To the Editor

August 6, 2013

By Administrator

Dogwood Street

City, please make our neighborhood safer

I recently read the letter published in The Issaquah Press from Mary Lou Lewis and I completely agree with her statements.

I have lived on Dogwood Street since 1992 and wrote a letter to the mayor asking for a safer street. As I recall, there was a promise that it would begin in 1994, and we are still waiting.

It would seem reasonable that some upgrades could have been made in all these years that would render Dogwood street safer, and I am still waiting. Please consider this project a priority for the sake of all of us that walk and live in this area.

Still waiting…

Phyllis Laughlin

Issaquah

 

State park geese

Killing shouldn’t be a solution to a problem

I was deeply saddened by the article in the July 24 Issaquah Press entitled: “Park geese euthanized to control population.” Sad for the geese, sad for the people who did it, sad for the people who asked for it, but mostly sad for the condition of the human race and the society we’ve become.

Why is it that killing is still our response to competition? I can understand back when we had to kill to survive, but that hasn’t been necessary for a long time. It wasn’t killing so we could take lands that belonged to other people like in the past. This was killing for recreation. Not the act of killing itself, like hunting, but so that families could enjoy a park without the inconvenience of staying clear of the animals’ droppings.

The article did a good job of explaining other options that have been proposed. Why weren’t those options taken more seriously and with a long-term solution in mind? This problem was created by humans interfering with nature through years, and killing anything that got in between us and what we wanted to add to our possessions individually and collectively.

Einstein said “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” It’s time to take ‘killing’ out of the list of options. We can be better than that! We have to be – our survival in communion with all life on this planet depends on it!

Thank you to The Press for making us aware of this, but “killed” instead of “euthanized” would have been more accurate. Euthanized means “to kill (a person or animal) painlessly, especially to relieve suffering from an incurable illness.” I take exception to the “painlessly” in this instance and it was certainly not to relieve suffering.

Michele Rocky

Issaquah

 

Parks levy

Vote yes to preserve parks and wildlife habitats

SEATTLE KingCounty REALTORS urge voters to join us in voting “yes” on Proposition 1 for King County parks.

Like other citizens, REALTORS and the customers and clients we serve treasure the waterways, trails, parks and open spaces that make King County such a desirable place to live and raise families. We are proud to partner with dozens of other organizations in supporting the levy to preserve, protect and maintain the county’s 200 parks and wildlife habitats.

An estimated 90 percent of King County citizens are served by the regional trail system. A “yes” vote is a worthwhile investment to help assure future generations will be able to enjoy King County’s 26,000 acres of parks, trails and open spaces.

Joan Probala

2013 president, SEATTLE KingCounty REALTORS

 

Gun control

Taking away guns won’t stop criminals

Lately, there has been a large debate over gun control. And here is a real unedited version of my conservative point of view.

First, taking away guns from law-abiding citizens will never stop criminals from getting them. Plain and simple. Next, the Second Amendment is definitely NOT outdated, as some would lead you to believe. The Second Amendment was created not to give people range time, or allow them to hunt. It is a much more profound reason. It is so that if our government was to ever become tyrannical, we, the people, would have the means necessary to fight back.

No matter what you say, gun control would open the door for tyranny. Remember, all the most brutal dictators in history, including Adolf Hitler, openly said that the easiest way to control a populace is to disarm it. And I firmly believe that the reason people want to outlaw guns is that they are afraid.

And they should be. Because when you’re not afraid, it’s easy to pretend like evil doesn’t exist in this world. And in the case of invasion or dictatorship, the good people of the U.S.A. must be ready to defend our fundamental right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Mark Olsen

Issaquah

 

IRS and taxes

It’s time for tax reform

The current situation with IRS targeting groups seems to be the best argument for a total reform of the income tax system to date. A switch to a flat tax that could be filled out on a post card or Value Added Tax could be the answer. Either of these would almost eliminate a need for the IRS.

When I was in accounting school one of our instructors brought in a sample form 1040 one day. The first line asked, “How much did you make?” The second line said, “Send it in.”

We are almost to that point now. The IRS is not a joke. Its time to call for tax reform.

Joyce Kormanyos

Sammamish

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