters in the May 8 Tribune:

RECYCLING
Recycling service at market is swell

To the Editor:
As we begin another season of the famous Snohomish Farmers Market (“Farmers markets kickstarting their seasons, May 1 Tribune), special thanks must go to Republic Services, which has agreed to make recycling and trash disposal bins available for use each week, beginning May 9.
Learning to “live green” is something we can all do to preserve the quality of life we so enjoy here in Snohomish. Disposing of garbage responsibly, and making the extra effort to wash out and properly dispose of recyclables is increasingly important as our community grows, and convenience packaging becomes ever more widespread.
Children learn by watching their elders. There will always be those few who litter, dump trash wherever, and generally act the fool. Thank you, Republic Services, for siding with a clean community. So come to the market, buy local, enjoy the bounty of our fertile valley, and dispose of your trash in the Republic bins.

Bonny Headley
Snohomish

BOEING
Planemaker shot itself in foot

To the Editor:
I believe the cause of two crashes of Boeing 737 Max was not the result of design flaws but was the result of a flawed system integration.  
  It is accepted engineering practice that when the form, fit or function of a part, component or system is impacted a complete thorough analysis or evaluation needs to be done. When Boeing incorporated the larger engines on 737, the flight characteristics of the plane was impacted. This should have resulted in review of its impact on every critical flight control system, not just selected ones.
Boeing’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) was designed to have its actuator receive input from only one air sensor (known to have output issues) not multiple sensors as designed in other systems.  The safety analysis of the MCAS should have identified this as a critical flaw and should have resulted in a redesign to eliminate this critical system flaw.
When 737 MAX flight test results showed that MCAS actuator caused the horizontal stabilizer to move further than expected, an analysis should have showed that the jackscrew would receive high loads that would negate the pilot ability to use the manual trim control to control roller coasting of the airplane after a few occultations.
I believe the control of jackscrew is critical to a pilot in controlling an airplane. A frozen jackscrew caused the Alaska Airlines flight 261 fatal accident in 2000.

Robert Creamer
Everett

GPHS PLAY KUDOS
“Mary Poppins” a delight

To the Editor:
From the technical crew/backstage support personnel, to the orchestra, costumers, set designers, and stage performers, “Mary Poppins” at Glacier Peak High School was nothing other than fantastic!
These aren’t kids who are up on stage hoping to just “get it right.” These students have clearly poured their hearts and souls into a project that means a great deal to them. Their pride in presenting this to their families and the community is evident. The director, Steven Ortiz, has been working with kids at GPHS for some time and they’re fortunate to have him in their corner.
Thanks for choosing a show that invites the entire community to turn out. Families have been bringing their children to shows in Snohomish for many years and it was fun to see entire Girl Scout troops and younger siblings of those students involved in the show turning up to applaud everyone’s efforts. “Mary Poppins” is appropriate for all ages and there are no surprises that would make parents second guess bringing their young children or other relatives.

Susan Bjorling
Snohomish



Letters in the May 1 Tribune:

NATIONAL AFFAIRS
You can work for a difference, grand or small

To the Editor:
While I am deeply respectful of Lanni Johnson’s fast for orca protection (“Supporting orcas, Snohomian does hunger protest at state Capitol,” April 17 Tribune) and hope it works,
I have learned a different way to influence change.
Currently, Congress is working on appropriations for the fiscal year 2020. As a volunteer with RESULTS, I have been asking representatives to sign letters to appropriators to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and to increase funding for the Housing Choice Vouchers program.
The Global Fund has saved 27 million lives since its founding in 2002, no wonder 147 members of the House from both parties signed it. Many of them also signed in support increasing funding for the Vouchers program, so 340,000 more families would receive vouchers and thus housing. (Currently only 25 percent of those who qualify receive vouchers.)
Reps. Larsen and DelBene signed both letters in support of these initiatives. Wouldn’t that be a surprise if they received calls and emails just to thank them for taking these actions to create a better country and world?

