To the Editor

September 10, 2013

By Contributor

Tiger Mountain

Logging will not destroy the mountain

Does Mr. Laughlin not know that most of Tiger Mountain is classified as commercial forestland and he should expect logging on some rotational basis? This logging will not “destroy the mountain” in any fashion — except possible visual impacts for a couple of years, and I believe the Department of Natural Resources works to minimize that issue, particularly on the (most visible) west side of the mountain.

Also, there has been considerable mining activity on lower Squak Mountain and on Grand Ridge, but I am not aware of more than minimal mining on any part of Tiger Mountain. Further, I would bet the railroad grades are all the result of the earlier logging activity and there would be far fewer bike trails on the mountain if not for that logging.

Rowan Hinds



Bonded indebtedness equals services

In the Sept. 4 issue of The Issaquah Press, Mark Seely complained about accepting the city of Issaquah’s “bonded indebtedness” if Klahanie is annexed by Issaquah.

The same thing would happen if Klahanie was annexed by Sammamish. In the case of an Issaquah annexation, Klahanie residents would be paying lower taxes than they are now. Or under a Sammamish annexation.

If you don’t ever use Issaquah’s streets, schools, museums, parks, athletic facilities or don’t admire the city landscaping, then don’t vote for annexation. The city’s indebtedness has helped to pay for those amenities. If you shop, gas up or eat in Issaquah, you are using the results of that indebtedness. If you have a glass of water in a restaurant within the city limits, you are benefitting from the indebtedness.

When it comes time to vote for annexation, please vote yes. You, the voter, will be the beneficiary.

Jim Harris



Water woes

Getting rid of storm water isn’t all that simple

Responding to last week’s article about saving $10 million on our water, I wish it was all that simple.

This is not about our water utility or customer service or saving money or any of a host of other altruistic reasons that might be offered. No, this is about getting rid of storm water from Issaquah Highlands and the developer, along with the city staff, want to put it in your drinking water. Yup, they want to inject it into the aquifer as a way to get it to you even faster.

You would be right to worry about the animal droppings, the chemicals, the fertilizers, the pesticides, the pathogens, the motor oils, the motor fuels and all the other stuff that become part of our storm water runoff when it rains. You would also be right if you noticed that they would rather put all this stuff in your drinking water than see it put directly into Issaquah Creek or Lake Sammamish.

So, here is the deal. The injection well, a.k.a. Lower Reid Infiltration Gallery, is close to the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District’s well No. 9 and when the LRIG was last used, the district found evidence of contamination in well No. 9. If the city of Issaquah gets control of well No. 9, they will probably just shut it down and then there won’t be any evidence of contamination — there will still be contamination.

They will use technical mumbo jumbo to confuse you and make you think you don’t understand, but you do.

Hank Thomas



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3 Responses to “To the Editor”

  1. Smoley on September 10th, 2013 10:27 pm

    @Jim Harris,

    Klahanie doesn’t owe Issaquah anything. With any shopping or dining Klahanie residents do in Issaquah, where do you think the city sales tax revenue goes? It doesn’t go back to Klahanie. By your logic, perhaps the 150,000+ people that will visit Issaquah during Salmon Days next month owe the city of Issaquah something for walking our streets??? Balderdash!

    Klahanie, do what you think is right for your community and don’t buy the notion that you owe Issaquah or Sammamish anything.

    An Issaquah Resident

  2. Doug on September 12th, 2013 1:25 am

    My neighborhood was also promised lower taxes by joining Issaquah.. Instead, I’m still paying taxes to the county and on top of that we are also paying a nearly 10% tax on all utilities, cable, electricity etc, that was never taxed before. Add to that we’re paying for storm drains when all of us have wells and are not connected to the city sewer system, sidewalks while we have none, Now we’ve been jumping through hoops to get permission to replace one step on a 40 year old building because it sits within a hundred feet of a creek.

    You’re fooling yourself if you think you’ll be paying any less.

  3. Mark Seely on October 14th, 2013 11:52 am

    @Jim Harris: If Sammamish had any bonded indebtedness and we were annexed by them, it is possible we would be accepting theirs too. But, they don’t. They have reserves in the bank instead. I like that.

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