Letters to the editor

October 9, 2011

By Contributor

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Wanted: compost bins

As another great summer in Newcastle winds down, we were talking about all of the events that the city held in the park this year.

We live downtown and had a blast on the Fourth of July — being able to walk down to see a great fireworks show was an unexpected perk of moving into the area. The series of Concerts in the Park that were held this year were also great — we love taking walks in the evening after work and running into some free music along the way was a delight.

Wanting to support local business, we purchased some grub from a few of the vendors. Most of the packaging that our food came with (cups, plates, silverware) was clearly marked as compostable. However, when we searched the appropriate compostable bin in which to toss our waste we could not find one. As a result, we were forced to throw our waste in the garbage.

It is a shame that compostable food bins were not set up for these events — think about how much space we could have saved at the landfill! We would just like to raise the issue of having compostable bins at city events and also advocate for home compostable service and pickup like in other local cities.

Justin Norman and Olyvia Velasquez


Support Gordon Bisset for City Council

Even though there are four City Council positions up for election this fall, only one of them will be contested, and Gordon Bisset is the right person for the job.

Gordon is currently the president of his community association and a former chairman of the city’s Planning Commission. Most importantly, he was a City Council member from 2002 through 2005. He knows how to work with the city staff and other elected officials.

Gordon believes strongly in operating with balanced budgets and has public safety (police and fire) and maintaining infrastructure (streets and storm water) as his top priorities. He also is a proponent of parks, trails, open space and improved downtown amenities. He will work to continue the direction established by the current council over the past 21 months.

He has the time and desire to listen to our residents and represent us in his votes. Let’s give him that chance and put him back into office.

Rich Crispo, city councilman



Mary Alice Heuschel is right choice for hospital board

Valley Medical Center is electing a new commissioner in the Nov. 8 election to fill a vacancy. Mary Alice Heuschel is running for this office and is the candidate of choice.

You may remember Mary Alice as the superintendent of schools in Renton, and as having been selected as the Superintendent of the Year in Washington in 2011. She has demonstrated outstanding executive leadership skills as superintendent, and these same skills are badly needed on the hospital board.

Mary Alice is used to dealing with large budgets, cost control, labor issues and personnel problems. These are the skills that are needed — not medical skills. There is already one doctor on the board.

Two of the big issues at the hospital are to keep its public status, under which it has grown into a nationally recognized hospital, and to develop and implement the new Alliance Agreement with UW Medical.

This agreement, when fully implemented, will provide even finer medical services to the citizens of Public Hospital District No. 1 (Valley). There are people on the board who would change both of these. Mary Alice is strongly committed to maintaining the public hospital status and implementing the alliance.

Vote for Mary Alice. She will appreciate your vote and serve you well.

Richard V. Gidner


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