Clean energy, housing, the cookie | Letters to the Editor

Feb 23, 2019

Legislative bill could provide path for clean energy

SB 5116 (supporting Washington's clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future) provides a path to a clean energy future.

I recognize the value of scrutiny, but also that of urgency. Remember when we “knew” solar and wind energy would never be economical? 100 percent clean electric energy is a worthy goal.

Please help keep Washington green by reducing our environmental footprint.

Sunny Strong
Edmonds

 

Continue to speak up on Edmonds’ housing strategy

There has been much recent discussion about a housing strategy in Edmonds. I urge all Edmonds citizens to monitor this issue closely and let your voices be heard.

There are positive ideas to come out of a plan to address real population growth while preserving Edmonds’ charm, but those ideas should come from and/or be supported by our citizens. We want Edmonds to become “the city that did growth right.”

When a mayor and housing strategy advocates with connections to developers, the real estate industry and special interests are making decisions and pushing for massive redevelopment in Edmonds, there is a problem. As the real stakeholders, the citizens of Edmonds must be the ones that make the decision about what the city will look like in the future.

Citizens should demand a voice at the table to plan for growth in a way that is reasonable, organic and responsible. While concerned citizens are passionate and vocal at times, it may be out of frustration with the cronyism in Edmonds government.

The same connected and like-minded applicants are appointed and reappointed to city commissions and boards.

The mayor has stated that Edmonds will need to accommodate an influx of 5,000 people. What the mayor and the housing strategy proponents have been gleefully advocating goes way beyond that. It is their desire to see Edmonds remade according to their own vision, which means Edmonds will be extensively redeveloped in every neighborhood.

There is a groundswell of citizens who are letting them know that this is not what the citizens want. This is not a desire to build a moat around Edmonds, but responsible stewardship of our community. We are, in fact, a compassionate community.

The predicted growth can be accommodated in the Highway 99 corridor that has been zoned for multiple family housing and where there is nearby transportation and services. That, along with the new Westgate project, will meet the needs of the actual predicted population growth and supply needed affordable housing.

This is a demonstrable fact, and others active in Edmonds’ government have tried to bring it to light. Let your voices be heard on this issue.

Lynne Chelius
Edmonds

 

Edmonds: What freedom of speech?

So, Edmonds Bakery owner Ken Bellingham puts three words on a cookie, “Build that Wall,” as a joke and his very livelihood is being threatened by our local thought police, the Edmonds Diversity Commission.

The Edmonds Diversity Commission, in trying to justify their positions (I can’t think of a more useless bureaucratic group), apparently thinks that if we don’t think the way they do we need to be condemned as being hateful and divisive.

By the way, what’s wrong with trying to protect our borders?

My wife and I have patronized the Edmonds Bakery since Ken took it over. I know Ken, and we have even run some road races together. Ken is a hard-working, tax-paying citizen who is being treated very unfairly in the guise of political correctness.

I know Ken is not bigoted or insensitive. He cares about his community and its citizens, and actively participates in philanthropic activities. Let’s continue as “the friendliest city in Western Washington” to drive people and businesses out through our own form of hate and divisiveness.

I hope that the few of us left with common sense and a love for our Constitution will continue to support Ken and his business.

Mike Shouse
Edmonds

 

Remembering a school bus of yore – Leo Echelebarger’s hay truck

Reading a recent article about school bus inspections failing, I couldn’t help but chuckle a bit about how things have changed since I was a little 6-year-old girl in 1933, all ready for my first day of school.

As I have written before, our country was deep in the Great Depression, and we were living on an isolated 10-acre chicken farm east of the little community of Alderwood Manor – just trying to survive in hard times.

Alderwood Manor Grade School on North Trunk West Road was our destination on that first day of school: September 1933, 196th Street and 36th Avenue West in today’s Lynnwood. My two older brothers and I had to walk about a mile to catch our bus on the east side of Highway 99, near Lake Serene, where the retirement home Chateau Pacific is today.

We had often walked to Lake Serene that summer, so we had no problems with finding our way. For the few of us waiting for our transportation that morning, we found it was to be in the back of Leo Echelbarger’s hay truck.

We had benches to sit on, and Mr. Echelbarger had swept the bed of the truck clean of any hay. We were not worried. I am sure no one even inspected school bus transportation back then. Actually, Edmonds School District very soon managed to reroute a regular school bus for us.

When President Franklin Roosevelt took office in 1933, the public schools seemed to be one of his first priorities. Looking back on those times, I am sure that Eleanor Roosevelt had a lot to do with that.

Among the many school improvements for Alderwood Manor Grade School were new school buses, a playfield, and a library with new books – complete with a real librarian.

In 1934, when I started second grade, we had brand new school buses and one even picked us up right in front of our house. For me, it couldn’t get any better than that.

Betty Lou Gaeng
Lynnwood

 

 

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