Letters to the Editor

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

‘Unconscious bias’ or ‘magical thinking’? | Letter

At the City Council meeting on March 6, Deputy Mayor Debbie Bertlin justified her vote to add “Arts” to the name of the city’s Parks… Continue reading

  • Mar 18, 2017

What could Mercer Island do with $60,000? | Letter

At the March 6 City Council meeting, there was extensive discussion to spend $60,000 to rename a city department, which city staff had recommended against.… Continue reading

  • Mar 17, 2017

Andrew Jackson vs. Donald Trump | Letter

A portrait of Andrew Jackson graces the wall of President Trump’s office. Does Trump admire Jackson’s crop of hair? There is much more to Jackson.… Continue reading

  • Mar 10, 2017

Mercer Island City Council did right thing by playing lawsuit card | Letter

For nearly two years, Mercer Island officials have attempted to engage local, regional and state transportation officials about ways to mitigate the traffic nightmare the… Continue reading

  • Mar 10, 2017

A solution for Mercer Island Center for the Arts | Letter

It was with interest that I read a recent letter from the executive director of Youth Theatre Northwest to your paper. Basically, he wrote that… Continue reading

  • Mar 6, 2017

Challenges over Mercer Island residential home size | Letter

Without a link to lot size and home size, the code means nothing. Arguments promoting homes with huge square footage confuse greed with necessity. Supposedly,… Continue reading

  • Mar 5, 2017

A great performance at Mercer Island Jewish Community Center | Letter

I attended the closing performance of “Willie Wonka Jr.” by Youth Theatre Northwest at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Feb. 12. It was a… Continue reading

  • Mar 3, 2017