To the Editor

October 23, 2012

By Contributor

City finances

Frugal spending before tax hikes, please

Here she goes again, another tax hike without reining in reckless spending.

They have already spent nearly a half-million dollars to fund a study to takeover and assume the Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District. They are also throwing more money into updating the Klahanie Annexation Study.

Hopefully, the City Council can put an end to this madness and put in financial controls that are sorely needed. With annexation on the horizon, I don’t know if we can afford living in Klahanie. They are spending money on the plateau when there are sorely needed priorities in downtown Issaquah that they have thrown under the bus.

Tom Harman

Klahanie

 

Salmon Days

Thanks for giving to annual festival

There’s much to celebrate with our Salmon Days here in Issaquah and clearly The Press collage of pictures captured so many moments during the annual festival in 2012.

As a resident here, I wanted to take a moment to give tribute to the incredible coming-together of volunteers in many different venues.

First, thanks to the Issaquah Community Advisory Youth and their continued leadership in this effort and so many others.

Without you guys and gals, I would never have been able to find a place to park.

Secondly, the festival office from start to finish does a great job with its organization, and the online registration for volunteers has really been a big help.

The coming-together of hundreds of volunteers for this festival, with community organizations like Kiwanis, Issaquah Valley Senior Center, the hatchery and numerous nonprofit organizations really shows the heart of this beautiful and growing community.

Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Everywhere I looked during Salmon Days weekend, I saw that “life of giving.”

Rosemary Fahey

Issaquah

 

Issaquah Schools Foundation

Will you go All in for Kids?

It’s time once again for the All in for Kids campaign — the annual fundraiser for the Issaquah Schools Foundation! The Issaquah School District is honored to be partners with the ISF because an outstanding education for our students is the result.

The ISF plays a key role in shaping outcomes for our students by providing resources for students and staff. Students benefit from programs such as after-school homework labs, robotic clubs, support for computer science and Web design courses, financial literacy support, VOICE mentors, academic enrichment grants and curriculum support, while staff members benefit through professional development support for National Board Certification and other trainings.

As my own three children have moved through our schools, they have been enriched time and again from programs and opportunities made possible by the ISF. The financial literacy program in the middle schools is a particular favorite of ours because kids get to experience real-world finance and learn about financial trade-offs, including how difficult financial decisions can be.

The partnership between the Issaquah School District and the Issaquah Schools Foundation is a win for students and staff, made possible by the generous donors in our community. I personally support the ISF with an annual donation to the All in for Kids campaign and I ask that you consider doing the same. For me, this is one of the best ways to help support all students throughout our school district. Please join me in support of the Issaquah Schools Foundation!

Anne Moore

Issaquah School Board

 

Charter schools

Political cartoon was wrong

The Oct. 17 Issaquah Press political cartoon was offensive and inaccurate. Charter schools are certainly not evil nor can they be religious according to the initiative.

The Voter Pamphlet describing Initiative 1240 specifically states “operated through approved, nonreligious, nonprofit organizations. . .” Even if we do not consider charter schools necessary in Issaquah and Sammamish, we should not discourage them for other communities in our state.

Karen Bloomquist

Sammamish

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