Willie Dickerson
Snohomish

FRACKED GAS LINES
Tell Gov. Inslee to oppose at all costs

To the Editor:
Do you know that the fossil fuel industry is trying to build massive fracked gas projects in our state? These include a massive Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in Tacoma, and the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, right along the banks of the Columbia River. If built, the Kalama methanol refinery would become the state’s largest climate polluter by 2025.
Fracked gas projects also include an expanded pipeline in Snohomish County, which puts at risk 15 streams and the salmon that spawn in them. Water quality for local homeowners is also likely to suffer, as most of the route runs through an EPA designated aquifer.
Ending the use of fracked gas is the next big climate fight. The process of fracking involves injecting toxic chemicals into the earth, which can leak into the groundwater and contaminate our drinking water, endangering our health. Fracked gas is destructive from extraction to consumption.
Governor Inslee has championed policies to limit climate pollution and promote clean energy, but he has yet to publicly oppose fracked gas infrastructure projects proposed for the state. The governor needs to hear from you!

Marjie Fields
Edmonds



Letters in the April 24 Tribune:

PILCHUCK DISTRICT
Tax break for new development even though not adding affordable housing

To the Editor:
During the April 16th Snohomish City Council meeting, the city planning director announced the first developer to take advantage of the council’s recently enacted multi-family property exemption ordinance will build a six-unit market rate building at the former car wash site on Lincoln Avenue, across the street from Snohomish Co-op.
Here’s the impact:
1.  The developer/owner gets the rest of us property taxpayers to pay all his property tax bills for the next 8 years — absolutely no strings attached.
2.  Not even one unit will be set aside for affordable housing.
In addition, the planning director asked each council member to list their preference for developing the county-owned former public works shop site between Bonneville Avenue and Avenue D either with current zoning or spot rezoning.
There’s already been ideas floated of restaurants and boutique retail shops at the site. 
Thankfully, the County Council has the final say on how to develop its land.
The County Council should ignore city staff and city council’s goal of gentrification and instead develop its property for very low-income housing along with corollary medical clinics and social services.
City property taxpayers and advocates for affordable housing should keep these issues in mind during council elections this year.

Morgan Davis
Snohomish


MINIMUM WAGE
Writer: Minimum wage is a sham

To the Editor:
Minimum wage laws cause lots of trauma. Employers are ordered to cut profit margins to benefit employees.
However:
1. Those who can’t afford it close shop and lay people off, hurting those whom the law was intended to help. 
2. Business owners likewise are left without a livelihood!
3. Their products/services disappear from the market without a trace. 
4. Reduced tax income for the government.
 5. Young graduates comfortably climb ladders to success starting on  minimum wage levels or higher. The unlucky instead find their lower ladder rungs totally obliterated.  Hourly paid work below minimum wage is forbidden.
6. Much seasonal and temporary work certainly will remain undone.
7. Homeless persons in cars and tents and people in various types of recovery and people  released from jail and people unexpectedly laid off looking for temporary work surely would accept less than minimum wage — like before — if allowed!
The needs for jobs for our more vulnerable citizens are ignored! Minimum wage is a convoluted idea that has spread to most countries of the world.

Gunnar Unneland
Shoreline



Letters in the April 17 Tribune:

MONROE HOSPITAL LEVY
Weighing the need, vote yes

To the Editor:
Since moving to Monroe a little over two years ago, we have had more than our share of visits to the Emergency Room at our public hospital. EvegreenHealth Monroe is the only ER serving the Skykomish Valley. While we appreciate the care and compassion the staff has provided with each visit, we now welcome the opportunity through approving Prop. 1 to upgrade the ER with state-of-the-art equipment, including a new CT scanner and a new MRI scanner, and increase those services from Level 4 to Level 3. In addition, Prop. 1 will establish a 24/7 trauma team which will be able to save more lives and provide a higher level of life-saving care to our region.
Please join us to vote to approve Prop. 1, showing our support for and commitment to the community.

