Letters To The Editor

Enumclaw School District praised for doing things right | Letter

I wish to acknowledge the work of the Enumclaw School District.

  • Sep 3rd, 2013

Annual Enumclaw Neighbors Night Out was again a success | Letter

Neighbors Night Out – a successful evening across the Plateau where we said hello to our neighbors. Some folks met for the first time.

  • Sep 3rd, 2013

Another way to deal with conflict: to antagonize | Letter

Rich Elfers’ column often presents thought provoking material and so it was again with his comments on dealing with conflict. However, I might suggest that in spite of his “official” class on dealing with conflict, there is another approach, a sixth method, that is often employed in the real world.

  • Aug 26th, 2013

An unhealthy interest in quarrels | Letter to the Editor

Rich Elfer's column often presents thought provoking material and so it was again with his comments on dealing with conflict. However, I might suggest that in spite of his "official" class on dealing with conflict, there is another approach, a sixth method, that is often employed in the real world.

  • Aug 23rd, 2013

Need to make the best of Creation | Letter

Creation might not return to Enumclaw next year? What a shame if that happens!

  • Aug 21st, 2013

No respect shown for taxpayers | Letters

The monthly Fire District 28 commissioners’ meeting (Aug. 5) was held at the convenient time of 10 a.m. Most taxpaying citizens are at work, but the room is over capacity with firefighters and a few union reps from elsewhere.

  • Aug 21st, 2013

Black Diamond voters seek a new direction | Letter

The citizens of Black Diamond voted by over 66 percent for a new city mayor, Dave Gordon, in the primary election. This huge majority clearly shows that the citizens of Black Diamond are not happy with the direction the incumbent mayor has taken this town.

  • Aug 21st, 2013

An open letter to the Director of Washington Fish and Wildlife

In over 50 years of residing on the lake we have observed many changes; most of them have been due to residential growth but then many have been changes to our fish and wildlife.

  • Aug 20th, 2013

Good outweighs bad at Enumclaw Expo Creation Fest | Letter

As an Enumclaw resi-dent, I would like to respond to some of the noise complaints made about the presence of Creation here.

  • Aug 20th, 2013

Longtime Enumclaw High cross country coach treated unfairly

I recently read an article in this newspaper highlighting some changes to the EHS cross country program that will go into effect this year. Readers who aren’t familiar with the program or its coaches may have thought it all sounded great, but they would be wrong.

  • Aug 20th, 2013

Hopes Creation will stay part of Enumclaw scene | Letter

I was greatly saddened to read that Creation might not be continued in the future.

  • Aug 12th, 2013

Candidates need to serve public, not outsiders | Letters

I read Mr. Elfers’ column of Wednesday, Aug 7 (Union Seeking More Influence,” with alarm.

  • Aug 12th, 2013

The family of Marilyn Collins thank you | Letters

The family of Marilyn Collins would like to thank everyone for their help, support and prayers during Marilyn’s illness and passing.

  • Aug 7th, 2013

Columnist’s view kept with old stereotypes | Letter

According to Rich Elfers (In Focus, July 24) women only need be armed with “the pill” to reach their peak in business, society and life in general.

  • Aug 6th, 2013

Hopes to see Hispanic presence in Enumclaw parade | Letter

In response to the (July 24) letter to the editor pertaining to the Fourth of July parade: I am with you all the way about having Hispanics in the parade.

  • Aug 1st, 2013

More to women’s empowerment than “The Pill” | Letter to the Editor

According to Rich Elfers (In Focus, July 24) women only need be armed with "the pill" to reach their peak in business, society and life in general.

  • Aug 1st, 2013

League of Women Voters want to help you choose | Letter to the Editor

The League of Women Voters has created a website to help you better understand who you are voting for. We have listed each contested race in the county, given the salary and job description and asked each candidate a list of questions. Their responses can be compared side by side.

  • Jul 26th, 2013

Common Core standards not good for students | Letter

I have been looking in the paper for something from Rich Elfers and Wally (DuChateau), but not a word. What I am talking abut is Common Core education standards.

  • Jul 24th, 2013

Enumclaw councilman offers explanation for recent absences | Letter

In the off chance that anyone has noticed, as of July 22 I was absent for five Enumclaw City Council meetings in a row.

