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Letters to the Editor
I have worked and lived in this community since March 2011, and my wife and I love the island. We appreciate Vashon's progressive values.
Community Events, July 2016
Last year's fireworks season was during a record-breaking heat wave, the fire danger was extreme, but people used the most important piece of safety equipment – good judgement. Fireworks sales were down more than 50 percent and that was a good thing, people were showing a lot of restraint and it paid off with Vashon having an extremely low incident rate – no injuries and one small fire that was possibly caused by fireworks.
Is the King County parks department making the right decision at the Maury Island Open Space cleanup site? Because this site was purchased, in part, with funds from the Washington State Department of Ecology, the county parks department is required to perform the cleanup of contaminated soil on the site. Ecology has made some suggestions, such as closing the area and paving the trails, but the county rejected such proposals as unsuitable. The county still needs to come up with an interim plan and complete such plan by the end of 2016 to be eligible for reimbursement from Cal Portland.
Like many people, I was saddened by the death of Harambe, the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo. I was further disheartened by the attacks on the mother of the toddler. She was especially vilified on social media — before the facts emerged, of course.
Yes! I agree with Jan and Charlie Peterson's letter ("Stop fireworks to keep island, water clean," June 15), let's stop the fireworks.