Joan and Don Miller
Monroe

Vote yes on levy for the community

To the Editor:
We need to support our valley hospital.
There is no way I could name all the things the community needs. I do know of a few things I want: Strong schools, well-equipped libraries, strong leaders, parks, active churches, places for our children to gather and play, and the willingness for people to get involved. My dad told me that if you live in a community you need to give back and be involved for your community to thrive and be successful.
A few years ago, we all came together to save our valley hospital. By doing this we ended up with a very good hospital. Now we need to take the next step to keep the high level of patient care and continue to make updates.
Can you imagine if we didn’t have our EvergreenHealth Hospital in our valley and you needed to get to an emergency center and had to travel on 522 or Highway 2 and the Ebey Slough Bridge to get that care? We all know that feeling when we are trying to get to an appointment or a meeting with friends and you are late, and the traffic isn’t going to help you get there on time.
Please vote to approve Prop. 1 for the sake of our valley community.

Mike Carlson
Snohomish



Makes a lot of sense

To the Editor:
I am “old-school.”  I like things that work well, add value to my life, and last for a while. That’s why I am voting yes for the April 23rd Hospital District No. 1 Levy Lift. 
  The new electronic medical records system, funded by part of this levy, fits my pragmatic style like a glove.
I want different specialists to have quick access to all my records and issues, so my care is integrated and up-to-date.  I want improved access so I can review my own records and make appointments at my convenience, wherever I am!   Most important, I want my taxes to be used very, very carefully. 
This portion of the levy isn’t glamorous like new buildings, and doesn’t make for fascinating sound bites.  But if you have kids living at home, medical conditions requiring ongoing care, or a loved one who relies on you for healthcare support, the new EMR can make a positive difference in your peace of mind.
The facts and the R.O.I. make this an easy “yes” for me.  I hope you will agree.

Joel Selling
Monroe


EVERETT TRANSIT LOW-INCOME FARE
Take Option No. 1

To the Editor:
I am a rider of Everett Transit that has a Regional Reduced Fare Permit and I was at one of the Everett Transit low income fare information meetings that was about adding a low income fare option for riders that are not disabled or seniors that have low income. I totally agree with this because there should be a low-income fare option for public transit so people who have low income aren’t paying a $2 bus fare in July but one of the options is to consolidate all the discounted fares to $1 so people who are paying senior or disabled fare like myself will face another fare increase and some people have physical disabilities and only taking the bus a block or two so they definitely don’t need another fare increase so soon after the one Everett Transit just had so vote low income fare option #1.

Elijah Edens
Everett

CLIMATE CHANGE
Fossil fuel cutbacks will reduce jobs

To the Editor:
In response to “Our environment is a valid concern” March 14th Tribune: I agree eventually fossil fuels will diminish but, will never die off.
The fossil fuel rhetoric is from a fringe few. Loss of billions is more accurate than the world ending in 12 years. There will be a worldwide impact with the loss of thousands of sub-industries with damaging results and will threaten billions of jobs.
Environmentalists do not see the cascading effects. Where is all this electricity coming from? Is our current electrical grid ready to handle the transition?
What do you say about more hydroelectric, more nuclear? The problem is environmentalists offer no answers other than a fear based ideological premise.
There is no 2019 factual statistics from the BLS to draw from. The last tally was from 2010-2011 where the total estimate of green jobs was 172,638.
The numbers never match environmentalist’s narrative.
Make no mistake the roots of environmentalism are in Marxism, tread lightly as the march toward Neo-Marx Socialism is evident.
Yes, we must be more vigilant of our home but not by fear based false rhetoric but by a free market encouraged to invest and produce green tech.

John Lorenz
Snohomish
 

GEODUCKS
The geoduck, not the razor clam, should be state clam

To the Editor:
The Legislature is intending to enact, without a vote of the people, a law designating the razor clam as our official state clam. While digging for razor clams is a delightful hobby in Western Washington (and Oregon, and California), true Washingtonians know that our state is already better represented by another bivalve more endemic and rotund — the geoduck.
In spite of this overwhelming public opinion, the state House unanimously passed House Bill 1061, sending it to the Senate for confirmation.
Now is the time to act. Fellow 12th-Men, hipsters of the north, Puget Sound techies, farmers of the far east, random rain-soaked hikers and everyone in between, join me in calling for the Senate and Governor Jay Inslee to reject House Bill 1061. Take to your phones and call your senators today, write your local newspapers, search for online petitions, tweet (if that’s what you do), and share the message online.
In a matter as sacred and permanent as our state clam, the people’s voice should not be ignored. 

