To The Editor

February 9, 2009

By Contributor


Photographer’s open letter to students brought tears of joy to their teacher

To Photographer Greg Farrar,

I am the teacher whose class you visited on Inauguration Day.First, many thanks for coming and staying throughout the morning. Although the breakfast for the students and parents was so very special in and of itself, having you there to document it, in your thoughtful way, made the event go well beyond my dreams. 

The photos you published and the touching letter to my students took the learning experience and made it everlasting for them. As I shared the photos and read the letter out loud to my class, I was unable to complete it without tears streaming down my face. This, of course, doesn’t happen often to a teacher in front of her students. However, they were welcome tears, as we adults understand the depth and power behind the inauguration we witnessed Jan. 20. 

As the children in my class mature and explore the world, the memory of that day and your generosity in documenting it for them, with such care and insight, will continue to bring new perspective as they grow into their potential. 

The joy of being an educator allows a teacher to touch students’ lives in ways that are only unique and meaningful to them. Often, we never really know what sticks and what doesn’t. Your letter was truly a gift to my class from you, and I am confident it will periodically guide them well into their future. 

Greg, for that, I am very grateful.

Susan Adler, fifth-grade teacher

Issaquah Valley Elementary School

Park Pointe

Didn’t bypass studies show development is bad for Tiger Mountain environment?

Did I miss something? I believe the City Council just killed the famous bypass that was to go from Interstate 90 to Issaquah-Hobart Road due to environmental reasons. 

Now, I read that they are considering Park Pointe, a 32-acre development with 344 housing units that will be adjacent to the bypass route just east of the high school. Will that not have a higher environmental impact on the same area? Do we have to have this kind of a development on Tiger Mountain, one of the areas that makes Issaquah a special place to live? 

I hope the council will kill this proposal quickly before it goes any further.

Woody Bernard


Education funding

Thank you to local state representatives who support bills increasing spending

As longtime advocates for improved education funding in our community, we wish to commend the 5th District legislative team of Sen. Cheryl Pflug, and Reps. Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne for co-sponsoring two important bills this session. 

While these bills are still a work in progress, we are closer than ever to seeing legislative action on long-overdue needs in education funding and system reform. 

SB 5444 and HB 1410 will improve teacher pay and support for new teachers, properly fund our schools and prepare students for life beyond high school. These reforms are the result of the work of the Basic Education Task Force, which has studied this complex issue for more than a year with an eye to fairness and reform. 

Added thanks are due to Anderson for his work as a task force member and his willingness to stand for children and their futures. This is about funding and much, much more — student achievement. 

Jody Mull and Leigh Stokes

Stand For Children, Issaquah Chapter


Mayor Ava Frisinger has it right  talking up the things that are good 

The Issaquah mayor has it right. Talk about the good things in lieu of talking down the economy.

It is unfortunate that the mayor is not in the D.C. Oval Office. President Barack Obama has spent a lot of his short time in office talking about Henny-Penny and the sky is falling. He has stated he “won” and wants to spend tons of money in lieu of cutting spending and taxes to help the economy. 

It appears his plan is only wanted by 35 percent of those who put him in office. Hope more people in D.C. with the Issaquah mayor’s foresight will bend the president’s ear and he will listen. 

Ken Sessler


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