To The Editor

July 21, 2009

By Contributor

Iris Grill

Shop, eat at local establishments or more will close like popular restaurant

For years, the Issaquah and Sammamish chambers of commerce have been urging their residents to shop local. The recent closure of Issaquah’s beloved Iris Grill is a perfect case in point.

This outstanding restaurant served amazing food and was a special place for all of us in this community. Let the Iris Grill’s June 30 closure be a warning that we all need to support our local businesses.

Go forth with intention, spending your money in the places you want to see last through the recession. Check out the local chambers’ online business directories if you’re not sure a service or product is available in your area.

If the Iris Grill comes back, I, for one, will be first in line for dinner!

Kirsten O’Malley


Thank you

Officer, city personnel tried gallantly to save ducklings in storm water drains

I want to thank Issaquah Police Department Patrol Officer Jesse Petersen and two representatives of the city’s Public Works Department for going the extra mile under difficult circumstances.

At about 11:30 a.m. June 18, they made a gallant effort to retrieve eight ducklings that had fallen into storm water drains along state Route 900 between Gilman Boulevard and the Interstate 90 onramp. Traffic along this stretch of state Route 900, especially at about noon, is very dangerous.

Design of the drainage pipes, heavy unyielding traffic and a natural reaction of the ducklings to dive underwater when frightened made it an almost impossible task.

They were able to retrieve only one of the eight ducklings. The others entered the pipe system making it impossible to catch them.

The mother mallard and remaining two ducklings were nowhere to be found. So, Petersen took it upon himself to deliver the single duckling to Alpine Veterinary Hospital.

I was very pleased to find representatives of the city of Issaquah willing and ready to help, even when the situation involves small birds.

Richard A. Petrut



Award recognized individual achievement, not adherence to national agenda

I am responding to Matthew Barry’s letter published July 15.

I commend Mayor Ava Frisinger for taking the time to recognize the achievements of a young man in our community. Frisinger was not commending the National Boy Scouts of America, but rather the actions and achievements of an individual.

Boys who earn the rank of Eagle Scout have demonstrated many of the attributes that we, as a community, value in our citizens: self-reliance, an understanding of how our system of government works, a sense of personal responsibility, community service and leadership. Indeed, a boy who has reached the rank of Eagle Scout has performed hundreds of hours of community service, culminating in planning and leading a significant project that benefits the community in which he lives.

While I, myself, have been involved in the Scouting program for many years (both as a youth and as an adult), I do not support all of the positions of the National BSA. There are many examples where people participate with an organization, yet do not agree with every position of that organization (e.g. Catholics and the position of the church on using birth control; people who belong to a political party rarely agree with every position their party takes).

Though it is easy to paint all of those associated with the Boy Scouts of America with the same brush, I can assure Barry that the real Scouting program is local and independent. I am very proud to have been part of the leadership of a Cub Scout pack that wrote to our local Boy Scout district advising them that we did not intend to discriminate, in any manner, against any youth or adult who wanted to participate with our pack.

While I disagree, vehemently, with the National BSA policies that Barry identified, I agree with Frisinger that the outstanding achievements of boys who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout should be recognized by community leaders, and by the community at large. Indeed, our communities would be better if more people followed their examples.

Adam A. Pinsky


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