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'Walking Lady,' gateway sign, LGBTQ decision | Letters to the Editor Edmonds


April 12, 2019

Great photo from E-W student

Congratulations to Edmonds-Woodway High School student Cora Hodges for her remarkable and well-focused photo in the Schack Art Center black-and-white photo contest (“It’s a snap: E-W students shine in photo contest," April 4).

Her sensitivity and good instruction to ask permission from the homeless man to use his picture allowed me to study it as long as I wished without a guilty conscience.

Well done.

Carol Gordon Edmonds

‘Walking Lady” story a fascinating history lesson

Really enjoyed Betty Lou Gaeng’s article on Martha Kraencke, the "Walking Lady" of Edmonds (April 4).

It was a unique look back at an Edmonds resident, as well as establishments visited by Martha that no longer exist.

I could almost see her stopping for her daily breakfast, but cannot imagine the stamina of someone who could walk from dawn to dusk every single day and in beautiful clothes and hats.

Her history is particularly fascinating because of her and her husband renouncing their allegiance to Germany's Third Reich and becoming U.S. citizens before going on to lead a life of glamour in the theater industry in Los Angeles before Martha's eventual move to Edmonds.

Thanks for the history lesson.

Pamela Clerico Edmonds

Blowin' in the wind

I just passed the old "Welcome to Downtown Edmonds” sign while riding into town, and can’t understand all the flap that has blown through about its replacement.

Yes, the existing sign has seen better days. But it still has some life left.

I think everyone who has gotten so worked up over the proposed new signage may have just a little too much time on his or her hands. Whatever the new sign turns out to be is no big deal.

Personally, I’d vote for a replica of what’s already there.

Alan Biné Edmonds

Thanks to Betty Lou Gaeng for her history stories

I wanted to give a big thank you to Betty Lou Gaeng for all her wonderful, educational and interesting articles on the city of Edmonds. It is important that the cities 130-year old history be featured.

Also a thank you to (Beacon columnist) Tim Raetzloff and Beacon Editor Brian Soergel for their contributions to Edmonds' history. And of course, thanks to the Edmonds Museum.

We moved to Edmonds in 1942, so I had the good fortune to have been raised in the '40s and '50s. Those we very special years in Edmonds history, so I consider myself a Edmonds pioneer, and really have enjoyed those historical articles by Betty and all the contibuters.

I hope Betty finds time to write more articles. And I hope a replacement can be found to continue Betty's great legacy. Happy Trails Betty. Stay warm.'

Larry Naughten Edmonds Mayor (1984-1991) Las Vegas

Editor’s note: Betty Loug Gaeng has moved to Alaska, but says she will continue to write the occasional column for the Beacon.

Church responds to LGBTQ decision

The Edmonds United Methodist Church has been a reconciling church since 2015, and greatly values its many LGBTQ members and their families. As such, we are offended by the deeply insensitive decisions of 2019 Special General Conference.

These actions lead us to question the wisdom, compassion and faithfulness of the decision-makers of our denomination.

In response to the decision of the 2019 Special General Conference be it known that:

  • • We are unwilling to remain in a structure that rejects any person or people or condemns and punishes us for ministry to them; therefore,
  • • We reject the decision of the 2019 General Conference to adopt the Traditional Plan as the way forward for the United Methodist Church;
  • • We affirm the leadership of the PNW Annual Conference and Western Jurisdiction in opposing the decision and urge our conference and jurisdictional leadership to work to overturn the General Conference 2019 decisions and adopt more inclusive revisions to the Book of Discipline or form a separate, fully inclusive denominational structure.

After General Conference 2020, we will again be at a decision point:

  • • If the decision of General Conference 2019 to accept the Traditional Plan is permanently overturned either by the Judicial Council or by General Conference 2020, and some form of the One Church Plan or Simple Plan is adopted instead, we will proudly continue our United Methodist tradition;
  • • If General Conference 2020 upholds the decisions of General Conference 2019 and the Western Jurisdiction or an alternate body in opposition to the Traditional Plan forms a new denominational structure aligned with our understanding of scriptural and Wesleyan Methodist principles we pledge our participation in the new denomination to the fullest extent possible;
  • • If General Conference 2020 upholds the decisions of General Conference 2019 and the Western Jurisdiction and PNW Annual Conference choose a path of "change from within," a continuation of our United Methodist affiliation would most likely be difficult to maintain.

At this juncture we would begin a process of deep discernment to address our ongoing association with the United Methodist Church with the possible outcome being the exercise of the relevant disassociation option and pursuit of either another denominational affiliation or independence.

In the meantime, we will pray for the transformation of our United Methodist Church into a place of "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors," where all God's people are truly welcome.

Phil Borgnes and Erin Arguelles Church Council?Edmonds United Methodist Church co-chairs Edmonds

LGBTQ members in churches

There are religious organization that accept LGBTQ members and religious organizations that don’t (“Edmonds church: Methodist's LGBTQ vote doesn’t support church’s future,” Guest View, March 8).

Let’s face it: Religions are free to discriminate. Find another church.

We can argue about what God may or may not mean, but we have to remember this: The Bible is a product of Christianity, and not its root. The New Testament was edited and codified between the fourth and sixth centuries, and the authors are anonymous.

The chapters of the Gospels are titled “Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John,” but they didn’t write them. They were written by educated priests and scribes who crafted a basic dogma through the Gospels, and the multiple authors explain why the Bible contradicts itself in several chapters.

Try to craft the story of the Resurrection using all of the Gospels – it doesn’t work.

For those of us who don’t believe in a supernatural being with magical powers, the Bible is a book of stories. I don’t need this book to tell me to be kind to others. I don’t need this book to tell me not to kill or steal, enslave, etc.

We share one planet, and we have to get along in order to survive, and that should be the real message.

Beth Turra Orlando, Florida

Editor’s note: Beth Turra grew up in Edmonds.


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