Letters to the Editor

Questions about city’s decision to move Maple Valley City Hall

While not a resident of Maple Valley, as the contractor of the Capstone Office Building, I feel it incumbent to bring to the public's attention some issues regarding the recent city manager's decision to pursue a different location for City Hall than the move to the Capstone Building, which had been previously negotiated before Mr. Johnston arrived on the scene.

  • Sep 1, 2009
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Assessing the candidates for county council and city council

The election results are in and like many of you, I watched closely to see if the candidate we supported would advance to the general… Continue reading

  • Aug 26, 2009
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What is really going on in Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety’s Board of Commissioners

I take issue with statements made by a disgruntled past employee of the district Betty M. Stonesiferin.By state law the fire commissioners that are elected… Continue reading

  • Aug 26, 2009
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Firefighters appreciate the support of community

It was with enthusiasm and excitement that the members of the Maple Valley Fire Department took to the streets to “Fill the Boot” for the… Continue reading

  • Aug 20, 2009
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Thank you to community for donations to the animal shelter

Muttley Crew 4-H Club wants to thank community members and businesses for helping them collect used towels, fleece blankets and pet toys for King County Animal Care and Control shelters. The Animal Hospital of Maple Valley, Reber Ranch in Kent and Covington Animal Hospital supported this effort with collection boxes.

  • Aug 20, 2009
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School teacher strike may cause many problems for the children

In all of the news reports and contract negotiation updates, we’ve heard about the views of both the teacher’s union and the district. But, what about the children? What will happen to them if school does not begin on time on Aug. 31

  • Aug 20, 2009
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Citizen believes candidate has been smeared by opponent

Citizen believes candidate has been smeared by opponent

  • Aug 17, 2009
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Kent School District parent encourages administration and union to find better solutions

I agree that we have a broken education system throughout our state, largely due to issues regarding funding at the state level. In order to counter balance this lack of funding and inequity from the state, we need to better engage all parties and stay at it, until together we discover better local solutions. To remain in this perpetual debate over perspective and consider outdated solutions is a disservice to the community. It's time we throw out the ineffective hand of the past and promise to take the path that provides a safety net for our children.

  • Aug 15, 2009
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Black Diamond councilman takes issue with candidate’s statement

As a council member with the city of Black Diamond, I want to clarify current Council’s actions regarding the Nestle Waters past proposal in our city and to address statements of council candidate William Saas, who is running for City Council Position No. 4. Mr. Saas stated in the voter pamphlet and on his Web page that “our city was recently in jeopardy of losing much of its pure spring water to a large corporation and most of our citizens were completely unaware.”

  • Aug 1, 2009
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Maple Valley councilman desputes candidates claims

I want to comment on a candidate's Web site information and help set the record straight. Glenn Smith's campaign website (www.reelectglenntsmith.com) contains a lot of… Continue reading

  • Jul 25, 2009
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Under whelmed by light rail

This weekend light rail opened for business, all 13.9 miles of it, all 2.3 billion dollars worth. Big whoop.

  • Jul 23, 2009
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Free spay and neuter needed

My one big criticism about the King County Animal Shelter is that they do not have a policy of mandatory spay and neutering for all… Continue reading

  • Jul 23, 2009
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The old red tavern ends

Today (Monday) we witnessed the passing into history of the “old red tavern.” It has been a figure on state Route 169 for more years… Continue reading

  • Jul 23, 2009
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Theft problem in Maple Valley Park and Ride

n the past two months I have had two separate occurrences of theft to my vehicles at the Maple Valley Park and Ride and I would like to raise community awareness to this issue. On May 20 the catalytic converter was sawed off and stolen off my Toyota Pickup.

  • Jul 23, 2009
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“Dangerous dogs” letter from Humane Society of Seattle riddled with inaccuracies

Though billed as an opinion piece about dangerous dog legislation, the letter, “Think before creating dangerous dog laws,” written by the Humane Society of Seattle’s… Continue reading

  • Jul 14, 2009
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Panhandling is a growing problem in Covington

I live just outside the Covington city limits and frequently shop in Covington. I am concerned about the growing panhandling problem in Covington and it's… Continue reading

  • Jul 9, 2009
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Think before creating new dangerous dogs laws

No King County resident should be afraid to go for a walk, or let their children play outside, for fear of vicious free-roaming dogs. Tragedies like the elderly woman in SeaTac who was mauled by loose dogs in September are preventable, and should never happen. The knee-jerk reaction to this frightening and dreadful incident, and others like it, has prompted law makers to act out of fear and consider enacting new legislation aimed at dangerous dogs, or even at specific breeds of dogs. This is nonsensical. These legislators fail to take into consideration the fact the state of Washington, and King County specifically, have many laws that would prevent these sorts of tragedies if they were adequately enforced.

  • Jul 9, 2009
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Writer concerned with Black Diamond candidate

I am writing with great concern for the citizens of the of the city of Black Diamond. It has come to my attention that Mrs. Paula Koch-Boyd is running for election to City Council Position No. 4, city of Black Diamond. Recent actions by Mrs. Koch-Boyd suggest that she is not a wise choice for our city.

  • Jul 2, 2009
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Black Diamond City Council candidate disputes allegations

I would like to take this opportunity to clarify some allegations that were recently made. Firstly, I am honored to be running for seat No. 4 for the Black Diamond City Council. It is very important to me to be a role model to the citizens of Black Diamond as well a role model to my family.

  • Jul 2, 2009
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Thanks for Farmers Market success

The opening of Maple Valley Farmers Market was a huge success with over 2000 folks attending the grand opening event on June 20. The market… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2009
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