Letters to the Editor

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

Dunbar for 41st

Peter Dunbar is running in the 41st District for Position #1, against incumbent State Representative Marcie Maxwell. Peter is a man of principle, a successful… Continue reading

  • Jul 27, 2010

Keep Clibborn and Maxwell in Legislature

As a 41 year resident of Bellevue long involved in human services, early learning and education issues, I have worked with a wide variety of… Continue reading

  • Jul 27, 2010

Speed enforcement on ICW needed

I live in the south end of the island and drive Island Crest often. speeds of 45 MPH are not uncommon. I feel that we… Continue reading

  • Jul 27, 2010

No to LBP memorial

I am writing in regard to the memorial for Steve Haba that is proposed for Luther Burbank Park. The plan is to place it at… Continue reading

  • Jul 27, 2010

Concerns over proposed memorial at Luther Burbank

I have recently become aware of a memorial project in memory of Steve Haba that is proposed for Luther Burbank Park. The plan is to place it at the extreme north end of LBP on a pristine, grassy meadow. The memorial is to be a large 20-by-40-foot, almond-shaped cement pad.

  • Jul 22, 2010

Is the ICW vote improper or just bad politics?

At the Council meeting on June 21, Councilmembers Steve Litzow, Mike Cero, El Jahncke and Mike Grady voted to reallocate the ICW/Merrimount road funds for 2010 to repave residential streets in 2011. I have given up on my idea of community input (and politicians listening) when looking at the process that occurred to un-fund the ICW/Merrimount project.

  • Jul 20, 2010

Dog fights at Luther Burbank

Recently at Luther Burbank Park, my mom, my friend and I were at the off-leash dog park, and our dog was minding his own business and was having a great time until a non-neutered dog came up and started a fight. This was the second time encountering a fight with a non-neutered dog.

  • Jul 14, 2010

Mary Wayte Pool an Island treasure

I wonder if the people on Mercer Island are aware of the gem they possess. There is a miracle-maker place where people of all ages… Continue reading

  • Jul 13, 2010

City Council decision: governance at its worst

I had the opportunity to watch the June 21 City Council meeting on public access TV and, in short, I was shocked by the behavior and decisions of the Council. To my understanding, the city has already spent over $250,000 on studies and engineering on the ICW corridor. The Council has twice taken action to revise the corridor to a three-way configuration after unprecedented public involvement and comment on the configuration. I am well aware that we are in a recession and that revenues for the city are down, but the action taken by the Council was in direct contradiction to the recommendations of the independent engineers for improving the corridor, which was the cheapest alternative of the many options.

  • Jul 6, 2010