A thank you, racial incidents, Five Corners | Letters to the Editor

Nov 07, 2018

Brooke and Randy Baker: Thank you, Edmonds

To all the people who have come by to love on us these past couple of weeks when they learned the news of our departure from the helm at Chanterelle, well, we are nothing less than overwhelmed.

We love you right back, all you sweet people!

We thought somehow we might be able to slip away unnoticed, but that’s not how things turned out. You let us know how much you appreciate the hard work and long hours we put in all these years. You told us how you feel when you come in – warmly welcomed, comfortable, well fed.

(Don’t let the new owner change a thing, you pleaded!)

You said how sad you were to hear we were leaving, but how happy you are for us. Wow. What an emotional experience this farewell has been.

As we take off, we hand over the helm to Hoa Tran, who has assembled a solid management team from those already on staff, as well as his daughter, Tiffany. Hoa is a very experienced restaurateur who loves Chanterelle, and will undoubtedly guide it forward while maintaining what we have created.

Frequent diners will be happy to see long-time server and part-time manager Diana assume the general manager position. Almost everyone on staff has stayed on, including everyone in the kitchen.

So please come welcome Hoa, and let the staff know how happy you are to see them stay. They are due some of your “Love, Edmonds” spirit, too, as they continue working hard for your dining (and drinking) pleasure.

Thank you again.

Brooke and Randy Baker


Racial incidents don’t reflect the Edmonds community

If my memory serves me correctly, the Edmonds Diversity Commission was created several years ago as the result of a drive-by racial slur hurled at a pedestrian on Sunset Avenue.

Sadly, this same scenario has raised its ugly head once again on Main Street (“Racial slur is hurled at African-American woman,” Oct. 18).

Is there any evidence the persons in these vehicles actually live in Edmonds? In my opinion, the manner in which race related incidents are reported seems to suggest, by innuendo, we are a racist city.

I don’t believe that for a moment. In a perfect world we would never have to deal with those who perpetrate their shameful behavior.

But to equate an entire community with these despicable bigots is not only unfair, it is insulting.

Carol Wilson


Waterfront Connector cost doesn't connect with reality

Spending more than $25 million for the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector seems crazy to me, even if most of the funding comes from government grants.

It seems we’ve done pretty well for years without the mayor’s latest boondoggle. Much more sensible, modest ideas have been floated before – like a first-aid station by the ferry terminal, which could serve most incidents until the train tracks are clear.

Speaking of trains, why couldn’t the train be stopped the few times when there’s a true emergency?

Alan Biné


Thanks for Cascadia article

Thank you so much for your excellent article about Kristin Vogel (“Edmonds soprano Kristin Vogel at Cascadia Art Museum,” Oct. 18).

Her concert was well attended and very enthusiastically received by the audience, and I know your article helped. I just wanted to thank you and the Edmonds Beacon for your help supporting classical music and the museum in Edmonds.

We’re hearing from our attendees that many are not really able to get downtown for classical music, because of traffic or advancing age.

We’ve been doing these monthly concerts at the Cascadia Art Museum for almost a year, and they’ve proven very popular. It has also helped introduce a new group of people to the museum and to the Northwest artists exhibited.

I so appreciate your help with this article, and with our monthly concert notices.

Cal Lewin
Volunteer chair of the music committee
Cascadia Art Museum


Figure out study before moving on to Five Corners

At a recent housing plan open house, another attendee said that there is a $300,000 line item in the proposed 2019 budget to study the redevelopment of Five Corners.

This line item should not be approved, nor should there be any spending on any study on any subject, until we figure out why, when the lengthy and expensive Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector study endorsed a solution, some of the councilmembers were so ardently opposed to implementing it.

It seems to me that the council should be willing to implement the solutions that come out of such a study if there is consensus on the council before the study is commissioned, and that the public is not, or won’t be, well-served by the status quo; that the study being commissioned appropriately considers and weighs all of the relevant factors (environmental impact, cost, aesthetics, traffic, etc); and includes a “go/ no-go” maximum on any criterion (cost or environmental impact) that would “kill” an option.

Did any of these things not happen with the Waterfront Connector survey?

The public safety need is historically in evidence, will only get bigger with anticipated increases in population density and train traffic, and is obviously significant for the state to be willing to support this project financially.

I attended a public meeting on the connector and was impressed with the consultants working the project. They were competent and experienced professionals; some even had a vested interest in our community.

I remember that many criteria were used and weighed. So were they the wrong criteria? If not, were they weighed incorrectly? Was there no “deal-breaker" maximum on a criterion when there should have been?

Or is there something else that was missing that needs to be added to the list of what should happen before a study is commissioned? Maybe a public hearing for input from the Edmonds citizenry before even a penny is obligated to the study?

In my opinion, the council vote should have been unanimous to move forward on the Waterfront Connector survey solution. The fact that it wasn’t means there is something (or several things) wrong with our approach to entering studies or with the study process itself.

Let’s fix that before obligating funds and the time and energy of City staff and involved citizens to study Five Corners or anything else.

Vivian Olson


Is all civility lost?

In our quaint little town of Edmonds, the Beacon reported that racial slurs were hurled at an African-American woman attending a writers' conference at the Frances Anderson Center (“Racial slur is hurled at African-American woman,” Oct. 18).

Sympathy and regrets by the recreation department were offered to the woman. However, Edmonds’ city leadership needs to do more, to apologize for the white man's deplorable behavior. Edmonds' citizens need to be on the alert and speak out when such deplorable behavior occurs, note the license plate and report to the police department.

Such deplorable behavior has become a national pattern, one that can be seen first-hand on C-SPAN.

Working Americans do not have the luxury of listening day in and day out to C-SPAN. For those who have not watched C-SPAN, it is a public affairs television network, covering in real time, without spin.

Capitol Hill, the White House and national politics are all covered. Unfortunately, many people under 50 get spun news from Facebook and internet.

As I am retired, I have had the golden opportunity to educate myself about our political system. I listen and take notes from C-SPAN's programing. I watched the NRA Convention, the Christian Conservative Conference, Trump and Clinton's Campaign debates, Trump's rallies and the Kavanaugh hearing.

My question for GOP supporters is: Do you believe the racial slurs hurled at the woman and the following language is civil? Please explain your thinking.

Trump, at his rallies and interviews, repeatedly calls the Democrats a horrible, radical, evil, angry mob, obstructionists, destroyers.

At the NRA Convention, Trump and Cruz and GOP leaders spoke, describing Democrats as un-American, arrogant, pathetic, disgraceful, devious, lacking common sense, liars, creating fake news, do not follow the Constitution, love gun tragedies, hate guns and are unsupportive of law and order. Is this civility?

So all of you avid GOP supporters, please enlighten me. How is this language and behavior civil? Do you use this language in your homes?

At your place of work? In front of your children? In your place of worship? With your friends?

Susan Pedersen




Comments (1)
Posted by: Jim Shelton | Nov 08, 2018 11:03

Re: Civility

As neither a Democrat nor Republican, I observe both "sides" vilifying their "opponent,"  which as you pointed out is often amplified by social media. Until our politicians, pundits, and op-ed writers change their overall tone changes, civility will not return.

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