Shawn Cooper 
Lake Stevens 



No letters published in the April 10 Tribune




Letters in the April 3 Tribune:

CLIMATE CHANGE
People may not be its prime cause

To the Editor:
A letter writer in the March 20 Tribune stated that human-derived carbon is the driver for climate change.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a colorless, odorless minor gas naturally occurring in the earth’s atmosphere. CO2 is essential for all green plants to grow. In photosynthesis, without CO2, plants do not grow. Therefore CO2 had to be present in sufficient quantities before cars and factories were present.
So where else does CO2 come from? Major sources are oceans (80 percent!), volcanoes and decaying vegetation. Humans are the fourth largest producers (3.7 percent).
With a large increase in CO2 since 2000 and without a corresponding increase in temperature and a known warming trend during the 1920s to 1940 with far less CO2 present, there must be another driver to climate change than CO2.
I suggest sunspots. Sunspots are huge solar storms that change the earth’s atmosphere. More sunspots have yielded warmer weather. Less, cooler.
There has been a decline in solar spots during the last 18 years (according to NOAA) and 2018 had no discernible sunspots! There also has been no discernible increase in temperature for the last 18 years, and they dropped from 2016 to 2018.
NOAA and NASA are predicting that we may be in a deep cooling trend rather than warming because of the lack of sunspots.
Our climate is constantly changing. Since 1900 we have had two periods of warming and two of cooling. Climate science is complex and certainly, as is all science, not settled.

Ron Tunnell
Snohomish

MONROE HOSPITAL LEVY
Weighing the options, vote yes

To the Editor:
We see that Evergreen Health Monroe (Valley General Hospital) is proposing a levy in April to improve trauma care and to provide full time birthing facilities.
From the literature we have seen, the levy will be 47 cents per thousands dollars of assessed property valuation. As seniors with limited income, we are concerned with any increase in taxes. However, as our community grows, along with traffic congestion, we believe that a local hospital with total services is very important. Consider a mother at the time of delivery, say at 7 or 8 a.m. on a weekday, trying to make it to Providence in Everett or Evergreen in Totem Lake. She just might deliver her baby in stalled traffic on the way!
A state-of-the-art emergency room with good trauma care in as short a time as possible could be lifesaving.
I would like to mention the quick diagnosis and excellent care I had for an emergency appendectomy several years ago. I’m here to tell you about it. So, all things considered, we support the proposed levy for our Public Hospital District.

Paul and Mary Canvassa
Monroe


GLOBAL HEALTH
Drug-resistant TB must be fought

To the Editor:

Willie Dickerson’s letter in the March 20 Tribune is encouraging, noting that we have made important strides in combating AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria globally. But growing drug resistance, shortfalls in funding and wavering political commitment are threatening our progress. The U.S. spends far less than 1% of our total federal budget on global health.
The spread of antibiotic resistant microbes continues at an ever faster rate. Extremely drug resistant TB (XDR-TB) has been documented in over 77 countries, ours included. TB is spread through the air – this includes XDR-TB.
Members of the State and Foreign Appropriations Subcommittee will soon be considering spending levels for the fiscal year 2020. We need to fully fund the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Global infectious diseases don’t stop at our shores.

