To the Editor

July 16, 2013

By Administrator

Plastic bags

We need to do the right thing for our planet

The letter to the editor concerning the plastic bag ban that I just read in the July 10 issue of The Issaquah Press had me rolling on the floor with laughter! Inconvenient to carry reusable bags and finding bags inadequate for your purchases, are you kidding me?

I’ve spent the past seven or eight years being almost 100 percent plastic bag free.

Here are some suggestions: There are so many options out there for a small investment. For cold foods, meats and freezer items, there are insulated bags available that are large, easy to tote and easy to wipe clean between shopping trips. For dry goods and sundries, almost every store now offers very sturdily constructed bags that will last for years; many are very artsy and fun as well. For impulsive purchases, I have two very compact collapsible bags in my hand bag that would just about hold a small toddler as far as their strength!

To me, there is no excuse or reason to keep filling our oceans and landfills with plastic bags that do not easily decompose. You know the stats.

I have nothing against plastic and I realize that it’s a wonderful invention that has many applications that benefit mankind, but we do not need plastic grocery bags! I want to do every little thing that I can to leave my children and grandchildren a living planet. And in my opinion, and that of the majority of those in the scientific community, we’d better get busy at it sooner rather than later.

I support the plastic bag ban in Issaquah 100 percent and consider it a evolutionary advancement as we strive to clean up our city and planet. Yay, Issaquah!

Denise Whitbeck




Yield doesn’t mean stop

To all roundabout drivers in Sammamish and Issaquah, please note: “yield” does not mean “stop.” It means proceed normally through the roundabout, and stop only if a collision is imminent.

Many Northwest drivers unfamiliar with roundabouts either stop automatically before entering, or stop if another vehicle is in the roundabout, even if there is no danger of a collision. This impedes the free flow of traffic.

Also, it helps if you signal your exit while in the roundabout.

Unfortunately, you may have to put down your cellphone to have a free hand to signal with, but this is the price we must pay to drive correctly.

Randy Nevin



Skate park

A new, better location can and should be found

In regard to relocation of the skate park currently located near the Rainier Trail, I write in support of actions to move the skate park to a newer and more central location. The current skate park, built in 1997, has now become counter to many of the original benefits of a clean, supervised place for youths to enjoy and skate.

Not only does the current location no longer serve the teens, but it has become a deteriorating influence on many of the others who use the Rainier Trail, including runners, walkers, schoolchildren et al. Additionally, as I have walked along the trail past the skate park, I have seen occasional altercations and bullying among youths inside the skate area.

Thanks to The Press for the coverage on this issue of relocation of the skate park, both with the news and the editorial.

Issaquah has many fine park areas to enhance recreation, and a newer skate park should certainly be one of those.

Rosemary Fahey



State park

The geese are not as harmful as the humans

I was saddened to read a letter in your paper dated July 2, 2013, regarding the removal of Canada geese.

The writer would like you to believe that geese are the problems in our state parks and that eradicating them solves all their problems.

The very fact that these animals have had their habitat removed from them gives the geese very little choice of where to exist.

I have frequented the park on many occasions and it’s the human species that litters with nonbiodegradable items, plastic bags, cans and all kinds of trash.

When are we going to take account for the treatment of our environment and coexist with Mother Nature instead of looking to destroy what is good?

Geese do not saturate the air with loud music, they do not litter, they are family orientated and we should embrace them all.

Martyn Stewart



Removing geese is a temporary solution

Don’t blame our resident geese. This is a man-made problem. Decades ago, in their infinite wisdom, Fish and Wildlife transplanted young geese to Western Washington. They just stayed and multiplied, without their parents to teach them to migrate.

We created the problem and it is our responsibility to deal with the geese humanely.

The Issaquah Press editorial gleefully stated “good riddance to state park geese” and that the “geese have been relocated.” There was no accompanying article and no facts given.

The real story is that state park authorities hired USDA Wildlife Services to remove the geese, not “relocate” them. Wildlife Services rounds up the geese when the adults start to molt and they cannot fly. They then herd the adults and babies into pens.

