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Letter to the Editor | Taking Care of our Kirkland Parks

As the school year ends and warm weather begins, families move outside to enjoy the sunshine and the facilities at Kirkland’s parks and recreation areas. Grandparents, parents and children; pet owners; and sports enthusiasts enjoy the large variety of facilities through the city. When we include the waterfront, community, neighborhood and natural parks; select sports […]

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Letter to the Editor | Cold Hearted Council

Will the City Council continue to ignore the severe impacts of higher property taxes that will probably force homeowners out of their homes, especially those on fixed income? Property tax bills have gone up 18.8 percent, and the RTA vehicle registration tax has more than doubled. The vehicle registration tax is intended for rail service, […]

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LETTER | Yes to School Levys

Olympia is struggling with a dual problem–how to address the K-12 teacher shortage crisis and how to amply fund K-12 basic education. Thankfully, Lake Washington School District voters don’t have to wait for the State. We can take decisive action to support our children. The three LWSD ballot measures are critical to funding educational programs, […]

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LETTER | No to Local Property Tax

Dear Editor,   I sometimes wonder if the “higher taxes for schools” people ever stop to think of how these property taxes impact some of the more vulnerable in our community.  If the LWSD increased taxes are added to local bills, taxes on a median home will be about $12,000 a year or $1,000 a […]

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Historic Kalakala Ferry pieces inspire public art

There was a buzz of excitement as the Kirkland community gathered in the lobby of the Kirkland Performance Center on Wednesday, January 31 to celebrate artistic expression designed to connect Kirkland’s past and present through art. Over 130 members of the public attended the Kalakala Art Open House where four artists presented their art concepts, […]

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LETTER: LWSD Bond and Levies – Vote Feb. 13

Sent by: Walt and Kathy Krueger Sent on: January 29th, 2018 Editor:   Although our children are now grown and living out of the district, we have always felt strongly about the value of public education. A well-educated citizenry is basic to building a strong and just society. That’s why we support the Lake Washington […]

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LETTER: Support of School District Proposals

Sent by: Liz Hedreen Sent on: January 26, 2018 Dear editor, I’ve been a LWHS parent for 7 years, I can see firsthand how many more kids pour into the school every year. The classes and building are jammed and they have had to put 10 portable classrooms out in the parking lot. LWHS is not […]

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LETTER: Five Stories in Everest

Sent by: Marvin Scott Sent on: December 12, 2017 I have sent many letters along with hundreds of others outlining why your vote and decision is a bad idea for the South Kirkland community.  Hundreds of people have testified.  I, as have others, suggested alternatives that would be a compromise.  And yet you went against […]

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