Letters to the Editor

Wong committed to public service | Letter

I am writing to endorse Benson Wong for re-election to the Mercer Island City Council. Since we moved to the Island, my husband and I… Continue reading

  • Jul 21, 2017

Lurie is best candidate for Position 4 | Letter

With the primary election upon us, our community is fortunate that Deborah Lurie is running for Position 4 for School Board. Deborah is a King… Continue reading

  • Jul 20, 2017

Some strengths of School Board candidates | Letter

Last month, leaders of the Mercer Island Education Association, both teachers and support staff, met with candidates for the School Board. We heard from four… Continue reading

  • Jul 19, 2017

Wong should be re-elected | Letter

Benson Wong has been a strong advocate for Mercer Islanders on the City Council and should be re-elected. In his first term, he has spent… Continue reading

  • Jul 18, 2017

Mercer Island surrenders control of public park to private interests | Letter

Any loss of millions of dollars worth of irreplaceable public property (“rented” for $1 per year) to a private developer, is very a serious business.… Continue reading

  • Jul 12, 2017

Savor Mercerdale Park one last time | Letter

Aren’t we fortunate that the tremendous amount of open space and natural parkland afforded us in Mercerdale Park was available for the myriad of activities… Continue reading

  • Jul 12, 2017

Thank you, Mercer Island police | Letter

I understand and appreciate the animus generated by thorny issues on our Island concerning traffic, possible performing arts centers in the parks et al. Sometimes,… Continue reading

  • Jul 11, 2017

Questions remain over proposed building | Letter

Putting a building in Mercerdale Park, Bicentennial Park, the recycling center and the native garden beside the Skate Park would destroy the visual connection between… Continue reading

  • Jul 10, 2017

You won’t find those words on the SAT | Letter

I realize I’m a recent transplant – having only lived here for about 12 years. I don’t own a Tesla or even a Prius. But… Continue reading

  • Jul 7, 2017

Council should rescind utility tax | Letter

One would think that the Mercer Island City Council had a mitigation plan in place before accepting a $10.1 million settlement with Sound Transit. If… Continue reading

  • Jul 6, 2017

Safety first for bike riders on 77th Avenue in Mercer Island | Letter

The city is considering a proposal to eliminate the bike lanes on 77th Avenue, to add parking spaces in place of the bike lanes, and… Continue reading

  • Jun 30, 2017

Summer solstice | Letter

Last week in the Northern Hemisphere, we experienced the longest day of the year, when the sun showered our half of the world with bright… Continue reading

  • Jun 28, 2017

City was once much more environmentally protective | Letter

The Mercer Island Center for the Arts is currently under environmental review for a proposed huge building in one of the most environmentally sensitive areas… Continue reading

  • Jun 23, 2017

Recycling Center has historical value to Island | Letter

The recycling center has historical value to many Mercer Islanders. It also has value to be used as a teaching center for the many young… Continue reading

  • Jun 21, 2017

A green vision for Town Center | Letter

In a recent issue of the Seattle Times, Marilyn Smith, a retired lawyer and former Seattle School Board Member posed this poignant question concerning the… Continue reading

  • Jun 20, 2017

Act fast to stop council from adopting major code changes | Letter

A first-time ever incentive to build accessory dwelling units (ADU) and reduction of required parking are proposed as part of the changes to Mercer Island… Continue reading

  • Jun 20, 2017

City pays for MICA parking | Letter

The facts from Mercer Island Center for the Art’s website: “The site (MICA) will support ADA compliant parking for disabled and drop off. Street parkingwill… Continue reading

  • Jun 19, 2017

Praying for safety on I-90 | Letter

Time will tell with the permanent changes to our access and permanent closure of the I-90 center roadway andimplementation of R8A. I recently spoke in… Continue reading

  • Jun 16, 2017

Where in the world is MICA? | Letter

Upon receiving MICA’s 2016 Annual Report in the mail recently, I was struck that in this otherwise detailed brochure, therewas no mention of MICA’s plan… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2017

$10M settlement does not address core issue | Letter

Regarding the city of Mercer Island’s settlement with Sound Transit, I am just wondering how $10 million is going to fix afundamentally flawed design? If… Continue reading

  • Jun 14, 2017