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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.
Community Events, August 2016
I've lived in Kirkland for 14 years. I think it is a wonderful community to live and raise my family.
Kirkland is considering changes to expand the pool of officers it can hire by accepting years of service as a police officer or a military veteran, as an alternative to education requirements only.
Like many other police agencies across the country, the Kirkland Police Department is having a hard time filling the ranks. On a national scale, we (police) are hard-pressed to find men and women who want to serve their communities. I often sit on hiring boards and am impressed with the people who want to make law enforcement a career. With police being targeted for assassination, there are still those with the courage to stand on the thin blue line. We have hired some of these brave men and women in the last few months. However, the reality is that even if they have no trouble in their training, I will not see them working solo as police officers for almost a full year.
It was with some amusement that I read last Friday's guest editorial by Bruce Wynn in support of Seaplane Scenics operating flights to/from Carillon Point. I recognize that Mr. Wynn, as director of the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, has to be a cheerleader for all business activities in Kirkland. In his editorial he states that "unless someone drew your attention to it, you would not be aware of the plane when it takes off."