To the Editor

September 11, 2012

By Contributor

Plastic bag ban

Start saving bags now to plan ahead

Folks, sometime in the future you will pay 5 cents for a paper bag and there will not be any grocery plastic bags. So if you have been using the paper/plastic bags for things around your household, then here is a plan. Just do not use your own bags at the grocery store, just get the free paper bags one week and plastic bags the alternate week, for groceries.

Then, just warehouse them until next spring, went the Issaquah City Council bag ban and paper bag charge comes into effect. We place a paper bag inside a plastic bag and put foodstuffs and paper items stained with foodstuffs into the bags. Then, place a full paper bag into the yard waste container and recycle the plastic bags in the recycle bin.

Maybe after elections have taken place, common sense will allow the bag ban to be reversed. Hopefully before your “plan ahead” bags have been used up.

Ken Sessler



Firearms business

Only residences should be in  residential neighborhoods

I am writing about the proposed home business permit for Bigg Dogg Firearms in the Olde Town neighborhood.

From comments that I have heard, it’s easy for all concerned to get out their own copy of the Constitution and parade around the first, second, third or whatever amendment to the Bill of Rights, but then we get the attorneys involved, the NRA, the ACLU and pretty soon we’re not in Issaquah anymore.

Here are the facts:

The neighborhood where the planned retail business will be sited is listed in city records as single family–duplex (SF-D). Section 18.06.100 of the Issaquah Municipal code states that:

“The primary purpose of this district is to provide for single-family dwelling units, and senior housing, in established single family neighborhoods which are in close proximity to urban services.” [IMC 18.06.100 E]

Nowhere in the scope of that ordinance are the words, “retail business.”

Section 18.07.470–A — Home occupations is also applicable in this discussion as this section does allow for conducting a permitted business within a dwelling, “as long as the home occupation is consistent with the existing character of the surrounding neighborhood as defined by the approval criteria.” [18.07.470-A]

Again, nowhere in there are the words “retail business.”

Now, take away the guns and have it be pretty ponies and unicorns — do you want that traffic and retail stuff for pretty ponies and unicorns happening next to your home? What about future expansion when the business expands and becomes a dry goods store — soon, there’s a Walmart in your residential neighborhood. We have retail zones in Issaquah, and they are not where people live.

This issue should not be about guns — it should be about zoning and following the rules — that is what our Constitution and Bill of Rights are about.

Bryan Weinstein


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3 Responses to “To the Editor”

  1. Doug on September 12th, 2012 12:08 am

    Mr. Weinstein is wrong on all counts.

    A. There is a church in the neighborhood so there apparently are exceptions to the rules.

    B. The Constitution and Bill of Rights are rules for the federal government to follow, not the people. The few rights you have left are in spite of the Bill of Rights, not because of it.

    C. People do live in retail areas.. Ever notice those apartments on Front St. N.?

    D. Unless the ordinance specifically excludes a “retail business” they are allowed. The ordinance also uses the word “primary”. In layman’s terms that means mostly. It is not an absolute.

    An at-home business is not the same as opening a store. I don’t believe Mr. Marinos plans include putting up a large sign with the name of his business and hours of operation, building parking stalls or anything else that a typical retail business would have.

  2. HomeSchooled on September 17th, 2012 8:18 am

    Doug – you did what Mr. Weinstien said we didn’t need to do. But you are also incorrect:
    a – the church is on sunset – it’s a different zone
    b – ask Paul Ascherl about 1st amendments – and why Issaquah is also subject to the us constituation and bill of rights
    c – front street is a different zone thta allows for those residences to be there
    d – let’s agree to disagree depending on which dictionary you use.

    speaking of dictionary – the definition of “store” do not include having a sign and parking stalls so i guess there are plenty of non stores in issaquah as well.


  3. Doug on September 17th, 2012 11:48 am


    The church I was referring to is on Darst, which may or may not be in the zone Mr. Weinstein was referring to.

    Paul Ascherl proves my point. The Constitution and Bill of Rights puts limits on government, not individuals. .

    What is the difference between an area zoned for business that allows residences and an area zoned for residences that allows businesses besides the word “primarily”

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