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"So we are struggling with a bad situation, but we shouldn’t lose sight that the City leadership, particularly the staff, messed things up from the get-go."
"Mr. Beckley claims expert status and to have a comprehensive understanding of the history and processes relating to the library. This claim is flimsy and questionable."
"Early in your article you somewhat implied the same group which fought to give voters a choice in the library’s location is now fighting the design. It’s not the same group."
"In addition to the longtime local residents who spoke out against the plan to displace them all over a three-year period, there are scores of young children there who can’t speak for themselves."
A “yes” vote is a worthwhile investment to help assure future generations will be able to enjoy King County’s 26,000 acres of parks, trails and open spaces.
May I suggest that the scare of West Nile Virus is no longer valid and spraying be stopped.
"Party lines aside it is refreshing to meet two individuals who care about Affordable Housing, openness/transparency in City Government, accessibility to City Hall and most of all possess “Servants Hearts” and a teachable spirit."
"Additionally, we believe the issue is discouraging those and other builders from even starting projects in Renton because of the uncertainty it creates."
"Normally we get one or two hummingbirds throughout the year, but this season we’ve been inundated!"
"We have seen goldfinches and sparrows but certainly the variety of birds has dropped drastically since this time last year."
Monday night, April 29, our City Council chose to accept KCLS’ incomplete schematic materials for the 19,500-square-foot building concept. On the surface it sounds good, and one could think we’ve gained more than we’ve lost. While we celebrate gains, there are concerns that need to be closely watched to ensure taxpayers get everything and more for their tax increases.
The month of April rings in Donate Life Month across the nation, a time for each of us to give a few extra moments to consider organ donation. Consider those who are waiting (more than 110,000 people nationwide); those who have received this precious gift; and especially those who gave others a second chance at life.
I’m not surprised at Anthony Hemstad’s resignation from the UW Board of Trustees. He and two fellow Valley Medical commissioners Paul Joos and Aaron Heide have been trying to sabotage the alliance with UW Medicine from day one – an outcome that would be very detrimental to us local residents.
The vociferous group that is now demonizing KCLS is acting on a false assumption. This assumption is that anyone who voted for the Cedar River site last year, is also a KCLS opponent and against the process going on now with the city of Renton.
The format of the paper edition of the April 5, 2013 issue of the Renton Reporter deserves comment. One third of the front page is devoted to a cute but politically trivial article about elementary school children (“Tiffany Park Elementary goes ‘Radioactive’"). And on page two, a very small article announces meetings of the City Council (“City Council to discuss library de-annexation Monday”).
Mayor Law, with all due respect, the only small group on the library is the one that you are part of ("City needs to get moving on two new libraries," Renton Reporter, April 5, Commentary Mayor Denis Law). You complain of the time you’ve spent on the library, yet your actions have caused all the citizen action, because you have refused to listen to your residents every step along the way.
KCLS is not only doing its level worst to ravage one of our most vital resources, but to this they are adding the insult of not listening to us.
The only true conclusion is that with KCLS is that that acronym meaning: “King County’s Latest Scam!”
The use of our libraries will most likely be used in very different ways of learning in 10 years.
The South King County Communities of Color Advocacy Group would like to extend a warm thank you to the Renton School District Board of Directors for inviting us to participate on the advisory panel that was part of the RSD Superintendent selection process.