To The Editor

August 24, 2010

By Contributor

Gravity car races

Issaquah, Sammamish Rotary clubs helped make event successful

The Life Enrichment Options organization would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to both the Issaquah and Sammamish Rotary clubs for their superb efforts in partnering with us to provide two highly successful gravity car races this past month.

We received a number of e-mails from parents whose child either overcame a fear to get in a car, or were bubbling over with excitement in racing down a hill to the finish line. Every rider with special needs was a winner, getting his or her trophy and certificate with a picture in a car.

None of this could happen without the wonderful volunteers of the Rotary clubs, Athletes for Kids, Issaquah High School wrestlers, Skyline High School cheerleaders, and football and basketball athletes.

Leo Finnegan and LEO board of directors

Eastridge Christian Fellowship

Church in its new location is a better service than store, theatre would be

There’s an old saying in Christianity that “sheep go where they’re fed.” That’s as true locally as it is anywhere.

Thousands of Issaquah residents vote with their feet when it comes to selecting when and where they worship. Many hundreds of them have chosen Eastridge Christian Fellowship, the new church on Issaquah-Fall City Road, dedicated to serving the folks of the Interstate 90 corridor. Not one of those hundreds have been forced to attend Eastridge or any other church. Everyone is there by choice.

I don’t recall ever hearing of anyone complain when a new bar in town opened, or another psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor, psychic or New Age practitioner hangs out his or her shingle in Issaquah. I wonder why it is only churches dispensing God’s word, love and compassion that evoke hostility and criticism?

Eastridge takes serving this community seriously. Let me count a few of the ways. For several years at Thanksgiving, Eastridge has given out 1,000 whole turkeys and complete large dinners to families in need. Every year, we send hundreds of underprivileged children and foster children to camp. Each week, many lost and broken people are helped to put their lives back together at Eastridge. We are always available to pray for the sick and hurting. Plus, Eastridge led all Assembly of God churches in the Northwest in giving to missions around the world.

To the letter writer a few weeks ago and others who feel our property could better be used for a grocery store or theater, please come visit us firsthand and see for yourself why Eastridge is so special to so many. Our doors are open to one and all, and I promise you will be welcomed with open arms.

Bette Filley


Road woes

Bicyclists need to stay off the sidewalks

Recently, there was a sign on the Holiday Inn/Arco corner, at the end of state Route 900, that read “caution bicycles on road.” It should have been corrected to “caution bicycles on road and sidewalk.”

Some riders use the sidewalk and the crosswalk signal to navigate around the area. Actually, maybe a better sign would read “walkers and car drivers, beware of nonlaw-abiding bike riders.”

It would be interesting to know how many, if any, tickets have been issued by the Issaquah traffic patrol to any bicycle riders, in the past 12 months.

In an unrelated note, west of the same corner by 150.452 feet there was some road work completed. Whoever did this work should be complimented on the smooth road repair patch that was put in place. Sometimes, those patches are real rough. So, thanks to the repair crew on this one.

Ken Sessler


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One Response to “To The Editor”

  1. Gail Givan on August 27th, 2010 3:18 pm

    I live and work in downtown Issaquah, and walk to work every day. Sometimes I must carry several items with me, including my lunch box and umbrella. I dropped my sweater one evening this week on my way home, and didn’t realize it until much later. This morning, on my way to work, I laughed out loud when I saw my sweater tied around the waist of the signal pole at Dogwood and Front Street. I want to say “thank you” to the kind person who put it there for me to retrieve later.

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