Yea for Paine Field; politics; 84th; 5G hazards | Letters to the Editor

Sep 11, 2019

Paine Field a plus for Edmonds

In response to the Beacon reader complaining about increased air traffic over Edmonds because of Paine Field. (“Do you hear what I hear?” Letters to the Editor, Sept. 5): I give Paine Field a great big PLUS.

It is a pleasure to spend 20 minutes driving to Paine from Edmonds to pick up family and friends. Because of a family function, we have probably used Paine 10 or 12 times this last month.

My wife and myself wish to thank the people who put Paine Field in place– they are smart people, and our area will thrive because of them.

Hays McCormick


Political bubble: What’s the point?

I'm not sure what the point of Nancy Farnum's letter to the editor (“O2 stat for political bubble,” Aug. 15) was. Is it that people of her school of thought are more sane than the rest of us?

Could it be that people who think like Susan Pedersen always paint Nancy and the rest of the Trumpies with a broad brush?

I'm not sure doing the same thing got her to the intended goal. Many of us “oxygen deprived” people are not interested in whether you're a Nazi, white nationalist, or racist. We are more interested in productive and positive ideas that will move us forward and make us leaders in the world rather than make people move away from us when we talk.

Name calling and mocking doesn't fit into that bubble and sucks all the oxygen out. I'm not a member of a political party and don't intend on joining any in the future.

I like good ideas.

The two parties in our country have collectively (and sometimes corruptly) produced so many bad ideas in my lifetime that anyone who is a member of either party almost always proves themselves to be a party hack when they start talking.

The political structure creates the bubbles on both sides of the aisle. Both political parties have a responsibility through a lack of courage or a lack of integrity in what this country has become.

Thomas Robert


Lots of questions on 84th Avenue West paving project

Approximately how many street parking spaces will be lost to accommodate the expansion of bike lanes recently announced in the Five Corners neighborhood as part of the overlay project? (“84th Avenue West paving project will cause delays,” Sept. 5). Especially on 84th Avenue West?

Were local businesses and neighborhood parking impacts taken into consideration in approving this decision? Such as Bar Dojo and the nearby preschool, among other small businesses, that could be impacted from this reduction in parking spaces?

I feel the public should be aware of the approximate total amount of parking spaces being eliminated by this project; maybe it’s not as many as I believe, and it’s a decent trade off?

Perhaps leaving 84th Avenue West without bike lanes as a balance would be an idea if the number is high?

Mike McMurray


Bertrand Hauss, City of Edmonds transportation engineer, responds:

Currently, 21 parking spaces exist on the east side as well as on the west side of 84th Avenue West (from 215th to 212th). As part of the 84th overlay project, 21 parking stalls will be removed only on the east side of 84th, in order to allow the addition of bike lanes on both sides of the street.

All property owners along this stretch have been notified about the upcoming removal, through mailers and door-to-door communication). In early 2019 during the beginning of the design phase, the City completed a detailed parking survey along this stretch – on different days of the week including weekends and various times of day – to identify the parking demand along 84th.

The survey indicated that parking demand is fairly low at all times of the day on this segment of 84th. The survey results indicated that a maximum of six vehicles parked at one time on either side of the street, with a higher number parked on the west side.

Based on this low parking demand and location of the parked cars, it was determined to keep parking on the west side of the street and remove the parking stalls on the east side.

The parking demand in downtown Edmonds is at a much higher scale than along 84th. In addition to the parking stalls on the west side of the street that will remain, local businesses and residents can also park in their private driveways and cross streets within proximity, such as on 214th Place SW or 215th Street SW.

5G: Do benefits outweigh risks? is an organization that has been studying 5G effects and harm to human health. Our bodies can tolerate a certain level of radiation, but the output of these cell towers is beyond what the body can handle.

Those who are at higher risk are young children, pregnant mothers, causing damage to reproductive organs in males, elderly, and people with health conditions. Towers on our streets in front of our homes will be running 24/7, 365 days a year.

There isn’t enough gear we could have in our homes that would mitigate the dangers and damage that is posed by these mini cell towers to our health. Are we such a selfish society that we are willing to allow big cellphone corporations to install these towers in our neighborhoods, on our streets (three poles on my street alone) all for the sake of a slightly better cellphone connection that runs slightly faster?

I would like to ask you: Does the benefit outweigh the risk? Are we really going to be the guinea pigs for these corporations, and the FCC pushing this through without knowing the full risks to our health and that of our future generations?

How about the effects on the bees and birds? Bees are dropping dead in the vicinity of these towers.

Are we willing to risk our health and allow additional and unnecessary radiation into our bodies as we work and sleep in our homes here in Edmonds? If we speak up collectively, that is doing something.

When I tried to call or email our local representatives, Lillian Ortiz-Self, Marko Liias, and Strom Peterson, no one got back to me. I spoke at a City Council meeting and heard there was a deadline to the FCC regarding aesthetics.

I’m asking people, mothers, elderly, people with health conditions, to work together on this and hold government accountable to put a plan in place that tells us how we can be safe before installing these towers.

Is money changing hands from cellphone companies to politicians, influencing what goes through? Why didn’t our representatives call me back.? Am I only worthy of being talked to when they want my vote? Where did our Constitutional rights go?

Cynthia Sjoblom


Edmonds City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis responds: Thank you for allowing to comment, as I did respond to Cynthia Resolute regarding the 5G health controversy. The City Council’s review and decisions for 5G dealt strictly with the aesthetics of the poles, licensing, and placement.

Council’s decisions regarding master licenses, pole placement, and aesthetics were contrary to recommendations made by the industry, which means we did our homework. The Council also passed a resolution patterned after the City of Portland, which demands the FCC to research the health impact of these towers.



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