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.
As you approach Northwood School from 40th Street for the public dedication and open house from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, imagine a building with approximately the same 40th Street frontage as Northwood plunked down on Mercerdale Park, between the Farmers Insurance building and the skate park.
Distracted driving kills over eight people and injures over 1,000 people every day.
As supporters of the arts, we are happy to support Mercer Island Center for the Arts (MICA), but not in Mercerdale Park, the proposed site. Our objections to this site are based on two considerations.
The following words are those with which I addressed the Mercer Island City Council on May 9:
The "Protect Our Parks" initiative campaign continues to confuse and divide our community. Taking the issue to a vote would likely add further confusion or worse, indifference. The initiative as written could lead to unexpected park usage restrictions on activities citizens enjoy and have come to expect.