Rapid Response

June 22, 2010

By Contributor

As the city moves closer to establishing a human services campus, what role do you feel the city should play in providing social services to residents?

Continuous review to ensure the services offered are the right services for our community at the right time.

Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah

The role of government is to provide safety (police and fire), education and infrastructure. Participating in housing and feeding the less fortunate should be a collaborative effort with government, business, churches and citizens. Get the latter three even more involved than now through tax incentives and public recognition for their efforts.

Mark Bowers, Issaquah

Assist in finding a place and fast track the applications and then stay out of it.

Fred Nystrom, Issaquah

Interfaith and community collaboration is vital to keep a safety net in place for meaningful social services. People become unsafe in isolation and thrive in community!

Don Burnett, Issaquah

Don’t need the nanny state at the local level.

Ken Sessler, Issaquah

It should play an activist role to support the services of organizations such as Compassion House, affordable housing, food and shelter for the destitute, and elderly services.

Ray Extract, Issaquah

The city should be the provider of last resort for basic human needs where charity and higher-level governments are inadequate.

Hank Thomas, Issaquah

Issaquah should work regionally with other cities, King County and United Way to provide basic social services. Social responses are most efficiently and effectively delivered through coordinated action.

Barbara diMichele, Issaquah

More funding for the senior center, community center and Boehm swimming pool.

Jim Harris, Issaquah

City government should be a facilitator, not a provider. The city should provide opportunities for all types of nonprofit organizations, including charities, churches and citizens, to provide social services.

Mel Morgan, Issaquah

How can the city best encourage owners of undeveloped land or open space to preserve their property for conservation?

Encourage the transfer of development rights to reward preservation. In addition, appeal to their desire to leave a legacy for the future through preservation.

Jackie Thomas, Issaquah

Pay them the market values to buy the land off of them. If the city wants the land for conservation, then they should buy it!

Paul Stewart, Issaquah

In light of current economic conditions faced by school districts, how do you think Washington state should raise the money to provide a globally competitive education to students?

One way that our state can help our children to stay competitive in education is to stick to the basics of emphasizing reading, writing and math. I believe all too often our schools are trying to become the “all” in children’s lives and taking responsibilities away from the parents and community that deplete the money allotted to the districts. Let’s get back to basics and keep government in a bottle where it belongs.

Paul Williams, Issaquah

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