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December 9, 2013 at 7:35 PM
She was living in a motel with criminal activity and a history of drug sales
I read the very small article in The Seattle Times about the woman who was found dead Wednesday [“Police investigate death of woman in North Seattle motel,” Online, Dec. 5].
My neighbors, friends and I thought it was particularly interesting that she was living there as “part of a contract she had with a substance-abuse rehabilitation clinic.” If that’s true, the clinic folks should have their heads examined, and maybe their license revoked.
December 2, 2013 at 7:15 AM
Bravo to King County, Seattle and The Seattle Times
Recent articles about funding cuts in nonprofits reveal again how federal help continues to diminish [“Childhaven’s financial future uncertain,” NWMonday, Nov. 25].
Our country has expended enormous resources on its foreign policy, going all the way back to the Cold War and Vietnam. The result is that it will soon be unable to take care of its own people.
I commend our state, King County and Seattle for coming up with the money, despite shrinking budgets, to help the needy. Bravo to The Seattle Times for its fund drive. It is our wish that Congress will chart another course in how it spends the taxpayer’s money, pick up the banner of humanity, help its own citizens and, to say the least, contribute to nonprofit organizations that help homeless young adults and neglected children.
— Russell Howard, Seattle
November 15, 2013 at 8:48 AM
It is worth knowing when our beautiful city got its start as well as its correct location.
Many believe that it took place on or near Coleman Dock which is now the Bremerton/Bainbridge Ferry Terminal in downtown Seattle. This of course is not accurate. The actual location of our city’s beginning is near Alki Point, not very far from the location of the present Alki Lighthouse. There is a marker with an inscription to identify it.
Of particular importance were the 24 who came ashore from the Schooner on Nov. 13, 1851 to join those already here busily engaged in constructing log structures for dwelling. The permanent log structures are adequate evidence that Seattle got its start at this location.
Those who helped take this magnificent historic step were young, some only six weeks old. Imagine being a genuine hero at that age.
It seems only right that we at last officially recognize those and this truly eventful date as Seattle Day. Let’s hear it loud and clear for Nov. 13 as Seattle day!
E.V. Wahlman, Seattle
November 6, 2013 at 7:32 AM
Downtown proves to be a comfortable environment for tourists
I just had to send a letter congratulating your city after spending the day there along with family on Sunday, Nov. 3. We are from Vancouver, B.C., but visited your city to watch the Seattle Seahawks live at the stadium. We started the day in the Pike Place Market area and then walked to the stadium along 1st Avenue.
We felt really safe. The crowds were having fun and the entertainment (especially the Seahawks Blue Thunder drum band) was a joy to watch. It didn’t matter when the Seahawks were losing, the spectators were still in a good and hopeful mood.
Again, on the return walk back to the Pine Street area, we were impressed by the crowds, their good nature and the beauty of your older parts of the city. You have a lot to be proud of and we will certainly be back.
Graham Hughes, Burnaby, B.C.
October 24, 2013 at 7:01 AM
District is influenced by individuals and money
Your editorial supporting Seattle Charter Amendment 19 setting up council districts is, in theory, a good one [“Yes on Seattle charter amendment 19; no on Proposition 1, Opinion, Oct. 15].
On the surface, it seems rational and would be good for the voters and the city. However, having lived in New Orleans (where we had this same system), I can assure you that it was anything but good for the city.
Operationally, the district council member does represent his or her district, but is significantly influenced by individuals with money and all its temptations.
I will give you an example where the system fails: Developer X wants to rezone property from residential to commercial so he or she can build a commercial building. The residential property is historical and is in scale with its neighborhood. Neighborhood residents are opposed to the rezoning, but the council member is persuaded by the developer with favors to be obtained at a later date that cannot be traced. The other council members end up voting for approval since their existing system is much more difficult to corrupt.
I urge Seattle citizens to keep the system that they have and to look deeply to the pros and cons before voting.
Fritz Wagner, Seattle
October 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Mayor McGinn should add not decrease parking
Mayor Mike McGinn’s support of reducing street parking and reducing the requirement for new parking developments is making Seattle less livable.
For a while I lived in a condo in Belltown and my range hood stopped working. No repair company recommended by the manufacturer would come to Belltown because of the lack of parking. I noticed on their Web sites that several Seattle neighborhoods were in their no-repair zones.
Back in Mayor Norm Rice’s days, neighborhoods strongly supported the requirement that new developments needed at least one parking space for each apartment. Providing sufficient parking for customers of businesses was also a strong neighborhood goal. Businesses cannot attract customers outside the neighborhood if there is insufficient street parking.
Mayor McGinn’s narrow-minded support for bicycles neglects the need and accommodations for vehicle parking necessary for a healthy city. Where are Seattle citizens who own cars for recreation, business and other personal needs going to do? What are the businesses that depend on parking going to do? Limiting our choices is not the answer. The mayor needs more balance in this single-minded policy.
Terry Hoy, Bremerton
September 27, 2013 at 6:28 AM
City needs mass-transit system
The recent article on cars apparently deals with only Seattle proper, ignoring the huge amount of daily auto traffic to and from the surrounding cities. [“Cars losing grip on Seattle,” page one, Sept. 25.]
The terrible traffic conditions in Seattle are not caused by people who live and work here.
Of note, also, were the four cities in the U.S. with a higher percentage than Seattle of people who do not drive solo to work. Each of these cities has a subway system that facilitates transportation within their boundaries and from their suburban communities.
One doesn’t see many bicycle riders in New York or Boston.
Glen Kaner, Seattle
September 26, 2013 at 6:24 AM
Questions for letter writer
I have some questions for unhappy property owner Stuart Weibel. [“Northwest Voices: New city budget,” Opinion, Sept. 25.]
Does he know the assessments come from the King County assessor’s office and not the mayor’s office and feature an appeal process?
Did he read the latest Case-Shiller Index article? [“Home prices up again in Seattle,” Business, Sept. 25.]
Is his Queen Anne condominium assessed for more than he paid 14 months ago?
Don DeWeese, Seattle
September 24, 2013 at 6:32 PM
Unhappy property owner
Yes, we have an improving economy, and yes, real-estate prices are rising. [“Budget reflects McGinn’s priorities,” NW Tuesday, Sept. 24.]
Whatever methods the city is using to raise real-estate taxes, they are blunt axes for many of us. The real-estate taxes on our Queen Anne condominium have been raised substantially for two years running, nearly 20 percent since we purchased our property 14 months ago.
Independent estimates of the resale value of our property indicate that it has not changed in that time.
I look forward, with pleasure, to filling out my ballot in the coming mayoral election.
Stuart Weibel, Seattle
September 23, 2013 at 6:22 AM
Get with the program
It is about time that our city officials got their heads out of the sand.
I am referring to the fact that they want people to get out of their cars and use bicycles or public transportation. More specifically, about making developers put in so few parking spaces for their new apartment buildings that it will impact the surrounding neighborhood.
Because there will not be enough parking spaces provided in the apartment buildings, there will be a spillover in the immediate area. I grew up a few blocks from the new apartments on 15th Avenue Northwest, and I am fully expecting property values of the single-family homes in that area to be adversely affected by this.
One needs a car to get a large load of groceries. There is also a need for extra parking spaces if a tenant wishes to entertain. People who are elderly or disabled need to have a space to park a car or have someone pick them up. Finally, what about women who have to work late? They need to be able to park in their own building for their own security.
Folks, America is married to the car — get with the program!
Sally Neumeyer, Seattle
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