To the Editor

November 26, 2013

By Contributor

Speed limits

Newport Way needs to be reduced to 30 mph, before a child is hurt or killed

I have attempted to coerce city management to reduce the speed limit on Newport Way from 40 mph to 30 mph, from its top-of-the-hill intersection to state Route 900. Nowhere else is Newport Way posted 40 mph.

The speed limit of 30 mph is dictated by the “sight distances,” “the school bus stops” and the “school children crossings.”

When we came here (we live on Cougar Hill above Bentley House) the speed limit was 50 mph. After more than 30 deer had been killed, City Hall reduced the limit to 40 mph.

We used to see deer frequently. Now, perhaps one or two per year. This year, two deer were killed, one at the Summer Hill illuminated crossing. (This is where the pair of dogs was killed by a Billy Vukovitch type of guy going 50 mph to 60 mph.)

If one is going only 10 mph above the posted speed limit, the police won’t stop you; the other doe was killed at “Legacy Landscaping.”

City Hall won’t reduce the speed limit until a school child is hit, maimed or killed. I have observed nearly all vehicle operators passing stopped school buses and not even slowing. This is at Sammamish Pointe on Newport Way.

Jack Rowley




Maybe Issaquah should follow Wenatchee’s lead

The Wenatchee City Council voted 4-3 on Oct. 24 to not open the city to pot-related businesses, in compliance with federal law against drugs. With the reports of some pot-related driving deaths, they may be subjected to driving death lawsuits.

It is suggested that the Issaquah City Council review the Wenatchee decision and address it in their pending decision. How can people that swore to uphold the laws of the U.S.A. turn around and vote to break federal laws?

Ken Sessler



City should just say no, to pot stores

Our mayor and City Council will soon be deciding if, where and how many pot stores to allow in the city of Issaquah.

I would like to suggest — no, let me rephrase that — I would like to challenge the mayor and City Council to do two things:

1) Hold some well-publicized town hall meetings on this subject specifically, and,

2) Grow a spine, stand up on their hind legs and conjure up the courage to abide by federal law and say “No!” to pot stores.

If the Yakima Nation has the guts do it, surely, so can we.

Mike Harrington



Thank you

Life Enrichment Options luncheon was a success

Life Enrichment Options would like to express our heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended our recent fundraising luncheon, “It’s About the Journey,” and to those who sent donations to support our work of providing a quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities.

Your support creates true inspiration for us in working toward making dreams come true for these unique and special people who play such a vital role in the fabric of our community.

Our sincere thanks go out to our sponsors and our raffle prize donors for their generous contributions, allowing our organization to raise more than $88,000 toward our plans for a third adult family home for people with disabilities, to be located in the Snoqualmie Valley.

Special acknowledgement must be given to Leo and Rose Finnegan, John Curley, Sue Vigal, Howard McOmber, and the members of the Issaquah Parks & Recreation chorus class for a heartwarming and poignant presentation.

The nest egg to build our fourth adult family home, which will make dreams of independent living come true for five more young adults, is well on its way because of the generosity of our donors.

On behalf of the board of directors of Life Enrichment Options, thank you so very much!

Nancy Whitaker, president

Board of Directors Life Enrichment Options


Plastic bags

It may be inconvenient, but we need to save the planet

For those of you thinking about voting to overturn Issaquah’s plastic bag ban, I submit this quote from the Center for Biological Diversity…

“Billions of pounds of plastic are found in giant, swirling ocean convergences around the world, including the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, twice the size of Texas. In the Los Angeles area alone, 20 tons of plastic fragments — like from grocery bags, straws and soda bottles — are carried into the Pacific Ocean each day.”

“Every year, bits of discarded plastic kill thousands of seabirds, sea turtles, seals and other marine mammals,” said Emily Jeffers, a Center oceans attorney. “Some choke on plastic, and others are poisoned by it. Still more find themselves swimming through vast patches of toxic litter. It’s an international tragedy that needs to be addressed.”

By banning plastic bags in our city, we are taking one small step to address this. It may make life a little bit less convenient, but we have to be willing to take on a little inconvenience to save the planet — it will be a whole lot more inconvenient to run out of clean water. If it were up to me, we’d be banning plastic bottles, too, so start thinking about that one!

Kristina Gravette



Klahanie annexation

Let a snowplow, or lack of one, lead the way

On the subject of the Klahanie Proposed Annexation Area potential annexation to the city of Issaquah, a recent article in The Seattle Times should offer some fodder to aid in the decision-making process. King County announced that, due to budget constraints, it would not be able to provide snowplowing services to unincorporated county areas this year.

While I realize that the county must make such decisions based on its perceived priorities, I strongly suspect that the taxes we pay to the county will not be reduced to reflect the reduction in providing services.

The provision of such services was considered in the Nesbitt Study on which Issaquah relied to make its decision to offer annexation to the area’s residents. Bottom line: This is one example of why annexation to the city of Issaquah would clearly benefit the citizens of the Klahanie area.

Dick L’Heureux




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