To the Editor

February 7, 2012

By Contributor

Issaquah treasures

Story about aerobics instructor Kristina Gravette was long overdue

I was delighted to finally see recognition given to an Issaquah treasure, aerobics instructor Kristina Gravette. I have been a regular participant, more or less, for several years. Not normally an early riser, I’m glad when I’ve made the effort to get to the 8:15 a.m. class.

Bumping and grinding to music, my fellow exercisers and I attempt to shed some calories and inches while also keeping old age at bay. Most of us are no longer spring chickens. The majority are middle-aged women and senior citizens trying to keep our body parts from rusting or shutting down altogether.

Class routines keep our brains agile and our bodies pumped. Poles, chairs, flex bands, weights and step platforms are tools that vary our exercise. Changing things up enhances muscle memory and staves off stagnation. Sit-ups, lunges, crunches, pelvic tilts and squats tweak our body parts. Stretching and yoga gently cool us down.

An added benefit of Kristina’s class is that we’ve all become friends, socializing now and then at local coffee houses. I’m a fervent believer in coffee clutches. Time with lady friends is therapy for my soul.

Caring for mind, body and soul … three for the price of one … exercising with Kristina.

The dancer referred to in the article is my daughter, a professional ballerina with Nashville Ballet. Kristina’s classes, according to my daughter, are on par with those she takes as part of her job.

Millie Vierra



Post office is critical to citizens, and not just for mail delivery

In our recent ice storm here in the Seattle area, it was evident that at least in Issaquah that the only ones on the street during that dangerous time were the police, emergency vehicles and mail carriers. No Fed Ex, no UPS, no Ontrac parcel carriers, no garbage trucks, no local or regional newspapers, no cellphone service, no phone land lines, no power.

I delivered critical medicine, including insulin, to numerous customers who were unable to leave their homes. People regarded me as a source of information as to the scope of power outages and road conditions and other news — there was no one else out there and no other way to receive information, and when asked, I directed people to the location of a warming shelter. To even get to work, I had to put chains on my 4-by-4 Toyota truck (made in the USA).

Our customers need this kind of service always, even on Saturdays. To cut our Saturday delivery, we would lose more money in income than we would save in expenses — this does not make sense.

I propose we expand to Sunday delivery, to deliver seven days a week. The market is wide open and I think wanted by the many 99 percenters out there working all week long to make ends meet.

We are a valuable and necessary part of this nation’s infrastructure and function as a nonprofit, pay-for-service organization. Without the unfair burden placed by Congress during the Bush administration to pre-fund worker’s health and retirement benefits 75 years in advance, which also makes the federal deficit appear smaller, we would have turned a profit in the worst economy since the Great Depression.

Julia Benson

Union city carrier for 32 years

First Amendment

People should be allowed to express all religious beliefs

I would like to echo Ms. Becky Wilder’s defense of Americans’ guaranteed right to freely express their religious beliefs in private or public places. How can anyone misinterpret freedom of religion as the government being responsible for squelching that very freedom? Well, only a spirited activist or PC revisionist could/would do that.

A dear friend once appropriately corrected my claim that it was solely (an omission on my part) Christian values our founders were defending. The reality is, our values are Judeo-Christian or essentially — biblical.

Let us not forget that without the funding by prominent Revolution-era American Jews Haym Solomon and Aaron Levy the United States would not have had a Continental army and we would not have gained our independence. Incidentally, the loans were never fully repaid.

Say “Judeo-Christian” when you speak of American values!

Mark Bowers


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