Rapid response

August 25, 2009

By Contributor

How do you think the proposed polystyrene ban will affect restaurants and consumers?

I hope that restaurants will see an increase in take-out business, because consumers only have to worry about busting their budgets and britches and not eroding the environment.

Curtis Repp, IssaquahLess nonbiodegradable stuff in landfills, less roadside litter and more expensive food.

Jim Harris, Issaquah

The ban could affect restaurants if they are stuck with back orders of polystyrene cups. It should be phased out gradually. A bold move could be allowing customers to bring in their own favorite cups for water, which means dishwashing and water savings for restaurants.

John Sheridan, Issaquah

It seems to me we’ve heard enough of the argument from Seattle taking this on. It’s time to stop arguing and start preserving our environment any way we can. If it means a paper coffee cup, I’m in.

Rick Fournier, Issaquah

As long as a recyclable material is allowed to be used for the same purposes, it should make no difference, and will help the environment.

Laurel Redecker, Issaquah

How effective do you think the I-90 Undercrossing will be at alleviating traffic?

This should help traffic flow better both on and off of the freeway and in between the two halves of Issaquah. It should be a boost to businesses, as it will be easier for consumers on both sides to get to the businesses on either side.

Curtis Repp, Issaquah

I think it will ease some congestion on northbound Front Street and state Route 900. Better use of traffic lights and lane designation would help even more.

Jim Harris, Issaquah

I think the I-90 Undercrossing is long overdue for alleviating our bottleneck traffic. This viable alternative should lead drivers to destinations such as Costco, the Pickering Barn, movie theater, restaurants, etc. Alongside this road, run the Issaquah trolley.

John Sheridan, Issaquah

Increase congestion on Gilman, reduce congestion on Front, increase congestion in Home Depot shopping center…some.

Connie Marsh, Issaquah

There are already too few streets for too many cars. By the time it’s built and ready for use, it will be past capacity. The undercrossing won’t help much if at all.

Rick Fournier, Issaquah

I think it will be extremely helpful for us who shop both sides of the freeway, especially if trying to get back home during afternoon commute hours. We have walked through the proposed area as much as was possible, and think it makes a lot of sense.

Laurel Redecker, Issaquah

With the city facing a budget shortfall next year, what is one creative way officials might raise money?

Enforce traffic laws to the letter, including speeding, illegal turns, running red lights, not signaling turns and talking on cell phones while driving (nonhands-free).

Jim Harris, Issaquah

Consider doing seasonal fundraising auctions in the Pickering Barn from donated items, old cars and collectibles for either general or specific department shortfalls.

John Sheridan, Issaquah

Since we live outside the city limits, I’m not familiar with what could be cut more than they’ve done already. But, we are active in the Four Creeks Area Council, which recently held a meeting for all of the area councils, and was attended by county officials, including Reagan Dunn and Kurt Tripplett. After all the councils had reported on what they have done, a conclusion was reached that volunteer help could be utilized much more than it is to help cut down on county duties. Could the city use more volunteer staff in order to save on expenses?

Laurel Redecker, Issaquah

Appeal to public for volunteers. Don’t think city has many legal ways to make money beyond taxes. Am I wrong?

Connie Marsh, Issaquah

How about an Issaquah Interstate 90 tollbooth? Yes, it will take time to get approvals, but think of the rush hour and holiday revenues.

Rick Fournier, Issaquah

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