Letters to the Editor

October 12, 2010

By Contributor

Bike safety

Riders should also follow all laws

The long article in the Sept. 8 Press, addressing the purpose of the Issaquah Bicycle Club was keeping abreast of road construction for bikers’ safety, was interesting.

However, I was disappointed but not surprised that the article did not address that another of the club’s aims should be to stress that bikers should also obey all of the laws of the road for their safety and set that example for their children.

When I was growing up in the 1930’s, there were no helmet requirements, we did need a bike license tag on the bike and when we parked our bikes at school or anywhere in Garden City, Kan., we did not need to chain our bikes to a post to prevent them being stolen. Just a sign of the times, folks!

Ken Sessler

Issaquah


Art and hiking Cougar Mountain

Good art comes in many forms

I am writing to you about the art exhibit, “Overgrowth and Understory,” installed in July that is about to be dismantled, thank goodness.

My husband and I started at the Sky Country Trailhead on Cougar Mountain on Aug. 28 and hiked to Radar Park. At the beginning of our hike, we ran into a cloth draped across the trail from tree to tree.

I thought at first it must be left over from some transient, so was a bit disturbed to go further down the trail, but we did.

When we got near the field at Radar Park, we found bits of materials in the bushes and grasses along the trail. It looked like someone had dumped his or her junk there. Out on the lovely meadow, there were smashed boards, some with figures cut into them, and some other rusty bits of stuff including a stump and a large mailbox.

It was creepy to see this stuff in such a lovely setting that was designated as a wildland park roughly 30 years ago. The stuff ruined the wildland experience for me: a place where I have hiked over time.

Some of the stuff looked like junk, due to broken pieces and weather.

There was no explanation about it or why it was there. It was a shock to see this in a place where I have hiked for many years. I am so glad I did not have my 6-year-old granddaughter with us who loves her stuffed animals, especially Winnie the Pooh, because when we got back to the meadow at Sky Country, there were a group of raised, wire cages that contained stuffed animals with their guts hanging out.

Winnie the Pooh had a bullet hole through his head and blood (red yarn) trickling down his body. It was horrifying and disgusting, especially in a lovely wildland park setting. I later was told that birds had gotten caught in the cages and died.

I am disappointed and totally upset that King County Parks would allow such an abomination in a lovely wild setting that is supposed to be a preserve for wildlife and natural beauty. An exhibit like this has no place in King County Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, where manmade evidence is supposed to be minimal.

This exhibit ruined our outdoor experience and I hope will not be repeated in the future.

Barbara Williams

Bellevue

Gary Moore Stadium

Thanks to all for honoring former coach

The Gary Moore Stadium is finally a reality, thanks to the support of the Issaquah School Board, the IHS community, and friends and family of Coach Moore.

Special thanks go to IHS Principal Paula Phelps, for her initial and continued whole-hearted support of the name change proposal; Steve Crawford, director of Capital Projects for the school district, for the extra effort in obtaining new stadium signs, amid the construction at IHS; Emily Carl, activities director, for her direction with the dedication ceremony; Associated Student Body student Blaire Brady, for her outstanding personal commitment to the half-time ceremony, making certain every detail was perfect; and lastly, for the donations from Coach Moore’s friends and family for support of the needs of the transition to the Gary Moore Stadium.

Because of all these efforts, pride and tradition continue at IHS by honoring this beloved coach, so the new generations of students will know the example Coach Moore set on and off the field.

Mardi Nystrom, career specialist

Liberty High School

Issaquah Schools Foundation

Support local schools, children

Did you know that American school children are falling further and further behind the rest of the world in science and technology education? If this fact worries you, I suggest you take immediate and concrete action this month.

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is holding its annual Calling For Kids campaign this month, with funds earmarked, among many things, for a new and improved elementary science curriculum, new high school chemistry textbooks and equipment, and support for robotics clubs at all middle schools and high schools.

Unfortunately, additional financial support from parents and the community will be required to keep our graduates competitive in a global economy. Fortunately, the Issaquah community has long recognized the value of a top-notch education system.

While recognizing the need for higher education standards across our country, we can take a positive step to improve education right here at home, and contribute to programs that directly place teaching tools and educational opportunities in the hands of Issaquah students.

I urge you to contribute to the Calling For Kids campaign, either by phone or by going to the Issaquah Schools Foundation website — www.issaquahschoolsfoundation.org.

Tola Marts

Issaquah

Take a soldier to the movies

Operation Support Our Troops is collecting used DVD movies to send to the troops in Afghanistan. If you have a good, used DVD to donate, call Nadine Gulit at 369-2215 for pick up or drop it off at the Issaquah Army recruiting office, 1145 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite G2.

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