To the Editor

June 19, 2012

By Contributor

Angela House

LEO gives thanks to the community  for supporting young adults with developmental disabilities

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Life Enrichment Options I want to give my heartfelt thank you to the Issaquah community for its support in helping build a new home for five young adults with developmental disabilities.

The new house, named the Angela House after founding board member Angela Dews, will open sometime late this summer, making a dream come true for its new residents.

Special thanks go to our partners Polygon Homes Northwest, Milbrandt Architects and Port Blakely Communities for their contributions, without which the home could not have been built.

The biggest thank you, however, must go to this caring community whose citizens gave from their hearts in amounts both large and small, all needed to make the home a reality.

Thank you so much! With everyone’s help a new opportunity has opened up for five young adults with developmental disabilities to take steps into independent living.

Nancy Whitaker, president

LEO Board of Directors

 

Liquor stores

Voters didn’t intend for supermarkets to have a monopoly on alcohol

Really, QFC! You must exercise the non-compete clause against an alcohol retailer when you never did when the state store was there?

We have only three shopping centers on the plateau and if QFC and Safeway all exercise this non-compete clause they will effectively have a two-company monopoly on the alcohol sales on the plateau. Is this the free market at work? Is this a cooperative neighborly behavior? Is this what the voters of the state wanted in removing the state from doing this? No!

Since QFC is a grocery store and alcohol sales are only a subset it seems nonsensical and illogical to exercise this non-compete clause. This would be like Safeway saying because they sell Chinese food in their deli that they can deny a Chinese restaurant access to the shopping center. It is just pure nonsense and calls to the QFC corporate offices only yield the “it is our contractual right.” Well I have the right to cross in a crosswalk, yet I must exercise common sense or I will end up dead right exercising my rights.

One must ask QFC, how much are your alcohol sales really going to be impacted by this other store? Is it really worth this bad public relations and acting like monopolistic, capitalistic thugs?

I have already contacted my legislature to address this issue. I ask that you do the same.

Michael T. Barr

Sammamish

 

Plastic bag ban

The Press should publicize the names of lawbreakers

An Issaquah Press editorial expressed disappointment that the plastic bag ban “has no real teeth for enforcement,” noting that The Press was aware of some restaurants that continue to flout the two-year-old ban on Styrofoam containers. It would indeed be unfortunate — in fact, unacceptable — if enforcement is lacking. But there’s something all of us, including The Press, can do to help.

First, many newspapers publicize the names of local businesses that break the law, such as restaurants shut down for health code violations. Certainly The Press can do the same. In fact, it already has. For example, it reported extensively on Darigold’s illegal ammonia spill.

So I suggest that The Press take a proactive role by periodically publishing the names of businesses that violate the Styrofoam and plastic bag bans and perhaps other environmental regulations. Instead of telling us that “some restaurants” disobey the law, give us the actual names. Perhaps some citizens will choose to stop doing business with companies who disregard community standards.

Second, The Press could periodically provide contact information of the city official in charge of enforcing such rules and encourage residents to report violations.

Editorials are a great start. Now put some teeth into it.

Matthew Barry

Issaquah

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