Letters to the Editor

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

Tax reform for dummies | Letter

“The association of poverty with progress is the great enigma our times. It is the central fact from which spring industrial,social and political difficulties that… Continue reading

  • Jun 9, 2017

Council stabs commuters in the back | Letter

The Mercer Island City Council should be recalled if they sign off on this Interstate 90 access “settlement.” If we had a city government that… Continue reading

  • Jun 8, 2017

Mercer Island’s lack of transparency over I-90 access | Letter

One has to wonder what our leadership is up to concerning negotiations with Sound Transit on permanent changes that are set to happen on June… Continue reading

  • Jun 1, 2017

Everyone enjoys our public spaces on Mercer Island | Letter

Biking around our Island recently, seeing children and adults practicing sports together and enjoying the spring weather in our public parks, I was reminded how… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2017

Mercer Island Center for the Arts wastes almost $2 million | Letter

Many of us recently received in our mailbox the 2016 Mercer Island Center for the Art’s Annual Report. Coupled with their 2015 report, this private,… Continue reading

  • May 27, 2017

Coverage of the James Comey firing | Letter

I can’t believe that after I have lived on the Island for 65 years that the Reporter couldn’t find one conservative wandering around the business… Continue reading

  • May 25, 2017

Older Americans Month 2017: Age Out Loud | Letter

Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed May as Older Americans Month. Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions… Continue reading

  • May 25, 2017

A smaller theater is a win-win for Mercer Island community | Letter

The Bellevue Youth Theater was built two years ago for $8 million. It holds an audience of 150. A smaller theater costs less. Also it… Continue reading

  • May 24, 2017