College News

January 19, 2010

Local students make CWU honor roll

Lauren Baughman, Ann-Marie Autio and Sarah Crain, all Issaquah students attending Central Washington University, have qualified for the fall quarter 2009 honor roll. To qualify, students must earn a 3.5 or better grade point average, on a 4.0 scale, while carrying at least 12 graded credit hours of study. Read more

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To The Editor

January 19, 2010

Merry Christmas Fund

Thank you to everyone who contributed and for helping people in need

We at Issaquah Church & Community Services extend our deep gratitude to all of the big-hearted people of Issaquah who donated to the Merry Christmas Fund 2009, and to Debbie Berto, publisher of The Press, whose passion, spirit and tireless efforts on behalf of those among us who have fallen on financial hard times — thank you!

Our 25-year-old nonprofit agency saw a 50 percent increase in need in 2009 and your gifts were appreciated more than ever. We at ICCS are a dedicated group of volunteers who serve each weekday, answering phones and meeting with those seeking assistance and you are our partners. Together, we serve the people of Issaquah — our friends and neighbors.

If you are reading this and finding yourself coming up short because financial hardship has struck your family — please call us at 391-0137. All we ask of our clients is to pass it on when you are able.

Again, thank you all for showing the world that we in Issaquah are a generous, compassionate people.

Marilyn Taylor, president

Issaquah Church & Community Services

School levies

Vote yes to renew vital funding for programs to keep schools outstanding

As a 30-plus year parent and teacher in the Issaquah School District, I believe that one of the main factors that contribute to our quality of life is our outstanding school system. In order to continue providing our children with the best education we can, I urge you to vote yes for the three school levies on the Feb. 9 ballot.

These levies would replace the current levies that will soon expire. If passed, the average homeowner would pay the same or fewer tax dollars as they currently pay.

These levies are absolutely vital to maintain quality education for our children. Levy 1, maintenance and operations, provides almost 20 percent of the total district budget and these dollars go for basic necessities, such as special-education services, teachers, support staff and utilities. Levy 2, the school bus levy, will provide for the purchase of 41 new buses, which will run cleaner and more efficiently than the older buses they replace. Levy 3, the capital levy, will provide for needed structural repairs and also for educational technology.

The Legislature cut education funding last year and in light of the current revenue forecast, will probably do so again this year. Levies are the one funding mechanism that enables the local community to directly invest in the quality of its schools to offset the lack of funding from the state level. So please, vote yes on all three levies on the Feb. 9 ballot.

Neva Luke

President, Issaquah Education Association

All three levies are crucial to keeping Issaquah’s top-quality education

We all love the Issaquah community we live in. We are proud of our community and of the education the Issaquah School District provides our community and our children. Our district does an amazing job of providing a top quality education on a limited budget.

Education funding continues to take tough financial hits. We, the voters, have the power within our hands to make sure on Feb. 9 that our three levies do not take a financial hit and all three of these levies pass. Every one of these three levies (operation and maintenance, transportation and technology) is crucial to maintaining our top-quality education!

I was a member of the levy development committee and saw what basics these levies are going toward maintaining. It would be devastating if these levies did not pass. For example, the maintenance and operation levy pays for approximately 21 percent of the district’s operating budget. Can you imagine the complete havoc our district would be in if they had to reduce their budget by more than 20 percent? It is imperative that we all vote yes for these three levies and encourage everyone we know to mail in their ballots with yes votes.

Jody R. Mull

President, Issaquah Schools Foundation

Pledge of Allegiance

Criticism of supporters was rife with false strawmen arguments

I am so thankful The Press printed Matthew Barry’s letter. The only thing that he stated that was true was that “those that don’t want to recite the pledge at school board meetings can remain silent or skip the meetings.” He attacked two letter writers, me and Carol Stair, while there was a third letter by Barbara Extract, supporting the pledge as is, in the Dec. 31, 2009, issue. Why not go after all three?

Barry has put up a number of strawmen in his Jan. 6 letter addressing:

(1) “under Allah” as being part of the pledge, when this country was established via the Declaration of Independence — “We hold these truths….endowed by their creator.”

(2) “Reverting to a 1954 pledge version,” would Barry also want to revert before Dec 6., 1865, or Aug. 18, 1920, when the 13th and 19th amendments were ratified? You cannot have it both ways.

(3) “Ken’s age” — my folks could not provide me and my brother with any money to spend, so I don’t know what was on the currency.

(4) “Racist country” — I don’t know what this has to do with the school board reciting the pledge.

(5) “Atheists” — That word does not appear anywhere in my letter.

(6)”Enforcing their beliefs” — The U.S. Congress and school classrooms recite the pledge at the start of each day’s session, so restricting it from a school board meeting, due to one person’s request to eliminate it, is not the American Way. Majority rules, the school board members were elected by a majority vote.

(7) “Eating meat” — What does this have to do with reciting the pledge at the school board meeting?

It appears Barry is attacking these two letter writers in trying to justify his agenda.

Ken Sessler


Klahanie Park

Community’s best interests are not being represented in ownership fight

I am writing as a 17-year resident of Klahanie. I want to comment on the Klahanie Park proposal.

