Letters | Steves, high rents, the arts

Jul 09, 2017

We just need more Ricks

I don’t think the average Edmonds citizen realizes how much need there is right here in our community for no-income- and non-income-type affordable housing.

We tend to think of Edmonds as an area of only higher-middle and upper-class style of living which, to a great extent, it is. Home prices and rents are rising so fast locally that most people graduating from our schools could not afford to live in their own hometown.

There are little pockets of relatively low-income housing in our city along the Highway 99 corridor. These are modest dwellings – mostly motel rooms and trailer courts, for example – where some of our fellow citizens live with their children who attend schools.

The Edmonds City Council is currently planning for a possible change and redevelopment along that corridor, which may well displace most of that housing as it now exists.

Where do these people go?

When you ask politicians – local, state and federal – about this, their answer is always, “no money.” Yet we seem to have the money to fight endless wars, build huge skyscrapers and have endless political investigations. In addition to money to guarantee all our politicians world-class health care.

There are a few local philanthropists, like Rick Steves, who get it. That we need to help our neighbors to maintain a livable society for all. We just need more Ricks, I suspect.

Any ideas out there about how to get truly affordable housing for the Highway 99 corridor in Edmonds? I think the City Council’s heart is in the right place, and would work with any nonprofits choosing to step up to the plate.

There are local churches and concerned citizen groups trying to do something. But what, how and when? So far all we have are Band-Aids to bind ever-growing wounds.

Clint Wright


Half-baked notions on inclusion and diversity

We strongly support the Washington Policy Center’s work and contribute to it. Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas’ view of its work and members is wrong, ignorant of the facts and just plain offensive (“Why I voted no,” Guest View, June 29).

However, she is entitled to your opinion as much as we are.

Your notion of “inclusion” and “diversity” on the council is a half-baked notion that everything in life has to be represented in proportion to race, gender or other traits. Qualified people are more important that “equal” or “fair” representation.

Does wearing a skirt make my doctor more qualified?

If a council’s qualified members are all Asian, does that matter?

Does having a token “this” or “that” make any organization better, or are we really concerned with finding the best candidates, workers and members?

This reminds me of a quota system – fill the right “look,” not find the best people. That is not diverse; that is simple, misplaced, feel-good pandering.

Sawa Naja Padilla


Arts Commission: Sponsors allow for free summer concerts

For more than 25 years, the Edmonds Arts Commission (EAC) programs have included free concerts at City Park on Sundays during July and August. Don’t miss the first one on July 9, a production of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Originally started as an event for the centennial celebrations in 1990, the concerts were so popular that the EAC continued the series. For the past 15 years, the concerts have been supported in part by generous sponsorship from Lynnwood Honda and Acura of Lynnwood.

Without their support the series of seven free summer concerts would not be possible.

Funding from the Hazel Miller Foundation gave the Arts Commission an opportunity to expand the free summer concerts five years ago.

Twelve smaller concerts are presented at the Hazel Miller Plaza on Tuesdays at noon and Thursdays at 5 p.m. in July and August, thanks to continued support from the foundation.

The Arts Commission is grateful that these three sponsors support the summer concerts for the whole community to enjoy. If you see a sponsor at the concert, please thank them for their support. And if you see an arts commissioner, let them know your favorite music!

2017 arts commissioners are Suzy Maloney, Kevin Conefrey, Lesly Kaplan, Marni Muir, Lois Rathvon, Tanya Sharp and Beverly Shaw Starkovich, plus student representative Jonathan Walzer.

For more information on the Edmonds Arts Commission and the concert schedule, go to www.edmondsartscommission.org.

Thank you, Edmonds, for your ongoing support for the arts!

Suzy Maloney
Chair, Edmonds Arts Commission


Thank your for your service, Mike Cooper

Mike Cooper, past member of the state House of Representatives, 21st Legislative district, and past mayor of Edmonds, has completed his move to Elma, Washington.

Thanks, Mike, for your years of service.

Alvin Rutledge


Cindy Sackett has the experience for Edmonds School Board

It is gratifying to know that there are three candidates running for the Edmonds School District position No. 4, following the very capable leadership of Susan Phillips, who has chosen not to run for reelection.

It is my belief that one of these candidates rises above the rest in both experience and knowledge of the school district and its needs. That person is Cindy Sackett. Cindy has been deeply involved in our Edmonds school district for over 12 years.

She is a former PTA president and treasurer, she was an afterschool math coach and, like so many other moms and dads, supported students and teachers both in the classroom at school functions and on field trips.

Cindy served on the Board of the Edmonds Schools Foundation, and was its first executive director.

After 20 years of accounting experience in the for-profit sector, Cindy became the Director of Operations and Expanded Learning for the Washington Alliance for Better School. This organization represents many school districts and serves the needs of over 250,000 Washington students.

As you can see, Cindy Sackett has the wonderful combination of working in the for-profit sector for 20 years, plus large picture perspective of serving over 250,000 students through her position at the Washington Alliance for Better Schools.

In addition, she has and an intimate knowledge of the Edmonds School District through her volunteer work with students, as well as being the first Executive Director for the Edmonds Schools Foundation.

Cindy has the knowledge, experience and passion to help guide our Edmonds School District’s 20,000 students to help them reach their highest potential.

I would encourage you to vote for Cindy Sackett, Edmonds School District position No. 4, in our upcoming primary election.

Dick Van Hollebeke


I am not a Republican

In Susan Pedersen's letter (“The elephant in the room,” June 29), she incorrectly assumed that I am a Republican when she wrote, “Nancy's attacking rhetoric has become the normal response of many Republicans when they hear the words ‘I do not support discrimination.’ ”

I am not a Republican. I am a political independent who voted for Barack Obama in 2008.

In addition, “I do not support discrimination” is not a quote by Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, as Pedersen apparently thinks. It is from Tyler Nebeker, the candidate Fraley-Monillas unceremoniously rejected for a volunteer position with our city.

The reason she gave to the Beacon?

“If he (Nebeker) believes these (Washington Policy Center's conservative) values, then I have a problem with that.” Needless to say, in light of these incontrovertible facts, I stand by every word in my Guest View form June 22, “Conservatives need not apply.”

Nancy Farnam







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