Clear choice for mayor; train noise | Letters to the Editor

Jun 19, 2019

Neil Tibbott clear choice for nonpartisan mayor of Edmonds

The Rick Steves reception for mayoral candidate Mike Nelson had participation from many elected officials from the Puget Sound area – apparently all are members of the Democratic Party.

The city of Edmonds elected positions are nonpartisan, but the Democrats have historically supported their fellow party members with disregard for who is the most qualified.

Mayor Dave Earling and former Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson are supporting Neil Tibbott; I believe that it is safe to say that they know who will make the better mayor than all of those Democratic officials collectively.

In 2010, Democratic city councilmembers appointed Democrat Mike Cooper as mayor, even though there were several better-qualified candidates for the appointment.

Cooper only lasted until his first election in 2011, when Earling received almost twice as many votes. But Cooper did last long enough to cost our city more than $1 million in a lawsuit.

Hopefully, Edmonds voters will once again do a better job than the partisan elected officials by remembering to choose the most qualified candidate for mayor without giving preference to their political party membership.

In 2019, that candidate clearly is Neil Tibbott.

Ron Wambolt


The train noise continues in Edmonds

I read your article regarding the new train horn mitigating devices installed at Dayton and also at the ferry crossing (“Loud, ear-piercing train blasts are now by the wayside,” June 6).

The article mentioned that that noise from the trains horns, is basically a thing of the past. The truth is that although much better, there are still the “cowboys” at BNSF that continue to


A coal train just went by, and I could hear the new downtown horns honking, and then the train adds his horns to the mix as it approached the crossings. If the city spend $400,000 (plus maintenance) to improve the peaceful nature of our town – why aren’t these new rules being enforced?

This noise mitigation has been a long time coming, and it is a great improvement to the waterfront development master plan. Let’s enforce it and move on. Oh! There goes another train honking their horns as they approach the amber “X” that tells them not to honk.

This is ridiculous.


Jerry Hardie


Train noise worse, not better

Why are the trains still blasting their horns? Who is in charge of compliance? The train horns are, if anything, worse. It feels like the engineers are giving us the ....

Joseph Catalano


Doubling up on the train noise


Interesting article written on the train blasts.

You should have a follow-up article about how the trains continue to blast their horns downtown along with the speakers blasting, too.

It seems to me that would make the noise increase. What can be done to get the trains to comply?

Glen Simonsen


Mixed feelings on train noise

I read with interest (and mixed feelings) that the train horns were to stop on June 5.

Mixed feelings because I live on Fifth, and so the train horns (like the ferries) are kind of romantic off in the distance.

But having lived closer to trains in the past, I can understand what it is like closer to the tracks.

Anyway, as of the June 10, I’m still hearing the horns. Will there be a follow-up article?

Arnie Lund


Editor’s note: Yes, we may have been a bit too enthusiastic about the timeline on the train noise. According to City transportation engineer Bertrand Hauss, there’s a three-week education period where conductors are told there’s wayside horns in Edmonds.

“When they see the blinking red 'X' in the queue, they should not be blowing their horns,” Hauss said. “When they see it, they should not be blowing their horns. It’s not an option. But during that three-week period, there might be some conductors still blowing their horns. So there could be two horns. But over time, it should become pretty routine and no horns whatsoever from the trains.”

Connector should not be built on a marine conservation area

As a lifelong resident of Edmonds, I am proud of my city. It is a fun, approachable place to visit and a wonderful place to live. We are lucky to have several protected natural areas in our community, one of them being the Brackett’s Landing Marine Conservation Area Park.

It is a beautiful place to visit, and it is wonderful to know the marine life is protected.

That is why I am so alarmed Edmonds City leadership has voted to build a large structure right through our park, which actually should be the LAST, not first, choice for the location of a safety road. There are laws protecting marine conservation land, and although it CAN be used for public safety, it is supposed to be if no other options are available.

In the case of the connector, there are several other options.

I applaud the city council members who voted NO on the current proposal and am seriously disappointed in those who voted to move forward with a connector that will go right through our beautiful conservation area.

When it comes time to vote for your new mayor and to possibly reelect council members, I urge you all to review their voting records on this, and other important issues in the city, including their records on other issues related to safety and to conservation.

I am certainly hoping the Edmonds city leadership will reevaluate this project and do what’s right for the marine life, the migrating birds, and for all of the people who enjoy our beautiful city.

Heather Lord Lingbloom


Thanks to those who participated in shredding event

All of us at McDonald McGarry Insurance wanted to take a moment to thank those who came by our Shredding Event & Food Drive this past Saturday – the generosity of the community toward the Edmonds Food Bank was overwhelming!

Collectively, the event is donating 25 boxes of food and $900 to the food bank. We also managed to shred 5.21 tons of sensitive documents!

Putting together events like these, and seeing how kind-hearted people can be, is part of the joy of being a business in downtown Edmonds.

We’ll see everyone again next year!

Meagan McDonald Hyde
McDonald McGarry Insurance


Local radio club participating in Field Day 2019

On June 22, the Edmonds Woodway Amateur Radio Club will be participating in a national event called Field Day 2019.

On this day, thousands of amateur radio operators throughout the U.S. conduct live field day operations to simulate emergency setups and to make contacts out of our homes and cars and using alternate methods of power (generator, solar, and battery).

We will be set up in the area behind the Mountlake Terrace Community Center from 8 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed that week of June 17-23 as Radio Amateurs Week in recognition of the help we constantly provide to our communities.

During the event, we accumulate a score for our efforts in the national contest, and part of that score is contacting the local media to promote what we are doing. I will also be contacting the Mayors office to extend and invitation for him to drop by and visit our group.

I will also send the mayor's office a copy of the governor’s proclamation.

Greg Gadbois
Acting President
Edmonds Woodway Amateur Radio Club (N7EDW)





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