Parking, location, racism | Letters to the Editor

May 09, 2018

Handicapped stall needs better marking

Four years ago this May 20, my mom was hit and killed in a crosswalk on the corner of Fourth and Bell.

The driver who did this received a ticket in the amount of $250 for “failure to yield.” On April 11 of this year, my car tire was on the line of a parking spot in front of the Edmonds bakery. I received a $450 ticket saying “blocked access."

Any who would take a minute to look how this spot is marked would have no idea this is a handicapped spot if a car is already parked there. No blue curb, no sign in front of the spot, and 100 percent access to it. Now I have to go to court to fight this.

Thanks a lot, city of Edmonds.

Alyson Hess Lynch


From Edmonds Director of Public Works Phil Williams: I can tell you there is a handicap parking sign that accompanies this designated parking spot. So if there is a car parked on the pavement markings you can still tell it is a designated ADA parking space. You can look for yourself and see the sign. It is immediately west of the parking space.

It’s location, location, location

That familiar mantra of every realtor worth his or her salt, “location, location, location,” couldn’t be more appropriate when mentioned in any discussion about the location of the new Edmonds Waterfront Center.

I can’t resist this opportunity to respond to Edmonds resident Craig Stewart’s thoughtful suggestions to move the location of the center from the waterfront to downtown (Letter to the Editor, April 26).

While it’s true that construction costs have gone up significantly, moving the Waterfront Center’s location away from the waterfront would be short-sighted, to say the least. What about the present location’s million-dollar view? Doesn’t that more than offset the higher building costs that no one will even remember in a few years?

Sure, moving the location may only require a simple name change, but the beautiful new gem of a facility on the Edmonds waterfront will also help attract thousands of ferry travelers and other visitors to our creative, happening city.

Alan Biné


Does racism exist in Edmonds?

Does racism exist in our friendly little town of Edmonds?

There are many who deny it but the facts speak for themselves. Two black construction workers discover a noose hanging from a beam at their construction site. A Harvey's employee threatens two black teenagers with a baseball bat, racial slurs and profanties.

Swastikas and racial profanities were spray-painted on cars and at Westgate Chapel, and on two separate occasions racial slurs and profanities were posted on the walls of Madrona K-8.

While these are just a few racial incidents, lets dig a bit deeper. Lets look at some of the responses to these incidents, racist responses. A letter published in the Beacon falsely stated that the noose -hanging incident went nowhere.

In reality the construction company fired two employees for racist comments about the incident and asserted racism is not acceptable in their company.

A letter writer referred to the incident with the following language: “The so-called noose incident, allegedly involving a couple of African-American construction workers.” This wording implies that the noose incident did not occur and the black construction workers reporting the incident were liars.

Factual: the black construction workers saw the noose.

In the Harvey's article, the names and photos of the black teenagers and their mother were published. The photo and name of the employee who threatened the teenagers were not published, nor was the action taken against the employee published.

Had the employee been black and the teenagers white, would the employees name and photo be published and not the teenagers?

Another incident involving a black teenager was declared a hoax. Did the incident happen or did the teenager’s family tell him to declare it a hoax as the parents believed it could result in more harassment?

A letter to the Beacon expressed upset with Anabel Hovig's comment on racism in her article about the Driftwood Players presentation of the play “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a play about racism in the 1930s, and the Edmonds noose incident.

Hovig was challenging Edmonds' citizens to reflect on racism in our friendly little town. While the play focused on a brutal killing, the noose incident in Edmonds was a threat of a brutal killing.

For the construction workers and for the friendly people in Edmonds who heard of the noose incident, the noose was a threat of racial violence. Is it racist to see a noose on a beam as a lesser degree of racism than a brutal killing? Is rating racism in degrees racist?

Edmonds is fortunate to have the Diversity Commission. Recently, the Commission was questioned about the content of the diversity books they gave to an Edmonds school. As an educator for 50 years, only once did I experience a parent challenging a book's content.

Our elected Diversity Commission and the educators accepting the book donations evaluate book contents daily. Is questioning the Diversity Commission's donation of books while not questioning school books racist?

White Americans’ (I am one of them) failure to see racism, name racism and fight against racism is the results of 500 years of white leaders justifying racism and institutionalizing racism into our government, justice system, educational system, religion, science and culture.

For people in our friendly little town who want to end racism in Edmonds, I recommend reading Ibram X. Kindi's book, “Stamped from the Beginning,” an excellent documentation of racism in America. It can be purchased from the Edmond's Bookstore.

Dr. Martin Luther Kings, Jr. said: “If this problem (racism) is not solved, the soul of our nation will be lost.”

Susan Pedersen


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