To the Editor
October 8, 2013
School board election
Alison Meryweather is a tireless advocate
I am privileged to write in support of Alison Meryweather’s candidacy for the Issaquah School Board, Position 4.
I have worked closely with Alison for the past several years on education advocacy issues, and have been consistently impressed by her intelligence and her deep understanding of challenges faced by our public education system in general and our school district in particular.
Alison grasps the nuances of school financing and has worked hard, through PTA and other advocacy organizations, to achieve a stable, reliable and equitable method of funding our schools. She consistently sees the big picture, and works on goals that benefit all children in our district and state.
Alison fully comprehends the need for strategic relationships between school boards and the state Legislature, and has shown that she works well with legislators from both parties in pursuit of education-related goals. She has already hit the ground running as an interim school board director, because of this experience and knowledge she has cultivated.
Alison is also tireless in her advocacy work. I have seen her clear her busy calendar at the drop of a hat, to travel to Olympia to testify on bills or attend hearings. She volunteers with every Issaquah organization focused on improving our schools, whether it’s PTA, the Issaquah Schools Foundation or Volunteers for Issaquah Schools.
She has played a huge role in the last several campaigns to pass our school bonds and levies. She doesn’t just talk about improving education; she walks the walk, devoting time and energy to help individuals and organizations in their advocacy efforts.
Alison is a great asset to our school board, as she brings a wealth of experience, energy and insight to the job. Please vote to retain her on the board of the Issaquah School District, Position 4.
Lisa Callan has a passion for public education
As retired Issaquah School District educators, it is our pleasure to direct your attention to Lisa Callan, a candidate for Issaquah School District board of directors. We hope you will join us in supporting Lisa.
Lisa’s sincere passion for public education developed as she watched her grandmother teach summer school on an Arizona reservation. Lisa’s parents were also public school teachers and she learned what public education is meant to be, right at home.
Lisa cares about all students and wants to be part of a school board that supports students in finding their own passion and place in the world.
Should Lisa come to your neighborhood doorbelling, please give her a couple of minutes of your time. You will be glad you did.
If you have specific hopes and dreams for an Issaquah student or the system as a whole, share those ideas with Lisa. She is an excellent listener.
If you have a question, fire away. Lisa will share her expertise, or access her wide network of resources inside and outside the district to find an answer for you.
Our combined years of experience in the Issaquah School District tell us Lisa Callan is just what Issaquah needs to shine a light on individual students, support the educators who work with our students and make a big system accountable to each child.
Please check out Lisa’s website, www.lisacallan.org and make a note to cast your vote by Nov. 5 for Lisa Callan for Issaquah School Board.
Margo Campbell and Carolyn Fletcher
Maple Hills Elementary School retirees
Look no further for a better metaphor of tyranny
Recently, while transferring 5,000 pounds of donated food stuffs for the food bank, we actually had to buy plastic garbage bags to repackage any donations contributed in paper because of the Issaquah City Council’s grocery bag ban. Helpers, juggling bottles and cans tearing through the paper bags, were ecstatic when I told them that ordinary citizens had acquired enough signatures to repeal this onerous act of tyranny.
Onerous? Tyranny? Perhaps bags are thought a small matter, but this bag ban was a perfect metaphor for tyrants everywhere who think themselves wiser than you and me. A vote of the people is a step in the right direction from a handful of council members who thought that being elected to manage the affairs of potholes gave them the right to be our nanny.
Our founders gave us a constitutional republic rather than a democracy to secure liberty from controlling tyrants including mischief from “well-meaning” ones including a simple majority.
Micromanager Mark Mullet, who started all this, is now afraid he might be overridden by the people and recently sponsored a Senate bill to rid you pesky free citizens of even your right to vote or petition the government on such matters!
Rather than being proud, he should be ashamed of trying to steal our rights to even petition our government. That sort of arrogance and oppression got King George a well-deserved bad reputation in 1776 starting the First Tea Party.
I believe a successful repeal of the “bag ban” law will be the first ever in Issaquah. It’s not an easy thing to do. But perhaps the second should be a repeal effort to remove its high-handed author and would-be overlord from doing even more mischief to our liberty in Olympia.
Steve Marquis, local coordinator
Issaquah Tea Party