To the Editor

July 9, 2013

By Contributor

Our drinking water

Maybe people should get involved in the issue

In the 26 June Issaquah Press, Mr. Arthur H. Tagland got it right. Since the Issaquah Highlands started building, the priority has been to get rid of storm water. It was supposed to be infiltrated, but when Camp Creek blew out the hillside, the Lower Reid Injection Gallery was the next idea to get rid of the storm water.

The gallery became operational in 2004 and soon the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District found evidence of contamination at their nearby well. The next idea was to send all that storm water directly in Issaquah Creek — exactly what was not supposed to happen under the Issaquah Highlands development agreement.

A study ensued and there was disagreement about what the data did or didn’t, indicate. What the citizens of Issaquah need to know is that the mayor and the City Council have approved each step in this saga.

Nobody is arguing that the storm water going into the gallery facility isn’t going into our aquifer or that the aquifer is not the primary source of our drinking water in Issaquah, so we can agree that water going into a storm drain in the Issaquah Highlands, if directed to the gallery, is headed straight for your glass of water.

Forget what the dog did and ask yourself what will happen when a truckload of gasoline is spilled into a storm drain at the new gas station in the Issaquah Highlands?

Isn’t it time to get involved?

Hank Thomas



State park geese

It’s about time the birds have been eliminated

Wow! How happy I am that The Press wrote an editorial last week applauding the rangers at our own Lake Sammamish State Park for getting rid of the geese. It’s about time.

For the 24 years I have lived in Issaquah, the geese have been a constant problem. My wife talks of her Issaquah High School years in the ‘70s when on a warm day, many hundreds of kids and families would flock to the two beaches (not just Sunset Beach) at the state park and sunbathe and swim. Have you ever heard of our local kids wanting to do that in the last 20 years? Likely not. The geese and their poop have robbed the people from being able to fully utilize the lake park for decades.

It has seemed that both city and state officials have danced around the geese issue, not wanting to hurt the feelings of the geese lovers, perhaps fearing some sort of animal rights group retribution. I believe I speak for the largely silent overwhelming majority — control the geese not just in the lake park, but also everywhere in the city.

Back to the park, the high traffic public areas of the park are for the use and enjoyment of people. Whether it’s relocation of the geese or a service project to harvest the excessive population to provide meat for the food bank, let the people enjoy the park without ruining their shoes and blankets due to goose poop. Imagine swimming at the park beach, not fearing swimmers itch due to goose excrement. I look forward to it!

Steve Balkman



Bag ban

What has been gained from getting rid of plastic?

What has the city gained from banishing plastic bags these past few months? As a consumer residing in Issaquah, my shopping experience is mounting with irritation. It is a mixed bag of results mentioned for council review of its decision.

Mending — In just a short time of use, I have had to mend several of the bags that are big enough in capacity, but not in strength to hold the quantity packed. As an expert seamstress, it is not difficult, just time-consuming … and time is money!

Meat — Having developed a refined system of reusable bags, I brought two open totes, one collapsible nylon bag and one small nylon bag (for freezer items). The odd variety of shapes and sizes makes bagging inefficient for the cashier with illogical use of space and poor distribution of weight. The other day, the two meat products had no bag and I did not want it combined with medicines, clothing or bread. Paying for a paper bag was not a guarantee that it would not bleed in the car. Common sense says that meat should be transported in a plastic bag, for those heat-wrapped packages are still known to leak.

Minimize — Merchants are probably not glad that I try to eliminate purchases when not armed with enough reusable bags. Early on, apples were on sale so I had to put back other items since I knew that the fruit would fill most of the tote’s capacity.

Mixture — Most likely against training rules for proper bagging, the cashier must now pack everything inside the provided totes. However, it is neither sagacious nor safe to pack chemical agents with food products. Is the Food and Drug Administration aware of this oversight in the current green fervor?

I better go — the rumbling of the washer has ceased and I need to finish the laundry so that the dirty tote can be clean and dry for the next shopping expedition in Issaquah.

Wendy Yee


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One Response to “To the Editor”

  1. Doug on July 13th, 2013 4:20 am

    Sorry Issaquah, you lose. I’m sure I’m not the only one that works in Seattle and now does his shopping at Factoria or Eastgate on the way home. Proud to say I haven’t spent $5 in your city since the ban..

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