Letters to the Editor

Bothell needs more affordable housing | Letter

I have lived in Bothell for 27 years. My husband and I moved here for three reasons: first, Bothell was near Redmond where we worked, and we could even commute to work by biking on the Sammamish Valley Trail; second, we happened to find a house we liked and could afford as we started out to raise our family; and third, we loved the area.

  • Jun 12, 2015

Shell Oil protesters are hypocrites | Letter

I have no quarrel with those who use their Constitutional rights to object to Shell Oil drilling for petroleum. That they are wrong in their concern has been adequately documented by responsible scientists is another issue.

  • Jun 10, 2015

To the friends of Joshua Freed | Letter

I urge all the friends of Joshua Freed to call and congratulate him on the wisdom of his decision to sell the back 9 to Forterra.

  • Jun 5, 2015

A community coming together and moving forward | Letter

Recent events in the Northshore School District have uncovered a painful reality: an epidemic of racism, intolerance and bullying in our schools.

  • Jun 5, 2015

About time the NSD focused on diversity | Letter

Bravo on your pledge to focus on diversity within NSD. Academics, testing, and funding have monopolized our “schools bandwidth” for the 11 years I’ve been involved with NSD. However, I believe our lack of willingness to sacrifice time and energy from these to address social-emotional learning in our students has crippled us.

  • Jun 3, 2015

Northshore School District Board responds to situation at Timbercrest Junior High School | Letter

At our last board meeting many families came to share their comments and concerns regarding a situation at Timbercrest Junior High School involving racially insensitive statements and threats made by a student and their personal experiences regarding race, harassment, intimidation and bullying in Northshore schools.

  • Jun 3, 2015

Medicaid should cover IUDs | Letter

Washington has a reputation as a nationwide leader on things like access to abortion and birth control, but the truth is that there is still a lot of work to be done. Right now, fair access to affordable birth control does not exist and it’s going to get worse.

  • May 26, 2015

Bothell needs a moratorium on all property rezoning for Waynita Way | Letter

The Seattle Times article that ran in Sunday’s paper clearly shows the massive amount of dissatisfaction and frustration with the mayor [of Bothell] from the homeowners of the Bentley neighborhood properties.

  • May 20, 2015

Religions with many adherents becomes very complex | Letter

Usam Ahmed's letter said he attended a "protect religious minorities persecuted by ISIS" and then decried the "un-islamic violence" against the Texas cartoon contest where two people were killed.

  • May 18, 2015

Not moving to Bothell because of the mayor | Letter

My sister lives in Bothell. She wanted me to move there to be closer to her.

  • May 18, 2015

Bombing goes against everything Islam stands for | Letter

As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, the conviction of Dzhokar Tsarnaev reminded me of the pain I felt when I first heard of the Boston Marathon bombing. It pained me to see the loss of the innocent lives of my fellow American brothers and sisters.

  • May 18, 2015

Bothell City Council’s aspirational ethics make city laughing stock | Letter

Local media (television and radio), are making our city council the "laughing stock" of King County. Apparently, we have an ethics code that is considered "aspirational." As one TV anchor said, he wished he could "aspire" to do many things, but sometimes it's too difficult.

  • May 7, 2015

Bothell Mayor Joshua Freed has to go | Letter

It seems to me that there are some striking similarities between the demolition of the historic Freed farmhouse, declining reputation of our Bothell Mayor Joshua Freed, and the construction of Bothell’s pricey new city hall.

  • May 6, 2015

Protect religious minorities, Islam has never permitted violence | Letter

Along with 200 other delegates of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, I went to Capitol Hill to gain Congress' support for the "Protecting Religious Minorities Persecuted by ISIS Act of 2015" (H.R.1568) on Friday. Today, I find myself again advocating against the unjustifiable and un-islamic actions carried out by extremists at a “free speech” event in Texas.

  • May 6, 2015

Stop being bad to nature | Letter

Stop being bad to nature! You're not even thinking of it. You leave garbage, and garbage is damaging to nature and damaging to nature is damaging to us!

  • May 4, 2015

Homeless people should have homes | Letter

Have you ever seen homeless people asking for food and money? Give them some.

  • May 4, 2015

Northshore teachers vote for a one-day walkout | Letter

I support our teachers and district staff as they seek to encourage the state legislature to fulfill its legal obligation to full fund education. I also support families who can be considered as part of our vulnerable population, for whom a one day walk-out by our teachers creates, not an inconvenience, but a hardship. I do not believe that the two concepts – supporting teachers and supporting families – is mutually exclusive.

  • Apr 30, 2015

Reporter story raises more questions about the city of Bothell | Letter

Deanna Isaacs's article of April 27 (Bothell City Council, staff violated law by discussing Wayne purchase in executive session) raises more questions than it answers.

  • Apr 28, 2015

It’s time the council stood with the citizens | Letter

The last Bothell City Council meeting was non-committal to say the least. There was no decision to preserve any of the land, and in particular the back-nine [land of the Wayne Golf Course].

  • Apr 27, 2015

Learning about Bothell’s Sikh community breaks down barriers | Letter

Among the minorities, Sikh community from South Asia is one of the oldest settlers who came to America to live their American dream. They live and abide by true American values.

  • Apr 22, 2015