To The Editor

May 5, 2009

By Contributor

Choking game

Condolences to the Tork family for their loss; thanks for raising public awarenessI can’t think of a more noble gesture than for the Tork family to raise the awareness of others while in the midst of their grieving and loss of their dear son. I am humbled as I sit with my sadness for their loss. 

God blesses and is with you all, always.

Paul Williams

Issaquah


High school project

Get local workers to do IHS construction

Do you support and promote local commerce in the city?

Do you or your children attend school in the Issaquah School District? 

Do you pay taxes in the city? 

Do you know what the unemployment rate is of skilled craftsmen who live in or near the city? The Washington State Unemployment Department claims that there are 26,320 citizens in Issaquah, with over 8.1 percent of those unemployed.

Did you know the general contractor who won the bid for the Issaquah High School project has subcontracted about one-third of the work to not only out-of-the-county contractors, but also out-of-state contractors? 

Did you know that your hard-earned tax monies will be used to pay contractors like Jack Hornor Electric, from Yakima; Robison Mechanical, from Bremerton; Summit Environmental Inc., from Post Falls, Idaho; and Tradesman International Inc., out of Macedonia, Ohio? 

Can anyone explain why so many out-of-town contractors will be working here in our community, when so many of our skilled tradesmen are out of work? This is a question that can be answered by the Issaquah School District at 837-7000 or Construction Coordinator Royce Nourigat at 837-7037.

Brad Moore

Issaquah


Public transportation

Squak Mountain residents should have regular bus service for safety’s sake

How long must we residents of Squak Mountain have to wait for bus service? Isn’t it about time to address this long-neglected need for safe, convenient and regular public transportation —right in our own backyard?

For too long, walkers, young and old, coming down the mountain on Wildwood Boulevard Southwest have had to contend with steep curves, few sidewalks, and drivers who disregard stop signs and speed limits.

Without sidewalks, kids walking down Wildwood Boulevard Southwest have to remember to hug the edge of the road. Adults who cannot drive, or who choose not to drive, increasingly must consider leaving their homes and moving to communities where safe, convenient and regular public transportation is available.

One would hope that Issaquah continues to be a place where people care, where people feel that they have a voice that is heard. For more than 40 years, school bus drivers have managed to negotiate the steep grades of Squak Mountain. Isn’t it about time for the naysayers to finally hear our request for a regular public bus route within our own city limits? Isn’t it about time to act?

Robert Freund 

Issaquah


Education budget

Can cuts be made in schools  that don’t affect our children?

Issaquah schools face a potential $10.5 million budget reduction this year and implementing it will force administrators into difficult decisions that will adversely affect the education of our children. It becomes personal when policy affects our kids.

While there are undoubtedly areas in any budget that can be eliminated in difficult times (aren’t we having to do it in our households?), education should not be the first place to start. Wouldn’t it be more practical to find areas in nonessential state government to look for the first cuts? Or, do our politicians manipulate our sympathies so that we will readily accept tax hikes?

With the proposed decrease in the state budget, in concert with the multimillion-dollar debt, isn’t it time for fiscal discipline? The obvious answer is yes! But the shortfall should not affect the education of Washington’s children and, as a result, our future. Perhaps reducing the size of political administrative staff, the arts and pet projects should come first.

Mark L. Bowers

Issaquah


Crosswalks

Road laws make everyone safer,   but especially pedestrians

My suggestions and presentation of the facts of the pedestrian law were based on my own experiences, from one walker to another in the hope of helping this writer to understand the dangers of ignoring the law and to make sure others did not get a wrong idea about how crosswalks work.

Again, the laws are not ignored to accommodate our comfort. They need to be followed for everyone’s safety, especially the pedestrian. I choose to respect the rules of the road, because they only work when obeyed.

Michael T. Barr

Sammamish

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