To the Editor
March 27, 2012
Other topics are more important, need city’s attention
I spend all my time thinking about plastic shopping bags, not traffic, nor parks — bonded and promised six years ago — nor the highlands, where the Microsoft campus, the movie theater and promised retail shopping aren’t.
Well, I don’t. Yet, I wonder why this City Council thinks about plastic shopping bags instead of other pressing issues where their credibility is at stake. Talk about a distraction … What next — unicorns and ponies?
Same sex marriage
Only homosexuals should get to vote to allow same sex marriage
Recent writer Mark Bowers claims that our legislators should not do their jobs that we pay them for, to legislate. Instead he states, “This is an issue that should have been decided — yay or nay — by those most affected, the voters.”
Since same-sex marriage will not affect him, other than him seeing an occasional wedding or couple holding hands, only homosexuals should get to vote on it since they are the most affected. I can finally agree with Mark on something. By his logic we should put it to a vote, of only homosexuals!
Michael T. Barr
Thanks to Sen. Cheryl Pflug for voting her conscience
As a gay man, I want to thank Republican State Sen. Cheryl Pflug for her courageous vote last month to pass civil marriage for same-sex couples. It took strength for her to put partisan politics aside and vote her conscience.
But now a referendum campaign is under way to repeal that same sex-marriage law. I ask that voters consider Pflug’s wisdom and uphold marriage equality at the ballot. In explaining her vote, Pflug said, “I do not feel diminished by having another human being experience the same freedom I am entitled to exercise. I would feel diminished by denying another human the ability to exercise those same rights and freedoms.”
Indeed, marriage is about more than the hundreds of legal rights that come with it. It is about fairness before our families, friends and communities that celebrate the love and commitment between two people.
For me, marriage isn’t some abstract political issue. It’s personal. It’s about my relationship with my boyfriend and the future we’re planning together.
I had the chance to meet with Pflug before the vote. I told her that I didn’t want to explain to my future niece or nephew why their mom and dad were “married,” but their uncles were just “domestic partnered.” I said I didn’t want my parents to feel the pain of having their children, whom they love the same, treated differently under the law, which is why it was so important that marriage not go to a vote.
As Americans, we believe that rights, like the right to marriage, shouldn’t come and go with the tide of public opinion. Pflug could have voted to simply place this marriage question on the ballot — but she didn’t. Pflug stepped up to her job as senator, even when it was hard, and stood up for what she believed in. She stood up for me and my boyfriend, my friends and my family. Thank you, Sen. Pflug.
Planned Parenthood protesters
People need to use the clinic, not be harassed while trying to
A letter to the protesters outside the Issaquah Planned Parenthood clinic:
After having seen these protesters outside the Issaquah Planned Parenthood many times, I have often wondered how anyone could actually believe that they were doing “God’s work” or actually saving lives. At best, this is a planned attempt to intimidate women who need help.
This clinic can provide the help and information necessary to prevent unwanted pregnancies — especially for younger women who have parents like those who stand outside this clinic, displaying a sense of superiority and self-righteousness.
How many of the adults that stand outside this clinic use birth control? Where do they get their birth control? What gives them the right to prevent and/or pass judgment on young women and lower-income families who have no other means of obtaining free birth control? Would you just prefer they get pregnant and then need to face the possibility of abortion?
I have watched these so-called protesters. Some days, they stand in front of the clinic and laugh and chat. Some days, they bring their children who run around like it is playtime. My office is nearby and more than once a co-worker of mine was flashed with a poster of a baby “in utero.” What in the world is that supposed to accomplish?
If you want to exercise your right to free speech and get your message out to the most people, then why not stand out on Front Street and flash these signs to the hundreds of cars that drive by each day? Why these blatant attacks against people who can utilize all the services this clinic has to offer? You certainly must know that anyone with money and insurance just gets these services at their doctor’s office — including abortions. You are discriminating against the poorer and most helpless of your fellow sisters and brothers. I can’t believe your “God” condones such acts.
Intimidation, superiority, self-righteousness, discrimination: These are not attributes of people who are contributors to our society.
Issaquah School District bond
Vote yes to maintain investment in schools
Voters will soon receive mail-in ballots for the Issaquah School District bond election. If you’re a senior citizen like me, you might be asking yourself why you should support this bond measure. Here are a few reasons that I hope will move you to vote yes.
4You already have an enormous investment in our public schools. This bond will ensure that your investment is maintained and preserved for future generations. The bond pays for maintenance work that would otherwise come from teachers’ salaries or classroom operations.
4Strong schools mean strong property values and a high quality of life. That’s the reason the Seattle-King County Realtors, and the Issaquah, Renton and Sammamish chambers all endorsed this bond.
4Construction costs are at historic lows. We will not soon again have a better environment for economically upgrading our schools.
4The Issaquah School District is extremely well-managed. For more than 25 years, the district has held a AAA bond rating. Less than 1 percent of all districts in the United States qualify for this rating. A triple-A rating has meant millions of dollars of savings for local taxpayers.
4Thanks to good management, your property taxes will actually go down if this measure is passed. The district has timed this bond measure to coincide with the retirement of earlier bonds. It’s a win-win!
We have an unparalleled opportunity to maintain our schools, expand the district’s technical and vocational education offerings, and bring old school sites into the modern age, all for a reduced tax rate. As a senior citizen, I recognize a bargain when I see one. Please join me in voting yes for the Issaquah School District bond measure.
Barbara de Michele