Nice column about spelling people’s names right. I have one of those names that somehow never seems to get spelled correctly, and it has been an issue with me all my life. Anyway after reading with much interest, I had a great laugh when I read that you misspelled Cathi Linden’s name wrong!
You assume your vote counts. It appears that State Senator Mark Mullet has a very different opinion. Almost 70 percent of us within the 5th Legislative District chose to have a two-thirds majority (vote) of the legislature required to raise taxes. Mullet voted ‘Nay’ against this bill (Senate Joint Resolution 8213) the other week. Our local community decided, but Mullet overrode the citizens.
I wanted to respond to questions about my vote against placing a two-thirds vote threshold for tax changes in our state constitution. During my time on the Issaquah City Council, I never once voted to increase property taxes. Last year, I was one of the few Democrats who broke from party leadership to support a Republican budget that reduced the business and occupations tax on the service industry. I have a long history of opposing tax increases at the state and local level.
On Thursday, March 13, I called 911. There was a large piece of carrot stuck in my throat from a smoothie I made at home.Within a few short minutes there was a huge fire truck and a SUV in my driveway. There was a wonderful fireman/medic in the big truck and the fire chief in the SUV. The fire chief drive me to Snoqualmie hospital, while I was gagging all the while he was cheering me up by saying what a beautiful, sunny day it was.
In 2015, the average household in Snoqualmie may have to add $30 to its annual property tax bill in order to assume the tax burden of the Salish Lodge sitting atop Snoqualmie Falls. Is it because the Salish is struggling? No, it is a thriving business. It is because it was purchased by the Muckleshoot Tribe in 2007. And while the Salish’s typical employment and revenue numbers will remain unchanged, the State Legislature is poised to give it a tax break under the guise of economic development. Or, is it simply welfare for the rich?
The Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank’s 501(c)3 tax exempt status application has been filed, and is being processed. Thanks are due the many volunteers who have worked hard to open the doors of the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank every week. Special thanks should go to Krista Holmberg and Heidi Dukich, who are spending endless hours, without pay so far, reorganizing operations and soliciting funds supporting the food bank.
A massive planned expansion of dirty coal, mined from Montana, Wyoming, and Washington state, and shipped to Asia through five proposed northwest ports will threaten our ecosystem.
For more than 38 years, Mount Si Food Bank, run by area pastors, has been faithfully helping people in need around the Valley. Around 2008, the Snoqualmie Valley Ministerial Association (SVMA) appointed a management team to oversee operations of the food bank. While under this management, many donations were made to the food bank, a SVMA ministry.
We, the family of Emily Adcox, would like to thank family and friends who came to mom’s celebration of life on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Snoqualmie Eagles. What a great turn out. Mom would have loved to have been there to see everyone. Thanks so much to Carmen, Cindy and Patti for all their help with the potluck, which gave us time to be with our family and friends. Also, the Snoqualmie Valley Eagles crew for your help also. We all appreciated all the help. Thanks again.
By all enrollment projections, the Snoqualmie Valley School District will need another elementary school by the 2016-2017 school year. Planning and design work for the building began last fall and has been paid for with school impact fees from the district’s capital facilities fund. In order to continue with the project, which would provide 29 more classrooms for our Valley’s growing number of children, the school board needs to commit to a bond to raise the estimated $35 million total project costs. Educating our youth is one of the best things we can do for our community.
On behalf of the Snoqualmie Valley Citizens for Schools, I am sending a hearty thank-you out to our community for overwhelmingly voting to approve the two four-year replacement levies that were on the February 11 election ballot. I am filled with pride that the level of support for our local schools has been affirmed with the passage of both the Education Programs & Operations (EP&O) and Technology Levies. Certification of the election results will be completed by King County on Feb. 25; however as of the writing of this letter on Feb, 13, each levy has received a 68 percent approval rate. (As of printing, the tech levy was 69 percent, operations levy, 67.7 percent).
Kudos to Congressman Dave Reichert for voting for the lifting of the debt ceiling, so that the United States can pay the bill for the spending the United States Congress has authorized. The debt ceiling is a law from the last century from when the United States was a small nation, not the superpower industrial and financial powerhouse of the world. If we don’t pay our bills and default on the debt we incur, we would collapse the world economy.
I’d like to thank the Record and staff reporter Carol Ladwig for taking notice of our concerns about the two new proposed developments (Segale and John Day) impacting our neighborhood and the greater North Bend community. I believe there are significant traffic and pedestrian safety concerns, loss of one of the best kayaker take-out/put-in, environmental impacts. Not to mention the city planners not considering the combined impacts of these two developments. Please continue to investigate and report on these two projects.
We are extremely grateful to the community for supporting the school district levy propositions earlier this month. By supporting and passing these propositions on February 11, Snoqualmie Valley voters have once again chosen to make an investment in this community, in their schools, and in all children.
As a concerned brother in the Lord and a lifelong resident of our Valley, I am disheartened by recent events pertaining to our local food bank. I do not know all that went into North Bend Community Church asking Mount Si Food Bank to leave, and regardless of whether or not it was just, it happened.
What goes around, comes around. Back in 1962, I attended Mount Si High School. Then we moved to Oregon. I have lived here the last 51 years and had a family.
Our Snoqualmie Valley School District depends heavily upon local funding for hiring teachers, improving their effectiveness, school supplies, and other school operational expenses. About one quarter of the district operations budget comes from our local taxpayers, and approval for that must be reapproved every six years by voters.
We are pleased to announce a new community organization, started by neighbors for neighbors. The Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank is a new, community-based organization dedicated to providing food and key resources to help our neighbors and our community thrive.
As current and former members of the Snoqualmie Valley School District Board of Directors, we are united in our endorsement of the measures being placed before voters on the February ballot. Both Proposition No. 1, the Educational Programs and Operations Levy, and Proposition No. 2, the Technology Levy, will renew our investment to support basic education and technology in our schools.
Please make the effort and vote in favor of the Educational Programs and Technology levies for the Snoqualmie Valley School District. Ballots are already arriving and the deadline for mailing them back is Tuesday, Feb. 11.