To The Editor

August 31, 2010

By Contributor

Guns

No ban is effective without enforcement

The lead story Aug. 18 reported that people are allowed to carry guns into state parks if they have a permit, but that it is illegal to fire them. How ironic is that?

They should not be allowed in, period. But the bottom line is that without enforcement, no gun or booze ban can be effective. Enforcement requires manpower and severe penalties for violation.

Ray Extract

Issaquah

Park Pointe

Despite overwhelming opposition, land swap approved in sham public hearing

If there were any doubts that the city’s public hearings are a sham, the Aug. 16 hearing on the Park Pointe land swap should have ended any such doubts. The hearing had one of the largest turnouts in years, and the vast majority of speakers were opposed to the swap. Yet, the council unanimously approved it.

Whether you agree with the land swap or not, it was painfully clear to everyone that every councilmember had already made up his or her mind long before the hearing. In fact, if you look at the various transactions and negotiations that have already taken place, it’s probably been a done deal for months.

So, what on earth was the point of having the hearing? The council certainly wasn’t interested in actually hearing what residents had to say. The council was simply putting a checkmark on its list of legal requirements. Held a sham public hearing? Check!

The process is broken. The public hearing should not take place during the same meeting that the council votes on an issue, especially when it’s an important subject that the council has been considering for years. It’s patently absurd.

How are the councilmembers going to digest and sincerely consider comments from 20 speakers in the few minutes before they vote? What if residents raise questions and concerns that the council or staff needs to research?

The solution is to conduct the public hearing earlier in the process — at least one meeting before the vote — hopefully while the councilmembers are still undecided and while they still have time to review the feedback provided.

Or, at the very least, having seen the intense public outcry at the Aug. 16 meeting, the council should have extended the hearing to the next meeting. Ironically, in the past few months, the council repeatedly extended a public hearing (that no one attended) for a trivial vacating of a tiny undeveloped street behind Home Depot that will never be used. But no such extension for a standing-room-only hearing on a controversial issue that affects the entire city. Simply pathetic governance.

Matthew Barry

Issaquah

Reader poem

Thank you for a poem that perfectly captured the essence of McNugget

I just had to write to say how much I really appreciated and enjoyed the reader poem, “Issaquah’s McNugget,” by Albert Perron.

I have enjoyed watching this rooster for years. During some parking lot meetings with him, I find him sweet, funny and talkative. I have also learned that he likes the crusts of Pop-Tarts, lol.

The poem Mr. Perron penned perfectly described the McNugget that I have seen myself. It made me smile and made my day. Thanks for posting such fun hometown “news.”

Kathy Monroe

Hobart/Issaquah


Rules of the road

Letter writer needs to reread state law before complaining about bicycles

Perhaps while a child, Ken Sessler fell off a bicycle never again to ride one, and never to forgive or forget his hurt?

His most recent letter regarding bicycles offers an opinion that “Bicyclists need to stay off the sidewalks,” and if I read it correctly, out of the crosswalks. His warning about “nonlaw-abiding bike riders,” implies sidewalk and crosswalk violations.

Perhaps a few moments reading the Revised Code of Washington might show Mr. Sessler that bicycles are legal on sidewalks, and in crosswalks, as well as on the roadways of Washington. The law obliges automobiles to yield to bicycles and pedestrians on sidewalks and in crosswalks. See RCW 46.61.261 “Sidewalks, crosswalks — pedestrians, bicycles” as a starting point to an informed opinion.

Bob McCoy

Sammamish

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