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.
In the upcoming primary and general elections, the voters of the 1st Legislative District have an important choice to make in selecting their next state senator. Voters want an advocate who understands the issues that matter most to them. Luckily, we have someone in the race who understands the issues because she has dealt with them firsthand - Mindie Wirth.
Kudos to the LAX Chicks for Children's for raising money for Seattle Children's Hospital while teaching young girls how to play lacrosse. (Girls lacrosse camp in Kirkland raises money for Children's Hospital' in Sports, Kirkland Reporter, July 25.)
Ramiro Valderrama brings great technical and public safety experience to many emergency service organizations that are fortunate to have him on their leadership teams. With Ramiro as your representative in Olympia, you can only benefit from his expertise in emergency preparedness and ability to work collaboratively with other cities and public officials to ensure that citizens receive the best police, fire and emergency services anywhere.
I'm going to make an educated guess, because you're reading the letters to the editor in your local newspaper, that you care about your community and its quality of life. You want to learn more about the candidates who represent you in the Washington State Legislature. Good for you. And good for all of us that you seek to be an informed voter.
There are several characteristics that we would all like in our elected officials; honesty, compassion, intelligence, common sense, persistence and humility would be a good start to the list. I have had the opportunity to work with Ramiro Valderrama on more than one occasion.
Please don't overlook Proposition No. 1. It's the measure that if approved would increase the EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners from five to seven members.
I strongly urge a vote for anyone but Joan McBride. While on the Kirkland City Council, she was early and staunch supporter of the infamous Potala project on Lake Washington Blvd. Most neighbors and the revised building codes were against it.
I urge you to vote for Ramiro Valderrama for the State House of Representatives in the upcoming primary and general election.
1. She's for school choice (which her opponent voted against).
I have worked with Ramiro Valderrama on the Eastside Fire and Rescue program for several years. His concern for public safety is paramount. He works collaboratively with other fire districts and cities to make certain we provide citizens with the best possible emergency services in our region.
This is in response to Jane E. Peterson, as the utter degree of hypocrisy in her statements is rather troubling.
This year, roughly 38,000 Washingtonians will hear the words, "you have cancer" and nearly 13,000 will die from it. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 13 years ago, and thanks partly to early diagnosis and research innovations, I'm grateful be one of the 15.5 million cancer survivors in the U.S. today. Unfortunately, too many Washingtonians continue to lose their life to this disease.
Sound Transit claims that Sound Transit 3 (ST3) will cost "the typical adult in the Sound Transit District an additional $169 annually." This is only true for someone who earns a $38,856 annual income, owns a car worth $5,333 and owns property worth $186,931. Even for that individual, $169 is just the increase – the person is already paying Sound Transit $159 per year for prior approved Sound Transit projects, so the total taxes if ST3 passes will be $328 per year.
In the upcoming primary and general election, we need to perform our duty by voting for candidates who have the experience and the will to serve the changing and growing needs of our community. Simply checking a box and re-electing an incumbent is not always the best choice. I urge you to vote for Ramiro Valderrama for the State House of Representatives.
Ramiro Valderrama, is running for the 45th Legislative District seat, position 1. Make sure you vote Aug. 2. I spent two hours with Ramiro getting to know him. He is very engaging knowledgeable, down to earth and willing to listen. He's also a family man …very caring, supportive and likable. Ramiro seems to know just about everybody in Redmond and Sammamish - where he's deputy mayor. I admire his advocacy and expertise on key issues - the environment, mental health, safety, education and transportation.
Donald J. Trump or Hillary Rodham Clinton? Those names have voters scratching (or shaking) their heads this election season. But here in Washington voters have a state wide candidate for high office who is thoughtful, honest, and experienced. In that race, Washington voters would be best served by reelecting Kim Wyman.
The Kirkland City Council's consideration of a proposal for a new ordinance imposing a fine on drivers who park in bike lanes is yet another example of how they and the Kirkland Police Department (KPD) "just don't get it." Parking in the bike lane is already illegal. The bike lane is a right-of-way, reserved for bicycles by signage and pavement markings, and it is a ticket-able offense to park in the right-of-way.
Fellow Washingtonians who attended the recent Alzheimer's Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC, tell us it's encouraging to know we are making progress in the fight against this disease and other dementias.
Recent guest editorial, in print edition, entitled "A Growing Reminder of the Past at Holocaust Center" was unbalanced and penned by an adolescent.