To The Editor
June 9, 2009
Issaquah VFW thanks Issaquah community for joining service Our Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3436 expresses its heartfelt thanks to the citizens of Issaquah who took the time May 25 to join us for our annual Memorial Day Service. It meant a lot to us for you to share our honor for all those men and women who have served this nation and our community, especially those who gave, as President Lincoln said, “that last full measure of devotion.”
Your attendance is a firm testimony that you care about those who serve and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice that “we” may remain free people in a free country. Thank you!
Special thanks go to City Councilman Fred Butler for one of the best ever Memorial Day addresses we have ever heard. And thanks for your service to our nation.
Also, a special thanks to the young men and women from the Issaquah High School Junior Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps for taking this day off from school to provide us with the best Color Guard and Honor Guard services a community can request. You’re terrific young men and women and we, the VFW, appreciate all that you do for us and the community.
Thanks also go to our Boy Scout Troop No. 709 and Cub Scout Pack No. 639, for all of your help setting up the cemetery and taking down all of the flags and crosses. It is heartwarming to know that you, too, care about what veterans have done to secure your freedom and provide a free country in which you can grow and learn.
Thanks again, everyone, for making this a memorable Memorial Day.
David Waggoner, senior vice commander
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3436
Cedar Hills landfill
County residents should be proud of its environmentally friendly operations
We are pleased The Issaquah Press points out that changes made in the past 30 years to improve Cedar Hills Regional Landfill operations are to the point today that “residents are barely aware” of King County’s landfill (“Expansion of landfill not acceptable” – May 6).
We believe that’s a testament to the quality of our operation and how we have worked hard to be a good neighbor and earn the trust of county residents.
It’s true that King County officials are evaluating options to extend the life of the county’s award-winning landfill and preserve this cost-effective disposal option to keep rates low for residents. It’s a strategy that has the support of the County Council and two advisory committees that represent staff members and elected officials from cities, residents, waste management companies, the recycling industry, public interest groups, labor, recyclable markets and manufacturers in King County.
Please note that the landfill is already turning garbage into a green energy resource. A new landfill gas-to-energy facility is now online, turning methane generated through the decomposition of garbage into pipeline-quality natural gas for the energy market. The facility is expected to earn the county more than $1 million annually from the sale of green energy, generate enough gas to meet the energy needs of 24,000 homes, cut greenhouse gas emissions and create green jobs.
King County officials will continue to work with their stakeholders in updating the comprehensive plan to explore options such as long-haul export to out-of-county landfills, waste-to-energy (incineration) and other technologies to ensure safe and environmentally sound disposal once Cedar Hills reaches its permitted capacity. The city of Seattle and neighboring counties have transported their waste to out-of-county landfills for years.
In the meantime, operation of the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill is a safe, environmentally sound method of disposal that is less costly to ratepayers than solid waste disposal via waste export or waste-to-energy technologies.
Kevin Kiernan, director
King County Solid Waste Division
Opponents didn’t provide evidence of safety, property value problems
The June 3 Press addressed an issue which seems strange to me.
The school district is strapped for funds and this cell tower was a source of $1,300 each month to the school district.
Some people are against such a move and indicated it was not safe and would reduce property values. What evidence did they offer, if any? Has anyone heard of any incidents of a cell tower hurting anyone?
What is more likely to reduce property values, a cell tower on school property or a recession? In addition, will all of those folks who are against a cell tower making money for the school district, please throw all of their cell phones in the cell phone recycle bin?
It is scary times when the ‘thought police’ act outraged over simple dissent
My goodness! Have we really devolved to the point where dissent has become hate in our fair city? I’m stunned at the feigned outrage the — albeit poor choice of wording — letter attributed to Mike Huber has stirred.
Frankly, the original issue could be handled quietly and without high offense by either placing, removing or exchanging an unwanted or incorrect symbol placed with the intent of honoring a fallen military veteran. But it seems when you speak of religion, military matters, morality or political conservatism, you risk the fiery condemnation and labeling so commonly used these days.
As I see it, Huber was simply defending the time-honored use of religious symbols on the graves of military veterans. I may not have used some of his illustrations, but none of his words or sentiment appeared to have approached hatred nor was The Press guilty in printing the letter.
Harkening back to the late 1930s and mid1940s Germany — when hate really meant something evil, not merely disagreement — citizens and news organizations were vilified and eliminated if they raised the voice of dissent. These again are becoming scary times.
How hypocritical are some of our citizens who deemed themselves morally and politically correct when expressing intense hatred toward our former president and then became self-anointed thought police who in turn label dissenters as hate mongers? Oh, how their robes of intellectual sanctimony and political piousness are stained when they do so.
Mark L. Bowers
Responses to letter were offensive
The responses by Michael Barr, Dahlia Levin and Laureen Light to my justly opposing Irv Levin’s wanting to strip Christian crosses from our veterans’ graves at national cemeteries were obnoxious, virulent and inexcusable.
Their amusing use of the hackneyed propaganda guilt whips — “hateful,” “offensive,” “shame,” “Holocaust,” “anti-Semitic,” “bigotry” and “insensitive” — tells me they are in a house of cards that is ready to fall. Make sure their house doesn’t fall on you.