Biscuit bandit, name calling, library levy | Letters to the Editor

Apr 20, 2018

Biscuit bandit gorges on treats

As a dog owner, I've always appreciated the downtown Edmonds businesses that regularly put out bowls of water for our furry friends. One such business, The Rusty Pelican (best biscuits and gravy in town, by the way), goes a step further and keeps a bowl of dog biscuits next to the water bowl.

Just one more reason to love this restaurant.

But this afternoon, as I was eating lunch there, I saw an older woman walking her Bichon literally stand there and let her dog gorge on treats. At one point, she picked up her dog and walked away when a larger dog came by. Once the dog had passed she came right back to the treat bowl and let her dog finish up.

I was truly appalled.

Those are put out in good faith for all to share. Shame on that woman for taking such advantage. Karma will catch up to her when she least expects it.

Janis Murphy


Happy trails, Darlene

What a wonderful article on an inspirational woman to the art scene of Edmonds (“Darlene McLellan: A force for the arts in Edmonds,” April 5). She has spent decades making people smile, think, discuss and imagine.

It is great she is now taking time to be with her family.

Happy trails, Darlene! Thank you for your service.

Diane Buckshnis


We do no good by calling each other names

In reference to the Rep. Pramila Jayapal meeting (“Rep. Jayapal packs Edmonds Senior Center,” April 5), Paul O’Brien (“Socialists in Edmonds,” April 12, Letters to the Editor) demonstrates contempt for fellow residents of Edmonds who do not agree with him when he scornfully opines that “you must have had a room full of socialists and Trump haters!”

I was not there, nor am I a supporter of Jayapal, but to group a roomful of Edmonds residents into one designation, to assume that being a socialist is somehow wrong, and to that disagreeing with the president somehow makes one a “Trump hater,” is exactly the sort of black-and-white, one-size-fits-all bitterness that poisons our political discourse.

If our country is to dig itself out of the morass of vituperation that characterizes our politics at the moment, self-restraint and a willingness to listen to the other side, no matter how hard that may be, are the difficult but vital duties of all citizens – even more so in a small community like Edmonds.

We do no good at all by shouting at each other and calling each other names.

Perhaps O’Brien might have profited by being there? After all, there are more sides to the issue than one, and we are all citizens of one country with equal stakes in its welfare.

Nathaniel Brown


Libraries are worth the taxes

When we were considering Edmonds as a place to live 18 years ago or so, we visited the library. We were impressed with the active place it was. I volunteered to be on the board.

Shortly after, I learned about the financial difficulties of the city that threatened the library. There was talk of shorter hours, closing the library for significant amounts of time, even closing it.

The board considered the options and decided to support annexation. We worked on a campaign to support annexation, even though we knew it was going to cost taxpayers more. At the same time, Woodway refused to support the annexation, which is why Woodway residents cannot check out books from the library.

The Sno-Isle Library district added hours and set aside a fund to be used for repairs, such as for the roof.

The library supporters decided to vote for more taxes so services would be available to citizens of all economic levels.

With our state depending so much on property taxes, it would cost more. The citizens decided it was worth it. I still think supporting a vibrant library, which changes to suit the times, is a good investment.

Barbara Chase


Consider voting 'yes' on library levy

I’m writing to encourage readers to vote “yes” for Libraries on April 24. Sno-Isle customers made 3.3 million visits to its community libraries in 2017. These customers checked out 5.9 million items, including almost 1.5 million e-books and audiobooks.

Almost 1,400 third-graders from 51 schools competed in the 2017 Third Grade Reading Challenge. Over 220,000 people of all ages attended Sno-Isle classes and events last year, and over half of the 700,000-plus residents of our library district hold library cards.

Clearly, Sno-Isle Libraries is a valued community resource. If this levy election fails, Sno-Isle will have to cut hours, staff, materials, classes and programs.

While Sno-Isle and most other public agencies have a 1 percent cap on annual budget increases, there is no such cap on costs – electricity, salaries, health-care costs. Sno-Isle cannot provide the library service customers expect if it cannot keep up with the costs of running the library system.

In 2009, when the voters raised the levy rate, Sno-Isle said no more levies for five years – and then stretched that five-year levy to nine years. Sno-Isle expects this levy restoration to also last eight to nine years.

Finally, Sno-Isle has used the public’s money very well. It is governed by an independent board of seven community members and has had 31 consecutive years of clean audits by the State of Washington.

It’s not enough to love our libraries. We need to support them by voting “yes” for Libraries on April 24.

Ann McMahon



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