To the Editor
August 28, 2012
Why was the ban enacted?
Ten thousand square miles of floating volcanic pumice is found in the Pacific Ocean, the New Zealand Navy announced Aug. 10. When will the Issaquah City Council pass a law to prevent this from happening again?
Since plastic bags are bad, according to some, please someone on the council who voted to eliminate the plastic bags send a letter to The Issaquah Press to enlighten some of us less-intelligent Issaquah residents, as to the specific path that all those Issaquah plastic bags take on their way to the Pacific Ocean. If there is no council response, then why did they act on the bag ban?
Hiring a lobbyist
Isn’t there a conflict of interest?
So, Issaquah has hired a lobbyist to promote Issaquah’s interests in Olympia. Other cities have done it and “you have to keep up with the Joneses.” But, why Doug Levy? Sure, he seems to have excellent credentials including lobbying for several other cities with whom Issaquah will be competing for very scarce state funding. Doesn’t that create a conflict of interest?
Park Pointe yrails plan
Make trails available to more people
The Issaquah Mountain Bike Club would like to thank the city staff and volunteers for their time and effort working on the draft Park Pointe Trails Plan. King County has been building multiuse trails in the area for a long time and those trails are seeing a great deal of use. We also note that the state Department of Natural Resources is currently seeking feedback on multiuse trails in the area.
We understand that Cougar and Squak mountains are completely set aside for quiet, easily accessible, solitary contemplation, bird watching and senior walking groups such as those ably led by our friends, “The Guardians of the Mountains.” We are encouraged, therefore, that some of the land owned by the city might be available for activities which allow for a greater number of calories to be expended in the decreasing time our busy schedules allow, and which are better able to compete with video games for our younger citizens’ attention.
Obviously, making these trails available to the local schools for use in activities that encourage outdoor pursuits such as trail running, hiking, orienteering and so forth makes great sense and we encourage you to call this purpose out explicitly in the plan.
Consistent with feedback we have previously provided, we feel the different user populations would be best served by providing separate trails for different uses and to leverage the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance when designing the trails.
In conclusion, we are thankful for the public planning process currently under way, the scope of interests included in the plan and the prospect of Park Pointe becoming a great community asset.
Costco and the president
Voting, not shopping, affects elections
In response to Michael Shea and Martha McLaughlin no longer wanting to shop at Costco because Jim Sinegal endorsed Barack Obama for president — while I love your passion, I believe it is misplaced for two reasons. The first is that Mr. Sinegal retired as CEO last December. The second is that I don’t think it will affect the election one way or the other if you shop at Costco.
Try voting, it’s our voice. Less than 25 percent of the registered voters in King County voted in the last election! Mr. Sinegal, thanks for your past years of generous sponsoring of Salmon Days and the Christmas turkeys for the food bank. Enjoy your retirement!