To the Editor

October 29, 2013

By Contributor

Mistaken gunman

Heartfelt apology goes to long time school custodian

The recent incident at Issaquah High School wherein longtime custodian Allen Anderson was thought to be a gunman, sending the school into lock down mode and Anderson held at police gunpoint, highlights the very sad times in which we live. Without a doubt, the student who called 911, the school’s response, and the immediate action by Issaquah police were all well-intended reactions to a potential disaster. Having already been through a similar occurrence where a lone gunman shot his way through our community, as well as recent school shootings elsewhere nationwide, it is understandable that we are all poised for the worst to happen.

My concern is that when we finally pull ourselves back from the brink of paranoia, we do not stop to survey the collateral damage done to the people involved. I would surmise that the administration and teaching staff at IHS calmed the nerves of their student body. That’s to be expected. What’s unfortunate is that Mr. Anderson did not receive some kind of apology for the harrowing experience he underwent.

To be singled out at gunpoint by police would stop anyone’s heart from beating. Having it happen at a place that was probably Mr. Anderson’s “home away from home” for 20 years must be devastating. Imagine having to pick up the pieces of his life, feeling alone among the people he felt had been like family.

I can’t speak for anyone else. As a private citizen I can only apologize to Allen Anderson for a moment in time where no one was to blame. Perhaps since reading of the occurrence, someone has already reached out to him.

Being a vulnerable people during impossible times doesn’t preclude having compassion for one of our own who might be in pain.

Millie Vierra



Mayoral race

Joe Forkner is the right man at the right time

The citizens of Issaquah are fortunate to have two candidates running for Mayor who truly care about the city and the community. These two guys are friends and have worked together for years. It is my sincere hope that whoever wins will welcome the other in so we can benefit from the experience of both of them.

The vision that both candidates have for Issaquah is not that different. So we, the citizens of Issaquah, win with whoever is elected, right? That’s true if we look only at the information published and talked about. But there’s another factor not discussed that might be the biggest difference of all.

The two candidates are from two different generations. People’s belief system, their vision for the future and their skill set for living life are set during their formative years. And the technology in place during that time plays an important part in how they see the world and how they solve problems.

I believe we need to start putting people in office who have grown up with the latest technology in place during their formative years. It’s time for the younger generation to lead. It’s time for Joe Forkner for Mayor.

Lee Woods



Fred Butler will strengthen environment, quality of life

We are supporting Fred Butler for Mayor because for over 14 years, Fred has been a personable and energetic leader in Issaquah, ensuring that our growth and economic vitality support the quality of life in Issaquah we all value — natural beauty, clean water and air, recreational and wildlife opportunities, and sustainable environmental practices. These are the qualities of Issaquah that bring new citizens here and inspire us all to stay.

Issaquah is not an island and the environmental practices and sustainability of neighboring communities and regional governments have a strong impact on us. Fred has been a leader in regional collaboration and solutions, and has demonstrated the ability to establish cooperative relationships with key decision makers all around our region. The result has been endorsements from many regional groups and individuals, including the Washington Conservation Voters, Cascade Bicycle Club, Transit workers, King County Executive and 6 County Council members, and the mayors of Redmond and Kirkland.

From volunteering at Salmon Days to being a key advocate for regional transportation improvements and key member of the Sound Transit Board, Fred has shown the ability to listen to others, grasp the most complicated issues, and champion strategies and decisions that serve Issaquah both now and in the future. Fred’s leadership will contribute to a future that enables future citizens to experience the best qualities of Issaquah.

In addition to experience, expertise, and broad based support, Fred has a friendly, positive and trustworthy approach to public service that allows anyone to feel comfortable sharing their ideas and opinions. He is always out and about in our community with a recognizable smile and laugh, so he knows what is happening and is very approachable.

Vote for Fred!

Marilyn and LeRoy LaCelle



School board race

Lisa Callan has student learning as top priority

This November voters have a clear choice between two very different candidates for the Issaquah School Board. As a proponent of public education, I am voting for Lisa Callan.

Lisa comes from a long line of public educators, and holds a strong commitment to every single student in our community. Lisa has an open and collaborative approach, and she is pragmatic about the challenges we face.

Lisa believes that the community must work together with its teachers and parents to foster a school environment where each student can thrive. She is committed to efforts that will close the achievement gap in ways that can be accessible and provided equally to all students.

Lisa’s opponent, Alison Meryweather, has spent many years championing charter schools, an agenda that potentially jeopardizes districts’ financial stability, serves just a sliver of the student population, and is deeply divisive.

Especially concerning is Alison Meryweather’s affiliation with Stand for Children given the organization’s push for vouchers and charter schools, and its anti-teacher rhetoric. Does she represent Stand for Children or our children here in Issaquah?

As we face the implementation of the Common Core standards, and look ahead to next year’s contract negotiations with our teachers, we must have a school board that is focused on our students, our teachers, and our district’s financial health, not on furthering divisive agendas.

The choice is clear. Elect Lisa Callan to the Issaquah School Board.

Tiffany Smith-Fleischman



Alison Meryweather for fiscal responsibility

Alison Meryweather is the qualified candidate for election to be retained as a Director on the Issaquah School Board.

Alison’s sense of personal responsibility for the wise and accountable use of ‘other peoples’ tax dollars invested in our community schools is exceptional. Such an ethic of fiscal responsibility is essential to assure public trust in the Issaquah School District’s transparent management of almost $280 million in education funding.

In my decade of public service to our community in the state legislature; Alison’s character and capacity as an engaged parent and thoughtful educational advocacy leader distinctly stood out as the legislature struggled through complex education reforms and adequate funding issues. Her direct involvement was a compelling example to others and had a significant influence on the successful enactment of those reforms and the consequent state Supreme Court decision to mandate full funding by the legislature.

As a state representative I knew how easy it is for public money to get ‘redirected’ away from our core expectations of student academic achievement, fair compensation for teachers and investing in transportation and facilities infrastructure. Alison’s strong sense of detail will assure taxpayers that every dollar makes a real difference.

I encourage you to consider voting to retain Alison Meryweather for our Issaquah School Board to assure every education dollar is well spent on smart investments in student achievement.

Glenn Anderson


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2 Responses to “To the Editor”

  1. Ava on October 30th, 2013 11:50 am

    I enjoyed reading Tiffany’s letter. Again.

  2. Sally Montgomery on October 31st, 2013 6:32 pm

    Lisa Callan would represent all students and all staffs in this district. She is pro public schools, is innovative, brings groups together, is kind and above all, she has a solid understanding of public schools for ALL students. I find Lisa Callan to be a stellar person and would be a great new member of our district’s BOARD of DIRECTORS.
    Sally Montgomery.

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