The connector, the connector, the connector | Letters to the Editor

May 10, 2019

An alternative to the Waterfront Connector

Let’s save $25 million!

I have a great solution that will make everyone satisfied. My wife is a physician assistant with experience in emergency medicine. For a comparable salary, she could just work an office on the west side of the tracks.

We love Edmonds!

Problem solved. Plus, she won’t have to drive into Seattle every day.

Drew Shelby


Connector not dreamed up by a local

This is the biggest, ugliest, dumbest, worst idea ever.

What idiot looked at the waterfront and dreamed up this nightmarish eyesore? Couldn’t have been a local.

Lynette Schonhoff


Just who is the Waterfront Connector for?

The question that longtime Edmonds residents like me have is, Why do we have to sacrifice our beautiful beach to service ferry commuters who drive through Edmonds, but rarely stop and spend dollars to benefit our local economy?

City Council should put the people of Edmonds first in infrastructure planning.

Jenna Nand


Connector a nonexistent issue

Complete waste of money.

Not to mention this will be pulling resources from other vital projects for something that “may” happen in the future, yet won't actually improve response times noticeably if it does happen.

Disappointed in the mayor, city council members and residents who believe this will solve a nonexistent issue.

Heather Muldary Swerk


How about moving the connector farther south?

The idea of an aid van and a couple of paramedics stationed on the west side of the railroad tracks is a great idea.

This eyesore should never be built; I hope the feds don't come through. We should be pushing for the ferry system to move the ferry over to the oil land area, and access will be from there.

Or if you're going to build it anyways, build it down at the south end where the ferry will move to.

Jim Fairchield


Goodbye, Edmonds and your condos: I’m moving to another seaside town

As I write this at 10 a.m. yet another tour bus is parked behind the Edmonds Center for the Arts, with its motor running.

As with the other buses that park there before a show with their motors idling the entire day and evening, I have no doubt today will be any exception. I live a half block behind the ECA, and the noise is unbearable. I can only imagine how the folks who live directly behind it feel about it.

The only thing that cancels out the bus noise are the leaf blowers – which have started up right on cue.

After 24 years in downtown Edmonds, I'm packing up and moving to a quiet seaside town where I can actually afford to buy a house. And the only thing I hear from the front porch of that house is the sound of the ocean.

Edmonds, you can keep your noise and your endless blocks of condos. You have lost your charm of yesteryear.

What a shame.

Janis Murphy


Beacon story on U-Haul location amateurish

I am very disappointed by the very amateur, biased, story about the proposed U-Haul facility on 100th Avenue West published in the May 2 Beacon (“U-Haul vehicles could be stored at neglected site”).

The author, in a hatchet job, clearly failed Journalism 101 in middle school, which referenced the site as “neglected,” “eyesore,” and “dilapidated.”

Maybe true, but obviously a personal opinion.

However, the amateur was intent in getting the address and other details perfectly clear, as the writer made sure public comment period was due, and the responsible City Hall information source noted.

We know the author's position.

A more experienced journalist on your staff most likely would be curious about the site and would have interviewed the principles for more details about business plans. I have heard, but can't confirm, there will be more than just a U-Haul facility at the location.

The three stories following the amateur effort were straightforward and informational. The first story should have been also.

An apology to the management is called for.

Perhaps the next insult by the amateur could be aimed at the burger joint across the street from the Edmonds Theater. Over several years that business, in a prime downtown location, is generally closed. Wonder why?

Bart Cronin


Keep an eye on those who might change Edmonds’ village appeal

Just passing on what a lovely community you have.

As a former journalist, there are those of you who should consider yourselves as the gatekeepers to ensure city planners, councilmembers, real estate figures and developers do not form a conflict of interest in tearing away those features that makes Edmonds the village that so many find a pleasure to either reside or visit.

Valarie Reynolds


Editor’s note: Reynolds has homes in both Seattle and Bellevue, which she says “have become part of an ongoing demolition derby. That’s probably why going through Edmonds is a rural joy.


Get involved; influence the future of Edmonds

Our City Council has listened to the people and is seating a new Citizens Housing Commission.

It is my hope that the Council is also listening to the people of Edmonds when they say they want a commission that is fairly comprised of citizens with a variety of views about what growth and development in Edmonds should look like in the future.

The council should recognize and respect citizens’ desire to have a say in housing policy as a contributing part of a commission, and not via contentious “open houses” after the fact. Let all ideas, opinions, and possible solutions be heard.

It is also very important, if the citizenry is to have faith in this new commission, that its members not have served on any other board, commission, or office for two years. One of the complaints heard from many fronts is the same set of people serve over and over on boards and commissions. New voices are needed.

I urge my fellow citizens to apply for this new citizens commission. If we are to have any influence over how Edmonds will look and if it is to remain “the little city by the sea,” we must get involved now.

To apply, go to You can also pick up an application in the Development Services office on the second floor of City Hall.

Either way, please consider participating and help make Edmonds “The City That Did Growth Right.”

Lynn Chelius


A warm and fuzzy happy birthday in five languages

I have this bias, I will admit right up front here.

As a volunteer English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor, I’ve grown quite fond of the immigrants from many countries I’ve gotten to help teach at Edmonds Community College. So please give me a pass if the following warm and fuzzy experience I had the privilege of witnessing just last week seems a bit too much to you.

ESL students taking a class from Marcos Valle, a native of Brazil who has taught at EdCC for more than 20 years, held a potluck party to celebrate Marcos’ 65th birthday.

While nearly every student brought a dish from his or her native country, the delicious food wasn’t what made the celebration special.

At the conclusion of the party, a custard-filled chocolate cake was cut into small pieces to share with everyone, followed by a spirited chorus of “Happy Birthday to You.” But wait, that wasn’t anywhere near the end of the singing.

Another version of “Happy Birthday” rang out spontaneously, sung by several Korean students in the class. Not to be outdone, three other groups of students, from Spanish, Russian and Chinese speaking countries, then offered their renditions of the same familiar tune.

This occasion was no earth-shaking event, I realize.

But witnessing all the warmth and joy displayed by these students from many other countries was definitely a feel-good highlight of my life, as well as Marcos Valle’s long teaching career, I’m quite sure.

Alan Biné



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