Connector, taxes, biblical foundation | Letters to the Editor

Mar 17, 2019
Courtesy of: City of Edmonds Rendition of possible Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector leading to Brackett's Landing North.

Connector: Don’t make the same mistake as Seattle

Before we moved to Edmonds about a year ago, we lived in Seattle for 37 years, a city ever striving for world-class status. Over its course, Seattle has torn down hills, dug canals, and built a waterfront viaduct.

It is now being torn down, and its replacement is, at great cost, at least not scenically disruptive. This might be why the idea of the Sunset flyover (Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector) is discomforting.

No, we don’t live on Sunset, but we do enjoy the view there and the beach below. As a former emergency medical services doctor, I understand the intent of the project. I’m just not sure the “solution’ is the answer, placing it where it will be such a scene stealer.

What about at James Street, in connection with the senior center teardown? Or Dayton Street itself?

Use of the Union Oil road is far enough away that an at-grade crossing might be risked. Perhaps, the new mayor and renewed City Council might reconsider options.

I can only hope.

Kevin O’Keeffe


The church and the LGBTQ question

This is in response to Jessica Pair's Guest View March 7 (“LGBTQ vote doesn’t support church’s future”) regarding acceptance of LGBTQ folks as clergy in the United Methodist Church – a major issue which recently came before the church’s general conference in St. Louis.

There is so much that could be discussed here, and I am only sorry that we can’t have a respectful dialogue, rather than just my response to the article. That said, I believe I can cut to the chase and make this short and to the point.

First, let me state that I am a Christian, and as such I am instructed by the founder of the faith to love everyone, and consider every human to have equal value. By God’s help, I am trying to follow that assignment.

I believe the key issue here is, Are we talking about the Christian religion? Christianity is the practice of becoming disciples of Jesus, as outlined in the Bible, the book that has been accepted down through the centuries by orthodox (conforming to established doctrines) believers as the rule for faith and practice.

So, if we are talking about Christianity, and the Bible is eternally its handbook, then what does the Bible have to say about LGBTQ? The simplest answer is this: God created and blessed sex for the union of one man and one woman in marriage. Period.

Any other sexual practice is not OK with God, and by inference, not helpful to humans. God wants what’s best for us, in every arena of life.

It follows that if a church claims to be Christian, then it should agree with the biblical guidelines regarding sex. Otherwise it has become at best just another social club or self-help group, or at worst, a heretical church.

There's nothing new, though, about modern culture trying to influence the church to pry it from its biblical foundation. My concern is this: Do people want to follow God or make up their own rules? That is human history from the beginning.

In the final analysis, we are all broken people needing God's rescue operation.

Paul Townsend
Mountlake Terrace


It’s open season on taxpayers

Despite having a sizable surplus, the legislature voted a huge increase in our property taxes in response to the state Supreme Court's McCleary decision to fully fund education. We were assured that this would make schools less dependent on big levies.

However, most of the money went to large, unsustainable salary increases for teachers. Already, school districts are complaining that they will have to lay people off and increase class sizes and are aggressively lobbying in Olympia to lift the levy lids put in place by the Legislature.

While this has been happening, the Beacon recently reported that our property taxes would decline in 2019 due to new levy restrictions and our City Council voting not to raise property taxes.

But I just received notice from Snohomish County that my property taxes will remain essentially unchanged. And our combined utility bill has just been increased by the City of Edmonds: 9 percent for water, 9.5 percent for sewer, and 10 percent for storm drain charges per Ordinance

4052, the second big increase in less than two years.

The Legislature also wants to impose a large capital gains income tax, even though voters have consistently opposed a state income tax. Such a measure would likely be unconstitutional and would disproportionately harm seniors who are retired.

Let's face it. Both local and state politicians and bureaucrats have declared open season on us. People are being driven out of their homes by high taxation and the increased cost of living as the government becomes bigger and more powerful and the people become mere revenue sources.

This is not rational, reasonable or accountable government. The unresponsiveness and disregard for people struggling to make ends meet appears almost Stalinist in its aggressive march forward.

We desperately need people who will limit government, not turn it into an insatiable beast.

Nancy Farnam




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