I have two daughters and a dog, and I feel so lucky to have raised my family in this community. But I feel the best interests of the community are not being represented by the continued fight to keep control of the King County/Klahanie Park.

My daughters both play soccer and other sports and have been fortunate in the past few years to have the city of Sammamish’s vision to put all-purpose fields in both the Skyline and Eastlake parks. Without these fields, our teams would be limited to only the two high schools’ turf fields, and it would have been nearly impossible to get practice or games once the grass fields become unplayable and close for four months.

During this time, the city of Sammamish has done a great job of scheduling use of the fields and making sure we have lights when needed. I feel the best option for the many residents of Klahanie would be to have the county turn the fields over to Sammamish. I trust their vision and I know they would do a great job of maintaining the fields and giving the many residents of the plateau and Klahanie the best option for the future.

When I talk to my many neighbors, we all agree that this is the best proposal and feel that having Klahanie maintain control of the fields would not be in the best interest of residents and community. I hope we can work closely with Sammamish and make the transition to the city smooth and not take on a responsibility that is not in our best interests.

Brian Bofto


Close park before letting Sammamish take it over

I love parks. They are places to sit and reflect, walk, enjoy nature, run and play. I have voted for every park bond and levy that has ever been put before me on the ballot. I would willingly pay more in taxes to keep our parks open. Parks make up the heart and soul of our communities.

I would never have thought that I would be saying this, but I would rather have Klahanie Park shut down than to have King County give the park to the city of Sammamish. I have nothing against the city of Sammamish, but giving our park away to a city where we have no say in the future of the park is so egregious that I would rather have the park closed.

If the park is not transferred to Klahanie, it should be shut down and kept as unmaintained open space until the time that maintenance funds are available or Klahanie is annexed to either Sammamish or Issaquah.

Diane Weinstein


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Brian Paul Nelson

January 19, 2010

Brian Paul Nelson

Brian Nelson died Jan. 7, 2010, after a long and courageous fight against pancreatic cancer. He was 41. Read more

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‘Lost in Yonkers’ readying for Village Theatre debut

January 19, 2010

Collin Morris, Nick Robinson and Jennifer Lee Taylor (from left) appear as Jay, Arty and Bella in the Village Theatre production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Neil Simon play ‘Lost in Yonkers.’By Jay Koh /Village Theatre

The skeletons hidden in the closet rattle loose in “Lost in Yonkers,” as the Neil Simon dramedy plumbs deep into the emotional trauma buried by the Kurnitz clan, a family led by a ruthless grandmother.

Enter Jay and Arty, teenage boys, the youngest family members and the latest to be thrust into the emotional maelstrom at Grandma Kurnitz’s apartment. “Lost in Yonkers” unfolds above a candy store where the stern grandmother is the proprietor, but the setting is saccharine only in the literal sense.

Village Theatre alumnus Brian Yorkey will direct the ensemble cast when the theater revives the period piece Jan. 20. The tale recounts the tense times after serious Jay and wisecracking Arty move in with Grandma Kurnitz. The boys arrive at the apartment after their mother dies and their father takes work out of town to pay back a bad debt.

Jay and Arty also share the apartment with dim-witted Aunt Bella. The scarred Kurnitz brood also includes Uncle Louie, a small-time thug.

“Lost in Yonkers” shares DNA with “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Biloxi Blues” and “Broadway Bound” — other semi-autobiographical works in the Simon canon.

“He really, I think, dug deep for this one,” Yorkey said. “It’s one of his best, and the chance to work with a cast of some of Seattle’s best actors on a play this meaty, you can’t pass that up.” Read more

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Off The Press

January 19, 2010

Chantelle Lusebrink Press reporterMusical honors Kentlake teacher’s career, legacy

As a Press reporter for four years, it has been my privilege to recount residents’ stories of trials and triumph. I actually look forward to the sometimes-long Issaquah School Board meetings.

What I enjoy most, though, is being welcomed into your schools to talk to your children and grandchildren. Whether they are learning to invert a fraction or hosting a penny drive, they have taught me more than I have taught them.

In the past year, I have worked extensively on a story for our Living magazine, due out Feb. 10, about Issaquah’s mini philanthropists.

In the course of interviews, I have uncovered a truism to living a successful and complete life — give yourself, your talents and your ideas to the world to make it a better place.

This may not be a revelation, but I have found that taking the step to take a risk and share yourself determines your success. Read more

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Who’s News

January 19, 2010

Karate West nets 1,473 pounds of food for food bank Read more

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Eagles two wins keeps them atop KingCo conference

January 19, 2010

Basketball Roundup

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team seems to come up with a different high scorer every night. Last week, for instance, Blaire Brady and Mackenzie Schiltz took turns leading the Eagles.

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Compare infection rates at hospitals statewide

January 19, 2010

State residents can now compare and research infection rates at hospitals across Washington with a new tool from the state Department of Health. Read more

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Overlake offers classes

January 19, 2010

Overlake offers classes

Overlake Hospital Medical Center offers the following classes at its Issaquah campus, 5708 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., No. 103. Call 688-5259. Read more

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Quarterback injury taints national championship

January 19, 2010

The play started out simple enough — a quarterback option, the bread and butter of a spread offense. Read more

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