Climate change, tax increases | Letter to the Editor

Jan 02, 2019

No place to hide with climate change

I have been quite distressed by the news portrayal of the degradation of our climate. My background as a biologist led me to believe we were all in line for serious trouble years ago, but recent refinements in the earth sciences show we are headed for a massive “kill off of life” on this planet.

I am old enough that this is unlikely to manifest in my lifetime, but my children and grandkids are going to suffer, and have their lives shortened or degraded. This is not just a problem in underdeveloped lands, but worldwide.

There will be no place to hide!

So, what can I do as a 72-year-old retiree? First off, I can act locally and in my own life seek to reduce my use of equipment that produces harm. I can switch to electrical powered devices to be more efficient, less noisy, and move the carbon generation to a site equipped to “scrub” harmful air pollutants.

My automobile should be used less. Diesel power in personal vehicles is unnecessary and pollutes terribly. Gasoline-powered lawn equipment is noisy and each engine produces more air pollution than several automobiles.

Solar electric generation is becoming a more viable method and with micro grids, can be rewarding. My home can be upgraded with more insulation and a more efficient heating system. Heating and cooling unused spaces is wasteful.

Local planners and homebuilders should be encouraged aggressively to design and build smaller homes with designs that encourage solar use. McMansions of thousands of square feet for two people is wasteful and must be discouraged.

I want to help as much as possible with my own life choices and the politicians I support.

This I owe to my family, and may be my most important legacy.

Mel Chandler
Edmonds

 

Enough with the tax increases

To Mayor Earling and Council President Nelson: I really don't care if it is a 9 percent or a 17 percent (Letters to the Editor, Dec. 20).

How many of your constituency received those raises last year? Not me. As my representatives, you need to draw the line; enough is enough. We have reached our limit on your taxes.

We the people want you to look at cutting taxes, reducing spending and stopping the free-for-all spending. You have enough of our money now; if you want to spend on something new, you need to look at your existing income and reprioritize.

Just because someone has a great idea or program doesn't mean you should just increase taxes and cover it. Stand up for the people you are supposed to be representing.

Chris Brevik
Edmonds

 

When will Edmonds’ development code be updated?

Last week’s Beacon included a letter from Mayor Earling that concluded: “And as your mayor and chief executive of this city, together with my staff, I will diligently execute the council’s adopted 2019 budget. That’s my job, and I take it seriously” (“Mayor Earling: Council president not correct on his figures,” Letter to the Editor, Dec. 20).

What happens when a budgeted item is not executed? Is there accountability? Is it budgeted for again?

Mayor Earling’s 2015 budget message stated: “We will also continue updating our city code.” The 2015 budget included $85,000 for the development code update.

On March 5, 2015, a City press release announced an open house to “Kick Off Major Update of City’s Development Code.” The release stated, “The City Council directed that the code get a major update.”

It was called a “kick off” but the code rewrite had been budgeted for before:

  • City Council meeting minutes for January 24, 2006, included: “Development Services Director Duane Bowman recalled the Council allocated $140,000 in the 2006 budget for a rewrite of the Edmonds Community Development Code (ECDC), which staff projected would be a two -year process. The original code was adopted in 1981, had been amended piecemeal over time and needed to be updated.”
  • The 2009-2010 Budget included the following: “Completion of the City’s Shoreline Master Plan update and the Edmonds Community Development Code rewrite will occur in 2009-2010.”
  • The 2013 Budget provided $75,000 for the beginning of a rewrite of the City’s code.

It is almost three years since anything has been added to the City’s “Edmonds Community Development Code Updates” website page. Code amendments have passed since March 2015, but it is unknown if the amendments are part of the major update directed by City Council, or if the City is back on the piecemeal amendment path.

On Dec. 10, I emailed council, copied Mayor Earling and requested they budget for the completion of the code rewrite. I requested disclosure of public funds spent on the code rewrite since 2006 and asked them to make sure all citizens know what percentage of the code rewrite has been completed.

Hopefully, information will be provided, and the execution of the code rewrite will be completed. As Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas stated in the March 5, 2015, press release:

“Edmonds is a great community. It’s really important that our code is updated to guide what happens here, and that it is written in a way that’s user friendly.”

Ken Reidy
Edmonds

 

Tax would increase Medicare premium

Opportunity is now at hand to do away with the Health Insurance Tax in the Affordable Care Act.

With the recent ruling by a federal judge on the ACA, any rewrite should end this yet-to-be imposed tax.

As a senior, I don’t need another $350 added to my Medicare plan.

Glee Folsom
Edmonds

 

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