Flower, the Taste and the Photography Club | Letters

Aug 23, 2017

Too many flowers on Sunset

I don't hate flowers.

I really don't.

But why are we letting $50 flower bushes block a million-dollar view? What's the logic there?

I'm speaking of Sunset Avenue, of course. Often I sit in my car with a cup of coffee to get my daily 20 minutes of zen gazing upon the most breathtaking scenery this side of heaven, but the bushes and wild grasses were so out of control a couple months ago I couldn't see anything but the plants.

I called and asked the city to trim them (you're welcome, people) and, to my surprise, they did it within about seven days (thanks, Public Works Department). It made a tremendous difference.

However, our shortest citizens still can't see over them. I am speaking of my 3-year-old grandson, who takes the Sunset walk with me. I see many other children on these walks, too. Don't they count?

There is even a bench along Sunset with a rose bush right in front, so the minute you sit down, three quarters of the view vanishes. If you came here to see flowers, all you have to do is turn your head 90 degrees and view the beautiful front yards bursting with them (thank you, homeowners).

Now the bushes are growing up again. Sigh.

This will be an endless battle. Whoever is planting these roses, please stop! There should be a height restriction of 2 feet max. So my plea to City Public Works: Find all these bushes a new home, please.

The spectacular view on Sunset Avenue is a city treasure evidenced by the thousands of people who drive along it, relax in their cars or take walks there. Can we treat it as such?

The right plant for the right place, people!

Carla Elder


Councilmember clarifies endorsement of David Chan

I nominated David Chen, Fire District 1 Commission, for endorsement by the 21st Legislative District.

I then learned of his racially charged comments that he made about Hispanics. I wish to completely disassociate myself from those comments.

I do not and have never held those views.

Kristiana Johnson
Edmonds City Council


A taste of overpriced food

Editor’s note: The Beacon received this letter before the Taste started.

It's that time of year that makes some of us downtown Edmonds residents want to run for the hills – The Taste of Edmonds. In reality, it's the taste of overpriced fair food you can get at any fair or carnival with a few (very few) local restaurants in the mix.

But don't expect to taste many of them unless you've got a fat wallet. I get the fact that the Chamber of Commerce needs to make money. And I can appreciate that the Chamber attempts to make peace with the neighbors who have to put up with the noise, traffic, nonstop loud music, garbage, public urination and drunk drivers funneling into our streets at the end of each night.

Yes, they attempt to appease us with free passes. Two free passes to be exact. For admittance to only one day. If you're lucky, you received yours in the mail. Many of us did not. If your family consists of more than two people, you've got to pony up at five bucks a head. If you want to enjoy a band on more than one day you have to pay up again.

Come on, Chamber. We have to endure this for three days and nights. The least you could do is give us in and out privileges for all three days.

Janis Murphy


Thanks to Zero Waste volunteers at the Taste

I want to thank all the volunteers who came to the Taste of Edmonds to help staff the Zero Waste stations.

Students from Edmonds Community College, community members, recent graduates from the wonderful WSU Extension Sustainable Community Stewards program, plus all the appreciative patrons, together managed to divert much material from going to the landfill.

Food scraps, paper plates, etc., are heading to a commercial compost facility and over a ton of bottles, cans and plastic cups will be recycled, all from the simple fact of having the correct collection bins to choose from.

Thanks also goes to my partners with Sound Disposal, the Waste Warriors and the Chamber.

Steve Fisher
Recycling Coordinator
City of Edmonds


Thanks for photography club story

I just want to give a big thank you to the Edmonds Beacon for the article on the Edmonds Photography Club. Since the article was published last Thursday (“Edmonds photography club starting to click,” Aug. 10), our club membership has almost doubled!

We now have over 70 members who are looking forward to having fun with their cameras and getting together with other people who enjoy photography.

Thank you to (Beacon summer intern) Marie Haaland for her great interview and writing skills – good luck at school this year, and we hope you can continue to participate in our club through our Facebook page.

Diana Scheel
Mill Creek


Concerns about photography club story

Having read the “Edmonds photography club starting to click” article in the Aug. 10 Edmonds Beacon, I have the following comments:

Please do your homework before going to print. Did you go to Facebook and read up on what the Edmonds Photography Group statement is? Or look at where they are holding their next meet-ups?

I decided to join after reading your article. I then found out that although their statement says the group is for nonprofessionals, a number of professional photographers do belong.

Then, looking at where the next meet is, it's not Edmonds as you stated, but Seattle. And the next two are in Seattle. So much for meeting in Edmonds. And so much for my reasons for joining.

So again, please do your homework before publishing so called facts. People do read what you say. And you are representing the Edmonds Beacon. I think a correction is in order.

Anne Seager


Edmonds Photography Club founder Diana Scheel responds: Our actual meet-ups are always in Edmonds. We also post other opportunities for people to join other groups that might be in Seattle or other parts – events that are sponsored by Kenmore Camera and Glazer’s, as well as other photography clubs outings.

As for the professionals, other members invite their friends. I have no way of knowing if someone is a professional before accepting their request to join. I like to think of it like playing tennis – if I play with someone who is better than me, my game improves.

We are all there to learn from each other in a noncompetitive space. If any rudeness or unsolicited critique occurs, the person will be removed from the group.

Indigenous People’s Day is overdue

Good job to the Diversity Commission on pushing for an Indigenous People's Day (“Indigenous People’s Day in Edmonds?” Aug. 10).

It's a push for change that has taken too long in our country to come about. I'd like to learn more about the native peoples who lived – and still live – in and around Edmonds, and hope that we'll get that opportunity.

I also hope that the city will work very closely with local native folks on this project.

Cory Hanson





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