To the Editor

February 15, 2011

By Contributor

Maureen McCarry

Picking a successor for longtime council woman will be a tough job the city

It is a great loss to our city to see Councilwoman Maureen McCarry have to step down because of serious health issues.

Now, as our City Council reviews candidates to take Maureen’s place, I hope they will remember why she was voted in by a strong majority. People voted for Maureen because of her focused commitment, her sharp competence, her ability to delve deeply into the details of issues before her and, most importantly because of her stand, her position, on issues that are critical to our city.

I hope, in making their selection, council members will honor what Issaquah residents expressed when they cast their votes for Maureen and choose a person who will carry on what she worked so hard to preserve.

Barbara Extract

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.

This year, more than 150,000 people celebrated Salmon Days. Even though the festival is over, it’s still important that we keep the salmon in mind, and work to keep their habitats healthy.

There are many reasons why we should help Pacific salmon. First, salmon are fascinating to study, and if we allow them to go extinct, we will be losing an amazing part of our world. Also, if we are compassionate people, we will treat salmon the way we want to be treated.

The most important reason humans should help salmon is that we share our habitat with them. When we work to keep their habitat healthy, we keep our own habitat healthy, too!

There are a lot of very easy things people can do to help salmon. Here are a few:

-Recycling helps salmon because it reduces garbage in landfills.

-Be careful when using chemicals, so they aren’t washed into storm drains, which lead to the Puget Sound.

-Avoid washing your cars at home. The soap can end up in drains, and then in the salmon habitat.

I will be proud of you if you help out in saving Pacific salmon.

Remember, you can’t have Salmon Days without the salmon, so please do what you can to help salmon.

Thank you for your time in reading this letter.

Liam

Grand Ridge third-grader

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