Letters To The Editor

Let’s support the school bond for our children

I offer my full-throated support for the 2016 school construction bond.

  • Oct 26th, 2016


ST3 proposal ignores our growth areas

With the election fast approaching and ST3 on the ballot, it would be nice to see a local analysis of the ST3 initiative as it applies to Southeast King County residents, particularly East Hill, but the entire Kent/Auburn/Maple Valley area would be sufficient.

  • Oct 26th, 2016


What, no parking?

Having seen several articles recently on Sound Transit, I'd like to offer my experience with it.

  • Oct 26th, 2016


We need to protect, preserve our national parks

As a state with three national parks of our own here in Washington, many of us are lucky enough to have personal connections with the National Parks Service, whether it be family trips to the Cascades or hikes up Mount Rainier.

  • Sep 7th, 2016

Front page headline misleading

I believe the headline ("City tax revenues up, expenses down in 2016") in last week's paper was mistakenly misleading.

  • Sep 7th, 2016

Up to here with rate increases

The Kent City Council continues to surprise me with their incompetence.

  • Sep 7th, 2016

The devil is always in the details

In response to the letter to the Editor published on July 8 and written by Aaron Tam:

  • Aug 31st, 2016

Thanks for a job well done

It has been a long and frustrating summer of traffic gridlock, noise, dust and detours for those of us who live on, off or near James Street hill.

  • Aug 24th, 2016

Reichert does right

On Aug. 19, the Reporter published a letter from P. Larson criticizing Congressman Dave Reichert over Zika funding. Unfortunately for P. the facts do not back up that claim.

  • Aug 24th, 2016
A group of Kent Fire Department officials visit Aegis of Kent resident Jack Murrey

A special visit

Aegis of Kent welcomed members of the Kent fire and police departments to our assisted living community for a thank you barbecue last Sunday.

  • Aug 24th, 2016
A group of Kent Fire Department officials visit Aegis of Kent resident Jack Murrey

Demoralized world we live in

We live in a selfish world. But I also acknowledge up front the very many who are not.

  • Aug 3rd, 2016

Connect the dots and contact Mayor Cooke

I attended July's meeting of the Parks commission as a guest. I heard information on:

  • Aug 3rd, 2016

Jones is the one for state superintendent

On your ballot you will find one of the most important races that you can possibly vote in. It isn't for Governor and it isn't for president.

  • Jul 28th, 2016

Meeting was worthwhile

Couldn't have been prouder the other night to be a resident of Kent. The Police Community Forum (July 19) was amazing. There was a very significant turnout.

  • Jul 27th, 2016

Council’s marijuana decisions mock the will of the voters

Recent articles in the Kent Reporter on marijuana stores, medical and recreational, are thankfully illuminating the malfeasance of the majority of City Council members.

  • Jul 20th, 2016

Council stuck in spin cycle

It shouldn't surprise us that our Kent City Council has proven once more their expertise at wasting time and money. Our time, and our money.

  • Jul 14th, 2016

Thank you, mayor, City Council

I want to thank Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke, for considering a veto on a measure passed by the City Council to ban medical marijuana cooperatives.

  • Jul 14th, 2016

Decisions ignore will of the voters

How much time and money did it take for the city financial task force to come to the same conclusion the voters did awhile back?

  • Jul 14th, 2016

Matter of trust

I get Tim Eyman. I get Ted Schwarz. I don't get the King County bond retired in 2015 for the Kingdome's new roof that went poof. I don't get $6 billion missing off the State Department books under Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton.

  • Jul 8th, 2016

The cost of climate change this summer

With summer comes nice, sunny weather. However, with the impacts of climate change it also means hotter temperatures, drier conditions, more frequent and severe wildfires (the 2015 wildfire season was the largest in Washington state history), possible heat strokes, water shortages and more negative impacts.

  • Jul 8th, 2016

There’s no money; Ely is not the problem

Our government grew 30 percent in the last 16 years, faster than the general population. That takes my breath away. What a trajectory.

