To the Editor

May 28, 2013

By Contributor

Community thank you

I’m grateful for being surrounded with love, support

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all the great people of Issaquah.

My husband, the father of our 12-year-old daughter, passed away suddenly two months ago. From the very day that he passed, there were people at our door offering prayers, condolences and food. Some of these people I had never even met before.

I am eternally grateful for all the love and support you have given my family in our time of need.

Brandi Farrell


May Madness

Issaquah girl-rating contest wouldn’t work with boys

You can bet that if the girls rated the boys this way, this “tradition” would be over in a heartbeat.

Dave Miller




Klahanie will get better service from Sammamish

Last week, I attended a “public meeting” concerning Klahanie annexation. Residents who attended expected to have their questions answered. Instead, they spent more time discussing so called “ground rules.” Unfortunately, the study did not address important concerns such as Issaquah-Fall City Road, and how Issaquah will deliver fire protection and water and sewer service. The mayor did not attend; the city administrator did, but he did not address the audience.

Issaquah-Fall City Road was not addressed, but the consultant hopes Issaquah can talk the county into paying for it, or just forget it altogether. The study says that water and sewer service will still be provided by the Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District, even though Issaquah’s comprehensive plan and water service plans say that the city will provide that service. One big concern that was not addressed is whether fire service will be provided by the Klahanie fire station now in the city of Sammamish. Why wasn’t Sammamish involved in this study? If it was, then the study might promote annexation to Sammamish.

After attending this meeting, I am not sure if Issaquah can provide better service than King County. Residents of Klahanie aspire to be part of a major league city. There is no question that Issaquah is not up to the task. The city of Sammamish is well run fiscally and has huge surpluses, while Issaquah has bonded indebtedness. Sammamish is on the list of most livable cities. Sammamish shares our values as a bedroom community, while Issaquah aspires to be an urban center with all the big box stores.

The best solution for Klahanie is to say “thanks, but no thanks” to Issaquah and explore the possibility of annexing to the city of Sammamish. Don’t believe what Issaquah says. That can be done.

Tom Harman




I hope the city doesn’t go into the pot business

Thanks, Mark, for your letter backing up your vote for making the marijuana drug legal to possess in the state of Washington.

“Legalize it. Tax it and get over it. There is my reason.” I do not know how the state will get over it, when (1) it against federal Law, (2) noted traffic accidents and deaths have already resulted from people using pot, (3) now that pot will be easily available, the traffic deaths will increase.

Sure hope the Issaquah City Council does not grab for the tax money and allow pot shops to open within the Issaquah city limits.

Ken Sessler




America still stands strong

With all these bombings and shootings, those who do this believe it will make America weak and vulnerable to destruction and deterioration, but they are wrong. All of this makes America strong, and keeps us together.

Nothing can stop Americans from being who they are. No matter what happens to us, we will get through it one way or another. To those who will make the bombs, and try to ruin America, we want you to know that nothing will stop us from being Americans. We have to keep strong, and know at any moment something terrible can occur.

Jared Oh


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2 Responses to “To the Editor”

  1. Smoley on May 29th, 2013 8:37 pm

    @Ken Sessler,

    I share your concern and have no doubt the city council will allow pot shops to open in Issaquah (it’ll be after the election though). They’ve already granted a license for a medical marijuana dispensary to operate on NW Gilman Blvd:

    Getting a medical pot card in this county from a doctor is as easy as claiming you have some ailment that’s impossible to diagnose like anxiety issues or lower back pain, so it doesn’t matter whether they license medical pot shops or the more general retail establishments.

  2. nikki on May 31st, 2013 7:12 pm

    I must express my gratitude to the community for the support my family has received in this hard time with the loss of my father, Kelly “Doc” Farrell aka the guy driving the purple pinto. Thank you Issaquah.

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