Letters to the Editor

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 Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions… Continue reading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

Parks on Mercer Island | Letter

Thanks to Dr. Alfred Skinner for his May 10 letter to the editor summarizing the history of citizens’ actions to preserve green space, open space… Continue reading

  • May 18, 2017

Thank you, Mercer Island orchestra supporters | Letter

Team O, the booster organization of the Mercer Island School District Orchestras, is very grateful to the Mercer Island Community Fund for its grant toward… Continue reading

  • May 18, 2017

Housing and parks on Mercer Island | Letter

1. Regarding housing codes: I believe the value of a home depends on open space, a yard to play in, views between and over houses,… Continue reading

  • May 12, 2017

Climate change proposal and Don Quixote | Letter

“Don Quixote” is a fun read. Having Don Quixote in the White House is not the same. Tilting at the windmills of the fossil fuels… Continue reading

  • May 11, 2017

A note to Rep. Clibborn | Letter

It is incumbent upon you to act immediately to delay the closure of the I-90 center lane and the R8A lane reconfiguration. This is your… Continue reading

  • May 11, 2017

MIVAL Jr. receives grant from Community Fund | Letter

We are happy to announce that MIVAL Jr. has received its first grant for $810 from Mercer Island Community Fund (MICF). The grant for MIVAL… Continue reading

  • May 10, 2017

Re: Lessons learned by a rookie legislator | Letter

Oh woe is me, these demon Republican legislators (also elected by their constituents) are evilly and gleefully conspiring to obsessively reject anything that the good… Continue reading

  • May 5, 2017

Reconsider I-90 reconfiguration | Letter

I call upon our Washington state leaders at the local, state, and federal levels along with all governing agencies to reconsider the implementation of R8A… Continue reading

  • May 4, 2017

Values and rights | Letter

Like a pox, there is wanten residential development erupting all over the island. Abhorant, out-of-character structures that crowd their lots is the topic of conversational… Continue reading

  • Apr 28, 2017

Re: An open letter to Islanders on residential standards | Letter

Yes, the builders are gaming the system. And if the Council allows them, my guess it is reasonable to speculate that the city needs the… Continue reading

  • Apr 27, 2017

Join the discussion on property taxes | Letter

It’s that time of year again: property tax statements have recently come out from King County. Taxes are going up, and it’s important to understand… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2017

Another MICA grab of public resources | Letter

In its recently submitted SEPA application, MICA’s latest parking plan envisions that the city will designate the Mercer Island Thrift Shop parking lot as exclusively… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2017