To The Editor

December 8, 2008

By Contributor

Bikes on the roads

Riders should take the initiative and keep the roads clean themselves

In response to a recent letter from a white-line-riding bicyclist, may I suggest that the precedent set by our industrious local trails club provide an inspiration to the local bicycle clubs — take responsibility for the safety of your riders and the motorists and establish a regular maintenance crew and schedule to keep the road shoulders clean. Sweat equity and some capital outlay deepen appreciation for a public resource and please do this in a way that does not impede motorized traffic.

Pat McArthur



Gilman Village

Apathy by Issaquah leaders, community is causing this treasure a slow death

I’m wondering when Issaquah’s leaders will realize their Golden Goose is dying a slow and painful death.

Gilman Village deserves to be the glistening gem in Issaquah’s crown. Instead, when I went shopping there Nov. 30, I discovered four more merchants had closed. These were great stores, including Tiger Mountain Tea, which offered some of the best brews this side of England, and Lily Pad Books, where I always found unique gifts for young birthdays and celebrations.

Despite the closures, I spent two hours there. As Victorian carolers strolled the boardwalk, I got almost all of my Christmas shopping done, and came in under my tight budget. Among the deals: an adorable dress for my niece, with matching outfit for her doll, at Spoiled by Nana ($36), and a hand-blown glass pen with swirling hues ($20) at Revolution gallery. 

I didn’t even get to other amazing retailers.

Perhaps more importantly, when I confessed my budget, I wasn’t confronted with attitude — or the cold shoulder. At each store, salespeople enthusiastically helped me hunt down the perfect gift. In Spoiled by Nana, the shopkeeper went into storage for summer dresses (my niece lives in southern Florida). Try getting that kind of service at the mall. You’re lucky if the teenager behind the cash register isn’t drooling.

And for all this retail greatness, Gilman Village limps along.

Most towns our size would throw a coup to have a place like Gilman Village. Why aren’t concerts held down there on the boardwalk? Why aren’t signs on Interstate 90 directing travelers to the village, or even some signs around town? And why is that lame commercial on television — in cartoon! — when the real thing is nothing short of breathtaking?

When will city officials get involved? Certainly, the city is losing tax revenue allowing Gilman Village to languish; and certainly, its citizens deserve to keep such a special place.

Gilman Village remains a terrific place to shop. Who’s in charge of promoting the place? They should hang their head in shame. 

And city officials should consider some kind of formal action to remedy the situation.

Sibella Giorello




The holiday is for Christians, not for atheists to ruin it with hateful signs

Yes I am mad, at our leadership in Olympia.

Most of you have seen the news about the atheist sign hanging in our Olympia capitol, denouncing Christmas. The sign says there is no God, angels, etc. Religion is a myth. This is a disgrace to Washington state and our leaders. Has our state gone so far astray that the majority does not count? Why do the minorities push through all issues and call it freedom of speech or their rights? And are we losing ours? It makes me sad to see our country move so far from what this country was founded on.

Please call Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office, 360-902-4111, to voice your disapproval of this sign, they will refer you to General Administration Office; call Steve at 360-902-7215 or Jim at 360-902-7206; or call all of them. I did.

Christmas is for Christians; if atheists want to have an atheist day fine, but leave our holiday to those of us who believe in God.

Nadine Gulit



Passage Point

Opposition based upon false assumptions

I am a resident of the Mirrormont neighborhood on Tiger Mountain, and have been following the Passage Point story since its inception. 

Lately, I have been concerned to learn about the lawsuit the Cedar Hills Rural Preservation Alliance recently filed to block the development. What has concerned me most is that my fellow Issaquah citizens are so staunchly opposed to something that would help, specifically, children and families who are at risk, valiantly trying to get back on their feet and might not otherwise have anywhere to turn. In truth, this is a relatively small population we’re talking about, but the positive impact Passage Point could have on their lives, and society, is very significant.

Additionally, the alliance’s concern about overburdening the local schools is an argument that should hold little weight. With the new housing units, there would be some impact, but not such a large one as to negatively impact the schools. 

In fact, the schools may actually be enhanced with new people with diverse perspectives populating them. I don’t recall hearing similar complaints regarding newer, affluent developments that have gone up in the area. 

This feels to me like a case of “not in my back yard,” combined with troubling attitudes toward the most vulnerable members of our society. The surrounding neighbors can continue to enjoy safety and privacy on their 5-acre lots, and will indeed be buffered by the multiple-acre property on which the development would be housed (with 24-hour security, I might add).

As the parent of a child who will attend Maple Hills Elementary School next year, I will personally work to support the children and families who will be served by Passage Point in any way that I can. These are children we’re talking about, and children who need the embrace of their community, not to be shunned. 

Heidi Kayler



Community Center

Increase for seniors was only $23  per year, while families pay $500

A writer recently complained about the whopping 1,250 percent increase in the cost of a pass for seniors to the community center.

The cost is going from $2 per year to $25 per year. That’s right, a year. Seniors were paying $2 per year while families were paying $500 per year and the writer is whining about this huge percentage increase!

I will always hope that writers will be honest, sincere and truthful when stating their case in public forums, but again I was disappointed by this writer’s attempt to distort an issue.

Michael T. Barr



Southeast Bypass

Widening Issaquah-Hobart Road  is scientific solution

Jerry Klein’s scientific analysis of the Southeast Bypass was spot on. Adding feeder lanes to either end will not increase the capacity of a two-lane road.

A look at projected development and growth in the region will convince any scientist that the Southeast Bypass must be built, but then Issaquah-Hobart Road needs to be widened to four lanes all the way out to Highway 18.

That, my friends, is a scientific solution.

Mike Harrington


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