To the Editor
August 13, 2013
Theft is shameful, not lapse in judgment
I think the court is being kind when it suggests that a postal worker who was systematically stealing from our mail is suffering from a “lapse in judgment,” deserving only probation, community service and what appears to me to be partial restitution ($585 in restitution fines for stealing at least $500 AND 30 gift cards? Sounds partial to me).
I so enjoyed reading about Ms. Wei’s financial problems, which appear to stem from an inability (unwillingness) to work full-time due to her daughter’s “athletic career.” Well, I have a child, too. He moved from my home, at age 24, into the low-income YWCA housing in the Issaquah Highlands, having proven through the qualification process that his income is, in fact, low.
He currently works three jobs to make ends meet. When he moved into his new apartment, in September 2012, my mother, who is single, elderly and on a fixed income, sent him a housewarming gift: a Hallmark card with a $100 Target gift card enclosed. As is the case with all first apartments, he needed everything, and eagerly checked his mail every day in anticipation of receiving this generous gift from his Nana. Alas, the gift card never came. And my mother couldn’t afford to send him another. Perhaps it was among the 75 opened cards found in Ms. Wei’s vehicle in November 2012.
I do hope Annie and her daughter enjoyed whatever she picked up from Target using my son’s gift card — perhaps some snacks for the long trips to those “out-of-state athletic tournaments.”
Are residents being sold a bill of goods?
Many of us have been led to believe that we will be getting better levels of municipal services from Issaquah for police and parks. The annexation study calls for four more patrol officers that would actually decrease the level of service for both Klahanie and Issaquah.
When asked whether a police precinct would be established in Klahanie, Mr. Harrison, the city administrator, stated that a police station (or annex) was not called for in the study and would be evaluated at a future date. We’d thus remain in a “fringe zone” geographically as compared to the downtown Issaquah “core.”
There are no plans for improvements to Klahanie Park. In fact, at the July 15 City Council meeting, Councilman Tola Marts applauded Klahanie for its extensive system of private parks, which exceed the level of service in the city.
I really feel that we are being sold a bill of goods on this deal. It seems that the City Council refuses to address the needs of Klahanie, and simply says that improvements and projects will just “go into the hopper.” We know that the projects in the downtown area will always get priority, just like King County has always given priority to Seattle issues.
It seems clearer and clearer that all Issaquah wants is our tax revenue and increased debt capacity to meet their needs, not ours.
I agree fully with Councilman Joshua Schaer’s statements in the July 15 City Council meeting that this annexation is not in the best interest of either Issaquah or Klahanie.
Will Issaquah invest in Klahanie’s roads?
Issaquah-Fall City Road serves the Klahanie community and our community needs to serve it. It has been stretched beyond its designed capacity and needs upgrading. We need sidewalks to protect our kids, safe areas for bicycles and an efficient design to keep us moving into the future.
How will this road be viewed if we allow Issaquah to annex Klahanie? Here’s how:
“We don’t have the money to fix this road now, or in the foreseeable future.” “It will happen when it happens.” — Councilwoman Stacy Goodman.
The road “…will have to compete with projects in the Central Core.” — Councilman Paul Winterstein.
“It is a regional road and needs a regional solution.” “We must work with King County for funding.” “We will evaluate projects based on our needs.” — Issaquah City Administrator Bob Harrison.
Councilman Joshua Schaer notes that Issaquah’s annexation study “did not address $2.6 million in curb, gutters and sidewalks as well as $2.8 million to properly maintain the roads in [Klahanie]…”
For Issaquah, it’s an unfunded mandate they’re hoping someone else will take care of. They have no plans to improve Issaquah-Fall City Road. Is that the partner for us? I don’t think so. We have other choices, let’s explore them before entrusting our future to those who see us as competitors to their projects and goals.
Life in Issaquah
Thanks for being who/what you are
Thank you for being a great place to grow up, with the library and Julius Boehm Pool and fun bike rides around Lake Sammamish plus Salmon Days.
And thanks for blossoming with Gilman Village and Village Theatre.
And a huge thank you to those who provide and care for the gorgeous hanging baskets downtown. Another thanks to those who care for the pretty trees and gardens and parks throughout, plus keep our town clean.
Thank you to everyone who contributed
I would like to thank the Rotary Club of Issaquah for its efforts in putting on the very successful 16th annual Challenge Series Races for kids with mental and physical challenges.
Nearly 60 kids enjoyed an exciting day of racing, lunch and trophies. It was a day that they and their parents will not forget for a long time. The many hours of planning and tremendous amount of work on race day by the Rotary members have made this a truly special event for the families of kids with special needs in our community.
Thanks also go to race day volunteers Athletes For Kids, VOICE (Volunteer Outreach in Communities Everywhere), Liberty High School cheer squad, Issaquah High School wrestling squad, Learning Rx employees, Issaquah Fred Meyer employees and to the many community members who support our efforts.
Leo Finnegan and
Life Enrichment Options Board