To the Editor
December 18, 2012
Issaquah Schools Foundation
Thanks for going All in for Kids
Once again, I am in awe of our community’s ability to come together to meet the needs of our children and families.
Not only was it inspiring to see the $25,000 raised for the food bank through the Turkey Trot last week and the response to the Caring and Sharing and Merry Christmas Issaquah efforts currently under way, but, thanks to our generous community, 300 intrepid student callers, dedicated volunteers and support of the PTSAs and school district, $366,805 was raised during the All in for Kids campaign, which will provide a plethora of opportunities for our students. Go to www.isfdn.com to learn more or make a donation.
I am so proud to be a part of this caring community! Thank you to all of you who were kind to our student callers, and everyone in the community who opens their hearts and wallets to make sure so many needs are met.
Robin Callahan, executive director
Issaquah Schools Foundation
Put blame where it is due
Well, here we go again. The screeching and finger pointing will be ignited anew. Some mixed-up soul orphaned his own 3-year-old daughter and then blew his brains out in front of his coaches. Within hours, liberal sportscasters were calling for gun control.
Certainly, there is room for compassion and frustration, but let’s keep our eye on the ball.
Guns do not leave the store, strain to get out of the box, load themselves and hunt down a victim. It is murderers who kill people — even without a gun — so perhaps we should outlaw bare hands, too. The problem is our government and society are so corrupt that we condone sending assault weapons across our borders to murder hundreds of human beings and think nothing of it — but God forbid a person be able to defend himself or herself with a firearm in America.
Controlling murder by controlling handguns is as effective as controlling alcohol-related accidents by making it harder for sober people to drive a car. Modern history is filled with tyrannical governments whose first step was to control guns, the church and the press. Maybe we should focus harder on making it an unpardonable “life and death” sentence to harm someone with any weapon.
Write to our lawmakers
I sent the following letter to our Republican representatives in Congress as well to Speaker John Boehner. I encourage everyone who feels the same way to write to them, too. (Just Google their name with the word “Contact,” and you can e-mail your message.)
I am urging you to stop bickering on the President’s plan to prevent/avoid the fiscal cliff. The people voted on Nov. 6, 2012, to support him. We want to let tax rates return to what they were during the Clinton administration for people earning over $250,000 per year. We want Medicare and Social Security protected. (There may have to be some modifications, but these programs are basic to our humane society). And we want to stop paying salaries for members of Congress who are obstructionists to getting the work done.
Let’s hope you will not be one of them.
As they say at Nike: Just Do It!
‘The Sound of Music’
Thank you, talented musical creators
I want to send a public thank you to Issaquah High School and the very talented youth who presented “The Sound of Music.” Fabulous voices, great sets and the orchestra was top notch. Parents, educators, mentors, friends and everyone involved in this production deserve kudos for this very professional production.
Good job, all!