To the Editor
September 10, 2013
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.
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.
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.