Ebb Tide, bike lanes, unions | Letters

Aug 15, 2017

Ebb Tide’s private beach not what Edmonds is about

Re: “City asking judge to settle easement issue,” Aug. 3: When I decided to move to Edmonds I looked at The Ebb Tide but was put off by the "private" beach.

It just didn't fit into my idea of what Edmonds was about. I found a condo I love, and part of the view is the backside of the Ebb Tide. That building just does not fit in with the rhythm of the rest of the waterfront.

I don't like the idea of feeling like a trespasser when walking along the beach in my hometown. However, we are very fortunate that there are so many other beautiful spaces that all of us can enjoy.

Pat Sterling
Edmonds

 

Safer bike lanes would make for more riders

Re: “Just who are bike lanes for,” July 20:

How selfish and rude to believe the road is for cars alone. The public right-of-way is for everyone traveling. The project on 212th Street SW is about improving the intersection to get more cars through.

Bike lanes are an afterthought that barely meet minimum standards for a safe place to ride. Those bike lanes are used by me and my children and our friends and neighbors. We pay property taxes, vehicle registration fees and sales taxes for them. They are used by my coworkers and the members of my church and my social groups.

If you can't see that, you aren't really looking.

If you moved here to get away from the safe infrastructure and greenways that Seattle is building, then either you or I moved to the wrong place. I came here to raise my children in a welcoming and supportive community.

My expertise is in transport, and I was hesitant about buying in a place without sidewalks and bike lanes, but encouraged to see that they were in the city plans. My hope is to help strengthen what already makes Edmonds wonderful by contributing innovative and proven ideas to make it even better, like protected cycle lanes.

That means putting a solid buffer between cars and bikes instead of just a stripe of paint. It keeps everyone safer and helps more people choose to cycle. In Seattle, they've seen use of those facilities triple or quadruple from what it was before. They also have a wider variety of people riding now – young, old, women, etc.

More people use bikes to get places and do errands, not just for recreation. That's exactly what I want in Edmonds.

You obviously want to live in an auto-dominated burb where every trip requires driving, whereas I want to walk, bike, use transit and only occasionally drive. Most importantly, I will not raise my children in a place hostile to their safety.

Since our two visions are not compatible, perhaps we should ask council to respond on who should stay and who should leave Edmonds. Fair?

Eric Goodman
Edmonds

 

Unions do not attack freedoms

Bob Wilke writes that, “My jaw dropped when I read (City Councilmember Mike) Nelson’s comment calling the Freedom Foundation “an extremist organization” (“Freedom Foundation claim jaw-dropping,” July 27.)

Nothing could be further from the truth.”

The foundation may well do some good and valuable work. But from the sidelines, it's an organization that refers to “revers(ing) the stranglehold public-sector unions have on our government,” and states that, “There is no path to expanded freedom, opportunity or prosperity until” their view of the proper place of unions is met. Well, this does seem a little extreme.

“Freedom Foundation has the will and skill to take on those who attack our freedom” rings a rather loud bell as well. Unions “attack our freedoms?”

Many believe the power of unions as being used in the wrong way, but we need to remember the historic role unions played in giving workers decent pay and reasonable hours, and it is hard to see how these achievements constitute an “attack on our freedoms.”

In fact, the contrary might be seen as true: Surely, workers, citizens, should have the freedom to organize and fight for their perceived rights?

There is truth on both sides, but heated rhetoric tends to produce more passion than reason, and in the process, you can almost always guarantee that someone’s voice will be shouted down or ignored – and if that’s not an extremist’s “stranglehold” on freedom and prosperity, I don’t know what is.

Nathaniel Brown
Edmonds

 

More factual government news needed

I applaud the Edmonds Beacon’s vital role in our community life.

For example, it is through its reporting on civic affairs and publication of citizens’ letters that we’ve learned of Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas’ righteous political prejudice and Councilmember Mike Nelson’s trivialization of his conflict of interest and false claim of targeting.

Sadly, as exemplified above, we are living in a Machiavellian time in which many political operatives both nationally and locally function from their ends justifying their means. At the same time, we citizens tend to choose our TV channels based on which ones confirm our biases while ignoring C-SPAN and TVW as ways to get direct rather than filtered government news.

Hopefully, media such as the Beacon will provide even more factual government news in its localities so that we citizens form our opinions from information closer to facts rather than from filtered opinions masquerading as facts.

Shirley Oczkewicz
Edmonds

 

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