Letters to the Editor

We need ‘real advocates’ on I-90 tolling issue

Tolling I-90 will affect nearly everything we hold dear about our city.

  • Oct 30, 2013

Erwin shares ‘parents’ values ‘

Parents are attracted to Mercer Island for many reasons including great schools and a safe community.

  • Oct 29, 2013

‘Good old boys’ network at work

I have been surprised to see the letters from the “establishment” on the Island stating that we need to keep the “ good old boys” network together and re-elect the incumbents.

  • Oct 24, 2013

Voting ‘Yes’ on I-522

I plan to vote YES on Initiative-522 this week, the ballot measure to label genetically engineered foods here in Washington State.

  • Oct 22, 2013

Erwin to keep ‘what is working’

I am supporting Rich Erwin for City Council. Rich Erwin shares my values and those of many other seniors as well. He wants to keep in place on Mercer Island what is working.

  • Oct 16, 2013

View of ‘vibrant community’ is not mine

I am compelled to voice my opinion publicly after attending the voters forum on Tuesday. I listened to current City Council members, Tana Senn and Dan Grausz, espouse their vision of transforming our town center into a nightlife destination and business hub. They epiphanized it as a “vibrant city.” I question if they listen to Mercer Island residents.

  • Oct 15, 2013

No ‘deals’ on parking were made for Legacy project

While I realize that during election season the truth gets stretched, the letter in the Sept. 25 Reporter attacking Council member Jane Meyer Brahm and me for our vote on the Legacy (former True Value site) project takes distortion of the facts to a new level.

  • Oct 3, 2013

Council members’ letter is ‘political hit piece’

Last week I received a letter that appeared to be official city business from Council members Bertlin and Senn. Upon opening this letter, I discovered it was a misleading piece of political advertisement, directed at me solely because of my gender.

  • Oct 3, 2013

Letter | Weighing our state’s high cost of doing business

Washington state has many attributes that attract new employers to our beautiful state. The challenge may be convincing them to stay here.

  • Aug 14, 2013

Letter | Islanders upset about noise from Seahawks’ open practices

A letter to Larry Warren, City Attorney, Renton, Wash.

  • Jul 30, 2013

Letter | The question should be ‘What do lawmakers do?’

Perhaps the “lawmakers” need to go back to school instead of showing that they are clueless.

  • Jul 23, 2013

Letter | ‘Patriot Plaza’ not the right name for VFW plan

I read the announcement in the Reporter about plans to create a ‘Patriot Plaza’ at the VFW Hall. I think it is a wonderful idea to have a memorial to veterans.

  • Jul 17, 2013

Letter | Legal or not — all fireworks are dangerous

It’s time to ban all fireworks on Mercer Island. Over the past week, many of us watched as locals purchase “Safe & Sane” fireworks near the post office.

  • Jul 9, 2013

Letter | Light rail won’t help parking and traffic issues

I agree with Susan Dykstra regarding the light rail and why it does not work for her. For all her reasons and more, I would not use the light rail.

  • Jun 26, 2013

Letter | It’s time for background checks on gun buyers

I am inspired and hopeful. I support background checks for all gun purchases.

  • Jun 19, 2013

Letter | Sound Transit light rail won’t work for me

No, I will not use light rail. No parking. No bus comes by my house. It would take three buses to get to just one of my downtown destinations.

  • Jun 19, 2013

Letter | Fireworks – be safe, be responsible

On behalf of Kiwanis of Mercer Island, VFW Post #5760, and the Mercer Island Masonic Lodge, I would like to thank the City Council for their approval of our permit to sell safe and sane fireworks in celebration of the Fourth of July this year.

  • Jun 5, 2013

Letter | It’s a dog’s life, city does not have leash law

Reading about the Councilman and his dog reminded me of an incident last summer. I was walking past the children’s playground in Mercerdale Park and a large, unleashed dog jumped on me from behind.

  • May 22, 2013

Letter | Freshy’s is a good neighbor

Mercer Island has a good neighbor! Freshy’s Seafood Market allowed the Mercer Island Learning Lab parents to park in their lot while their children visited the care center patients.

  • May 20, 2013

Letter | Councilman’s dogs’ off-leash play is ‘unfair’ to other dogs

Unfortunately, there are those who think this law applies to everyone except them. Voice control of your pet is not enough. Keep them leashed (it’s the law), unless they are in an approved off-leash area (there is one on the Island).

  • May 6, 2013