To the Editor
November 19, 2013
Plastic bag ban
I don’t think it’s a good idea, but I can’t vote on it
Once upon a time, I would go shopping and get one plastic bag with handles that I reused in my garden and other messy places. Now, I wind up with five tiny, thin, useless produce bags that are hardly large enough for a celery stick. I need one for the sushi, one for the meat, one for the ice cream, and probably two or three for the eight pack of chicken. Plus, of course, those for the produce.
And since they are small, thin and useless, I throw them out. One reusable bag with handles that I keep versus five or more that I toss. And this is saving the environment, how?
Also, I won’t be able to voice my opinion in the upcoming special election because I live 4 miles south of town. I do all of my shopping in Issaquah.
Where would I go otherwise? Bellevue, a 45-minute drive from my house? Covington, which isn’t any closer? Black Diamond, even further? Renton, which is not on my way to anything?
I drive 15 minutes to Issaquah, where I shop in a dozen or more places. So, tell me why my friends and I just over the border are disenfranchised on this matter?
Regardless of what city politicians say about how 60 percent of the people they talk to support the ban, not a single person I have spoken to about this thinks the bag ban is a good idea or is doing what it’s supposed to, namely cut down the number of bags being thrown away. They all agree that it is useless, added expense, added potential danger (how often do YOU wash those stained cloth bags) and, frankly, a royal pain.
Get out there and vote to repeal the ban, if you can
On Oct. 21, the Issaquah City Council approved the bag ban for a vote. Two of the council members said they voted for the ban because 60 percent of their inputs was for the ban. Folks, 60 percent could be just three inputs were for the ban, out of five inputs total. So, get out to vote and see if the 60 percent was valid.
Hurray for the efforts of Mr. Craig Keller. Now the voters will get a chance to show how well they liked the council ban!
I have seen people:
(1) hand carry out a few items, dropping some, to escape the paper bag fee,
(2) with the whole cart full or partly full of loose items, and spend minutes transferring the cart cargo to the car and then repeat the process when they unload at home, to escape the bag fee,
(3) struggle with the full 5-cent paper bags, which from time to time tear,
(4) struggle with their full self-provided bags,
(5) get to the store door, whoops, and return to their car to pick up their own bags.
The elderly do have the most difficulty without the small free bags, with handles. In addition, the checkout is slower due to the different size and kind of bags, making it hard for the checkers to do their jobs efficiently. With the plastic bag holders, the checkers could get into a groove.
Now that you have tasted the bag ban and do not like it, then vote yes, when the chance gets here.
The best thing about the last election was that Mr. Mullet was elected to the State Senate and thus left the Issaquah City Council. The senator stated in a Press article that he believed the public was instrumental in the process for creating the ban. Now, there will be a real public input to the process! He could be right, if the no votes surpass the number of yes votes. So, folks, get out there and vote yes to repeal!
You can vote for the food you want with your wallet
While most election results were positive and encouraging, I was personally dismayed at the deluge of dollars to defeat Initiative 522, which would have required the labeling of genetically modified foods. Sadly, the tactic was successful.
However, I can still “vote” with my feet and my wallet. From here on out, I plan to restrict my shopping to PCC and Whole Foods — bye bye, Safeway, QFC, Albertson’s. I hope that others of you will follow suit.
Does city code trump private property rights?
After a rather civil and respectful campaign for mayor, I realized it was time for me to take down the sign for my candidate that I had placed in my yard.
On a Saturday morning, I went outside and realized that someone had taken it upon himself/herself to trespass on my yard, trump my personal property rights and sense of security, and remove the sign on my yard. “Odd” I thought, until I began to drive around town and realized that every sign in my neighborhood, and the city, had been taken down.
I know that city code states that all signs should be removed after an election (up to seven days for a successful candidate) but I never thought that someone or some organization would interpret this as to do this for all of the citizens of Issaquah, and to go so far as to violate law in doing so.
I had planned on keeping the sign, but I guess that choice was not mine to make. I understand the motivation behind this action, but I hope this zealous interpretation of obscure code is not a sign of things to come in our city.
Thanks, businesses and people, for all of the support
A big thank you to the neighbors along Gilman Boulevard East that support (some would say tolerate) the Sunday car shows and the Saturday evening cruise-ins at the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In. This past season, there were 33 Sunday shows.
These neighbors all around the restaurant allow their parking lots to be used as the venue for the shows and for trailer parking. Additionally, the city of Issaquah and the Issaquah Police are due a big thank you, for without their support, the shows would not happen. We appreciate their support and tolerance.
This season’s about over. There is one more show, the “Jingle Bell Cruise/Toys for Tots,” on Dec. 1. Its purpose is to gather toys for those kids whose parents cannot afford to buy for them at Christmastime. We donate the toys to the Issaquah Food Bank for distribution.
The Sunset Hiway Cruisers Car Club provides support, coordination and security for all the shows each season, but could not and do not do it alone. Thanks again to all of you who supported and attended the shows. See you in 2014.