To the Editor
May 1, 2012
Planned Parenthood brouhaha
Protestors are showing clients that there are options
A rebuttal to Laurie Clark about the Planned Parenthood protesters:
Many years ago, I walked into an abortion facility, nervous, ashamed and terrified that I was making the wrong decision.
I wasn’t sure what I should do but felt I had no options. So I did what both my boyfriend and parents told me I should do: I had an abortion.
How I wish someone had been standing outside the clinic to assure me that there were indeed workable options.
How I wish someone had been standing outside the clinic with a picture of a baby in utero.
How I wish someone had been there to tell me that my baby already had brainwaves, could move and, as Juno’s friend from the movie “Juno” said, “has fingernails.”
What I truly wish is that I’d chosen adoption over abortion. I speak to various groups in the Seattle area about my experience and the intense regret and mourning I experienced later in life — regret and mourning that led me to contemplate suicide.
For anyone who has made the decision to have an abortion, I invite you to visit the organization I speak on behalf of, www.rachelsvineyard.org. That’s where my healing began.
Issaquah and its beauty
Beauty IS in the eye of the beholder
Wherever my eyes alight in our community, there’s very little about which to complain.
Roads meander far and wide or wend their way like country lanes. Million dollar homes and country cottages settle in, side by side. Nestled among stately pines are the town‘s schools. Salmon have a hatchery all their own. Beauty salons, sports bars, ethnic restaurants, day cares, health care practices, drycleaners, supermarkets, gift shops, drugstores, coffee shops, florists and a whole host of other businesses exist together comfortably, like pieces in a child’s puzzle.
Traveling the length of Front Street is routine for me since “old Issaquah” is home. So it’s with regularity that a couple of houses between Front Street Market and Second Avenue catch my eye.
Over the front door of the first charmer hangs a handmade sign, “Cottage Living.” Recently I noticed a companion sign draped over the post of the wooden stair rail. When traffic slowed I quickly read the words, “This house believes.” I smiled as I continued driving.
Further up the road past the Lutheran church, also on the right if you’re heading out of town, is a lovely specimen of a bygone era. The simple, white house is graced by a verdant front lawn that slopes toward the curb. I imagine the furnishings must be vintage, since an old, shiny red pickup truck sits proudly outside. The garden is sparse but picture-perfect, flowers encircling the base of a single tree, a mature wigelia bush awash in seasonal pink flowers. The tall picket fence to the left of the house peaks my curiosity. What lovely secrets can it be hiding?
I read somewhere that if you look for beauty you will find it, and if you look for ugliness, you will find it as well.
Better to dwell upon mountains that uplift, lakes and creeks that offer solace, and the comfort of one’s own community.
Plastic bag ban
Lose the plastic!
I strongly urge our Issaquah City Council to pass the ban on plastic bags. The 5-cent bag fee is not the issue here as stores already incur this cost and most likely pass on to customers.
The bigger issue is that we, as a community, can skip that cost simply by bringing our own bags, make a significant impact to our current and future environment, and continue Issaquah’s reputation of being a forerunner in so many “green” efforts that will eventually become as routine in our daily lives as public littering and smoking bans.
A simple Internet search of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” (aka: Pacific Trash Vortex or Gyre), located between here and Hawaii and estimated to be about the size of Texas — offers pretty horrific (PG-13!) photos and evidence of the result of such unnecessary man-made waste. Yes, there are perhaps more important issues at hand to many and, yes, plastic is reusable and recyclable. But it doesn’t “go away” and a good look at the Pacific Gyre or just our roadside trash is a pretty good indication of where most of it still ends up.
Will the bag ban hurt current plastic-associated businesses? Most likely. But evolving science, education and technology has also done that and will continue to do so. (The automobile put buggy makers out of business, after all.) Businesses — and people — have always needed to move and change to adapt.
Making the world a better place for your children and grandchildren isn’t just a matter of jobs, finances and world peace. It’s leaving “this place” we call home in the same or better condition than we found it. And, like littering or smoking on airplanes, it’s just a matter of time when our entire state and nation adopt this ban.
So why not get onboard now and show other communities, counties and the country that Issaquah, once again, is a leader in caring for our salmon, our community and our future?