To The Editor

September 7, 2010

By Contributor

Park Pointe

Editorial turned community opportunity into a polarizing issue

Unfortunately, The Issaquah Press turned Park Pointe into a polarizing issue in its editorial Aug. 25. Having lived in the Issaquah Highlands for six years, I do not believe a large number of highlanders would want to see a land preservation project go awry. However, the issues raised at the public hearing are not “misguided,” but rather valid concerns not for just highlanders, but all Issaquah residents and should be depicted by our “official newspaper” as such.

I happen to agree with the overall plan to swap highlands development for the preservation and believe Mark Mullet’s vote was cast in the best interest of the entire city. But I also believe there should be greater thought put into the plan.

Schools are just one issue. Enrollment at Grand Ridge last year was 950 students, 180 of whom were taught in portable classrooms that according to The Issaquah Press did not exist. In defense of the school district, they have had to repeatedly deal with “poor planning” by re-districting multiple times, reallocate funds and delaying construction. I’m surprised they’ve been able to do as good a job as they have, given our willy-nilly planning efforts.

Infrastructure and traffic are other issues that need more thought. The existing plan has failed miserably, and unfortunately there already have been avoidable accidents and unfortunately more are to come. The “narrow street concept” assumed drivers would not speed, landscaping would not mature and strange flying objects, such as skateboarders, would not suddenly appear out of nowhere. Adding additional housing will only compound these issues and should have been addressed better before taken up by a vote.

Finally, controlled growth is a good thing and should be embraced by residents and businesses alike. Preserving a parcel of land like Park Pointe is a great opportunity we are lucky to have. Unfortunately, The Press has made a mockery out of the due process by “targeting” highlanders. What happened to objective reporting? Maybe The Issaquah Press’ mission statement should be revisited.

Dan Wilson

Issaquah Highlands


Decision 2010

With the primary over, election staffers need to remove all of the yard signs

Now that the primary election is over and the top-two winners have been chosen for November, the sad vestiges of the campaigns linger on.

From one end of Sammamish to the other end in Issaquah, tired and faded yard signs blight the district, littering roads and adjacent property. It’s up to the candidates and their supporters to make certain their election detritus is cleaned up and, if possible, recycled for another day.

As much as it is a responsibility of running for office is the cleaning up afterward.

Terry J. LaBrue

Issaquah

Veterans

Honor those who served with the proper military funeral that they deserve

Do your loved ones know you have earned military funeral honors?

The rendering of military funeral honors is a way to show the nation’s deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our country. This ceremonial paying of respect is the final demonstration a grateful nation can provide to its veterans’ families.

The tradition of providing military funeral honors, in some form, began in ancient Greece and Rome. The funeral honors’ protocol of today traces its roots to these ancient ceremonies, as well as to historical American experiences.

Since Jan. 1, 2000, all eligible veterans have been entitled by law to receive this benefit. But it has to be requested, and too many veterans in Washington are being laid to rest without this final tribute.

If, as a veteran, you wish to receive military funeral honors, it is important to tell your family now, so they will be prepared to ensure your final request is honored. During your family’s initial visit to a funeral home, they will need to request that military funeral honors be provided at the service.

Public law 106-65 states a military funeral honors detail will consist of not less than two members of the Armed Forces and the detail will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presentation of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of “Taps.” The veteran’s parent service representative will present the flag. A local veterans service organization may be available for an honor guard to fire the three-volley rifle salute.

Please see that each and every military veteran is given the honors he or she deserves. There is absolutely no cost for these services.

Art Farash

North Bend

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