To The Editor

January 27, 2009

By Staff

Garbage service

If service providers get to skip a week, then residents should get to skip a billLet me see if I understand the position of Allied Waste and Waste Management with regard to the weeks of missed garbage pickup. 

So, if they missed picking up two or three loads of garbage, they can just wait and pick it up later, without any sort of refund to the customer. After all, according to Allied Waste: “We haven’t missed a pickup. We’ll pick up double their garbage on the next pickup day with no charge for service.”

By the same token then, I should be able to ignore two or three of their bills, and just pay them later without any sort of compensation to them. I haven’t missed a payment. I’m just sending double their payment with no charge for service. 

I doubt that they will like that logic when it is applied to them.

Amy L. Shappell


Traffic laws

The best way to control costs is for everyone to obey posted regulations

There were a couple of letters in the Jan. 21 Press that addressed traffic laws. One was addressing too much enforcement and one was addressing the lack of enforcement. It all boils down to each individual obeying all traffic laws.

How many times have you seen people running stop signs or switching lanes without using their turn signal, etc.? The city had to place a soft barricade at the library parking lot exit to prevent drivers from making an illegal left turn onto Sunset, which had a no left turn sign and painted arrow on the driveway. 

One letter wants to allow people to report drivers, but some could then report anyone they did not like. 

Folks, if everyone obeyed each traffic law, we could reduce the cost of the traffic control department and make for a safe driving, walking and biking environment. Right? Try it. You might like it!

Ken Sessler


Elections chief

Vote for David Irons as the best choice for county’s new elections director

We have benefited from the longtime experience of David Irons as our representative in the state Legislature and on the King County Council. He’s a hard-working, levelheaded public servant, and a stickler for details who would make an outstanding King County Elections chief. 

The department of elections has made big strides in cleaning up a disorganized and sloppy office. But the current chief is an out-of-county political appointment who has been tainted by poor judgment and residential issues. She needs to be replaced as a new broom sweeps clean. 

David Irons is the best choice for King County Elections chief.

Terry J. LaBrue


Merry Christmas Issaquah fund

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped implement all the donations

The 19 volunteers at Issaquah Church and Community Services want to thank all of the wonderful people who so generously gave to the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund this year.

A volunteer who had just finished working at Issaquah Church and Community Services said the need in the school district was great. 

Because of your generosity, we can help with electricity bills, send money to landlords for part of the rent or pay toward medicine for an unplanned illness. These are a few of the ways residents of the district are given aid.

Thank you again.

Patricia Stegner, president

Issaquah Church and Community Services

Barack Obama

Rapid Responder’s questioning of president’s citizenship was misplaced

I saw a recent Rapid Responder questioning the citizenship of Barack Obama, even though that myth has been debunked by even the right-wing pundits.

I doubt the writer would have asked John McCain to prove his citizenship because of his birth in the Panama Canal Zone. The Senate passed legislation making McCain’s citizenship absolute and making him eligible to serve as president, since there were legitimate legal questions because of his birth in a U.S. protectorate and not technically on U.S. soil.

As so many of these writers told others in 2000, “Move on.” He is our president.

Michael T. Barr


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