To the Editor

September 3, 2013

By Contributor

Spawning salmon

Cartoon about hitchhiking fish was excellent

Kudos to Peter Allen Clark for his clever, erudite, timely, extremely pertinent and artistically drawn cartoon of the hitchhiking “spawner” studs waiting for their truck. The subtle educational hint on reproductive biology was special genius!

The cartoon caused me, while I chuckled, to return to the front page to enjoy fully reading the entire piece.

Dan Anderson

Issaquah

Squak Mountain

Those with logging concerns haven’t seen anything yet

I live in Mirrormont. About two years ago, I bought a mountain bike and discovered a whole world of trails right in my own backyard.

Last year, I ventured onto the trails on the east side of Tiger Mountain off Highway 18. About a half-mile up the trail, I noticed a rumbling sound coming down the road. To my surprise, it was a logging truck, loaded full of cut trees. I kept on going, past the next truck, and the next truck and the next truck. You get the picture.

I was a bit surprised when I came to the first field that was clear-cut. Several acres had a similar fate. I haven’t been back there, figuring my little corner of the mountain was safe.

Today, I had a rude awakening as workers were hard at work preparing my trails for huge logging equipment. These are the same trails the paraglider bus uses to get to Poo Poo Point. I spoke with one of the excavation workers, asking him why the county needed to harvest this tiny mountain. He said, “The county needs the money.”

I really don’t know why the county needs to destroy this mountain.

I did some research and found a rich history of mining. Some of the original railroad tracks can still be found. Most of the mine shafts have been boarded up. With all of this rich history, the mountain is still enjoyed by many residents.

I don’t want to come across as a fanatic. But this small area of nature is a true wonder in the middle of suburbanization. Deer, bears and other wildlife abound. Water still streams throughout the mountain, year round. So, all of you upset residents of Squak Mountain, you haven’t seen anything yet.

Brian Laughlin

Issaquah

 

Annexation

Issaquah, a chain around Klahanie’s neck

Did you know that the vote for Klahanie annexation into Issaquah would include accepting the city’s bonded indebtedness?

Last time we voted on this issue, there were two questions on the ballot. One was whether or not we wanted to accept paying part of Issaquah’s prior debt. The majority of us voted “no.” Issaquah believes we voted this way because we were confused. Were we confused, or did we correctly say we didn’t want to accept debt we had no say in creating?

It looks like this time around Issaquah plans to offer only one question to the voters: for or against annexation. But make no mistake, a vote for annexation will mean agreeing to pay part of Issaquah’s prior debt. We need to continue to be clear, “Issaquah, we will not accept your debt.” Voting against annexation in February is how we send that message — once again.

Mark Seely

Issaquah

 

Plastic bags

People want to vote on the issue

The letter writer in the Aug. 28 Press does not understand the plastic bag crowd.

(1) The people did not get a vote on this issue. (She does not appreciate the voters wanting to vote on this issue.) The council did not either. In addition, the council rationale for its action was flawed and there were no massive amount of plastic bags blowing around Issaquah.

(2) She should monitor the handicapped-parking areas at Target and Fred Meyer and note the great difficulty the heavy paper sacks or the bring-your-own bags, cause the elderly. The “small” light weight plastic bags were just right. But she does not appreciate this either.

(3) It would appear that she thought that plastic bags were below her station and thus her letter to the editor, denouncing those who wanted a vote for or against plastic bags. She needs to know, too, that all plastic bags have not been eliminated.

Ken Sessler

Issaquah

 

I-517

Help protect initiative process

I am an early and strong supporter of Initiative 517 which seeks to protect the initiative process. It guarantees a vote on qualified initiatives, extends time to collect signatures and stops bullying of people participating in the process.

I sit on the board of Washington’s largest and most active property rights organization. Opponents have attacked the initiative because they claim it allegedly violates property rights. This is bogus. No one cares more about property rights than I do. But I’m also a huge supporter of the initiative process. There’s no conflict between the two. Courts have ruled that petitioning in places open to the public is guaranteed by the First Amendment. I-517 doesn’t change that.

Initiatives came about because ordinary folks could not compete with the influence brought to the political process by industrial cabals and big business, which had a lock on the process. Today, urban area and strong unionized liberals, along with the government social club, have too much control over the affairs of the majority. There remains an urgent need for citizen participation.

Most initiatives never qualify. For those that do, voters deserve the chance to vote on them.

Initiative 517 makes the process safer and more accessible for everyone. I urge you to support I-517.

Preston Drew

Carnation

 

IRS

It’s time to make a change to tax agency

Heard enough IRS problems?

Every day, seems we hear of a new problem that is associated with the IRS.

Months ago, thousands of dollars were spent to create a spoof of “Star Trek” and they called it training. Then, we hear of the millions of dollars that identity thieves have gotten from fraudulent tax rebates.

More discoveries of extravagant spending on meetings and, of course, the discovery that the IRS was using its power to mute the Tea Party groups during the election cycle by not approving applications for months if not years for the tax exempt status allowed by law.

I don’t think the American populace can trust the IRS anymore. The IRS needs to be dismantled and there is one bill already before Congress that would do just that. It is HR25/S122. This roughly 122 page bill that you can read in a short time and understand would replace the better than 73,000 pages of nonsense that we have today.

It supplies the government with the same amount of money it gets today, but in one-time collection at the retail cash register.

Dave Reichert is your representative and is on the Ways and Means committee. Call him and demand real tax reform.

Dexter Bland

Piedmont, AL

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