To The Editor

March 9, 2009

By Contributor

Garbage service

Waste Management shouldn’t cancel pickups with minimal snowfall 

We are constantly reminded of the wildlife in and around Issaquah. New trashcans installed by the city are bear proof. Residents are encouraged to keep garbage inside until the morning of trash day. All of the provisions are intended to keep animals from becoming regular inhabitants of populated areas.

How is it that Waste Management doesn’t collect garbage, but then tells residents it will accept double the following week? Are we all supposed to own a second can for garbage and recycling? It’s ridiculous to expect residents to collect two weeks worth of garbage — especially in places where there are no garages, like the downtown area — on their property except in extreme situations. 

I understand not serving hilly areas when there is ice and snow on the ground, and I understand not serving all areas when the ice makes driving unsafe. What I don’t understand is how Waste Management can suspend service in its entirety when there are two or fewer inches on the ground, all of which is slush and melting as the temperatures were above 32 degrees by 8 a.m. Feb. 26. 

I don’t understand how garbage trucks are unable to drive in the flatlands and I don’t understand why Waste Management doesn’t collect on the next service day, as most garbage collection companies do. 

Waste Management is not run by the city. Considering the conflict in policies regarding garbage storage between Waste Management and the city, and then considering the city’s ability to influence Waste Management more than individual customers, I would appreciate it if the city can address the issue.

I’m not going to pay my bill this cycle. They need not worry though, I’ll send them double the following billing cycle.

John Birrell-Levine


Faith in Action

Support seniors at annual fundraiser dinner/auction Festa Italiana

Through volunteers, Faith in Action supports seniors living independently in the greater Issaquah and Sammamish areas.

The seniors in our community struggle to find ways to keep their homes clean and safe, make small home repairs, shop for groceries and other essentials, or travel to a doctor’s appointment. Too often these forgotten individuals lose their independence completely and are prematurely placed in institutional care settings. Faith in Action rallies the resources to meet their basic living and safety requirements. 

So, please, come to our fundraising dinner and auction, Festa Italiana, have fun and help us continue to support seniors living in our community. Here are the details:

Date: Saturday, March 21

Time: 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Location: Mary, Queen of Peace, 1121 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish

Price: $65 per person includes admission, dinner, wine and fun!

Tables of eight may be purchased for $500.

Faith in Action has served local seniors in need since 1997. We are a charitable nonprofit organization (tax id number 26-3624411) and your participation in the event is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by federal law. 

For more information, please call 369-9120 or see our Web site at For auction ticket sales or donations, send your checks to 1121 228th Avenue S.E., Sammamish WA 98075

Please join our circle of compassionate people who support Faith in Action. It’s caring people like you who make a world of difference for our seniors.

Claire Petersky

Executive director

Park Pointe

City Council needs to do all it can to prevent development rights transfer

I just hope we can save Tiger Mountain from the Park Pointe development of cluster homes! 

City officials have been trying to arrange transfer development rights for the Park Pointe cluster-housing development on Tiger Mountain. The idea was to preserve the pristine wilderness on Tiger Mountain and let the developer build in areas close to the highlands, areas that are already built up. 

For a while, I had the impression it was going through smoothly, but apparently, that is not the case. If I understand correctly, the developer, a Canadian group, is pursuing its environmental and other studies with the intention of continuing the project on Tiger Mountain. 

I hope our City Council and city administration will vigorously continue their efforts to make the transfer development rights happen and do everything possible to prevent this development. 

The view of our lovely Issaquah Alps is already obliterated by the highlands cluster development to the north and the Talus development to the west. Do we want to complete the obliteration with Park Pointe on the east? 

Thanks in advance for all efforts you can make.

Barbara Extract


School project

Elementary student from New Hampshire needs Washington mementos

Dear citizens of Washington,

My name is Kaylee and I am 10 years old and I am in fifth grade at Inter-Lakes Elementary School. I live in Meredith, N.H. 

I am doing a project called State in a Box. I am studying Washington. I was wondering if you could send me items from Washington, like postcards, license plates or anything that would be from Washington, for my project, because we get to show them to some of the other grades in my school.

Thank you.


Inter-Lakes Elementary School,   21 Lakes Lane, Meredith, NH 03253



Completing assignments in high school prepares students for job demands

A recent letter writer complained that her daughter had received a failing grade in her English class, because she regularly failed to complete and turn in required homework. She went on to question why her daughter now would be required to take English at the night academy, at their expense, to make up the grade.

As we all know, skills and habits learned in high school are designed to prepare our children for the real world beyond school. In most cases, we are all required to complete homework (reports, forecasts, expenses, etc.) at work unless we’re one of the lucky few who are not in a job that requires such things. 

In the work environment, many times there are no second chances. We may know the information that we’re required to deliver by report, but if we don’t turn in those reports, we could either receive a ding in our performance review (report card) or worse, get fired. There usually are no second chances like night academy.

At least her daughter is being given a second chance to improve her grade. Maybe, to make it clear how important completing and turning in homework is, this person’s daughter should bear a portion of the cost for night academy, paid for either directly with money or through chores. 

Remember, though, our children follow our lead as parents as to what is and isn’t important. If this parent sends signals that homework isn’t important, then her child/children will probably feel the same and this valuable life lesson will be lost.

Robert Oberlander


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