Police Beat, Yost Park, the Taste, bike lanes | Letters to the Editor

Aug 26, 2019

Police Beat headlines are not acceptable

I find it really offensive to review our police calls (your Police Beat section) with sarcastic headlines like “Burglarus Interruptus” or “Good News” when these are real-life police calls. Some domestic violence calls can be the most dangerous for our police officers.

Do we really need to make light of important police activities in our community? I have lived here all my life, and I do not find this amusing in any respect.

What will you do if our police officer gets shot? “Wrong place, wrong time?”

This is not acceptable. Please stop this.

Michelle Ruis


Editor’s note: As has been mentioned before, the Beacon makes sure that care is taken to ensure serious crimes are not subject to inappropriate headlines. And we get letters from readers who love the Police Beat (some think it’s the best part of the paper, which is a bit unsettling). But we don’t make fun of suicides or felonious domestic violence.

But – as we’ve written in the past – if you dash and dine, steal something, scrawl graffiti, or commit other crimes, for example, you might see your dirty deed topped with a snarky headline. Advice: Get a job, control your anger, drive carefully, don’t dawdle on Highway 99, and be a good person. You won’t have anything to worry about, and our police officers will be safer.

What’s up with health benefits?

I was just reading in the last issue of the Beacon about the councilmembers’ salaries, and was upset that they also get their health insurance even through the jobs are part time.

What’s up with that?

Jenny Jorgenson


Thanks for pace clock, memorial plaque at Yost Pool

The family of Cyndy Henderson most sincerely thanks the City of Edmonds, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department and all the friends and supporters who donated to the new pace clock, digital clock, and memorial plaque at the Yost Pool.

Our sincerest thanks to Dr. Mitchell Stern, who lead the effort, in collaboration with Interim Parks Director Shannon Burley, Yost Pool’s Tony Bond, City parks maintenance, and Lauren Yee, Yost Aquatic director from the Dale Turner Family YMCA, to make this meaningful tribute to Cyndy’s memory.

Dr. Stern considers the bright yellow pace clock “… a continual ray of sunshine imparted upon all those who remember our dear friend Cyndy.” The wonderful addition, the first memorial at Yost, is located near the handicap access on the pool deck adjacent to the bathhouse.

Cyndy passed away in November 2018 after a long fight with multiple sclerosis.

She was dedicated to swimming thousands of laps at Yost for over 25 years. Cyndy actively supported fundraising to preserve Yost Pool for the community in 2009.

To all those swimmers and donors past and present, who enjoy the wonderful benefits of Yost Pool in our community, we thank you!

Jack Henderson, Roberta and Ken Lyon, Celeste and Dick Torset


Best Beacon letter ever?

Hip-hip-hooray for Nancy Farnam (“O2 stat for political bubble,” Letters to the Editor, Aug. 15).

Best Edmonds Beacon letter ever!

Pulitzer Prize-quality writing by Nancy in the Beacon ... who knew?

Thank you so much, Nancy, for enlightening Susan Pedersen and so many other of Edmonds’ misinformed folks.

Glenn Steinberg


Grateful for the Taste, but quote was inaccurate

What a fun day supporting Taste Edmonds, working a ticket booth as a fundraiser for Meadowdale High School.

For the record, the quote from Chamber of Commerce’s Greg Urban in the Beacon article of Aug. 15 (“The Taste retools for 2019”) was not accurate. There are three board members of the MHS parent group who never said anything of the sort.

While we are incredibly appreciative of the opportunity to fundraise by working with Taste Edmonds, it’s important to note that we did not say this, nor did we promise to use the funds for tutoring, though we may, based on financial needs at our high school in 2019-2020.

And bake sales haven’t been effective fundraisers for quite some time. Once again, thank you to the Chamber for the opportunity to work the event, and thank you to the many parents and students who are volunteering helped raise funds for Meadowdale High School this weekend.

