To the Editor

November 27, 2012

By Contributor

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Support our local economy

This holiday season, I would encourage you to make an extra effort to spend your shopping dollars in greater Issaquah. It matters for our economy. Keeping your spending in our community is a simple yet powerful way you can support Issaquah, keep tax revenue local and help sustain jobs for our citizens.

Black Friday is not called Black Friday because it is dark when we get up in the morning for the door-buster sales. Rather, Black Friday refers to the first day of the calendar year that many small businesses cross over from losing money on their business (the “red”) to making money (the “black”) in the course of the year.

Imagine working hard for 11 months, stretching to make payroll for your employees, only to have the final four weeks of the year determine how much you are able to take home to your family, to invest in a college fund for your kids and to donate to charities. This is the reality for many businesses.

The extra holiday customers can often make a difference between business success and business closure, or between hiring or laying-off an employee. Plus, ending the year on an uptick gives confidence in planning for new hires, new orders and new products or services into 2013 — just the type of confidence our country’s economy needs to help build toward recovery and reduce the un/underemployment crisis.

This holiday season, in addition to the other gifts you will purchase, help give the gift of economic vitality and community sustainability. Over the next month, you can play an important role in supporting our community through making a dedicated effort to keep your dollars in Issaquah.

Matthew Bott, CEO

Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce
Liberty schedule

Consider input from community

Thank you for your coverage about the Liberty High School Schedule change. I believe that the fundamental issue here revolves around whether our school district values only teaching core classes or whether it values producing well-rounded children that have the opportunity to experience more than just core subjects.

The school district’s mission is: “Our students will be prepared for and eager to accept the academic, occupational, personal and practical challenges of life in a dynamic global environment.” A supporting goal says: “Students will understand and develop their personal gifts and strengths.”

In a six-period schedule, kids on a college track have very little opportunity to try anything beyond core requirements. A seven-period schedule as proposed by the Liberty Schedule Committee gives the district the opportunity to create balance between time teaching core subjects and access to electives in a way that is consistent with the district’s mission and goals.

I hope that the district and board reflect carefully on the mission and goals and the substantial input received from the Liberty community when making their decision.

Julie Colehour-Mitchell, Liberty parent

Member of the Liberty Schedule Committee


Election opinions

Give points a rest

Recently, Diane wrote her opinion that it was a shame that Dave Reichert moved to the wonderful progressive community of Issaquah instead of properly moving over the Cascades where his viewpoints might be better welcomed…

Please take a look and see that Mr. Reichert won re-election 60 percent to 40 percent in what was a butt-kicking of a national election for 48.5 percent of voting Americans who still believe in fiscal responsibility and less government in our lives.

So give your bullet points a rest, would ya? I’m tired of hearing about the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay act that was passed in July 1963, for heaven sakes!

I urge you to take a deep breath, heaven knows I have taken many in the past week, and buckle your seat belt. It is going to be a very bumpy ride these next few years. Enjoy watching the country become France!

Paul Williams



Voting results

Why not start counting early?

They were still counting ballots in the state of Washington as of Nov. 18! King County had an estimated 39,000 and the state had 74,511 yet to count. What is the problem in getting them counted in a timely fashion?

Since we voted by mail and can send our ballots in the day we receive them, why can’t the ballots be counted as they are received, in lieu of long after the voting deadline has passed?

Seems that we may have the wrong people in charge of this important function of our free country.

Ken Sessler


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One Response to “To the Editor”

  1. Robin Spicer on November 29th, 2012 11:22 pm

    Cheer letter from Matt Bott (CEO of our Issaquah Chamber) about truly considering “local” this season. (And…all year long!). Consider doing your office, friend or family holiday gift exchanges with only local goods. ($20 gift exchange? How about gift certificates from any of our local restaurants, shops, galleries, spas, theatre, markets and more!) Simple, fun and…as ever, what goes around, comes around!

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