QFC, Girl Scouts, the library | Letters

Apr 08, 2018

QFC needs to do more to repay customers, community

Re: “Sales tax snafu: Edmonds QFC overcharged its shoppers during a 2-week period,” March 29:

I shop at Edmonds QFC a couple times a week and will continue to do so.

In general, my customer experience is satisfactory, and I observe they are doing their best with what they have. It was about time Kroger invested in the updates they did last year. This QFC seems to be Kroger's stepchild to some of their larger investments.

But back to why I'm writing.

I thought your survey question (“Will you still shop at QFC”?) could have been spun to find out how their customers want to see repayment. It's not possible to repay every customer who shopped during the time period in question. But an effort should be made toward reciprocity to the customer community in general.

An example would be a store giveaway of some sort, or a sizeable donation to an Edmonds school or charity.

Given the likelihood that QFC has made a large monetary mistake and their customers are the victims, they need to come out with a statement soon about how they will make it up.

Shannon Britton


Curse word shows moral disintegration of society

Our society is sinking towards depravity, as shown in the March 15 article “Jake Bergevin: Educator, performer, influence for many,” about the wonderful Jake Bergevin, a music teacher at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Why Brian Soergel and the Edmonds Beacon found it necessary to use the vulgar four-letter curse word is totally beyond understanding.

Plus, this will be read by students and their parents, family, friends and school staff, and descendants of Mr. Bergevin.

The English language is huge, and I would suggest someone could give Mr. Soergel a dictionary so he could educate himself.

I’m a sick, older person, bedridden now. My time has come and gone. Can anyone do anything about the moral disintegration of our society?

Thank you very much for your time and consideration. I do love your newspaper.

Mary Martin


City does not need to provide affordable housing

Regarding the affordable housing column from Development Services Director Shane Hope (“Housing: Who needs it, what can we do?,” March 22): She says, “For people already living in Edmonds cost and availability may not be a problem. But what if your situation changes?”

It doesn’t matter where you live if your situation changes, it can affect you. I shared an apartment with a buddy when I was in college and did not live in Edmonds. When I got married, I worked hard to buy a home with my wife, who worked part-time to help make ends meet with a young daughter in school.

We finally were able to move to Edmonds 25 years ago and felt we had to earn it through sweat equity. Basic housing rules have been to “live where you can afford to.”

If you don’t make enough money to afford to live where you want to, either find somebody to share housing payments or live where you can afford it without sharing costs. I feel for folks who have lost their jobs like I did a couple of times or have health issues.

It’s called “life,” and personal choices have consequences. Planning ahead for your life needs is a wise thing.

The city of Edmonds does not have to burden the community to make this better and go away. That said, folks can volunteer in ways to support those who seek to improve their situation.

Bill Rengstorf


Councilmembers should publicly support library levy

Recently, I have been disappointed to see certain Edmonds officials seeking to erode public support for the Sno-Isle Libraries levy proposition.

By spreading confusion in the minds of Edmonds voters, you jeopardize crucial services not only in our community, but also the other 22 branch locations throughout Snohomish and Island counties. This is the Sno-Isle Libraries system, and the Edmonds branch and the services it provides are not only inseparable from the larger whole, they cannot be replicated or valued independently. For instance, 20 percent of the items checked out here come from other branches.

At the core of the Sno-Isle services we receive is the mission of serving all citizens – to provide a community doorway to reading, resources and lifelong learning, and a center for people, ideas and culture.

At the Edmonds Library you will see students collaborating, babies and toddlers at story times with their parents, people of all ages at STEM, arts, culture and business programs, and of course everyday citizens utilizing a wide range of free resources the library provides.

You would also see the evolving role that libraries play in our community. Addressing socioeconomic disparity and serving a range of demographic groups with composure, libraries and their staff are on the front line of engaging the widest range of citizens.

The Sno-Isle system is a source of empowerment to diverse groups in our community. No matter your background or the state of your bank account, every person has equal access to all the resources and learning opportunities of public libraries.

That is what is frustrating about the comments and actions coming from City Council members. Failing to support our public libraries will disproportionately affect some of our most vulnerable citizens.

Here in Edmonds, our library and its staff are top notch. The library has more programs, new equipment and resources, and an excellent location to tie into the city’s thriving arts and entertainment scene, which contributes $50 million per year in economic impact to our community.

The Sno-Isle levy proposition has received endorsements from Congressman Rick Larsen, the mayors of Mukilteo, Arlington, Stanwood, Coupeville and Darrington; five Snohomish County councilmembers, including the Edmonds’ representative; the Island County Commission chair, various state and city council representatives; and the YMCA and United Way of Snohomish County.

In this context, I find the public silence of Edmonds City Council members troubling.

I respectfully request councilmembers to publicly express their support for our excellent library system, the vital services it provides in our communities, and the Sno-Isle levy proposition.

Luke Distelhorst
Friends of the Edmonds Library president


Confession of a cookie mom

My husband looked at me askance from his easy chair. I interrupted his morning ritual – reading the Seattle Times and drinking coffee.

The source of his curiosity was my boisterous, uncontrollable laughter. What triggered my reaction was Debra Rich Gettleman’s “Askew View” column March 22 (“The Girl Scout cookie controversy”). The cleverly written, humorous column skewered parents who sold Girl Scout cookies to their coworkers.

I reigned in the runaway hilarity and whispered, “I am that person.”

In the mid-1990s, our oldest child was a freshman in high school. In autumn, I hauled 100 candy bars to Everett’s Boeing factory. During my lunch hour, I walked the floor selling the chocolate delights to fellow employees. As a sophomore, our daughter transferred from Bishop Blanchet High School to Holy Names Academy. I had to drag 100 candy bars to the factory in the autumn and 100 more in the spring, as Holy Names’ chocolate drive was scheduled in springtime.

By the time our son enrolled in Bishop Blanchet, I was working for King County Department of Finance in Seattle. Somehow, I garnered the strength to carry 100 chocolate bars on the Metro bus. Once I arrived at work, I set up my chocolate bar stand in the break room, much easier than working the floor.

Members of my generation morphed from antiwar, tree-hugging hippies into Super Moms. I crossed the line when I bought a brand new Toyota Camry station wagon, a perfect way to tote children and their belongings.

The Super Moms kept on juggling three balls: excelling at our jobs, raising and curating happy children and volunteering in our communities. As the late, beloved pediatrician Dr. Brazelton said, '”You have to learn that your job is not your whole life. You have to save up energy for nurturing when you go home.''

The Super Moms brazenly and enthusiastically sold those chocolate bars so our children would have ample time for homework; extra-curricular activities; practicing and playing sports; taking music lessons; honing their social skills; seeing performances at the Seattle Children’s Theater; and visiting the Seattle Children’s Museum, the Seattle Aquarium, the Woodland Park Zoo, the Science Center, etc.

Life has come full circle, I thought as I was sitting in Magic Toyota on Highway 99 signing a contract to buy a new car. The year was 2012, and I bought a brand new Toyota Prius V, a perfect way to tote grandchildren and their belongings.

Barbara Tipton




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