Nichole Sargent
Edmonds (via Facebook)


Thanks to Zero Waste volunteers at Taste Edmonds

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

Students from Edmonds Community College, community members, 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, compostable plates and bowls, etc., are heading to a commercial compost facility, and most of bottles and cans were recycled, all from the simple fact of having the correct collection bins to choose from.

A very special thanks goes to Vivian Olson and her team of Waste Warriors, who went above and beyond in helping us aim for a better Zero Waste event.

Steve Fisher
Recycling Coordinator
City of Edmonds
Heather Teegarden
WSU Extension Sustainable Stewards Program


Happy birthday: Edmonds is still the ‘Gem of Puget Sound’

I want to wish a belated happy 129th birthday to the city of Edmonds!

Anniversaries are happy occasions, when people celebrate a special moment in time. Aug. 11, 1890, was that date in time when Edmonds became an official city 129 years ago.

Edmonds enjoys a special regional reputation as quality residential community, and this reputation is due in part to the many dedicated present and past elected officials and citizen volunteers.

I am proud to have been an elected city official for 14 years. Years ago, the editor of the Edmonds Tribune-Review, Ray Cloud, labeled Edmonds as the “Gem of Puget Sound” – this label has stood the test of time, and is still a good description of Edmonds.

I would recommend a trip to the Edmonds Historical Museum for some great Edmonds history. Also, special recognition to Tim Raetzloff, Edmonds Beacon Editor Brian Soergel, and the guest writers who feature interesting articles on Edmonds history.

Many happy returns Edmonds. You're looking good.

Larry Naughten
Las Vegas
Former Edmonds Mayor (1983-1991)


Chamber president responds to Taste accessibility complaint

Editor’s note: In response to a Taste Edmonds patron who posted on Facebook that the event “is not a handicap or stroller friendly event,” Edmonds resident Alicia Crank asked the Chamber of Commerce for a reply. Here is the comment from the Chamber.

We recognize that by nature of an outdoor festival there are some tricky spots for mobility.

In trying to solve a number of issues from previous years, and also working with a changing vendor base, mostly food trucks, our layout has changed slightly. Most of the feedback we received about this change has been overwhelmingly positive.

Unfortunately, Civic Field is a bit bumpy. And while we have seen many folks in wheelchairs traverse the field so far, we understand it might not be as easy for some.

We do have volunteers available to assist with pushing wheelchairs across the bumpy grass.

Greg Urban
Edmonds Chamber of Commerce


What justifies money for new bike lanes in Edmonds?

Over $5 million for bike lanes? (“Edmonds hoping for bike, pedestrian improvements,” Aug. 15). Seems excessive.

Who pays for this? How does this affect vehicle traffic? How are bicyclists contributing to the cost of this? Is this the best use of taxpayer dollars? How many bicycles will use these $5 million lanes daily to justify the expense and impact in traffic?

Carolyn Strong


Needs info on cyclists and pedestrians

I read your article on “Edmonds hoping for bike, pedestrian improvements.” I need some more information. I need statistics.

How many cyclists are there in the Edmonds Bicycle Advocacy Group? Do you why these bike/pedestrian projects have priority over sidewalks outside the downtown core? Has anyone asked the residents on the hill (outside the core) what their priorities are? Might find it is different than in the core.

Case in point: I’m concerned about the 228th Street SW project with issues at 228th and 95th Place West intersection. This is already a traffic problem; the project would make it worst.

I completed the survey as part of the Sound Transit survey, but still who is the priority here? Is there a group that is gathering the requirement for cyclists and pedestrians?

Also, putting a bike lane on Bowdoin Way has its bad points. The corner between 86th Place West and 88th Avenue West is really bad, and not so safe; it’s a very tight turn for trucks and cars even before putting bike lanes in there.

Why here and not down Main, which is more direct and most people do not park on the hill? Does not make sense for this choice.

Chris Deiner-Karr






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