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Remembering a time: When will it stop? | Guest View

We watch the news and see children in Ukraine clutching their favorite toy as they are forced to leave home. They and their parents are fleeing from the advancing Russian army. And... — Updated 5/18/2022

 By Priya Sinha    Opinion

Is the City criminalizing poverty, mental illness in Edmonds? | Guest View

I am writing about proposed Public Ordinance 5.70, Unlawful Occupation of Public Property. The sole purpose of the ordinance is to criminalize poverty and mental illness in... — Updated 5/5/2022

 By Strom Peterson    Opinion

Proposed homeless ordinance is not enforceable | Guest View

Dear Mayor Nelson and City Council: I am writing to express opposition to the proposed ordinance regarding unlawful occupation of public property. As your state representative, form... — Updated 5/5/2022

 By Vivian Olson    Opinion

A 'last resort' tool for those who refuse help

In 2021, an in-depth look at the difficult issue of homelessness was conducted in Edmonds. I was pleased to serve on this mayor-initiated task force. Most of the actions and... — Updated 4/21/2022

 By Rob English    Opinion

Edmonds sewer project will reduce carbon footprint | Guest View

The City of Edmonds is partnering with the Department of Enterprise Services, Ameresco, and Ecoremedy to complete a $27 million carbon recovery project. The project's focus is to... — Updated 4/12/2022


PROS Plan must include environmental goals | Guest View

As a City Council member, I've received hundreds of emails and comments from residents regarding the draft six-year PROS Plan update. I appreciate all input, and have met with a num... — Updated 3/31/2022

 By Mike Nelson    Opinion

New council dragging Edmonds' parks backwards | Guest View

The new council majority has rejected the voices of thousands of Edmonds residents. Voices who want more equitable distribution of our parks, more open space, more trails, and more... — Updated 3/31/2022

 By M.J. Joseph    Opinion

Spring, and hope for empathy and humanity | Guest View

You may be wondering why I am choosing to share this story now. Well, it is the start of spring, thus new beginnings, and because the kindness and generous spirit of an understanding Edmonds walker awakened my hope that by doing so... — Updated 3/24/2022

 By Adam Maxwell    Opinion

Mixed bag for climate needs; sunny outlook for solar energy | Guest View

The Washington State Legislature concluded the regular session March 10 in a whirlwind that saw many needed environmental bills shortchanged by the 60-day schedule. A few critical... — Updated 3/17/2022


Fence around Police Department is for public safety | Guest View

I wanted to take a moment to shed some light on a 2022 Edmonds budget item: the pedestrian safety perimeter at the Edmonds Police Department. As responsible citizens it is our duty... — Updated 3/17/2022

 By Andrew Morgan    Opinion

Zoning changes will increase carbon footprint | Guest View

The City of Edmonds consists of a mere 8.9 square miles with a shoreline of 5.2 linear miles. If we eliminate single-family zoning, we will have smaller homes in Edmonds with a... — Updated 3/10/2022

 By Daniel Johnson    Opinion

Emerging from the COVID fog: Getting your life back

As I write this message, I am watching the Edmonds-Kingston ferry emerge from a fogbank as it approaches the Edmonds terminal. Emerging from the uncertainty of the more than... — Updated 3/3/2022

 By Joe Scordino    Opinion

Is Edmonds losing its livability and charm? | Guest View

I used to be proud to say that I’ve lived in Edmonds for over 40 years, but it’s becoming embarrassing to admit I live in Edmonds. What happened to our slogan, “It’s an... — Updated 2/24/2022


Edmonds' single-family neighborhoods in grave peril | Guest View

Serious attempts to end single-family zoning in neighborhoods in Edmonds and all of Washington state are moving quickly in the state Legislature. If you value your single-family... — Updated 2/17/2022

 By Hank Landau    Opinion

The loose end returns in time for Super Bowl | Guest View

Some of you may remember reading the professional football lesson I gave to three of my young grandchildren last year. If so, you learned the difference between a tight end and a... — Updated 2/10/2022

 By Strom Peterson    Opinion

More time is needed for rental evictions | Guest View

Imagine getting a notice in the mail that your rent, probably your largest monthly expense, is going up 10%, 20%, 50%, or even more, and you have just 60 days to figure out what to... — Updated 2/10/2022


Councilmember: Revisiting budget is 'good governance' | Guest View

Thank you to The Beacon for asking me to respond to Mayor Nelson’s press release on Jan. 28. There’s no point in debating the hyperbole and fear-mongering Mayor Nelson chose to... — Updated 2/3/2022 Full story

 By Mike Nelson    Opinion

Mayor: Council budget cuts will make Edmonds unsafe | Guest View

In a time when our local economy is strong with record revenue and stable City finances, some of our City Councilmembers want to cut critical city services taking Edmonds backwards... — Updated 2/3/2022 Full story

 By Robert White    Opinion

Regional park offers access east of SR 99 | Guest View

I read in the Jan, 13 Edmonds Beacon ("Edmonds Parks ready to adopt open-space plan") that for Edmonds properties and residents east of Highway 99, "there's nothing for parks for the people that live there." Actually, this is not... — Updated 1/27/2022

 By Will Magnuson    Opinion

Citizens must act to prevent boxy apartments downtown | Guest View

My wife and I moved to Edmonds in 1989, inspired by a college class I was fortunate to attend. The class was called "Urbanalysis," and its primary message was that cities compete... — Updated 1/20/2022

 By Neil Tibbott    Opinion

Neil Tibbott: 'I am committed to making connections with the people of Edmonds' | Guest View

People often ask me what's it like being back on the City Council after a break of two years, and they often wonder why I left in the first place. In 2019, in order to run for the... — Updated 1/15/2022

 By Lynda Fireman    Opinion

Have your say on 24-unit apartment complex | Guest View

Support our community by speaking up against the application for the 24-unit apartment building at 605 and 611 Main Street with only one parking stall per unit. Many have already let their feelings known Jan. 4 at the City Council... — Updated 1/6/2022


Sno-Isle budget includes updates, express lockers | Guest View

The end of the year is swiftly approaching, and with it a flurry – maybe with snow? – of library activities to get ready for the start of 2022. At the Sno-Isle Libraries... — Updated 12/31/2021

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Friendships: East Coast vs. West Coast | Off Kilter

I was thinking of one of my best friends the other day. I began to think about the differences, if any, between a West Coast vs. East Coast friendship. As I am originally an East... — Updated 12/28/2021

 By Vivian Olson    Opinion

Fees needed for streateries | Guest View

Editor's note: Councilmembers are scheduled make a decision Thursday on extending the streateries for six months and ending them at the end of the year. An decision was expected... — Updated 12/16/2021


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