To The Editor
February 16, 2009
Lack of letters
Don’t limit the number of voices from the community on editorial pageI noticed a distinct lack of letters to the editor in last week’s edition of The Press. I hope this doesn’t mean you are following the example of many newspapers, of cutting out or down on the numbers of printed letters.
Reading those letters in the paper is one of my favorite past-times, and I am so depressed at the idea of having to go online to do so. Please continue the letters to the editor in the printed newspaper.
The different views of the community regarding the many issues covered stimulate all of our minds.
Duo will forever remember good samaritan who bought them breakfast
This is for the Good Samaritan who ate at Denny’s on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009:
My two boys, ages 16 and 18, went to Denny’s on Sunday morning before skiing to eat breakfast using two free coupons. When they got there, they found out that the coupons were only good during the week.
A customer witnessed this and went out to the parking lot to talk to my sons as they left, and very kindly offered to buy their breakfast. They politely refused, but he insisted, saying that they reminded him of his own son who had left for Kansas. He then handed them $30, and invited them to have breakfast on him. They went back in and ate what will be the most memorable meal of their lives.
Thank you, sir, for showing my sons the true goodness of people, and the amazing power that a simple act of kindness can have. By opening your heart, you have filled mine, and I know that my two boys will always remember you. When they were small, I felt it was important to teach them to be cautiously aware of strangers. Now, as adults, they understand that the goodness of strangers is what makes our lives better, and their promise is to follow your example and pay it forward. Your son is a very lucky young man.
Thank you is not nearly enough.
Package a success if six local vacated locations refill with new businesses
We could use a tape measure to determine the effect and direction of the “stimulus” spending package on the local Issaquah working environment.
Try this on: Along Front Street, from the library north to McDonald’s, there is now an empty hardware store, furniture store, Skippers restaurant, gas station, dry goods store near Fred Meyer and a grocery store behind McDonald’s.
So, we have a starting point of six lost businesses. With that as the base point, we can then judge the stimulus impact. If all or some of these six real estate locations are filled and people are hired, it is working. However if they remain vacant, and/or more vacancies are added, then it would appear the stimulus spending has just put the taxpayers deeper in debt.
East Link proposal is a good idea for future of public transportation
Sound Transit’s East Link proposal should be redirected toward providing all Eastside residents with access to effective public transit.
A major part of this effort would be to insure all Eastside residents could drive to a park & ride lot and after a minimal wait, get on a bus that will take them nonstop into Seattle within 20-25 minutes during the morning peak commute and back to their park & ride lot in the afternoon. Sound Transit would facilitate this bus service by moving the bridge HOV traffic to the outer structure and converting the center section into two-way bus-only operation.
All Eastside park & ride lots would have this service, although bus frequency would vary with demand. Mercer Island might require a bus every 15 minutes, while South Bellevue, Eastgate and Issaquah could need buses every five minutes. Initially, 60 75-passenger buses assigned to these routes would be able to accommodate an additional 4,500 riders per hour, compared with 3,600-4,000 with light rail. Note that 60 buses per hour equates to one per minute, allowing plenty of capability to accommodate existing bus routes, along with additional express bus and normal bus routing to meet future growth.
The obvious problem with increased bus service is Seattle congestion. The best approach would be to limit Fourth and Second avenues to bus-only use during the peak commute. (Light rail would probably force this action anyway, by severely restricting bus use of the underground tunnel.)
Express buses could be assigned drop-off points along Fourth Avenue and pick-up points along Second Avenue that were separate from other bus stops. With bus only service along these routes, the left-hand lanes could probably be safely used to increase capacity in both directions.
In conclusion, this East Link proposal will provide all Eastside residents with convenient access to public transportation at a fraction of the cost of Sound Transit’s current proposal, and it can be put in place within one to two years, rather than in 2021. It also provides the capability to accommodate future growth, something sorely missing from the light rail proposal.