To the Editor

August 7, 2012

By Contributor

Maureen McCarry

Thank you means everything

Ask a 5-year-old on the first day of faith formation to draw a picture of God and you will be enlightened. Back will come a heart — because God is just love unconditional, and always there.

When I first heard of Maureen’s diagnosis with ALS, I had a difficult time with that wisdom. And as Maureen would continually remind me that the most important words she would miss saying were “thank you,” I tried hard to understand.

Then, I began to witness the care of a community reaching out to support me and my family — the prayers, the smiles, the meals, the offers to help, the concern, the rides, the visits, the emails, the postings, the patience, the hugs, the recognitions, the flowers, the laughs, the waves in the street — and I began to see the likeness of that image in everyone of you, our good neighbors.

Sometimes we might try to hide the image. But in the end it comes out. Maureen saw it in every one of her experiences. And when you see it, as I now have, you cannot help but understand that “thank you” is the most important expression in our language.

We know we are very lucky to live here. The depth of your care defines us as a community. On behalf of the McCarry-Knollmann family, please accept my sincere thank you for your support over the past two years. Your efforts turned the last two years into a very bright light in our lives. It also makes me confident that Maureen is in a very safe loving place.

Tom Knollmann



Veterans section

Thank you for beautiful tribute

How touching it was to see our veterans being honored in the Memorial Day addition of The Issaquah Press. “Lest We Forget” was such an appropriate title.

Thank you, Christina Lords, for the kind, caring and thorough article you did about my father, William Bentz. You were so thoughtful and accurate in your writing about his life.

You created a lasting memorial to him, as sadly he passed away unexpectedly three weeks later on Father’s Day.

Thank you again for providing him such a joyful experience and for his family a lovely reminder of his American spirit.

The family of Bill Bentz



Former State Sen. Cheryl Pflug

Former ‘representative’s’ claims ring hollow

One has to suspend disbelief to buy the recent claims made by former State Sen. Cheryl Pflug. Condemning back-door deals and crooked politics earns her the tiara when the latter part of her term was characterized by exactly that. As the president so succinctly said recently, “You didn’t build that (career, Cheryl) someone else did.” And now you stab them in the back.

There is no stretch of the truth when one points out Pflug’s (whose vote was pivotal) waning-hours participation in deceitful Democratic backroom politics in pushing same sex marriage through the Legislature. Only now will the people get their say on the next ballot.

Then, betraying her party by withdrawing her candidacy at the last moment to cripple the Republican challenger who would take her place and then criticize his “background?” Oh, did I mention the cushy reward Gov. Gregoire anointed Pflug with for her loyalty? A plum $90,000-plus a year position as a “Hearings Board” examiner? How “cake” could that be?

And, for two or more years Pflug left her district chairman to hold the bag while he faithfully defended her absences (still collecting a salary) while attending law school and completely ignoring her home district and its candidates. She was, up until now, an inexplicable ghost in her own district and as a “representative.”

Only now will the district and state be represented by a transparent, loyal person of integrity. Welcome back, Dino — wish you were governor!

Mark L. Bowers


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