To the Editor
March 13, 2012
Signs on Front Street
Burma Shave-style campaign came to Issaquah, gave positive messages
Did you see the Burma Shave-type signs lining Front Street around noon on a recent Saturday? If you are just a “whipper snapper,” Burma Shave signs used to line our highways, giving bits of info and positive statements, punctuated at the end with the advertisement for the product, of course.
Thanks, Issaquah, for the thumbs up and smiling faces as we shared the Move On.org message for a better America. The signs read; “invest in America’s infrastructure,” “create 21st century energy jobs,” “invest in public education,” “offer Medicare for all,” “make work pay,” “secure Social Security,” “return to fairer tax rates,” “end the war and invest at home,” “tax Wall Street speculation” and “strengthen democracy.”
Democracy is not a spectator sport. Find your voice. Join a cause. Make a difference. Vote.
Elected officials shouldn’t have made decision, but instead left it to voters
More and more these days our elected officials have taken to smoke and mirrors to accomplish the goals of special-interest agendas.
Take for example Safeco Field, which the voters soundly defeated. The Seattle/King County meddlers used taxpayer dollars to build it anyway.
Mayor Greg Nickels and his tunnel is another example. Next was the state Route 520 toll, which no right-minded commuter would then — and especially not now — have voted for. Don’t get me started on light rail.
But now locally, State Sen. Cheryl Pflug casts her pivotal endorsement for same-sex marriage and the legislators create a legislative reversal of a previously clearly defined institution. Whether one supports any particular issue he or she must be deeply concerned with backroom Chicago-style politics. Surely those who have supported Pflug in her campaigns are dismayed and so, too, should be any sensible voter. This is an issue that should have been decided — yay or nay — by those most affected, the voters.
We elect our representatives to see to it that infrastructure, education, safety and the economy are sound — not to mention filling potholes — and so far, I don’t think they are even getting that right. We do not elect them to legislate moral or “bedroom” issues — one way or the other. One day the other shoe will drop and the legislation will not go your way. Those out-of-control elected officials who practice such shenanigans should be replaced.
South end schools get short-changed again
I read the article about the bond issue the Issaquah School District wants voters to approve. First, though, district staff needs a history lesson.
In 1965, I was a freshman at Issaquah Junior High. There was a two-story building on the site of the Issaquah pool, a green gym, a new office structure, a new gym and a three-story building behind the office. In April 1965, the Seattle area had a 6.5 earthquake. The two-story and three-story buildings were destroyed. We finished the school year double-shirting at the high school. The year was 1965 — not 1955 as reported in the paper.
Over the next few years, a new Issaquah Junior High/Middle School was built.
In the last bond issue there was money for a new Issaquah High School, a new Skyline High School and some money to start the remodeling of Liberty High School. That is currently happening. Now, the district staff, once again, has short-changed the south end of the district.
District officials want a new Issaquah Middle School. They want a new Clark Elementary School and Tiger Mountain Community High School. And there are funds provided to finish Liberty. Why does the city of Issaquah get brand new schools and the rest of us just “remodeled” schools — Liberty and Maywood Middle School?
One other item. Earlier this year, a committee looked at the schedules for Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty. Superintendent Steve Rasmussen was asked to make the final decision. When will that come? After the election? And what will his decision be? To change Liberty’s schedule so that it is more in tune with Skyline and Issaquah High?
I feel like district staff members think we — the voters of the district — are made of money and can afford whatever their wish list is. I, for one, am not convinced that we need to rebuild Issaquah Middle School.
Claudia Donnelly, class of ‘68
He was like a relative who came to visit
We’re all storytellers. It’s in our genes. Long before our ancestors learned to read and write, they were informed of everyday occurrences through stories they told one another. Details were surely lost as facts were embellished or left out altogether. That’s how gossip probably came to be.
Bob Taylor has been an integral part of Issaquah’s storytelling. As a journalist, he made certain his facts were correct; as one of us, Bob told his stories with concern and care. He was like a relative come to visit, bringing with him the latest news.
I have great admiration for Bob Taylor. He lived his passion, reporting the news the moment he graduated from high school. Very few get that opportunity, and of those, it’s not likely that they all make each moment count as Bob did.
An Issaquah treasure lost, but definitely never forgotten, is our own Bob Taylor.