As a retired school architect and planner, I strongly support comfortable and up-to-date educational facilities. I oppose Proposition 1 because it leaves thousands of kids and their teachers in overcrowded schools and substandard buildings for years more than needed and would spend over $235 million of the $398 million to needlessly tear down and replace more buildings instead of providing for growth.
A letter published in the April 22 edition of the Kirkland Reporter, captioned "Bag ban is not equal in the City of Kirkland," was absolutely correct.
We have a coyote problem. At 1 a.m. on an average Sunday in March, our elderly Beagle "Happy" pottered into her fenced dog-run, inside of our fenced back-yard, to take care of business. There, she was ambushed by a waiting coyote that savagely held and shook her by the throat.
It seems that almost every week EvergreenHealth hospital publishes an article in the Kirkland Reporter praising it for outstanding performance. I am recognizing it for being the most greedy business I have ever dealt with.
On March 30, I attended the NU (Northwest University) open house and I must say I came away deeply disturbed at what they are proposing to build.
I am writing to encourage you to send in your "yes" ballot today in support of the Lake Washington School District bond. We need every vote to meet the high 60 percent threshold needed for passage.
Last year my husband and I decided to move to Kirkland from Capitol Hill after researching many Seattle and east side neighborhoods. The quality of the schools in Kirkland was the key determining factor in our final choice, and we stretched our budget to find a house here that met our needs. We've spoken with numerous young families in the area who reached the same conclusion.
Rather than telling voters that there will be "no tax rate increase," the Lake Washington School District should state how much the bond measures will cost in dollars and clearly explain their cost analysis on the district's website.
When a law like the plastic bag ban only applies to a few groups, the mandate for equal protection under the law is violated.
I'm a parent of a student at the seriously overcrowded Evergreen Middle School. There are so many kids moving through the congested halls at one time, administration has determined kids can no longer carry their books from class to class in backpacks due to safety issues.
On April 8, more than 34 low income children from Kirkland Heights - one of our low income housing developments in Kirkland - had the opportunity to experience some awesome Spring break fun at an event called "Come Along Kids," which offered a wholesome meal, games and a trip to a toy booth which allowed them to get some wonderful items to complete their spring break week.
With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day just around the corner, this is a great time to explore more effective ways of slowing climate change and conserving Earth's natural resources for future generations.
I read the Reporter's recent article "Community speaks out against racism."
I have read with interest information on the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) $398 million bond issue and how this may impact the actual dollar amount of my property taxes. Voter information and opinion letters to the Kirkland Reporter state that the "tax levy rate will not increase." However, this does not mean the dollar amount a property owner will pay for the bonds will not increase. Most likely property owners will be paying a substantial actual dollar amount increase over the next 10 years to pay for planned bond issues.
Ms. Reith's response disputing the facts in my letter opposing Proposition 1 is misinformed and misleading.
Hillary (Clinton)'s lead in pledged delegates is overstated.
The Lake Washington School District convened a Long Term Facilities Planning Task Force in late 2014. In August 2015, the district published the task force's report and a separate bond committee recommended the $398 million construction bond measure for the April 26 ballot.
I would like to correct some misinformation in Paul Hall's letter concerning the Lake Washington School District bond measure.All projects on the measure, with the exception of replacing some of the district's oldest portables at Explorer Community School, would result in additional classroom space for students. These projects will provide space for 3,000 students.All three of the aging schools on the bond measure would be enlarged as well as rebuilt, bringing those substandard schools up to current codes and educational standards. Juanita High School, Kirk Elementary and Mead Elementary would all have more classrooms. Juanita, in particular, would serve 500 more students.Past district bond measures for school modernization were passed in 1998 when the district's enrollment was declining and in 2006 when enrollment was flat. Enrollment increases did not begin until several years later, when school project funding and planning was locked in. All projects promised in those measures were completed.District studies for those projects that involved new buildings rather than renovations showed very similar costs for replacement buildings compared to renovation and in some cases, renovation would have cost more. That analysis for every school in the 2006 bond measure is available on the district website. Studies for the three projects in this measure are also available.There is no underutilized space or options to house even more students. The space that has been found to house new students has been through adding portables, putting classes in spaces not meant to be classrooms, and a disruptive boundary change.
As a business owner in downtown Kirkland, I am in support of the bond proposed by the Lake Washington School District.
We want to publicly thank the Kirkland Reporter, the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland, and the hundreds of donors across the community for their super support of the Kirkland Nourishing Network food-box program.