Rapid Response

July 20, 2010

By Contributor

How do you feel about a state requirement for schools to record students’ race and ethnicity?

For what purpose? Is funding going to depend on certain demographics? Are subjects or programs going to be race or ethnic specific?

Michele Forkner, Issaquah

Why? What is the purpose? The ACLU would have a ball opposing this in the courts and the media would have a field day. The state should concentrate on ways to fund and provide improved education opportunities for all of our students and stay away from divisive issues.

Raymond Extract, Issaquah


Do you believe the completion of the Interstate 90 Undercrossing will make a meaningful reduction in traffic congestion?

It should take people off Front Street and away from that awfully congested corner at 17th Street and Southwest Lake Sammamish Parkway, so yes, I think it should help. I would rather have seen it go north and end near the Barnes & Noble shopping center, though. But it should help nevertheless.

Barbara Extract, Issaquah

The undercrossing project will relieve congestion by rerouting traffic. An additional benefit is shortened trips, saving fuel, as well as time.

Gail Givan, Issaquah


What features would you like to see incorporated in the downtown, Issaquah Creek-area parks, keeping in mind that the area will be limited to passive activities?

Does it include “passive” smoking?

Paul Stewart, Preston

Hello!?!?! There is a recession going on! The city sends out pleas for ideas about how to save money — here is the plan… stop spending money! Especially on passive parks that very few people utilize when we need to repair and make more usable the parks we have, the parks that serve our population the most (active parks) and that generate some revenue. There are so many repairs and basic infrastructure needs and other active park demands to focus on in our city.

Matthew Balkman, Issaquah

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