Donna Schindler Munro
Bremerton




Letters to the editor in the March 27 Tribune:

PARKS NAMING
It’s time to finalize parks’ names

To the Editor:
Regarding the March 20 letter “Snohomish Park Names”: The letter writer claims the city’s parks naming committee “missed the boat” with respect to the 20 acre boat launch park. Over three years ago, the city council directed an ad hoc parks naming committee to bring back to them preferred names for five city parks.
On Feb. 27, during a joint parks board/naming committee session, “Julia’s Landing” was unanimously chosen for the name of the new boat launch park. This occurred after the family of fallen Marine, Jeffrey Starr, withdrew his name from consideration, although Mayor Kartak urged the family to reverse their decision.
I believe continuing to dither over the name after three years is an embarrassment to city residents and is another prime example of small-town politics run amok.
“Julia’s Landing,” although short and concise, still conveys great historical significance, honoring one of Snohomish’s most famous icons, Princess Pilchuck Julia.
As with many other parks, there will be interpretative signage at the park’s entrance. I can visualize a display of her biography along side a posting of the famous 1855 Point Elliott Treaty for further context. (Julia witnessed the signing of the treaty at the landing in Mukilteo, now a ferry terminal).
Even now, after two council meetings in March, Mayor Kartak still has not scheduled a council action item to approve the five recommended park names.

Morgan Davis
Snohomish

MONROE HOSPITAL LEVY
Longtime residents voting yes for hospital’s longterm success

To the Editor:
It is our belief that having EvergreenHealth Monroe, a local, full-service hospital, plays a critical part in meeting our valley’s health care needs, today and in the future. Our local hospital was an important factor for us when we moved to the Monroe area in 1976, and, as senior citizens, it’s more important than ever. In the last six years, we have used the emergency room on three different occasions, and had three different surgeries, including overnight stays. In all cases the care we received from the staff was outstanding.
We strongly support the long term success of our hospital, and will vote YES on the upcoming levy.

Paul and Kathy Challancin
Snohomish

VOLUNTEERISM
Don’t just write letters

To the Editor:
Our wonderful town has many opportunities to serve as a volunteer. There are many good causes that need your help and appreciate any time that can be donated.
I’m thankful for the many citizens who write their opinions to the editor and value everyone ‘s input.
Time spent getting out and volunteering is very rewarding and goes a long way in actually changing things for the better.
I’m hoping that our citizens who can spare a few hours a month will commit to doing so, no matter what that is.
Being a survivor of a brain aneurysm has been a wake-up call for me. More doing, less talking. Thanks for your amazing Neuroscience Team Harborview!

Lisa Webb
Snohomish



Letters to the editor in the March 20 Tribune:

SNOHOMISH PARK NAMES
Julia was deemed a princess, name it

To the Editor:
Perhaps the Naming Committee for our parks may not have the correct names.
Who was this person called “Julia?” Do you know who she was? I think the naming committee missed the boat.
Julia was a lot more then just Julia. Let us honor her for who she was and her tribe and its people.
She married Chief Pilchuck Jack, making her “Princess Julia.” By simply naming the boat launch Julia, we could be disrespecting the Indians once found in Snohomish City. Name this park “Princess Julia Landing.” (They lived on five acres near the Pilchuck Bridge in 1905).

Marie and Bruce Ferguson
Snohomish


GLOBAL AFFAIRS
Thank you to our local politicians

To the Editor:
In the midst of what seems like a divisive government, I just had a wonderful opportunity to thank our Representatives Larsen and DelBene in Washington, D.C. for being a part of the 137 members of the House who sent a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo calling for continued support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The Global Fund has saved 27 million lives since it began in 2002. America contributes about one-third of the budget, inspiring other donors to put in the other two-thirds. Since these pandemics have killed over a billion people throughout history, to finally be on the path to controlling them is nothing short of amazing. It is important to treat them globally to protect us locally. So it was easy to thank Rep. Larsen in person and Rep. DelBene’s staff for the signing of this powerful letter. After it was sent, ending AIDS in America by 2030 was called for in the State of the Union speech. The letter was also passed out at the preparatory meeting for the Global Fund replenishment in India two weeks ago. Unfortunately, due to the shut down of our government, America was not represented, but the letter served as proof America cared and is committed. So thanks to Reps. Larsen and DelBene (and Washington Reps. Smith, Kilmer, Heck, and Newhouse) for taking this bipartisan action that can save lives and create a brighter future for everyone in our world.

