9th & Walnut, candidates, trafficking and elephants | Letters to the Editor

Jun 30, 2017

La-la land on Edmonds streets

I, too, relate to that intersection at Ninth and Walnut (“Squeezing in at Ninth and Walnut,” Letter to the Editor, June 22).

Drivers on the curb lanes going north and south cannot see the drivers going west and east. I nearly collided with someone going north, rolled through the stop, and was in the center of the intersection heading east.

Also, the sign says STOP. I've seen the cars roll through or even run it completely. I agree that this intersection needs rethinking. Thank you, Mr. Brown.

The traffic in Edmonds has increased greatly in the 17 years I’ve lived in the Bowl. Walnut, Main and Dayton streets on Fifth Avenue have become very busy, with drivers occupied with thoughts other than being awake and careful.

When I cross our streets, I take extra time to make sure I am seen, and there are times when someone's head is in la-la land. I wear a lime green vest for one reason: SEE ME NOW.

Frannie Cohen
Edmonds

 

Rejected candidate deserved better

I read your article about the denying of a salary commission position to a young man and found it both frightening and saddening (“Rejected candidate: I don’t support discrimination,” June 15).

If I can believe what I read, Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas voted no because the young man happens to be a member of a group that she disapproves of. Really?

Are we at the point now where unless you're in lockstep with Councilmember Fraley-Monillas there's no room for you at the table? How sad.

What's more frightening is that she got four other councilmembers to go along with her. I don't know Tom Mesaros well, but I've always found him to be levelheaded and fair. Not so much in this case. Hats off to Dave Teitzel and Neil Tibbott for not drinking the Kool-Aid.

I remember Councilmember Fraley-Monillas being very supportive of a Diversity Commission in the city of Edmonds, and now we have one. Great. But does diversity only mean inclusion of women and nonwhites to her?

Does the litmus test for inclusion in city government mean you have to be in lockstep with her? I hope not. I can't think of any partnership/union/commission where there's 10 percent agreement all the time. Not with your spouses/friends/children/co-workers/committee members, etc.

I don't know Tyler Nebeker. I just know he asked to serve his city in a volunteer capacity and was denied that for no good reason. He and the city deserve better.

Karen Shiveley
Edmonds

 

The elephant in the room

There is a proverb about a man who walks into a room full of people and one elephant. The people show no awareness of the elephant, so the man points out the elephant. Upon hearing this message, the people attack the messenger and totally ignore the elephant.

Nancy Farnam, in the Beacon's Guest View on June 22 (“Conservatives need not apply”), has done exactly that – she has attacked the messenger. All of the tactics Nancy accused Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas of using against Tyler Nebeker, she herself used against Adrienne.

Demonizing, denouncing, disagreeing with, political intolerance, ideological bullying, shouting, threatening, excluding and politically correct vigilantes.

Nancy's attacking rhetoric has become the normal response of many Republicans when they hear the words, "I do not support discrimination."

Unfortunately, our current president models this rhetoric, attacking the messenger and ignoring the message. Nancy has ignored Adrienne's message.

Adreinne's message is clear. First, sexism in our local city council is discrimination. Adrienne opposes discrimination and fights for Edmonds citizens to receive equal pay for equal work. Second, Nebeker, a member of the Washington Policy Center (WPC), wants to participate in our local government and Adrienne opposes Nebeker and the WPC.

The Washington Policy Center is a powerful Republican think tank, monetarily backed by the billionaire Koch Brothers.

Edmonds citizens need to take heed. WPC's Republican platform is the following: decrease taxes for the rich; no taxes for financial investments; dismantle government organizations that assist the disabled, the poor and children; rid government regulations that ban dumping toxic waste into the waters, land and air; rid safety regulations for workers and bank regulations allowing unreasonable interest rates; allow retirement savings to be gutted; and replace public schools with for-profit charter schools.

Edmonds citizen's elected Adrienne Fraley-Monillas because of her admirable leadership qualities and her courageous fight against bigotry, misogyny, racism, xenophobia and her fight to protect the rights of Edmonds' citizens.

We need more leaders like her. She points out the elephant in the room and shoulders the vitriolic attacks. Come on, Edmonds' citizens, stand with her and support a vocal, just and fair city government.

Vote for Adrienne.

Susan Pedersen
Edmonds

 

Recommit to combating human trafficking

In our politically divided nation, I think there’s one American value we can all agree on: Everyone deserves to be free.

On June 27, the State Department released the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report (www.bit.ly/2tiPNpl), which ranks 187 countries on their efforts to combat human trafficking, including the U.S.

This report sheds light on the hidden crime of modern-day slavery – a crime that holds more than 45 million men, women and children in bondage. The 19th century abolitionist William Wilberforce said, “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”

What does this mean for us? For one thing, our members of Congress should recommit themselves to protecting the integrity of this report and the U.S. foreign aid programs that help rescue slaves and put traffickers behind bars.

Meagan Davenport
Edmonds

 

 

 

 

 

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