To the Editor

February 12, 2013

By Contributor


Annexation under review again?

Noted in recent editions of The Issaquah Press, the unincorporated areas contained within the borders of Issaquah-Fall City Road, Issaquah-Pine Lake Road and Issaquah-Beaver Lake Road/Southeast 32nd Way — known as the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area, or Klahanie PAA — is again under review for annexation.

Opinions will vary for residents as to preference for annexing to Issaquah versus Sammamish versus remaining unincorporated. Currently under Washington state law and the King County Countywide Planning Policies, the city of Issaquah has the first right of refusal to annex the Klahanie PAA.

The city of Issaquah has hired a consultant to evaluate the fiscal and service impacts of annexing the Klahanie PAA. A Citizens Task Force has also been established to make sure the study addresses the concerns of both city and PAA residents. Once the study is complete, the City Council will then decide whether to proceed with annexation and, if so, the annexation method to use. Several options are outlined in state law.

Should the city of Issaquah, via the City Council, decide not to annex, it may choose to work with King County and the city of Sammamish to transfer the PAA to Sammamish, or may retain the rights and try again in the future. If PAA transfer occurs, it would be the first time in state history where a city relinquishes rights to an annexation area. Klahanie PAA residents would be left with the option of working with the Sammamish City Council on potential annexation, or remain unincorporated.

In the months ahead, public forums will be held to discuss all facts, pros/cons, gives/gets and other issues for Issaquah residents and Klahanie PAA residents alike. Please stay involved in the months ahead as these facts are shared and options weighed.

Rob Young and Brent Marshall



Plastic bags

Reusable bags may be harmful

How many have heard about the study addressing San Francisco’s health problems after it initiated its plastic bag ban? The study shows the San Francisco ban could result in a 46 percent increase in deaths from foodborne illnesses, or 5.5 more of them each year.

The study, conducted by two law professors, concluded that the “spike” in emergency room visits due to food-borne illnesses following San Francisco’s plastic bag ban was due to harmful bacteria in reusable grocery bags, and that the ban was also at fault in increases in salmonella and other bacterial infections. The study cites another 2011 study, which found coliform bacteria in 51 percent of the bags tested, and E. coli in 8 percent of the bags examined. The study also found that most people did not use separate bags for meats and vegetables, and that 97 percent of individuals said they never washed their reusable grocery bags.

Wonder if the council knew this when it marched up to the line to ban our plastic bags.

Ken Sessler



Social Security

Eliminating income limit is a simple fix

A recent writer was very liberal in “facts” and numbers when talking about Social Security.
Currently, Social Security contributions stop after about $106,000 of income. By doing away with this limit, Social Security becomes solvent indefinitely.

Such a simple fix and yet it is ignored by the conservatives because it means the most able to contribute to our social safety net for our elderly seniors, disabled and children would pay more taxes. This belief is just insane in one of the richest countries on the globe.

Again, another example of the Republicans creating a “crisis,” lying with “facts,” and then demanding draconian cuts to the least among us to fix their self-created issue.

Michael T. Barr


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