Willie Dickerson
Snohomish


CLIMATE CHANGE
Global warming has serious effects

To the Editor:
The U.S. Pentagon has stated that global warming is a major threat to our national security.
The scientific community nationwide overwhelmingly agrees that our planet is getting warmer and human activity is the major contributor and it is driving the extreme weather events we have seen recently. Our scientific methods of research allow us to look back hundreds of thousands of years back into the past through glacial ice core samples at climate trends as they relate to levels of carbon in the atmosphere. We can actually measure the carbon decay rate and tell when and where the carbon was released.
The only ones that express doubt are the ones that want something out of the act of convincing the public these threats don’t exist like the fossil fuel industry. The effect of these concentrations of chemicals in our environment have other negative effects on life on this planet with increased disease.
Ask the American Lung Association what they think about the effects of fossil fuel caused pollution on the American people.These aren’t myths. This is not a Democratic Party conspiracy. These are cold hard facts. Enough energy from the sun falls on the earth in one hour to supply the power needs of the entire planet for a year.

Jeff Scholl
Snohomish



Letters to the editor in the March 13 Tribune:

CLIMATE CHANGE AND PLASTIC BAG BAN DECISION
Our environment is a valid concern

To the Editor:
I have noticed in the wake of the bag ban many people have been complaining about the so-called radical move that will surely lead to killing “an industry that keeps billions of people employed” (a quote from a letter in the March 6 Tribune).
I think it’s important to understand that the fossil fuel industry is inevitably going to die out. It’s a non-renewable resource which means the resource will not replenish itself in our lifetime, which in turn means no more jobs. Also, according to the United States Department of Labor, the coal mining industry only employs 52,000 people as of January 2019. They also showed that there are only 149,000 employees in oil and gas extraction in the same month. So, to say that the industry of nonrenewable resources employs billions is entirely false, and that rhetoric is almost as toxic as the industry itself.
On the positive side, jobs in renewable industries such as solar and wind are booming. The U.S. Department of Labor also came out with data showing that green jobs are expected to be the fastest growing in employment, with wind turbine technicians and solar photovoltaic installers being the top.
This is something that shouldn’t be feared, instead we should embrace it. Future generations will no longer have to venture into unsafe mines or work in dangerous oil refineries in which their health is at risk. A safer and cleaner future should be a common goal within our community.

Claire Gillings
Snohomish

SNOHOMISH MAYOR’S SALARY
Took unfair credit

To the Editor:
It has been pretty quiet in Snohomish politics recently. There was no blowback when Mayor Kartak took credit for achievements he opposed or work he neither did, nor directed, in his State of the City address, or in the city-published “Snohomish Quarterly” magazine. 
John Kartak crosses the line though when he uses that record to lobby for a substantial raise for a third time.  How substantial? 100%, 200%, 500%? Who knows?  John Kartak is willing to “entrust” his salary raise fate to a group of citizens, empaneled on a commission, who would assess his achievements, work hours, public piety and depth of devotion to Snohomish, and pay him commensurately.  
Does it matter that Kartak selects the members of citizen commissions?  No, I am sure he would seek out fair and unbiased voters. He probably has a list of volunteers now. 
Surprised? If this were not Snohomish, I would say, “This is the reputation strong mayors have: they are known for cronyism and graft.” 
If we are getting a pungent whiff of desperation now, I hope it is only because it is spring manure spreading time in the valley. 
Snohomish City Council is assigned responsibility to set the mayor’s salary.  They have found it is in line with comparable small cities with strong mayors. Twice. The Mayor’s salary does not need to be revisited again until 2021, in advance of the next mayoral election. 