  • Jun 1st, 2016

Standardized tests need further examination

As a senior student at Kentlake High School, I am not opposed to standardized testing as long as it serves a purpose.

  • May 25th, 2016

What about us?

How can they keep building senior housing apartments and still only give us Safeway and K-Mart to shop at?

  • May 25th, 2016

Honored to be part of KentHOPE’s efforts

I was surprised and pleased to see that I had been voted a finalist for the Best of Kent volunteer category.

  • May 11th, 2016

Surplus ordinance raises questions

The city of Kent's new surplus ordinance prepared for City Council approval on May 17 looks nothing like the tired and proven city of Renton's 2004 surplus policy and procedure, a comparison City Attorney Tom Brubaker said was the best example for the operations committee to reference as the city tries to recover from the $800,000 Pine Tree Park debacle.

  • May 11th, 2016

Explaining a project well in the works

Renee Sonn's letter to the editor in your April 29 edition, "Money watch needs closer look," referred to the long timeline to construct the 217th/224th Street corridor.

  • May 4th, 2016

Act would level business playing field

On behalf of the Kent Chamber of Commerce and our 480 members, I urge the Washington State Congressional delegation to support the Remote Transaction Parity Act (RTPA), previously known as the Marketplace Fairness Act.

  • Apr 27th, 2016

Money watch needs a closer look

LID (Local Improvement Districts) 363 was started in 1992, possibly even before. Millions of dollars have been collected from residents of Kent to build a road parallel to James Street.

  • Apr 27th, 2016

City officials to blame in botched park deal

After reading about the boondoggle of the Pine Tree Park debacle, as a taxpayer, I often question how many similar situations are looming out there that the new administration will have to undertake.

  • Apr 27th, 2016

Allegations are off base

Mr. Stevens’ allegations (Kent Reporter, April 15) that the Kent School District and it’s “PAC” are dishonest and the families are getting “hoodwinked” are utterly false.

  • Apr 20th, 2016

What the bond truly says

I was troubled by a letter to the editor from Mr. Clark Stevens that suggested Kent School District and local supporters were using disingenuous tactics with regard to the school construction bond measure.

  • Apr 20th, 2016

No tricks with bond campaign

Last week’s printed edition featured a letter to the editor about “dishonest tactics” on the part of the Kent School District and Citizens for Kent Schools.

  • Apr 20th, 2016

Support our schools, vote yes on bond

Our children in Kent and Covington spend several hours every day in public school buildings.

  • Apr 20th, 2016
Tall task: A Kent firefighter repairs the flapole line at the Harrison House.

Thank you, firefighters

Sending a very big thank you to the Kent Fire Department for their assistance in recently getting our American flag back up on the pole in front of Harrison House in downtown Kent.

  • Apr 20th, 2016
Tall task: A Kent firefighter repairs the flapole line at the Harrison House.

Lessons learned, a park saved

In January when I heard the circumstances surrounding Pine Tree Park, I wanted to kick all of the Kent city government to the curb.

  • Apr 13th, 2016

City botched ‘sale’ of park

In response to the Kent Reporter's story "City Council terminates Pine Tree Park sale" (April 8):

  • Apr 13th, 2016

Support, appreciate our fire departments

Residents of Kent, Covington, Fire District 37 and SeaTac have a lot to be proud of in their fire department.

  • Apr 13th, 2016

Support the RFA, pass Prop 1

The fire benefit charge (FBC) used by the Kent Regional Fire Authority (RFA) was enacted by the state Legislature to stabilize the "peaks and valleys" that occur in gathering revenue.

  • Apr 13th, 2016

Dishonest tactics used to promote school bond

The families of the Kent School District are getting hoodwinked.

  • Apr 13th, 2016

Electoral reality: It’s party before people

Following the landslide victory of Bernie Sanders in every county in the state, Washington Democrats called for our states superdelegates to follow the will of the people and cast their votes for Sanders as well.

  • Apr 7th, 2016