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LETTER | How much growth does Houghton really need?

Should Houghton Everest Center increase from 143,000 sq feet to 1,000,000 sq ft with 850 apartments and 5 story mixed use with underground parking? Compare this to the new and very large Parkplace development Kirkland Urban with 1,200,000 square feet. I am a longtime Kirkland resident and am troubled by the immense amount of retail, […]

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Should Kirkland follow Seattle’s lead and permit “safe-injection” sites for heroin users? [poll]

On Friday, The Washington Post reported that earlier this month the King County Board of Health unanimously voted to endorse the creation of two “safe-injection” sites for heroin users, one located in Seattle and the other to be located elsewhere in King County. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D) and King County Executive Down Constantine (D) […]

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LETTER | End the Stigma of Mental Illness

According to NAMI.org, one in five Americans have a mental health condition in a given year. I’m very interested in mental health because the illness is generational in my family; and I’ve had to cope with it myself. Once I had a job selling medicines for bipolar, OCD and ADHD. In coping, not only do […]

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Seaplane hearing January 30

A group called Citizens for a Livable Waterfront (CLW) has formed to oppose a commercial seaplane operation proposed at Carillon Point in Kirkland, and has hired a noise consultant to testify at a public hearing to be held on January 30 at Kirkland City Hall. The group is concerned about the noise disturbance to homes, […]

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Meet Felicia the Friendly Flagger

Felicia Porter loves her job. If you’ve driven past the construction entrance to Kirkland Urban on Central Way, you’ve probably seen her waving and smiling as she directs traffic. “I have the best job,” she says. “Everyone is so warm and friendly. Some people even roll down their windows so their kids can wave to me.”  […]

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LETTER | Kirkland’s top cop blows it

Editor:

Are we to believe that we are safer by not checking for immigration papers at a time with ISIS waiting around the corner to kill people?  What made her make that decision?  Is it because it would add to their workload, was it because they don’t want the responsibility to help insure our safety, was it because our Council directed her response?  

In any case, I believe they are avoiding what should be their responsibility to keep us safer.

 

Robert L. Style

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LETTER | Embarrassed and Disappointed by Kirkland Parking Enforcement

Most of us who live and work in Kirkland know not to over extend our parking time in downtown Kirkland. And I get it, parking regulations are in place so people don’t hog the spaces. However, this goes beyond the pale.

Last night we invited some friends from Issaquah to meet us for dinner at Cactus. We were meeting at 6 pm and they texted us as we leaving our home to meet them about 5:45 that they were at the restaurant and had put their name in for a table…

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LETTER | Unhappy about Dancing Marijuana Sign Holders

Editor:

I am pretty unhappy to see the advertiser for the local pot store next to Costco dancing and swinging a giant marijuana sign on the corner of 85th and 120th. I was told that this is completely legal and is considered Freedom of Speech. I wish that the City of Kirkland would have taken this into consideration when issuing business licenses. I drive by this corner several times a day with my children and am unhappy to see this sign literally waving in our faces…

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LETTER | Election Results

Editor: I am very pleased to see my fellow Kirklandites who are readers and contributors to this blog have refrained from pontificating about the election results.  Other social media is filled with posts either gloating or decrying the results depending on their political point of view.  Many of them quite nasty.  We have many spirited […]

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