If they are still doing what they did in the past when they were killing geese in the Seattle parks, the geese are shoved into gas chambers in the back of the USDA trucks. The gas chambers were not designed specifically for large birds like geese. They are too small for them to stand upright prior to being gassed to death. Multiple geese are stuffed into the chamber at the same time while frantically struggling and trying to escape. Of course, this is all done under a cloak of secrecy, so that people cannot see this cruel crime against nature.

There are many humane alternatives that do work, especially when used in conjunction with each other. Removing the geese only creates a temporary solution, as other geese will move in, which results in an endless cycle of killing.

“Whitewashing” the truth and taking pleasure from the death of highly intelligent sentient beings is just plain wrong. And, Washington State Parks, clean up our parks and stop killing our wildlife!

Diane Weinstein




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4 Responses to “To the Editor”

  1. Smoley on July 16th, 2013 8:20 pm

    @Denise Whitbeck,

    If you care about the environment as much as you claim, I hope you’re also against the city council’s “grow-at-any-cost” plans for our town to dramatically increase our population by turning it into an “urban village” complete with acres of high-rise buildings.

    I suspect that in 20 years if your grandchildren were to look at pictures of Issaquah taken today and compared them to what this city became, they’ll think that ridding our town of plastic shopping bags was the least of our problems.

  2. MarionA on July 17th, 2013 3:01 am

    What is with the USA that can’t handle any of their wildlife humanely?? Seriously.

    MEDIA RELEASE: Egg Addling Controls Goose Population

    “In a continued effort to control the Canada Goose population in the Okanagan Valley, the Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program is about to begin its annual egg addling program. Over the PAST SIX YEARS, this program has prevented the exponential increase of the non-migratory resident goose population that inhabits the valley all year long………Since the program began in 2007, approximately 7,700 EGGS HAVE BEEN PREVENTED FROM HATCHING THROUGH THIS MINIMALLY INVASIVE APPROACH…. ….In order for the program to succeed, new nests need to be identified. The PUBLIC IS ASKED TO REPORT lone geese, pairs of geese or nest locations on private or public land.”

    In addition to ground surveys, aerial surveys were conducted in 2007 and 2011 to estimate the number of geese residing in the Okanagan Valley and to determine what proportion of the population were hatched that year. THE CANADA GOOSE POPULATION APPEARS TO HAVE STABILIZED THROUGHOUT THE VALLEY.


    The Okanagan Valley in BC is a major tourist and recreational area. The Okanagan Lake is 70 miles long. Other major industries include orchards and vineyards. The valley is as big as the state of NJ and they have a humane egg addling program which has successfully stabilized their permanent resident Canada goose population.

    ARANAC LAKE – The Saranac Lake Central School District’s new goose poop removal machine got a trial run Thursday afternoon on the high school’s practice football field.

    The Nature Sweep, purchased from a company of the same name in British Columbia, Canada, for $9,770, will be used to clean up goose feces from the district’s athletic fields.

    I hope I won’t be perceived as anti-American (I’m not!) if I say that
    the American approach often seems to be– if it’s a problem or a
    nuisance, kill it. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service seems to be much
    more liberal in issuing kill permits for a wide variety of bird
    species than is the Canadian Wildlife Service. I believe that both the
    Fish & Wildlife Service and the City of Seattle should take a sober
    second look at their goose control program, and consider non-lethal
    control alternatives. I agree that urban Canada Geese do not belong
    there and are a major nuisance, but I don’t agree that the scale of
    the problem justifies killing geese, or the horrific public relations
    that result from a kill program. I hope that more moderate approaches
    will be followed in future goose-control programs.

  3. MarionA on July 17th, 2013 3:12 am

    These geese were rounded up by USDA THUGS, stuffed into chicken crates, an driven away to be killed. Just like they have been in many communities over the last few weeks. About a week ago they hit Jamaica Bay Wildlife “Refuge’ in NYC. And you might want to see a video….this adult goose stuffed into a crate is literally thumping around in the cage and crying to get out and maybe to try to protect his children. And of course they ignore him.

  4. Wildlife “Services” at it Again | Exposing the Big Game on July 26th, 2013 10:04 am

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