To the Editor

February 28, 2012

By Contributor

Separation of church and state

State Constitution needs more flexibility in tough economic times

In the Feb. 15 issue of The Issaquah Press there was a letter to the editor concerning separation of church and state.

The letter correctly stated that the Washington State Constitution clearly states in Section 11 that “…No public money or property shall be appropriated for or applied to any religious worship, exercise or instruction, or the support of any religious establishment…”

However, in this time of severe budget crisis, what is wrong with renting empty school buildings on Sunday to a church for their religious activities? It seems to me that this would be a simple way for the school district to generate additional revenue, and would not violate the constitution.

Don Hindman


Plastic bags

If a ban must be enacted, ban them all regardless of thickness

I do not support the plastic bag ban Issaquah is taking about. Turns out, the timid do-gooders are not really talking about following the lead of other cities and actually bucking up and banning plastic bags … all the plastic bags!

What it seems they are talking about is only banning plastic bags of certain thicknesses. They want to continue to allow the use of thicker plastic bags, you know the ones that take more oil to produce and take many more years to breakdown.

I also wonder how many Barney Fife bag enforcement officers Issaquah will need to make sure that only bags of the new specified regulation thicknesses are being used?

Frankly, this should not be that tough. It does not need months of meetings, hours of staff time and endless City Council discussion. It should not be that hard to look at what other cities have enacted and use it.

This would be especially true if the discussion was about either enacting a total ban on plastic bags or not. Making this discussion a simple thumbs up or a thumbs down on all plastic bags would be much more honest and clear. It also would waste far less of our time and, if put in place, actually do something for the environment.

Chuck Olson


Heart disease

Support bill to require CPR training as part of graduation requirements

Together heart disease and stroke take more lives in the state of Washington than any other cause of death. In October 2009, at 38 years old, I suffered sudden cardiac arrest. I was lucky to be at the right place at the right time and received immediate medical care. I now live with a pacemaker and continue to educate myself about heart disease.

Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined every single year. I volunteer and advocate for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women cause. That’s why I traveled to Olympia on Feb. 13 for the American Heart Association’s Heart Disease Education Day. I went to speak to our District 5 Reps. Jay Rodne and Glenn Anderson.

It is my hope that they will support House Bill 2294. This bill requires CPR to be taught in our state’s high schools as a graduation requirement. Students can receive CPR training in less than 20 minutes and at little or no cost to the school. Effective CPR can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.

As a mother, it makes my heart happy to think of a whole generation of high school graduates with the tools and knowledge to save my life and the lives of the more than 325,000 people who die in our country of sudden cardiac arrest every year.

Cardiovascular diseases may be the leading killer in Washington but through their actions, lawmakers have the power to improve the health of our families and children, and to help more patients become survivors of heart disease and stroke.

Dawn McCutcheon



Make repurposing a lifestyle

Recycling is always in and out of the news. Most recently, Issaquah considered a ban on plastic bags. Judging from the evolution of our society, it’s certain that one day paper and plastic bags will join the other dinosaurs, real and man-made, housed in the Smithsonian Museum.

I can remember commiserating with a fellow antique dealer that we have been recycling long before it was politically correct. The vintage bug bit me in 1976 when my husband and I moved to Long Island, N.Y., from Honolulu. Since then, I’ve furnished three homes with stuff from the past.

Not everyone has a passion for the old. But wandering through Issaquah’s Gilman Gallery conjures up images of lives once lived. Every era produces inventions that make the daily grind more bearable.

Gilman Gallery is a mecca for recyclers; those who sell and those who buy. All subscribe to the old adage “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” There’d be less waste and pillaging of our natural resources if more folks were inclined toward “hand-me-downs” instead of always clamoring for the next best thing.

There’s a lot more to recycling than just plastic bags. We all have King Midas’ touch in being able to turn disposable junk into valuable discoveries. If we could only look beyond the outer trappings of convenience, and find the hidden treasure that once was.

Instead of a privacy wall for the toilet, why not an interesting, salvaged window shutter? A vintage baker’s rack can serve as storage in a bathroom. A well-worn basket with a soft, painted patina can hold towels. Hang a unique, lead-glass window over the aluminum one in your bathroom. Replacing it is costly, opening it lets in bugs, and leaving it as is, is an eyesore.

The possibilities are limitless, when you recycle.

Millie Vierra


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One Response to “To the Editor”

  1. Matt Barry on March 3rd, 2012 7:48 am

    Don Hindman quoted our state constitution, which forbids government property from being used for worship, and then claimed that using government property for worship wouldn’t violate our state constitution.

    Boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

    Btw, the rights contained in the constitution (state or federal), including separation of church and state, aren’t put on hold during a “severe budget crisis.” It says “No public property for worship,” not “No public property for worship unless the government is in debt.”

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