Thank you Sen. McAuliffe | Letter

Letters to the editor can be submitted to

First District Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe is retiring and not on the ballot this year. McAuliffe has been a powerhouse for our community for many years and we’d like to thank her for her service.

She started out as a parent advocate for her own children attending the Northshore schools, then ran and was elected to the Northshore School Board where she served effectively for many years, and then was elected to the state legislature as the First District Senator. In the State Senate, McAuliffe has been a smart, principled and progressive leader. McAuliffe has always put students and public education first and has always was able to clearly articulate and defend her positions which, by the way, are mainstream to the Northshore community she has served. Occasionally McAuliffe’s position of funding public schools first, before worrying about or funding charter schools, has brought rebuke from other politicians and from some shills for the well-funded charter school lobby. But we’ve never heard Sen. McAuliffe speak badly of another senator or those in disagreement; she always took the high road.

Not surprising that her “can do” attitude has allowed her to work with diverse senators on issues where they found common ground. And while we wish Sen. McAuliffe a well-deserved retirement, we will long remember her legacy as one of the most effective senators in the legislature.

Jayne and Christopher Tracy, Kenmore

More in Letters to the Editor

Use your voice | Letter

Excellent reporting on the Margins program from Mercer Island High School (Reporter,… Continue reading

Safe teen drivers | Letter

As school gets out for the summer, I’d like to stress the… Continue reading

Alternative to Sammamish River Trail | Letter

The proposed King County improvements to the Sammamish River Trail should be… Continue reading

In the hands of voters | Letter

Every voter in the state of Washington should be furious with the… Continue reading

A humanitarian crisis | Letter

Hundreds killed or injured. Many raped. Bodies found in the Nile. Sudan… Continue reading

Redirecting funds | Letter

There has been a recent influx of publicity about mental health treatment… Continue reading

Making a difference | Letter

Willie Dickerson makes an excellent point regarding homelessness (Reporter, May 24). Those… Continue reading

Take action against climate change | Letter

The human impact of climate change anxiety was discussed by University of… Continue reading

Thank you Hiruko | Letter

Ashley Hiruko’s detailed story (“Susan’s quest for justice and the civil legal… Continue reading

An eye opener | Letter

I was quite taken by the article “Susan’s quest for justice, the… Continue reading

An idea worth encouraging | Letter

Hopeful news that numbers of homelessness people finally seems to decreasing (“Homelessness… Continue reading

A letter to Bothell Police Chief Cummings | Letter

Car accidents happen. I get that. What I don’t get is the… Continue reading