  • Jul 22nd, 2013

How will land sale impact the Nolte State Park ? | Letter

Notice of a public auction was recently posted at Nolte State Park, also called Deep Lake. Sealed bid opening starts on Aug. 14, 2013. Minimum bid for a 27.65 acre portion of Nolte State Park is $469,999.

  • Jul 17th, 2013

Challenger offers best Black Diamond option | Letter

I recently had occasion to meet Mr. Dave Gordon and heard him speak to his life’s accomplishments; his qualifications for the office of mayor of Black Diamond.

  • Jul 16th, 2013

Current Black Diamond mayor can stand up to YarrowBay | Letter

Growth and development are here in Black Diamond and they are not leaving and our city is on the verge of financial collapse. So the obvious question would be why would we trust such an important time and process to candidates who have never held a publicly-elected position?

  • Jul 15th, 2013

Enumclaw library booming a year after annexation into the county system

A year ago the citizens of Enumclaw followed the lead of 47 other King County cities, towns and communities and voted to merge our library into the King County Library System.

  • Jul 2nd, 2013

Army Reserve Pvt. David M. Swafford graduates from basic

Army Reserve Pvt. David M. Swafford has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

  • Jun 28th, 2013

Enumclaw High School Prom Dreams | Thank You

Prom Dreams would like to thank all who helped make “Prom Dreams Come True” for our Enumclaw High School graduating senior girls and boys. This was a successful fourth year for our program.

  • Jun 28th, 2013

White River High Motorsports Club | Thank You

A huge thank you to all who came out for the White River High School Motorsports Club Auto Show May 18.

  • Jun 28th, 2013

Enumclaw Transition Department | Thank You

On behalf of the students and staff of the Enumclaw Transition Department we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the following businesses for providing supportive worksites for our students.

  • Jun 28th, 2013

Columnist was wrong to single out corporations for greed, corruption | Letter

I take exception with the column by Rich Elfers (“Lesson shows power corrupts”) in the June 19 edition of your paper.

  • Jun 24th, 2013

Column unjustly lays blame on corporate world | Letter to the Editor

I take exception with the column by Rich Elfers ("Lesson shows power corrupts") in the June 19 edition of your paper (column appeared under the title "The relationship of wealth and power, miniaturized" June 14 online for Bonney Lake).

  • Jun 21st, 2013

Quadrant proposal was flawed from beginning | Letter to the Editor

I never have liked the saying "I told you so," only because it doesn't feel good to be proven wrong. With that in mind, before I joined the Bonney Lake City Council, in early 2003, I warned our leaders of dealing with the Weyerhaeuser/Quadrant group.

  • Jun 18th, 2013

Enumclaw does not need another law | Letter

This is not what Enumclaw wants or needs. Our small, conservative town does not need one more law or ordinance that can potentially violate our civil rights. I think between the state and the federal government we put up with enough of this already.

  • Jun 18th, 2013

Safe bicyclists need to follow rules of the road | Letters

I would like to comment on the bicycle event in Enumclaw the weekend of May 18.

  • Jun 4th, 2013

Rep. Cathy Dahlquist voices view of Sound Doctrine Church assistant pastor Malcolm Fraser guilty verdict

As a state representative, I follow the issues impacting the 31st District closely. In this case, letting the judicial process, which is independent of the legislative process, move forward was the proper course for all involved.

  • Jun 3rd, 2013

Rep. Chris Hurst discusses verdict in Fraser criminal trial | Letter

I applaud the guilty verdict handed down by the jury in the Malcolm Fraser/Sound Doctrine Church case and wanted to commend the Enumclaw Police Department, Detective Grant McCall and the King County Prosecutors Office for their outstanding professionalism in such a serious case, which was made more difficult due to the almost constant harassment by the small group of supporters of Fraser.

  • Jun 3rd, 2013

We all need something to forget tough times

I read Wally’s May 8 column and had to agree about his assertion that things are so bad that it causes people to drink.

  • May 29th, 2013

Draw the line between civil rights and respect | Letter

Due to the recent controversy of drone-use by law enforcement and a classroom presentation by a local police officer, rights that are constitutionally guaranteed to all American citizens have been brought to my attention. Rights, which up until now, as a senior in high school, have been obscured from my knowledge.

