On behalf of the Tahoma School District, and as the United Way district coordinator, I would like to congratulate and thank the Tahoma School District employees for their generous support during another incredible United Way campaign.
In a letter titled “John Carlson gets it wrong when it comes to cap and trade” that was published on Web site Nov. 17, Cameron Peters claimed that John Carlson erred in criticizing the cap and trade legislation as being expensive to families.
On Saturday, Nov. 14 comedians John Keister (Almost Live), David Crowe (Showtime) and Joe Larson, performed BREAST Damn Comedy Show Period! at Druids Glen Golf Course. The comedians graciously donated their time and talents, which raised $2,300 for my three-day Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer walk.
The Maple Valley Rotary’s 20th Annual Dinner, Dance and Auction raised more than $95,000 for local and international projects, and more than $21,000 of this total will directly benefit music programs for children in the Tahoma School District.
For 16 years I have had the privilege to serve and represent you as a school board member. The experience has been challenging, rewarding and humbling; and with tremendous help from so many of you I know I am leaving the Tahoma School District in better shape than when I was first elected.
In response to Ryan Ryals’ commentary (in the Nov. 6 edition of the Reporter), I say he needs to look at more than just Council meetings before making a judgment about our mayor (Laure Iddings).
Almost a year ago, as I observed Tahoma School Board meetings and watched our district leaders cope with an unprecedented financial crisis, I was distraught to notice that the board lacked the perspective of a professional educator, and that most of the board members’ children were no longer in the district.
Regarding Ryan Ryals’ commentary about the leadership after the Maple Valley (City) Council elections as posted in the Nov. 6 edition of the Reporter, I cannot let his comments go unchallenged.
On behalf of the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market Board of Directors, I would like to extend my deep appreciation and thanks to all of our volunteers, farmers, vendors and our community for an amazing inaugural year! Our Farmers’ Market was more successful than we ever imagined and we all look forward to our second year commencing Saturday, June 19, 2010.
High school sport participation has grown from an estimated 4 million participants during the 1971-1972 school year to an estimated 7.2 million participants for the 2005-2006 school year. The increase of participants over this time frame concurrently results in an increased number of injuries for youth sport participants.
I read a recent article in which Maple Valley City Council candidate Jim Flynn states that during his tenure the number of police increased four-fold, from .5 officers per shift to 2 officers per shift. He made that statement to counter Bill Allison’s claim that the city did not add a single police officer during Mr. Flynn’s time on the Council, even though the population doubled.
Victoria Jonas is a remarkable individual with a life-long commitment to public service and volunteerism. As an experienced Maple Valley elected official, Victoria understands the complexities of city government operations and has consistently demonstrated effective leadership and initiative to keep Maple Valley moving forward in the right direction.
If you have not yet mailed in your November voter’s ballet, I encourage you to vote for Erin Weaver for Maple Valley City Council. I have had many talks with Erin about our city. I can tell you she is passionate about Maple Valley and wants to see it develop into a vibrant place for our families. She also has the vision and the drive to make things happen.
As a strong supporter of Rebecca Olness, I feel compelled to write this letter on her behalf. Rebecca has been a Black Diamond City Council member for four years and she’s aware of the issues that face our city.
We are always interested to see new candidates step up to the plate to serve their communities. Those of us that are more seasoned in this process understand that to do so requires dedication and lots of time. The time commitment includes carefully studying the issues and the history of the city to understand where we are today. It means serving the community through the many non-profit organizations or commissions that are the cornerstones on the community to gain some experience in these working relationships and knowledge of the community needs. It means actually attending the meetings of the office that you are running for so you know what is happening on a week by week basis.