To The Editor

June 2, 2009

By Contributor

Memorial Day cross issue

Letter writer’s opinion was hateful, wrong

Letter writer Mike Huber was completely out of line. He overreacted to legitimate objections raised about disrespectful behavior toward non-Christians by Christians.As to the flags, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, while trying to do a noble, respectful thing, should seek the permission of the families before doing anything on their graves. That is just common sense.

Michael T. Barr


Asking to change name to number was ignorant of WWII evil done to Jews

As a Jew and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, I was deeply offended by Mike Huber’s letter being printed in your publication. The last line of his letter said: “If his name is offensive because it sounds Jewish, does anyone have standing to object and demand he change it to a number?” 

Maybe Huber or The Issaquah Press are not aware of this, but that is exactly what happened during the Holocaust, when Jews were branded on their arms with numbers and forced into concentration camps. Shame on your paper for publishing such an insensitive comment.

Dahlia Levin (no relation to Irv Levin)


Blatantly hateful letter should  not have been published

Shame on The Issaquah Press for publishing the blatantly hateful and offensive letter from Mike Huber regarding Irv Levin’s issue with crosses on veteran’s graves.  

This letter was not written to address the true content of this issue as was the intelligent letter written by David Waggoner that same issue. This letter was written with the express intent to give Huber an audience for his obviously hateful anti-Semitic views.  

His reference to changing Mr. Levin’s name to a number was a clear reference to Hitler and his numbered tattoos, and this just added to his hateful comments about supporting the State of Israel.

The Letters to the Editor is one of my favorite sections of The Press. I generally enjoy reading well-written, intelligent comments about current events near and far. But to give an audience to the hateful and offensive comments of Huber was inappropriate and thoughtless. 

You not only provided a large audience for this man’s bigotry but you succeeded in offending a lot of your audience. Shame on you.

Laureen Light


Thank you

Issaquah people should be proud of themselves for kindness

Issaquah has some of the nicest, most helpful people in the world, willing to go out of their way for others in need.

I was recently heading home after a doctor’s appointment and just made it to a stoplight near Target when I started having trouble with my power chair. I didn’t have enough of a charge to even get up the curb ramp. 

Two people approached me; one even got out of his car while waiting for the light to change. They helped me get on the sidewalk and headed in the right direction.

I thought about pulling into one of the stores to try to charge my battery from an outlet, but reconsidered when I looked at the parking lot and how little charge was left. I slowly continued down the sidewalk and eventually made it to the driveway and ramps near my bus stop. 

A nice young man already at the stop offered to assist me. Other drivers got out of their cars, but when they saw him helping, they proceeded on their ways.

During my wait, the young man who helped me get to the stop had to get his own bus, so I thanked him and assured him I would be fine. A young couple then came to the stop for another bus. I was beginning to feel the heat, so they helped me get my chair in some shade. 

A young lady from one of the shops had noticed I was at the stop for nearly an hour, so she came over to check on me. She told the bus driver about my dilemma and they got me on the bus for home. I thanked that lady for going out of her way to help. Even the bus driver helped get me across the street to my apartment.

I had a ton of “angels on earth” watching out for me. You all went out of your ways to help someone in immediate need of assistance and because of that I was able to get home safely.

May God bless you for your kindness!

J. Rognlie


Rules of the road

Pedestrians coming to, from    community center should be protected

Should city officials want to increase their source of funding and provide safety to pedestrians, just place an officer a couple of blocks south of the police station during school starting or ending. 

That would place the officer in the parking area of the community center. During school days when school is getting ready to open/close, those using the center must take extreme care to not get hit by drivers dropping off or picking up students. 

They zip into the restricted parking spaces, stop on the wrong side of the street, block across to those restricted parking spaces and speed in some cases.

Ken Sessler


Education budget

Save money by not sending college class catalog to nonstudents

The Department of Education spends about $16 million per year to print and mail curriculum catalogs to every residence in Washington. 

Four times per year, I get catalogs from three different community colleges, the University of Washington and Renton technical college. 

It would be fully effective to replace these catalogs with a two-part postcard. A person who is not inclined to access the catalogs via the Web would return part of the postcard, requesting a catalog. 

This would reduce the cost to less than $500,000 per year. 

J Neil Butchart


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