  • May 21st, 2013

King County wastes money, ignores local citizens | Letter

The Enumclaw City Council on April 9 had planned to discuss the 43,000 acre purchase proposed by King County on March 25. But any discussion was useless because King county decided to waste $11 million of the taxpayers’ money without any input from citizens or the city of Enumclaw which is directly next to the property.

  • Apr 30th, 2013

Consider voting no on Proposition 1 | Letter to the Editor

The ballots are out; voting has begun. The negative possibilities of Proposition 1 far-outweigh any benefits. So, reject the property tax increase, called a Metropolitan Park District (MPD) proposed by Proposition 1. Here are a few of the reasons that compel me to vote against Proposition 1.

  • Apr 15th, 2013

Plateau fortunate to have great healthcare facilities

Aren’t the citizens of Enumclaw fortunate to have both St. Elizabeth Hospital and Enumclaw Health and Rehabilitation Center in Enumclaw?

  • Apr 15th, 2013

Support King County effort to preserve local forest | Letter

I strongly support King County’s acquisition of development rights on the 43,000 Hancock acres east of Enumclaw. This very important action will keep this area as a working forest, preserve wildlife habitat and ensure continued recreational opportunities for the public.

  • Apr 9th, 2013

Tourism economically benefits Mount Rainier gateway communities and state

National Parks continue to be important, even critical, economic engines for local communities with visitors generating $30.1 billion in economic activity, and supporting 252,000 jobs nationwide in 2011. More than a third of that spending went directly into communities within 60 miles of a park

  • Apr 8th, 2013

Vote no on Propostion 1, Bonney Lake Metropolitan Park District | Letter

Saturday was gorgeous, I watched as families rushed inside the chain link fence, while the children surveyed the glistening eggs in the morning sun. You could see the excitement in their eyes. I marveled at how this event brought so many people from the community together.

  • Apr 8th, 2013

Forest agreement could limit city’s future plans

We are writing this letter as concerned private citizens to provide information to our community. King County has proposed purchasing the development rights on 43,000 acres from the east city limits of Enumclaw to Greenwater from Hancock Forest Management for $11.1 million.

  • Apr 1st, 2013

Retired chief seeking support for Fire District 44 levy

I am a 28-year fire service veteran and retired chief officer from the Auburn Fire Department. I am also a resident in King County Fire District 44, where I served as a commissioner for six years.

  • Mar 28th, 2013

Councilman says there’s plenty to think about before seeking office

Some local political competition is healthy and will result in a better community! I have not endorsed any one for the open positions. I will wait to see who runs.

  • Mar 26th, 2013

Hoping Enumclaw Mayor Liz Reynolds seeks another term

I hope Mayor Liz Reynolds will decide to run for re-election this year. Her leadership has been invaluable in bringing our city through these continuing times of economic crisis while other municipalities face bankruptcy.

  • Mar 12th, 2013

Metro Parks District is a recipe for buyer’s remorse | Letter to the Editor

What does the impending Metropolitan Park District vote and the temperament of a new-car buyer have in common? Actually, a lot. Car buyer temperaments range widely from impulsive to thoughtful. How are these temperaments related to the MPD vote?

  • Mar 8th, 2013

Parks Are an Important Part of a Healthy Community | Letter to the Editor

“Where we live, learn, work, and play can have a greater impact on how long and how well we live than medical care.” I recently came across this claim in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report and it caused me to think about the importance of Bonney Lake’s Metropolitan Park District (MPD) measure in an entirely new way.

  • Mar 5th, 2013

Washington State PTA looks forward to stable and equitable funding for schools | Letter

The Washington State Parent Teacher Association opposes placing “super majority” barriers to funding that kids rely on, and the association welcomes the state Supreme Court ruling this week that strikes down the two-thirds majority requirement for revenue increases. This ruling gives policymakers the flexibility they need to make practical and balanced choices for children.

  • Mar 3rd, 2013

Screening Day’s goal is to save American lives | Letter

As a gastroenterologist, I am writing to remind you and your readers that while March is an exciting time in the world of college basketball, it is also Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Feb 28th, 2013