To the Editor

April 16, 2013

By Contributor

Plastic bags

Repeal the ban, let citizens decide

Our local businesses are losing money. A television station recently reported the shoplifting rate is eight times higher in cities with p slastic bag bans.

Are our shop owners going to have to be “bag police” and check all bags customers bring to their stores? Isn’t that what the city has compelled them to do?

Our businesses know they have upset customers. It’s embarrassing when visitors to our town are forced to pay for a bag.

Plastic bags are sanitary! So-called “reusable” bags get dirty, stepped on by people and pets, and surely carry at least some food-borne illness. Who is washing and sanitizing these bags?

Stop this nonsense. Sign the repeal and let the citizens debate, get informed and vote.

Kathleen Olsen

Issaquah

 

Parks bond

Let’s consider a pool-only bond in November

As a longtime parks supporter, I am finding little in this proposed bond.

Beyond that, the 2006 bond funded Cybil Madeline Park is yet to open. We paid for a complete package, which included invasive removal, creek side restoration and bank work to help prevent future downstream flooding. Before we move forward with anything else, this critical environmental work needs to be accounted for and completed.

Clearly, the most pressing issue is the pool. However, the choice should be between building a new pool or not having a public pool, rather than endlessly dumping more money into an outdated, substandard facility.

On top of that, the $4.8 million repair cost estimate in the bond proposal is from 2008, and as Council President Fred Butler rightly predicts, this number is probably low by at least 30 percent. The “easy” choice won’t be any bargain.

We have money that could be prioritized toward a new pool. The Lakeside Development Agreement is providing the city with $10 million, but the administration wants to quietly spend $5 million of that on an office building for itself. Why not spend the money on a new pool now, and let the taxpayers consider the merits of new offices in a future building bond?

For the past 10 years, the City Council has been endlessly wrestling with what to do with the pool. A new pool sited on Pad 4 in the Issaquah Highlands has already been successfully studied. Selling the land under the old pool might net us millions. Naming rights and grant funding might net us millions more.

The council should prioritize the needs of our kids and seniors, and put a pool-only bond on the ballot this November. Give the voters a bold uncluttered choice, and let’s build something we can all be proud of.

C.A. Christensen

Issaquah

 

Gun rights

Maybe you should use knives and machetes instead

If all those supporting gun rights believe that knives are as deadly as guns, then let them overthrow the government with machetes and knives. Really if they think there is any real comparison, then they don’t need guns.

I get a chuckle watching the pro-gun side berate and belittle the gun-safety crowd for using the SAME tactics they use against others for their agendas. “Think of the children” and “for the protection of the children” were the battle cries from many a right-wingers when denying marriage equality.

Michael T. Barr

Sammamish

 

Marijuana

Why did people vote for it to be legal?

Now, we are hearing about fatal auto crashes that are the result of drivers using pot. Each death should be credited in some value to those who voted to make this drug legal in the state, but against federal laws. I do not see any benefit from their votes.

Can someone (1) write in The Press that expounds the benefits of their yes vote and (2) why doesn’t the U.S. attorney step in and enforce federal law?

Ken Sessler

Issaquah

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Comments

One Response to “To the Editor”

  1. Apollo_Creed on April 17th, 2013 12:14 pm

    Well, I for one fully embrace the City Council’s plastic bag ban – I now only throw paper bags and reusable totes into the creek.

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