To The Editor

January 19, 2009

By Contributor

Issaquah police

Department’s spike in traffic violations feels more like a revenue generator 

I believe that our local police department does an overall outstanding job in our community, but I have one beef with what I have been noticing in the past year. More than once in a given hour or two, I see citizens being pulled over again and again in the same area of town. I deduct from this pattern that either there is a severe law that is being broken over and over in this area (which always changes to a different area the next time) or that the city is hard up for revenue and the police force has been mandated to go out and create revenue.

Last week, I saw an elderly couple pulled over at the bottom of the hill on 12th Avenue next to Tibbetts field; the policeman’s lights were flashing and not too much longer after that, the policeman was across the street with another vehicle. I certainly did not feel any safer knowing that this was going on once again. In fact, it made me angry and less trustful that I as a citizen am being watched this closely.

Does anybody else feel this way?

Paul Williams

Issaquah


Women’s Club

Help women serving in Afghanistan  and Iraq with care packages

The Issaquah Women’s Club is actively involved in helping women and children in or from our community. As part of this goal, we would like to support Issaquah women who are currently serving in the Armed Services in Iraq or Afghanistan. Our organization is preparing care packages and greeting cards for shipment in February.

The readership of The Issaquah Press could help us greatly by providing names (and military addresses) for Issaquah women currently overseas. For confidentiality reasons, the local recruitment offices cannot provide this information to us, so we must rely on family members and friends to nominate a recipient.  

Call Sandy Cobel at 228-7270 or e-mail srcobel@comcast.net to share a name or to obtain more information about this community service project. 

Sandy Cobel 

Volunteer services chairwoman, Issaquah Women’s Club


Traffic violations

Citizens need a way to report drivers who ignore pedestrians in crosswalks

Police watch for HOV lane violators. It’s part of their job. There is also a method for concerned citizens to report HOV violators.

There should be the same opportunity for concerned citizens to report vehicle drivers who ignore pedestrians in crosswalks. Just this morning, a school bus stopped for me to cross, but the driver traveling the other direction did not. Didn’t even slow down. The school bus driver honked, expressing his displeasure. Thanks for that.

The point here is that if Issaquah is a pedestrian-friendly city, we need to allow pedestrians to use crosswalks confidently. Currently, that is not the case. Certainly the police ticket violators of crosswalk protocol, but if citizens also were watching and reporting violators (as happens with HOV lanes) I think vehicle drivers would be watching for pedestrians and more inclined to obey the law and stop for them.

Lee Woods

Issaquah


Driver’s licenses

Online renewal was too easy for an armchair-bound senior citizen

“You are never going to guess what I just did,” my father said when I called him to wish him a happy birthday. 

I must admit I was afraid to hear what he was going to say. Had he finally figured out how to turn on the laptop; did he find the xxx sites; was he flirting with young girls online; did he find the online gambling sites? Nope! My father renewed his driver’s license online.

One might think, “Hey, this is great, renew online, save time, no lines, save tax dollars by not having to have so many employees on staff at the DMV.” 

Having a license to drive is a status symbol and I am not talking about just for your average red-blooded 16-year-old! I honestly can’t recall the last time Dad drove. He is currently happy to have the license as a security blanket that he keeps tucked away safely in his wallet. Having the license gives him peace of mind. But knowing he has it keeps me up at night.

Here is the real kicker — my father lives in an armchair. He sleeps in the chair, he eats in the chair and he rarely leaves the chair. He can maybe walk 10-20 steps before tiring. Dad is on oxygen full time, smokes while it’s on. If he starts hacking and coughing, he can’t even sit up straight.

I am not opposed to elderly drivers. I myself am approaching those golden years. It seems like there are many reasons why some people should not drive.

If I take away my father’s car, he can call a cab, or go to a car lot and buy a new one. He has good credit and he has a valid license; what’s to stop him?

Is driving a right? Should we be allowed to drive until we kill someone? Should everyone take a driving test every five years? Sure, it would be a hassle, but I wonder how many people between the ages of 25-50 would pass the test. Would you?

Cynthia Freese

Issaquah

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One Response to “To The Editor”

  1. michael duncan on January 27th, 2009 11:08 am

    RE: Department’s spike in traffic violations

    I lived in Issaquah for 10 years during it’s transition from sleepy little town to retail center . I moved to nearby Newcastle because I found Issaquah to be the most over-policed town I have ever lived in and I have lived all over the world in my 54 years. It’s not just the police who over-reach their authority but also a Judge that has been disciplined many times for behavior that has no place in an American court room.
    There were so many Issaquah officers present at my daughters high school graduation from Tiger Mtn alternative school that it was difficult to take pictures without them in the back ground. The notion that their presence was necessary in such numbers is absurd.

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