Letters to the Editor

Especially in an election year, our elected should do better

At first glance, the reinstitution of the Hazelnut, Issue 1 — looks, feels and resembles a campaign brochure, ’nuff said. At second glance, it is… Continue reading

  • Mar 18, 2019


Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon and Page Carson Foster. Photo credit Washington State Legislative Support Services

Carson Foster serves as page in Washington State House

The following was submitted to the Reporter: Carson Foster, a student at Raisbeck Aviation High School, served as a page this week in the Washington… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2019


Our votes of city officials matter

We live in a world of optics (the very best spin on all subjects — sales pitches) light on facts, important details and cost and… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2019


In search of transparency in government

Reporter should be city’s official newspaper Transparency in government is the spotlight that gives voters insight into internal government activities that must not be hidden… Continue reading

  • Jan 14, 2019

Election season will soon be upon us again

Never too soon to look ahead to the 2019 council, mayoral races The mid-term election is behind us and the outcome determined while Tukwila’s City… Continue reading

  • Dec 17, 2018

Better budgeting methodology available/needed

Our city’s elected is currently developing the biennial budget for calendar years 2019-20. They are using something called “Priority Budgeting”, which they have neglected to… Continue reading

  • Oct 17, 2018

Improvement needed from elected officials

In our city, transparency, fiduciary and due diligence responsibilities seem to be lost on our elected representatives lest we hear some explanation of the apparent… Continue reading

  • Sep 17, 2018

Tukwila School Board ‘do the right thing and do it soon’

I am writing to express my support for the striking teachers and other school staff in Tukwila and to urge the school board to reach… Continue reading

  • Sep 6, 2018

‘Get our kids back in class, the correct way’

Wednesday, Sept. 5 was supposed to be the first day of school in Tukwila. Instead, teachers walked the picket line, parents scrambled to figure out… Continue reading

  • Sep 6, 2018

Cost plus contracts shouldn’t be used within cities

We have a “tax and spend and tax again” (TASATA) city government that doesn’t have the word NO in its public vocabulary and needs remedial… Continue reading

  • Aug 17, 2018

We should allow Tukwila to grow, naturally

Our city has been undergoing a metamorphosis over the past years and is being transformed from a stoic, tranquil countryside scape, that was enjoyed by… Continue reading

  • Jul 19, 2018

Some policies are misguided, merit scrutiny

We elect officials to posts of trust throughout our country to wisely tax and spend public moneys to run federal, state, county and city governments… Continue reading

  • Jun 22, 2018

Allowing ‘ADUs’ means the end of low-density single-family neighborhoods

Remember that postcard asking “What do YOU think?” Most of us glanced at it, said “Doesn’t affect me… I don’t need a ‘Mother-in-Law apartment’… and… Continue reading

  • Jun 21, 2018

State testing should be eliminated

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letters are written by Foster High School students. Students from Carrie Stradle’s ELL class were tasked to write persuasive letters that… Continue reading

  • Feb 24, 2018

FHS needs a health clinic on campus

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letters are written by Foster High School students. Students from Carrie Stradle’s ELL class were tasked to write persuasive letters that… Continue reading

  • Feb 22, 2018

City Council should keep taxes reasonable

Bill Holstine urges residents to keep elected leaders accountable.

  • Jan 17, 2018

Disecting the November election results

We just had an election and re-elected two council members, elected a new City Council member to Position No. 5 and elected a member who… Continue reading

  • Dec 19, 2017

Thank you, voters

I am writing to say thank you to the voters of Tukwila. This was my first election process, and after serving on the City Council… Continue reading

  • Dec 19, 2017

City Council needs to address conflicts of interest | Letter to the editor

I thought my letters to the Reporter had pretty much covered critical issues associated with our city government and tried to gently persuaded it to… Continue reading

  • Nov 15, 2017

Thanks for keeping kids safe | Letter to the editor

I wanted to write a quick note of thanks to the city and school district. We are a few weeks into the new school year… Continue reading

  • Nov 15, 2017