MEGA; talking points; westside issues, councilmembers | Letters to the Editor

Jul 26, 2019

Make Edmonds great again

Chico, our 8-pound Chihuahua, and I were on our morning walk recently, which follows much the same route daily. At the corner of Seventh Avenue South and Walnut, a work crew enjoyed Chico for a minute. One worker said she “loved to work in Edmonds because there were so many dogs and friendly people."

Six blocks later, on the sidewalk in the 400 block of Sixth Avenue South, a fellow came up his driveway and aggressively threatened me within inches of my face after Chico – on his leash – sniffed a bush bordering the sidewalk.

I tried to calm the fellow, but he remained aggressive until I told him his behavior was assaultive, and I would call the police if he did not back down. He then turned and walked away. Chico, to his credit, did not bark, growl, nor flinch.

Life in Edmonds is generally sweet. National politics has set a tone of uncivil behaviors, which we must resist supporting. Let us all work daily to keep Edmonds a delightfully just, civil, and polite community.

Mel Chandler


Disheartened by candidate response

After reading two letters published in the July 18 Beacon by City Council candidates who were defending their choice to secure outside support for their campaigns, I was disheartened in particular to read the response by one candidate who felt the need to point out her partisan political positions rather than share her plan on how to represent all the residents of Edmonds and her qualifications to do so as a councilmember.

As I continue to discern which candidates will get my vote, I am looking for individuals who can be open to listening to all points of view, appreciate diversity of thought, strive to build consensus, tackle the challenges facing Edmonds, and help develop logical, rational, and fiscally sound solutions using good government practices.

I would like to see candidates who are standing on their own merits, qualifications, and intentions. To me, the letter might be an indication that this candidate is not looking to bring consensus to the council, but to govern through the lens of a particular political ideology.

That may resonate well at a party caucus meeting, but not in Edmonds as a member of our council.

Rebecca Anderson


Waterfront, parks, open spaces need protection in Edmonds

The recent Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector issue convinced me that Edmonds waterfront, parks, and open space need better protection.

In 1997, Seattle voters passed Initiative 42, requiring that any park or open space must be replaced with equal or better land and facilities in the local area before it can be converted to other uses. The Seattle City Council then passed an ordinance unanimously to require that.

I believe Edmonds needs a similar voter initiative and ordinance. The advantage of a citizen initiative is that it can't be easily overturned by a future mayor or council.

I would like to pursue this and I need help. If anyone is interested in working with me on this, please contact me at Thanks.

Bill Derry


The same talking points

Kathleen Sears’ letter from July 11 (“Can we trust Tibbott’s flip on the connector”) is exactly what a person campaigning for Mike Nelson for mayor of Edmonds said to me at my house.

Paid campaign management must have given these people the same talking points in their smear campaign against Neil Tibbott.

Mike Nelson voted “no” on the connector after being co-chair of the project. Was that bad leadership?

In the July 11 page 1 story, “Mike Nelson: ‘This is not easy for me to talk about’,” I had a glimpse of what would happen to Edmonds’ government in his statement, “We have a government that spends more time pushing us down rather than lifting us up.”

I will not vote for Mike Nelson.

Sally Wassall


Railroad, ferry terminal, waterfront needs new thinking

Edmonds is a city that has to realize that it is built around a railroad, a ferry terminal, and a waterfront. The three have to be accommodated in a way that is bigger than a bridge or an electronic horn or a bunch of citizens calling the railroad engineer “cowboys.”

The whole western part of town needs a rethinking.

If that part of town was elevated to accommodate the removal of grade crossings and therefore eliminate the need for horn use by trains, it would also be anticipatory to the inevitable rising sea levels. The bridge concept was not much bang for the buck and needed to go a lot sooner than it did.

If we can really take into account all the issues, get a better finger on the pulse of the community and think big, we can come up with a waterfront that could be a thing of beauty and be an attraction more than a nuisance.

Thomas Robert


Citizens more practical than councilmembers

Barbara Yates proposed a very logical solution to access west of the tracks in Edmonds (“A solution to emergency access west of the tracks?” Letters to the Editor, July 2).

I would also suggest that the space not only hold ER supplies, but a 24-hour urgent care clinic staffed by two. This is logical and possible.

Now, citizens, how to solve the “fire” issue?

Single citizens seem to have more practical and feasible solutions than councilmembers.

Write. Speak out. Our city.

Louis Grevstad




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