The Edmonds marsh, big trees, name calling | Letters to the Editor

Mar 06, 2019

Contact politicians to support daylighting of Edmonds Marsh

The Feb. 21 article "Saving the Salmon" in the Edmonds Beacon is most appreciated for the increased transparency and understanding it provided of the Edmonds Marsh estuary restoration project.

Particularly, the current effort to secure a landowner agreement from WSDOT, which would allow the City to obtain state/federal restoration grants to create a daylighted creek across the property WSDOT purchased with taxpayer funds.

This daylighting will uncover tidal connections between Puget Sound and the streams that feed the marsh, restoring the estuary and supporting salmon recovery and orca survival.

The City of Edmonds has committed $1.3 million toward the restoration efforts and the community has contributed through the marsh restoration fund, showing considerable local support for this daylighting project.

Please contact your local representatives – Reps. Strom Peterson and Lillian Ortiz-Self and Sen. Marko Liias, or join the telephone town hall meeting 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. If you do not receive a call, dial 877-229-8493 and use the ID code 116357; ask our elected officials to request WSDOT recommit to the tidal/salmon channels to cross the former Unocal, now WSDOT property.

Support the Edmonds Marsh restoration project for a healthy Puget Sound.

Dianna Maish


Big trees do more than provide beauty and shade in Edmonds

I share in the dismay of those who are noting the destruction of big trees in Edmonds – the Guest View by Chris Walton (“Edmonds canopy continues to decline,” Jan. 17), as well as recent letters to the editor reflect the concern of many.

I would add that there is little understanding of how each tree in our urban canopy contributes to the health of our environment. There is more to the significance of keeping our big trees than beauty, shade, or even respect for longevity.

A useful tool in easy to find and use online – go to You will be amazed to discover how each individual tree dramatically affects our environment.

A tree intercepts gallons of stormwater runoff, conserves energy use, mitigates health pollution effects, modifies climate and affects air quality, reduces atmospheric carbon and combats climate change.

Citizens who keep trees on their property can be proud of their contribution to the environmental health of our community. Support and action for tree protection on the part of individual property owners, as well as by our city government, is urgently needed.

Barbara Durr


Women’s Day event is March 8

A few months ago, I had a lofty idea around doing something in Edmonds for International Women’s Day on March 8 and creating a fun activity for underserved women and girls in our community.

Being a big Marvel Comics fan and learning that their first female superhero movie would be debuting on International Women’s Day, I thought it would a cool idea to have an all-female viewing of the film that evening.

I reached out to local theaters, then to the Edmonds School District to see if they would be interested in participating. They said yes.

I decided to share my idea with a cross-section of female community and neighborhood leaders in Edmonds. I was overwhelmed by the immediate offers of support and resources to make this happen.

What started as a one-woman project turned into a grassroots effort, and expanded to having a networking lunch event to be hosted at 190 Sunset restaurant. Female business owners reached out and offered to donate items for a goodie bag that would be given to lunch attendees.

These efforts have garnered attention from larger agencies in Seattle. The screening will has now grown and being moved into a larger theater (Regal Cinemas Thornton Place in Northgate), thanks to the support of women-led organizations: The Riveter, Seattle Storm, Swedish Medical Center and YWCA Seattle/King/Snohomish.

I look forward to seeing how this all comes together.

While there are so many people and organizations to thank, none of this would have been possible without the initial support of the women I reached out to. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank them publically:

Among them are Diane Buckshnis, Carin Chase, Maralyn Chase, Maria Montalvo, Susan Paine, Jean Hernandez, Denise Miller and Michelle Van Tasseel.

For more information on these events, you can visit

Alicia Crank


Self-righteous name-calling won’t work

I attended my second City Council meeting last week. I went because I am concerned about the affordable housing proposal, and I am still amazed by the vehemence around “the cookie” (build that wall).

I am disappointed by the actions of those who called (the Edmonds Bakery owner) insulting names and made threats to undermine his business. I can’t believe they called him intolerant and racist (along with worse names) because he would dare to support a wall.

How quickly he was judged and condemned. In view of their anger and intolerance for his rights, I see them as the ones being intolerant and vicious. C’mon, that kind of self-righteous name-calling won’t work for either side.

Anyway, several folks spoke up at the meeting to support Ken, the baker, and to admonish the (Diversity Commission) for its harsh words against him. The audience even gave a round of applause following two of the speakers who felt the commission was out of line in their regard.

I sincerely hope that the Edmonds Bakery will prosper and we won’t be so quick to harm each other for differences of opinion.

Mary Dever





Comments (1)
Posted by: mark waldin | Mar 07, 2019 15:09

Self-righteous name-calling won’t work  -- so unfortunate that you witnessed vitriol at the city council meeting.  There is no reason for that no matter what the topic is.  We all live in this world together.  We all have opinions and views.  We differ often but we are never right and never wrong.  We are different.  We should celebrate those differences, not insist that everyone be the same as us.  So sad.

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