Remembering, Bigfoot, hate crime | Letters to the Editor

Nov 20, 2017

Remember Edwin T. Pratt

Alicia Crank's column ("The Noose Incident: Time to take action against racism," Nov. 9) caused us to reflect on the actions of Sarah, a fourth-grader who Is trying to do just what Crank suggests.

Last year, Sarah started a petition to the Shoreline School Board to have a school named after Edwin T. Pratt. Never heard of him? He was a black civil rights leader who lived in and was assassinated in Shoreline in 1969 because of his attempts to eliminate racial bias.

If you are a person of action you can sign Sarah's petition on www.moveon.org. You need not be a resident of Shoreline to urge the Shoreline School District to remember Edwin T. Pratt.

Joyce and Hank Landau
Woodway

 

Hate crime: Take action on employers

While I fully agree with Councilmember Mike Nelson's abhorrence of the act under discussion (“FBI notified of Edmonds hate crime,” Nov. 9), I'd like to suggest that " ... prohibiting employers from doing business in the city by denying business/building permits when discriminatory or hateful conduct occurs on their site," ought to be revised to “prohibit employers who do nothing to investigate and deal with such occurrences.”

Bad and stupid people will do bad and stupid things – but an employer ought to be judged by actions taken to deal with and rectify the situation, not simply by the reprehensible behavior of an employee

Nathaniel Brown
Edmonds

Editor’s note: Two supervisors involved in the incident in Edmonds were fired last week.

Proud to be a new resident of green Edmonds

Maria Montalvo Moment’s Notice column from Nov. 9, “Climate Change and Bigfoot,” was both fun and sobering.

Though fairly new to Edmonds, I am already proud of being a resident. Edmonds is a great place for people like me who are concerned about extreme weather events and climate change.

Here are some of Edmonds’ achievements:

• Mayor Dave Earling signed the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda;

• There is a functioning mayor’s committee on climate protection that develops a climate action plan;

• The Edmonds City Council approved a resolution establishing a community-wide goal of transitioning to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2025;

• The residents, businesses and city park staff do a great job with landscaping; and

• Our electricity source is fairly green (PUD’s energy for Edmonds is 87 percent hydroelectric and 1 percent wind).

Now we have Taming Bigfoot Edmonds, a community-wide competition (with prizes!) for reducing our carbon footprint. We gather in teams, measure our use of water, transportation, waste and recycling, shopping and food consumption, then compete to reduce that usage.

There are a series of trainings and meetings planned. Check it out at the city website (www.edmondswa.gov/taming-bigfoot.html) – and join the fun!

Carmen Rumbaut
Edmonds

 

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