Rapid Response

January 12, 2010

By Contributor

What suggestions do you have for the Central Issaquah Plan Advisory Task Force as it guides redevelopment in the 915 acres that include Gilman Village, Costco area and the retail corridor along East Lake Sammamish Parkway?

Don’t reinvent the wheel; learn from other cities’ mistakes — what has worked, what hasn’t. Many European cities are decades ahead of us with population, development, managing resources and transportation.

Michelle Kolano, Issaquah

Please, retain Issaquah’s character. Retain the small town, keep it green, make it the best it can be for the money.

Rick Fournier, Issaquah

Please, do not permit big-city urban planning to destroy our city. Tall buildings to accommodate a compressed population increase brings on traffic nightmares as well as social unrest. Read the Comprehensive Plan that has governed our city image through all these years we have relished living here. See therein: “Community Character – Issaquah is a growing city that is determined to retain the positive attributes and quality of life associated with a small town community.”

Irv Levin, Issaquah

Redevelopment should include pedestrian walkways, bike paths, greenbelts, parkways and malls; low-density, primarily residential, aesthetically consistent with Issaquah’s unique character, and restricting vehicular traffic.

Ray Extract, Issaquah

How do you feel about private funding being necessary for public education?

What are taxes if not private funding? But for additional fees to be charged for athletics and extracurricular activities, ridiculous. They should be incorporated into the taxes paid by all.

Jim Harris, Issaquah

Private funding could promote private agendas in public schools.

Don Burnett, Issaquah

Taxes are already taken from the working public to fund education. The goal should be being more efficient with what we have rather than taking more, whether by taxation or donation.

Paul Stewart, Issaquah

It is one of the biggest governmental swindles ever. Government should be focused on infrastructure, fire, safety and education. Bonds and having to ‘make up the difference’ is essentially dual taxation for the same services.

Mark Bowers, Issaquah

Schools need to get back to basics and not pie-in-the-sky educational programs. Basics are what raise test scores — not more money.

Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah

This is too vague to answer, but we certainly need more funding than the state provides.

Fred Nystrom, Issaquah

Unfortunately, private funds are needed, but should be unnecessary; education should be a government priority.

Barbara Extract, Issaquah

What do you think is missing from our children’s education in public schools?

Physical discipline. Getting a few good swift canes across the backside in high school certainly helped to keep us in line. Bring it back and save money on all the self-esteem nonsense.

Paul Stewart, Issaquah

Revisionist American history has taken the place of applicable American history depicting the importance of the founders’ original intent. Unions, special interest groups and political correctness have no business in determining curriculum.

Mark Bowers, Issaquah

Accountability and performance.

Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah

More instruction time, more classes per day and more hours during the year. Do we really need several months off in the summer? Darn few students have to bring in the crops nowadays.

Fred Nystrom, Issaquah

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