To the Editor

July 31, 2012

By Contributor

Summer Lunch Program 

Food bank feeds hundreds of children

We would like to thank all our Summer Lunch Program supporters. Contributions to help feed children during the summer months have been streaming in from all over the place.

We have several hundred children that are receiving full bags of food each week. Their lunch bags are full with breakfast, lunch and snack items, and a typical bag has peanut butter, jelly, fresh fruit, granola bars and cereal.

We would like to send out a special thank you to the following groups that have dedicated their time or financial resources to helping make this program be the huge success it has been — Rotary Club of Sammamish, Sammamish Presbyterian Church, Eastridge Church, Community Church of Issaquah, Mary, Queen of Peace, Sammamish Lutheran Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church.

If you would like to be involved in our Summer Lunch Program, please contact Cori Kauk at cori@issaquahfoodbank.org.

Cori Kauk, executive director

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

 

Heartfelt thank you

Community services are appreciated

Elders of King County at the poverty level or the average Social Security benefit cannot make ends meet.

In King County, elders living alone on an income equivalent to the federal guideline can cover 34 percent to 54 percent of their basic needs.

This letter is to say thank you to Issaquah Community Services for its assistance and pledge toward my Puget Sound Energy electric bill. I was facing power shutoff and they stepped in and saved the day!

I was treated with dignity and respect as I told my story, and felt that the staff understood my needs, and wanted to help.

I care for my 93-year-old mother, and the costs of prescription drugs, medical extras and just plain trying to get by one day at a time are so very hard.

I would also like to express a heartfelt thank you to the volunteers who work so tirelessly to see that those who utilize the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank are greeted with a big smile and the need to see that everyone is taken care of. If not for these folks, many people would go without.

Thank you so very much to all of the Issaquah community members who make these programs possible.

Barbara Lyall-Gamba

Renton

 

Plastic bag ban

Will bag users be criminalized?

The “Retail Carryout Bags” ordinance is on the city website, Chapter 8.05 of the Municipal Code.

The law covers “retail establishments,” which means all of us individually, not just, as you might expect, commercial entities like corporations, partnerships, business ventures, etc. It appears to apply to anyone who gives something away in a bag (“… a person … who sells or provides …” anything tangible). Violation of the law carries a $250 fine.

The possible violations are fraught with peril for an average person having, say, a garage/rummage/estate sale. We may need Miranda-style warnings issued by City Hall:

1. Any bag you give away can and will be used against you. You do not have the right to give someone a bag unless they have with them a voucher or benefits card for (detailed recitation of programs to be inserted by city); in that case it violates the law to charge for the bag.

2. You have the right to (“shall”) charge at least 5 cents for a paper bag that meets three standards, which are (details to be inserted by city)

3. You shall be in violation of the law if you pay or otherwise reimburse a customer the cost of a bag.

4. You (probably) have the right to give someone a reusable bag, provided it can be loaded 125 times with at least 22 pounds, carried 175 feet, and unloaded, and is, if plastic, at least 2.25 mils thick.

5. You have the right to retain an attorney at your own expense to guide you to not violate the law.

6. You have the right to shop elsewhere if you do not like the law.

7. You have the right to receive a warning from the code enforcement officer for your first violation.

One council member said this ordinance is just the beginning. What’s next, $1 bags? Setting more prices at local stores? Banning more products? Or $1,000 fines?

Wouldn’t it have been easier to pass a resolution that encourages use of reusable bags except when a person needs a paper or plastic bag, and publicizing the resolution?

Kate Kaluzny

Issaquah

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Comments

One Response to “To the Editor”

  1. [Citation Needed] on August 1st, 2012 3:37 pm

    Ms. Kaluzny- which council member said that this was “just the beginning?”

    The only place I have encountered this phrase in the Issaquah debate regarding a bag ban is in the bizarre Save Our Choice petition sent out by that Seattle Republican troublemaker a few weeks ago.

    You never actually heard a council member say that, did you?

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