Letters to the Editor

Letter | S.E. 53rd Street link

This is in response to the letter of Feb. 2 which suggested discussing linking S.E. 53rd to West Mercer Way. That same idea was proposed in the mid-1970s and subsequently rejected by both the Planning Commission and the City Council.

  • Feb 22, 2011

Letter | Education reform shouldn’t have to wait anymore

Thank you for including the article on K-12 education reform efforts in the Reporter last week. There are so many important bills being considered right now in Olympia that it is a good time to be paying attention. I was, however, discouraged by the news that Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, the chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, is refusing to hold a hearing on the bill sponsored by Sen. Steve Litzow and others that would require school districts to use evaluation ratings in determining which teachers to lay off when budget cuts force teacher layoffs (SB 5399, also known as the Riffing bill or the Great Schools bill).

  • Feb 16, 2011

MIHS band says ‘thank you’

Once again, the Mercer Island community was unbelievable in its support of the MIHS marching band, this time for the students' trip to London to participate in the New Year’s Day Parade on Jan. 1.

  • Jan 19, 2011

Finders keepers, losers weepers – goodbye to Finders gift store

The news of Finders gift shop closing brought tears to my eyes. When my young sons were attending birthday parties, Keepers (the part of the store that sold gifts for infants and children) was the place to find the perfect gift. The headlamp for bedtime reading was our all-time favorite.

  • Jan 11, 2011

Off Island patient transport has risks

To The Editor:I am writing to express concerns about the plan to charge a fee for patient transport by Mercer Island Fire Department (MIFD) firefighter/emergency… Continue reading

  • Dec 29, 2010

Use of old Safeway site is great news for Islanders

This is great news! I am a student who recently left for college, and I was disappointed that the Safeway moved out because it would be nice to have another grocery store to frequent. It is nice to know that such a large lot is finally getting developed; it seems like such a waste that it has been left empty. I have high hopes that this new project will continue to expand the commerce in downtown.

  • Dec 7, 2010

Cancel my subscription

Your paper has gone from bad to awful to worthless. Please cancel my subscription and refund the remaining balance. Every time I try to give this paper a chance, it disappoints. Have lived on Mercer Island for 45 years and have quit this paper four times in the past. This will be the last.

  • Dec 7, 2010

Gordon ‘attack ad’ a new low

We saw Randy Gordon’s attack ad against Steve Litzow’s claim to be bipartisan. A clip from a Mercer Island Council meeting discussion on the “road diet” was shown, followed by an ambulance and the insinuation that Steve Litzow had caused harm to Mercer Island children.

  • Nov 16, 2010

Granting cycle begins for MI Community Fund

The Mercer Island Community Fund is currently accepting applications for grants with a deadline of Jan. 31, 2011. It considers applications from organizations for funding that benefit the Mercer Island community in the following categories: (a) Arts and Culture, (b) Environment and Conservation, (c) Community Development, (d) Recreation, (e) Social Service and (f) Health, within the meaning and limitations of Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

  • Nov 9, 2010

Library Friends say ‘Thank you, Islanders’

The Mercer Island Friends of the Library just held another successful book sale thanks to your donations of quality books and media. The money raised from our fall sale as well as ongoing book sales in the library fund, in whole or in part, over 75 percent of the programs at the Mercer Island Library, so we appreciate your year-round donations and your purchases of books at our sales.

  • Nov 3, 2010

Lakes’ Halloween offers more than just candy

I tutor with ‘Invest in Youth,’ a Mercer Island program that works in several under-performing Seattle schools. This year my husband and I brought two (fifth and sixth grade) students from the program, neither of whom had ever been trick or treating, to the Lakes. They had the time of their lives.

  • Nov 2, 2010

Mary Wayte Pool

This is tragic news. Never have I found such an all-inclusive place as this pool. This will be a great loss to the community and to us who travel a distance to participate at the pool. I also understand the times and realize the cutbacks and pinches are also all inclusive. I hope there can be a positive and successful solution to this.

  • Oct 26, 2010

Support Sen. Randy Gordon

Dear Islanders, I am writing to ask you to support Randy Gordon in his run for office. He will answer your calls, respond to concerns and is informed about issues. Please support a candidate who supports safety in our community. You will not be disappointed!

  • Oct 26, 2010

Thank you to city maintenance employees for:

1. Having the common sense to require 3 speed bumps in the current re-paving of Avalon Way; and 2. The impressively beautiful new landscaping on the east side of Island Crest Way by the U. S. mailbox. Well done!

  • Oct 19, 2010

When one is attacked, all are attacked

When one religious group is attacked, all are attacked. The Mercer Island Clergy Association were shocked and horrified to hear of the vandalism to North West Yeshiva High School, St. Monica School and a public elementary school.

  • Sep 28, 2010

Light rail and parking — a train wreck looming

If the pages of the Reporter are any indication, the Island is likely to badly botch the integration of light rail into our transportation fabric. A story from early August highlights the wishful thinking on the part of some Island management. There’s hope that commuters will use shuttle vans to get to and from the North end park-and-ride. The same idea seems to be infiltrating nascent planning to accommodate light rail. In a more recent letter to the editor, Islander Julie Devine points out the obvious — that few people can tolerate the added commuting pain associated with shuttling to the North end.

  • Sep 15, 2010

Cosmetic advertisement is ‘inappropriate’

I grew up on Mercer Island back in the ’60s and ’70s. Years later and after becoming a parent, I moved back to the Island, where I could be assured that my daughter would receive a good education. It’s nice to be back living on the Island as an adult and getting involved in this small-town community.

  • Sep 14, 2010

More about the light at 40th and 86th

I heartily endorse the comments of Ken Lottis about the light at S.E. 40th Street and 86th Avenue S.E. I would, however, like to add an additional complaint. During peak travel periods on S.E. 40th, the lights are heavily biased for east-westbound traffic. This appears to be around 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. This bias seems to exist daily, even on Saturday and Sunday, when normal traffic exists on 40th.

  • Sep 7, 2010

Intersection should be reconfigured at 40th and 86th

With classes resuming at the high school and the Boys and Girls Club open, I am wondering if city officials will be re-configuring the traffic light at the intersection of S.E. 40th Street and 86th Avenue S.E. Unless some changes are forthcoming, that intersection will become a major bottleneck and a danger to both drivers and pedestrians.

  • Aug 31, 2010

Dancin’ at the Boys & Girls Club

Mercer Island Special Olympic athletes, coaches and parents are pleased to thank Blair Rassmussen and the Boys and Girls Club for opening their door to our program. We started our season off with a “Hoe Down” dance and had a blast at the new facility. Even though the outside temperature was nearing 100 degrees, we stayed cool inside the air-conditioned rooms.

  • Aug 17, 2010