Letters to the Editor

Letter | Congrats to Council for civil gun discussion

I want to applaud our City Council for its reasoned, civil discourse during the discussion to support the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition at its April 22 meeting.

  • Apr 30, 2013

Letter | Toll comparison not valid in ‘car-centric’ community

A friend of mine is now worried about a $5,000 annual increase in his commuting bill because he has three cars, teenagers and a highly mobile family. I’m sure he’d be happy to see the city spend even several hundred dollars per household on his behalf, and on behalf of all Mercer Island families, if that means not being compelled to pay thousands of dollars a year.

  • Mar 26, 2013

Letter | Response to Rep. Clibborn’s Island Forum tolling

In her article, Judy Clibborn seems concerned about protecting Mercer Island residents and appears to be doing something about it. However, a closer look shows her efforts are nothing more than a deceptive tactic to divide opposition and get the toll passed.

  • Mar 20, 2013

Letter | ‘Snoopy citizens’ get personal information

There is something wrong with the law when any snoopy citizen can get my personal information from the city just by asking for it. I received the following email from the City of Mercer Island attorney.

  • Mar 12, 2013

Letter | Don’t forget how important sleep is for everyone

Like most Mercer Island high school students, I was always awake and active late into the night, and had to be dragged out of bed for school around 7 a.m. every morning. I felt perpetually tired or exhausted.

  • Mar 6, 2013

Letter | A response to Dan Grausz’s letter

We firmly believe that the only fair way to fund the many transportation problems that the state faces is through a state tax or a state registration fee. Bridges, improvements and maintenance are all a part of the overall highway system.

  • Mar 5, 2013

Letter | Reporter favors tolling, the issue is a ‘Pandora’s box’ for residents

As a subscriber, I urge you to investigate and report on the full I-90 toll issue. In my opinion, your recent front page article merely reports facts supporting the City Council’s laissez faire attitude.

  • Feb 6, 2013

Letter | Using ‘evil’ to describe shootings is shallow

The massacre at Newtown was a tragic event, [and is] not appropriately called evil.

  • Dec 26, 2012

Letter | ‘Crazy quilt’ of parking does not make Town Center friendly

Seldom-used benches slapped on the sidewalk, more plantings and more signs pointing us to pigeon-hole, below-building parking won’t get us there.

  • Dec 10, 2012

Letter | Fire station levy: vote no

We all appreciate and benefit from the Mercer Island Fire Department. But that doesn't translate into demolishing and building new a double-in-size fire station.

  • Oct 25, 2012

Letter | What parents may not know can hurt their student’s learning

First, if you’re thinking that dyslexia, dysgraphia or ADHD are not relevant to your family, consider that most Washington state schools do not allow their staff to even use those terms, let alone suggest your child be tested.

  • Sep 26, 2012

Letter | Incorporate Islander, True Value in ‘new downtown’

Surely there must be some way that the Islander and True Value can be incorporated into the “new” downtown, with all that empty street front retail space available.

  • Sep 18, 2012

Letter | The ‘cost’ of a simple lemonade stand

Throughout Seafair at the corner of West Mercer Way and the eastbound off-ramp of I-90, a group of teenage kids had a concession stand. It was a booming business.

  • Sep 11, 2012

Letter | Mercer Island’s National Night Out useful and fun

I would like to thank the city of Mercer Island, especially Officer Jennifer Franklin, for its support of the National Night Out program.

  • Aug 13, 2012

Letter | Seattle ‘sick leave’ rules can burden business here

It’s hard enough for employers to cope with hundreds of new regulations passed each year, added to the tens of thousands of regulations already on the books.

  • Aug 7, 2012

Letter | Cyclists’ behaviors are rude, dangerous

I’m very concerned that the majority of cyclists I’ve shared the trails with think nothing of zooming past pedestrians without any warning.

  • Jun 22, 2012

Letter | ‘Road diet’ elsewhere has had positive results

I have lived on the Island only three years, but I sense a significant number of Mercer Island residents care only for themselves and not for the safety of others.

  • Jun 13, 2012

Letter | Let’s do more to recycle

At my school, we are doing a project to help our community. It is called the Giraffe Club project.

  • Jun 12, 2012

Letter | Islanders should have a say on the ‘road diet’

I am in full agreement with Robert Andrews, who wrote to protest the ‘road diet.’ This should be a referendum.

  • Jun 6, 2012

Letter | What exactly is the point of the ICW ‘road diet?’

We have several questions about the so-called ‘road diet.’ What does it accomplish? What is its purpose? Does the City Council just like to spend the taxpayers’ money?

  • Jun 5, 2012