To the Editor

February 8, 2011

By Contributor

City Council vacant seat

Stacy Goodman’s experience as a reporter, lawyer make her ideal choice

I was so pleased to see Stacy Goodman’s name in the article about selecting a replacement for Maureen McCarry on the City Council.

When Stacy was a reporter, she was very thorough and objective in her research and reporting, listening to all sides involved in any issue. Put this together with her experience as an attorney and you have someone highly qualified to make good decisions on behalf of Issaquah residents and business owners.

We couldn’t have a better choice than Stacy for the City Council.

Jackie Thomas

Issaquah


Road projects

Newport Way project will probably get no further than Southeast Bypass

The Jan. 11 issue of the Press had a front page story about the City Council squabbling about road improvement along Newport Way. The same thing was true for years when the Southeast Bypass was an issue.

If the council had not cancelled the Southeast Bypass project, there would be a roadway now that would have alleviated the traffic bottleneck on Front Street and now Newport Way. In addition, there would not be any reason now to impact the Newport Way roadway.

I suspect the tree huggers will be out next to protect the roots of the big trees along the projected road improvement. The tree huggers kept after the elimination of the Southeast Bypass to protect some trees along that proposed roadway, which was cancelled by the short-sighted City Council.

Ken Sessler

Issaquah


Valentine’s Day idea

Give the tasty gift of a candy-making class at Boehm’s Chocolates

I just have to share the neat experience I had taking a chocolate class at Boehm’s candy kitchen last month with a friend here in Issaquah.

We got to dip, swirl, decorate and taste our chocolates — and even took home more than a pound of fabulous chocolates.

The gals who facilitated the class were friendly and fun.

And we got some great Issaquah history on an official tour of Julius Boehm’s chalet and St. Moritz chapel.

Bernard and his son and daughter and entire team are doing our town proud.

Go check out this gem with your chocolate lovers as soon as you can.

Boehm’s is the perfect place for Valentines and all the other 364 days of the year.

Lily Skelton

Issaquah


Note from the editor:

Emily Lee’s third-grade class at Grand Ridge Elementary School recently learned about Pacific salmon, and how “responsible citizens have an obligation to speak out to make positive change in our world.” Letters to The Press are the students’ first foray into persuasive writing.

Why are salmon important? They are important because salmon are a part of the food chain, and if salmon go extinct animals and humans can’t feed on them. Plus, we can’t have Salmon Days without salmon!

Salmon are fascinating animals. Did you know that a long time ago salmon grew up to six feet long? Now, a female salmon can lay up to 8,000 eggs, but only about two of them will survive to adulthood, because of a salmon’s difficult life. When the female salmon lays the eggs, the male fertilizes the eggs with a liquid called milt.

There are many reasons we should help salmon. They are fascinating animals, and if they go extinct we can’t study them. Also, when we take care of our neighborhood we are taking care of the salmon habitats.

If all salmon disappear there will not be any more salmon for all the animals that eat them.

I will feel so proud if we all work together to keep the salmon habitats clean.

If people are willing to help salmon in any possible way, I say we work together and help Pacific salmon.

Here are some ways to help salmon right at your house. It’s simple and easy:

Whenever you see trash, pick it up!

Also, be careful using chemicals so it does not go into storm drains, which lead to Puget Sound!

Also, don’t wash your car at home because all of the soap and water will go into storm drains and choke the salmon.

Thank you for taking the time and reading my letter!

Keerthi

Grand Ridge third-grader

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