Janice M. Lengenfelder
Snohomish



Letters to the editor in the March 6 Tribune:

SNOHOMISH MAYOR’S SALARY
Kartak’s request not warranted

To the Editor:
Regarding your Feb. 27 front page article “Mayor seeks salary review in speech”:
During the several times in 2018 that a raise in Mayor Kartak’s salary was requested, I opposed it as unjustified.
Nothing has changed in 2019 to warrant a raise for Mayor Kartak. A lot of the things the mayor bragged about at the senior center were works in progress when he assumed the duties of part-time mayor just a little over a year ago. And for his two signature upcoming projects — the $2.5 million restoration of the 1910 Carnegie Building and the $8-10 million Second Street Corridor project (to reduce vehicular traffic in favor of more bicyclists and
pedestrians) — are frills that will have no utilitarian value for the average city resident and taxpayers.
According to the article, the mayor wants to appoint a citizens salary commission to increase the $18,000 part-time mayor salary to a salary commensurate to a full-time salary. The mayor has claimed he spends 60-70 hours per week attending various meetings.
Any salary survey should wait until the next mayoral election in 2021 or better yet, let the city voters decide in an advisory election whether or not to establish a mayoral salary commission. Since three council positions are up for election this November, this special advisory ballot issue would cost the city nothing and actually serve as a referendum on the mayor’s performance.

Evangeline Loranc
Snohomish

CLIMATE CHANGE AND PLASTIC BAG BAN DECISION
Environmental agenda exemplified

To the Editor:
We have far more evil threats to our way of life then the mantra of climate change, global warming or whatever language the environmentalists and doomsayers wish to push. The world is not going to end in 12 years as the fear mongering wish to push on our kids. 
If not then why all this push to better the planet we live in? Answer: Democrats have gone socialist and are in full bore war against western civilization. 
Nothing constructive has been offered, just the forced acceptance on things. 
This was proven in the bag ban by our City Council. Only two officials actually understood the science and raised questions and called it for what it is: a feel-good pursuit. I doubt any of the others actually read any sound science and reports as Kartak and Countryman did. If they did they ignored it to maintain the tribal and personal bias they are beholding to. Those pushing this green initiative simply have one agenda: Kill fossil fuels, kill your automobile, kill airplanes, kill an industry that keeps billions of people employed.

John Lorenz
Snohomish



Letters to the editor in the Feb. 27 Tribune:

CLEAN ENERGY
Support legislation for 100 percent clean energy

To the Editor:
As I have committed to years of service in my community, and have analyzed our risks and opportunities, I realize that climate change is the number one threat to our way of life. I think of the harm to forests, the farms, the animals, the water and the air of our planet, and the multiple, imminent negative changes to our way of life.
Much of this climate disruption is due to our use of fossil fuels. It’s time for our leaders to make a strong move towards a 100% clean energy economy. Oil companies have spent millions of dollars to protect the polluting economy of the past. It’s time we demand that our legislatures pass practical solutions that help move us into the clean energy economy we deserve.
  We need to take swift action and bold action to mitigate rising temperatures, extreme weather, wildfires, and altered growing seasons that will inflict untold harms to our environment, our health, and our economic well-being.
  During this upcoming Legislative session our elected officials have an opportunity to create a brighter future for our economy, our people, and the natural world that makes Washington so special. They can do that by supporting legislation that puts us on a path to 100% clean energy.
  We in the City of Snohomish are aspiring to eliminate the use of fossil fuels by 2030. We need this effort to inspire our whole state to make the changes that will help us keep our quality of life for the future.

Karen Guzak
Snohomish

HOSPITAL SURGERY
Good staff at EvergreenHealth

To the Editor:
I recently had foot surgery, and I want to take time to thank the health providers that made it a success. I started the process with Dr. James Swenson of Evergreen Health Orthopedic & Sports Care, Monroe, who determined the need for the foot surgery. EvergreenHealth Monroe provided me with the necessary testing prior to my surgery.
My surgery was done at EvergreenHealth Monroe and I want to thank each person that played a part in my treatment. They truly are a team of professional, caring people. This exceptional health care took place within 20 minutes of my home, thus making it less stressful for me and my family.
This is the third surgery that I have had at Evergreen Health Monroe since 2014, and in each case I have had the same experience.

Paul Challancin
Monroe


 

 

  

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