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April 4, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Oso mudslide: Spend money in the area when it’s safe

A large American Flag flies at half staff in the debris field caused by the massive mudslide above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River onto Highway 530, west of Darrington, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The large flag, raised on the third day of the mudslide aftermath, replaces an older flag found in the debris field and raised at half staff by the Oso fire department on the second day. (MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

As we follow the tragic events resulting from the mudslide in the Darrington-Oso area, we have been shown many ways to offer support for those affected [“In Oso mudslide, signs that warnings may have been missed,” Opinion, March 30].

The response has been overwhelming. We are saddened by the loss of life and property, while our spirits are lifted by the way those towns and surrounding communities have come together to get through this as best they can.

At some point the road will be cleared and the recovery efforts will be


Comments | More in Snohomish mudslide | Topics: Chris Salditt, mudslide, Oso

March 31, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Oso mudslide: Echos around the world to come from climate change

When the mountain crashed down on Oso, horror and disbelief gave way to an all-out rescue effort [“In Oso mudslide, signs that warnings may have been missed,” Opinion, March 31]. There is a global message from this local tragedy: Despite warnings and documentation of the danger, homes were built and lives lived in…


Comments | More in Snohomish mudslide | Topics: climate change, global warming, mudslide

February 13, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Hooven bog: Ask neighbors to preserve the bog

Randy Whalen, whose property near Woodinville borders a rare sphagnum moss bog, is leading an effort to preserve it from a developer’s plan to build five houses on it. “I’m basically mad as hell,’’ Whalen said about the development plan. “They are doing this to our children.” (Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

The Times’ article about citizens’ issues with developers in Snohomish County came as no surprise to me [“Bog a battlefield for developer, neighbor in Snohomish County,” Local News, Feb. 10]. And to read the article it seemed like bureaucratic bungling of the worst kind.

Then I looked up the place on Google Earth and a different story emerged: a tiny gem of a place surrounded by mansions.


Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Hooven bog, Randy Whalen, Robert Reed

March 19, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Sheriff’s office creates unit for Snohomish County schools

Security measure distracts from real issue Now that the “feel good” photo ops are over, perhaps the Snohomish County sheriff can quantify how six deputies are going to effectively patrol 2,000 square miles, and more than 100 schools [“Some Snohomish County schools to get extra security,” NWSaturday, March 16]? I doubt the response time to any…


Comments | More in Children, Gun control, Public safety | Topics: Snohomish County

February 27, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon resigns

Reardon’s exit makes little fuss It sure is refreshing to see a politician resign instead of dragging things out and refusing to go out gracefully [“Defiant Reardon resigning,” page one, Feb. 22]. Aaron Reardon had a multitude of problems that seemed to start when he was first elected. Hopefully now that he is resigning, Snohomish County…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Aaron Reardon, access, public records