To the Editor

December 7, 2010

By Contributor


Thank you, district transportation department, for keeping our kids safe

BIG kudos to the entire team at the Issaquah School District Transportation Department for its performance during the recent surprisingly intense snowstorm!

Besides braving slick, icy roads and traffic gridlock, drivers also faced the challenge of matching the very young children and special-needs students up with their parents, many of whom were themselves stuck in traffic.

Safely getting other peoples’ children to and from school and activities is a huge responsibility and not an easy job, even during the best of conditions.

Many thanks to the school bus drivers, the dispatchers, the routers, the maintenance department workers, the training department, and top management and staff for a job very well done!

Katy and John Hoehl


Central planning

Build up, not out, to preserve Issaquah

Issaquah’s people and its natural amenities are what make Issaquah special and unique. Tall buildings will not change that, if done well.

The Central Issaquah Subarea Task Force has been diligent in planning for our future and embracing what makes Issaquah the city that it is. It has provided a balanced approach to what builds and retains a strong community.

As a local community banker, I understand what it takes to invest/build in a good community and believe the task force has accomplished the goal set forth by the mayor.

In order to plan for our future and following generations, we all need to understand the realities of what it takes to foster a livable and sustainable city. This effort incorporates the ideas of developing the efficient use of space. Some tall buildings are a necessary part of that equation.

Our world is changing and it is up to us to make sure that the same bad choices that have been made in the past are not replicated in the future. Our resources (financial, economic, natural environment, land, etc.) are limited. By planning now, we can protect the strong sense of place that exists within our community by carefully planning where those tall buildings go. We can utilize infrastructure that already exists, so that new structures do not block our key treasures. This also ensures that we will be able to preserve the forested hills that we all treasure.

Aren’t a few tall buildings on our valley floor an equitable trade off for keeping our families here and our hills green?

Robert M. Ittes


Tax dollars

When you hit a chuckhole, think of the city’s money that went instead to art

I want to support the words of Matthew Barry in his letter of Nov. 24, regarding the spending of tax money on art projects. When you hit a chuckhole in the roadway, do not be concerned about paying for a realignment. Just look at the artwork the council voted for, paid by your tax money and be content!

Ken Sessler


Note from the editor:

Emily Lee’s third-grade class at Grand Ridge Elementary School recently spent more than three weeks writing and editing letters to the editor of The Press, after learning about Pacific salmon, and learning that “responsible citizens have an obligation to speak out to make positive change in our world,” Lee said. The letters are the students’ first foray into persuasive writing. In the coming weeks, The Press will print the letters to help generate discussion and educate our readers. Send reply letters or comments to

Salmon preservation

Dear citizens of Issaquah,

Did you know that 140,000 pounds of chemicals and pesticides go into the Puget Sound every single day? Most of it probably comes from our own backyards! Puget Sound is an important habitat for Pacific salmon. We need to work together to help the salmon habitat stay healthy.

Here are some reasons why we should help salmon. First, salmon are a very important part of life. Some animals would starve, die or even go extinct if they did not have salmon to eat! Another reason why humans should help salmon is that if salmon go extinct, some hatchery workers could lose their jobs! The most important reason is that many humans rely on salmon for food!

There are many very easy ways to help salmon right now:

  • Put up signs around your neighborhood to clean up a park or stream.
  • Eat organic foods and use organic fertilizer, so toxic chemicals don’t go into the streams and other water sources.
  • Finally, recycle. Recycling helps salmon because we are sending less garbage to landfills and more to recycling centers.

I will be so grateful to the citizens of Issaquah if we work together to help salmon and their habitats.

People should help salmon because of all the reasons in my letter, and many more. We need to work together to help salmon.

Anna, Grand Ridge third-grader

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One Response to “To the Editor”

  1. Jane Machin on November 14th, 2013 3:54 am

    I would like to thank you for the article you submitted about Valerie Lycette and myself when we met for the first time after being Pen Pals for 39years. Sophie my grandaughter featured in the article took a copy of The Issaquah Press to school and it was shown to her class and even the Headteacher. It has really pointed out Issaquah out over here .Thank You so much. Kind Regards Jane Machin.

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