To The Editor
December 29, 2008
Operation Support Our Troops
Thank you to community members who helped boost military morale overseas
Thanks to our local community for making a brighter, happier Christmas for our soldiers and their families. It makes me proud to be part of this great community.Thanks to John and Kirsten Greig for cooking and serving dinner for more than 175 wounded warriors and families at the Fort Lewis Christmas party. They created an awesome feast; there was so much food and it was quickly devoured by the troops. Kim Page, with Microsoft, brought Xbox games and goodies for everyone, as she does every year. Operation Support Our Troops helped with toys and candy for the children’s gifts.
We have taken two truck loads of wonderful toys to Santa’s Castle at Fort Lewis and the National Guard at Camp Murray for families in need.
Gil Vallegos’ grandson gave boxes of his gently used toys and clothes.
Gordon and Dorothy Torrey’s daughter in-law Cara Torrey collected toys from friends and neighbors, plus her boys gave some of their toys. Cara is teaching them the joy of giving.
Duane Adams donated a new bike; Borders books collected games, books and toys.
Also, thanks to the many people who helped send packages to more than 10,000 deployed troops.
Because of everyone’s generosity, there will be gifts under these childrens’ Christmas tree.
It is true — it is better to give than receive, and we have so many local charities to help.
P.S. At the request of a soldier in Mosul, we are now collecting children’s clothing for orphaned children in Mosul. Go to www.osot.org.
Thank you to volunteer FISH docents who helped education program
As the curtain falls on 2008, I would like to pause and thank this wonderful community for helping us provide another year of exceptional salmon and watershed education at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.
This year, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery again enrolled a “FINtastic” crew of 60-plus docents, who provided tours to thousands of hatchery visitors. They contributed some 3,000 volunteer hours to the community — primarily during the 10-week spawning season. Their level of commitment is inspiring.
And this year, we reached a special milestone as five volunteers were honored for 15 years of continuous service with FISH. We thank Ava Frisinger, Don McWhirter, Don Monchil, Norman “Crash” Nash and Suzanne Suther for making such a big splash with FISH over the years.
FISH also received great support from a host of local organizations, businesses and agencies, including our prime supporters, the city of Issaquah and King County, as well as Microsoft, the city of Sammamish, Puget Sound Energy Foundation, Cascade Bank, the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, Ellen Ferrin and Liza Rickey’s ‘07-08 science/technology magnet class from Clark Elementary School, Muckleshoot Seafood, Trader Joe’s, Fantasy Glass Works, PCC, Flying Pie Pizza, Mark’s Hallmark, Albert Larson Veterans of Foreign Wars, Issaquah Brewhouse and Home Depot.
Thank you, everyone, for your service and contributions this past year. We treasure your support and feel so fortunate to have such extraordinary individuals and groups making Issaquah the remarkable community that it is.
Executive director, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
Public Works Department
Snow plow efforts get an A++
I would like to publicly compliment our Issaquah Public Works Operations for doing an excellent job plowing the snow here in Issaquah. They were even able to plow many of our side streets (unlike Seattle). I rate our guys A++.
City cannot fudge the numbers to make infrastructure match development
The City Council’s decision to “play with the numbers,” so that lack of concurrency does not preclude planned development, avoids the issue of how to reconcile Issaquah’s ability to absorb development.
Such development cannot realistically occur without an infrastructure capable of supporting it. This would include not only streets, highways and public transportation, but also utilities, sewers, police and fire protection, schools, waste management and environmental safeguards — and the wherewithal to pay for them!
Absent these safeguards, development can severely impact our quality of life. Revising the concurrency matrix to facilitate compliance will not reduce the congestion on Front Street or other arteries in and around our town. Nor will it mitigate the impact of increased development on our already swollen thoroughfares.
Fudging the numbers will not make these realities go away. How much do Issaquah residents want, or can they afford, to grow?