To the Editor

December 14, 2010

By Contributor

Rules of the road

Drivers need to learn to stop in both icy and normal conditions

How many have watched a driver lock up his or her wheels and skid to or through a stop light/sign, when there is snow or ice on the roadway? These stopping skids can be greatly reduced by “kicking” the transmission into neutral, as they approach a stop. That takes the engine driving effect out of the braking process and allows all of the braking to be applied to the braking wheels.Try it; you may like it. In fact, during the dry times when approaching a stop light/sign, the neutral effect will make it easier to stop and also reduce wear on the brake pads. However, there are those who do not understand what the word “stop” means on those funny shaped red signs and thus do not stop.

Ken Sessler


Organ donation

Sign up to continue your legacy while helping other people in need

It is the holiday season again, and often time to reflect on our legacy. We have our family and our work. But most of all, we have ourselves. What if we could live on in others? What an amazing tribute to our lives and to our loved ones.

We can all declare our wish to leave this exceptional gift and become an organ donor. It is a great privilege to be able to donate life to others, and a gift to not only the recipient but to your own family to see you live on in others: to the mother who can hear her son’s heart beating again in someone else; to the husband whose wife’s lungs bring renewed breath to another; to the sister whose loved one’s kidney cures diabetes for a person who can now live a full life.

My own life was touched greatly by this gift, twice. My boyfriend Derek is the lucky recipient of two livers. After suffering a liver disease for more than 10 years, Derek received a new liver in January 2009, from a young man named Justin. After complications from the surgery, he was re-listed and received a third chance at life just a few months ago. He is able to enjoy many things he couldn’t for a lot of his life and we are happy that he is feeling as good as new. We give thanks daily to Justin and his family, as well as the family we have yet to meet for this incredible gift.

Being an organ donor is an exceptional honor. There are more than 100,000 people on the transplant waiting list, and your gift will give someone waiting a second chance at life — while letting your own loved ones honor you in your death.

This holiday season, make sure your legacy of giving carries on by registering your wish at

Kami Seal


Salmon preservation

Student letters provide inspiration

Many thanks to Akhil and Anna for their excellent and well-written letters concerning salmon preservation. I learned a great deal from their letters.

For example, I had no idea that only two out of every 8,000 salmon eggs survive to adulthood (Akhil’s letter) or that we spew 140,000 pounds of chemicals and pesticides into Puget Sound every day (Anna’s letter). Those numbers are appalling and clearly indicate that we have a lot of work to do as a society.

Anna and Akhil both provided several useful steps for us all to take, such as recycling as much as we can and not washing cars at home. Their recommendations have persuaded me to redouble my efforts.

I look forward to the other contributions from Emily Lee’s third-grade class at Grand Ridge Elementary School. Their letters and suggestions will help us all reduce pollution and save our precious salmon.

Matthew Barry


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

Dear citizens of Issaquah,

This year 150,000 people went to Salmon Days. That means that a lot of people care about salmon, but there is still more we need to do to help salmon and keep their habitat healthy.

Salmon are fascinating animals. Did you know that a female salmon can lay 8,000 eggs but only about two in 1,000 survive to adulthood? Did you know that salmon can jump 10 feet in the air? Salmon can swim a lot of miles.

Salmon live hard lives, but humans can do a lot to help them out. We could stop throwing garbage into the environment, because if it is rainy or windy it could get blown away or washed away. Often, litter ends up in salmon streams or estuaries, polluting the water and creating an unhealthy environment. So recycle when you can, and please don’t litter.

Remember always that salmon are hardworking fish, trying to make it and lay 8,000 eggs. I will be proud if people in Issaquah take the time to help salmon. Thank you for reading this whole time.


Grand Ridge third-grader

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