The solstice recently delivered some wonderful weather, and the Island's kids celebrated their emancipation by pouring out of classrooms into the sunshine that lit up streets and public parks.
I loved Bill Severson's letter of June 15 urging us to support Initiative 732 to fight climate change and save the planet for our children and grandchildren. And kudos to state Sen. Steve Litzow for endorsing I-732. But I want to tell Mercer Islanders more about why folks across the political spectrum can get behind I-732:
On behalf of the entire Board of Directors of the Mercer Island Farmers Market, I would like to thank the Mercer Island Community Fund for generously funding our 2016 community program, "Meet You at the Market!"
Jerry Cornfield's latest column, "Hateful speech rhetoric ramps up," is poorly researched and misleading. The column discusses Initiative 1515, an initiative that aims to repeal Washington's current non-discrimination protections.
I moved here from Queen Anne over four years ago. The Island atmosphere is great but I am aggravated by one daily annoyance I didn't notice nearly as much in Queen Anne, as there were more sidewalks there. I've never seen so many seemingly intelligent adults walking and riding bikes on the incorrect side of the road as I do here on the Island.
Greg Asimakoupoulos' recent column, "The ABCs of life for graduates," isn't just for graduates. It's recommended reading for us all.
We are approaching a "slippery slope" with the proposed placement of a privately managed and operated entity on what is now public space. Historically, privatization of public spaces or, as the British refer to it "private management of the public realm," has resulted in the separation of classes as intended.
Fire pits pose a huge health hazard even when they are burning the required wood.
Just when the proponents of a private development in Mercerdale Park claim that no other land but parkland is available, the King property has come onto the market. The King property is approximately one acre centrally located in the Town Center just south of McDonald's, between QFC and the old Albertsons (now New Seasons) property.
We live on an Island. By our very nature, we cannot create any more land. As our area population increases, access to green open spaces becomes more important. There are so many demands for our parks and open spaces — without protection, I fear that one great project after another will chip away at our parks until we have no open space left.
Why did the City Council decide to change the name of the "Parks and Recreation Department" to the "Parks, Arts and Recreation Department" at Saturday's City Council mini-planning session?
Thanks to the city for posting the Town Center 20-Year Visioning Plan online for everyone's review. I was impressed with the thoroughness of the development and design standards and appreciate the amount of time and thoughtfulness that went into this process.
To the many Mercer Islander voters who expressed their support to Protect Our Parks, the Concerned Citizens for Mercer Island Parks say thank you.
I have lived on Mercer Island for the last 40 years and I have never written a letter to the Reporter. I am opposed to the Mercer Island Center for the Arts. I do not think it is necessary. There are other places to put Youth Theatre Northwest without using the parks.
At the last minute, a minority of the Joint Commission threw out what they called "4 plus" (basically 5 stories) by requiring 10 percent public space.
It is June 5. I'm baking on a condo deck at Whistler in 90 degree heat that should come to these mountains only rarely in mid-summer, not now in early June. I grew up in the Northwest and cherish our mountains. The splendor of their magnificent glaciers, however, is fast melting away.
What do we want to achieve for our Town Center? There are two major obstacles. One is population growth, a priority that we all recognize. The other is image.
The difference between Donald Trump and God is that God doesn't think He is Trump. God is not a narcissist preoccupied with Himself.
On May 12, I sent a registered letter to our Mercer Island state Rep. Judy Clibborn. To date, Clibborn has elected not to respond to my questions.
The May 25 Mercer Island Reporter contained an article that contained a statement from Councilmember Dan Grausz. Below, without comment, is Mr. Grausz's statement and a reply to my email received that same day from the Public Disclosure Commission.