Letters to the Editor

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

Urge Legislature to take action on I-90 | Letter

On June 1, the center lanes on Interstate 90 will be closed for six years or more, causing traffic and safety trouble for all who… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2017

Populism: What is it? | Letter

There’s progressive populism. Call it personal sovereignty. Moral virtue and power should rest with the ordinary folks — not elites. It is anti-establishment, opposed to… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2017

An open letter to Islanders on residential standards | Letter

On April 5, I attended the Mercer Island Planning Commission’s public hearing on the proposed revisions to the residential development standards; changes that will significantly… Continue reading

  • Apr 12, 2017

MICA needs parking | Letter

My dog Annie walked me around Mercerdale Park yesterday and I specifically looked for street parking and saw ZERO places to park (except the pullout… Continue reading

  • Apr 7, 2017

Thank you to Mercer Island Guild supporters | Letter

On behalf of the Seattle Children’s Guild of Mercer Island, I would like to thank all the volunteers who stepped forward on March 17, to… Continue reading

  • Apr 6, 2017

Keep center lanes open for a trial period | Letter

The clock is ticking for the commuters, carpoolers, truckers and buses that use the I-90 corridor; a daily average of 159,000 by WSDOT’s 2015 count.… Continue reading

  • Apr 5, 2017

MICA opponents promoting false information | Letter

Some Islanders are wondering why the Mercer Island Center for the Arts has not reacted to recent misinformation promoted on Next Door and in letters… Continue reading

  • Mar 31, 2017

We deserve a place for the arts | Letter

Save our parks — what are we saving them for? More sports venues? Every park except Pioneer Park and Mercerdale Park has a sports venue.… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2017

Council should hold meetings with stakeholders to address I-90 issues | Letter

This is my personal ask on behalf of the city of Mercer Island, its people and the people of the Eastside region. City of Mercer… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2017

Thank you Weiker, Bassett, Sanderson | Letter

Thank you Councilmembers Wendy Weiker, Jeff Sanderson and Mayor Bruce Bassett for opposing Councilmember Debbie Bertlin’s needless, costly and convoluted name change proposal for the… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2017

Loss of parkland now is a loss for future generations | Letter

I feel very deeply about saving Mercer Island parklands after remembering the experiences my three children have had while growing up in such a beautiful… Continue reading

  • Mar 28, 2017

A random act of kindness at north-end QFC | Letter

I have lived on Mercer Island pretty much my whole life. I went to Mercer View Elementary, North Mercer Junior High and graduated from Mercer… Continue reading

  • Mar 28, 2017

Anything in excess | Letter

There is exquisite pleasure in fixing your eyes on half-opened flowers and in drinking only to a half-tipsy state. Full flowering and total intoxication will… Continue reading

  • Mar 19, 2017