To the Editor
December 17, 2013
There are as many opinions as there are citizens
A recent letter faulted the paper for a cartoon characterizing the Tea Party unfavorably.
Perhaps those who support repealing the ban against plastic bags might take umbrage with the cartoon that ran alongside the complaint letter: The drawing was a statement against environmental pollution.
While I support the letter writer’s right to voice his opinion, it’s just one among a community of many.
I feel strongly that the Tea Party has gone from a grassroots organization of frustrated citizens to one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington, D.C., financed by billionaires like the Koch brothers. And as a result, I’m now among millions who feel like an unwilling pawn in a game over which I’ve little or no control.
Well, like it or not, this is the real world.
The Issaquah Press represents all factions of the community. And I figure it’s got an opinion as well.
I may not always be interested in what’s reported because it doesn’t appeal to my senior sensibilities. However, I know my turn will come. There’ll be articles with which I can relate, since my daughter’s been gone from the nest for more than a decade.
A small group was recently picketing near Fred Meyer. I found it highly offensive that along with their poster asking for signatures to impeach President Obama was a picture of him with a Hitler moustache. I was tempted to utter a few words as I drove by, but refrained.
We’re all entitled to our opinions, even the staff of The Issaquah Press.
Furthermore, I’m glad they’re not so provincial a newspaper as to never cover national and even world news from time to time.
We’re striving to raise children to be global citizens. We should teach them to be open-minded — a good lesson for all of us.
Thanks for looking out for all residents
Please pass along a thank you to the street sweepers on Tiger Mountain Road. The road looks so fresh and clean!
Also, to the road crews who de-iced the last few days, we appreciate their attention to us devoted Issaquah residents far afield.
Vote yes to keep our schools’ high quality
After reading that Movoto Real Estate named the city of Issaquah the top city in Washington, I couldn’t help but think that our schools are a big part of what makes Issaquah attractive.
I’ve been with the Issaquah School District for 20 years, as a speech/language pathologist and currently as the Issaquah Education Association president. I’ve worked in nine schools and now have the opportunity to visit all 25 schools when meeting with my members. This has given me a pretty good idea of what makes a great school and a great district.
First, it’s the people: educators, administrators and all the support staff working together to make the best learning environment possible. Second, our community strongly supports our schools and school personnel. Third, our students learn in buildings that are safe, healthy and modernized. Fourth, educators and students have the technology, curriculum, materials and supplies necessary to meet the high standards of our district.
The primary reason behind all these necessary elements of a great school and a great district is that our community passes our bonds and levies.
ISD will continue to hire quality teachers and support staff, maintain reasonable class sizes and provide curriculum for all learners because of the Renewal M&O Levy. ISD will be able to buy new school buses because of the Renewal School Bus Levy. ISD will be able to purchase new and repair older technology and offer professional development and online learning opportunities because of the Renewal Capital Levy.
We are able to do all this — even as the state Legislature fails to fully fund public education — because our community shows its support for public education by passing our bonds and levies. Please do so again on Feb. 5. Vote “yes” three times!
Phyllis Runyon, president
Issaquah Education Association
Community, volunteers make food bank event a success
The Issaquah Food Bank and many volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year to meet the needs of so many Issaquah families.
The executive director, Cori, and program coordinator, Rebecca, deserve an award for putting on an amazing display of holiday spirit at the Pickering Barn with another successful Caring and Sharing Program.
Thanks to the entire community for supporting this event and to all the volunteers who helped make this a huge success.
Car people, toys and charities
On the first Sunday of December for the past 12 years, the car club community has held it Jingle Bell Cruise/Toys for Tots event. It is held at the Triple XXX Drive-in from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is sponsored by the Sunset Hiway Cruisers and attended by some very generous people.
There have been articles and letters in this paper about the generosity of clubs and individuals during this time of year. And it is well deserved. Reaching out to those who, for whatever reasons, have trouble providing a happy holiday season for their children is certainly commendable.
I think it is therefore appropriate to recognize the car club community, those car hobbyists who build and show their restored or custom cars. Each and every car show (there were 33 shows in 2013) held at the Triple XXX Drive-in gives the profit from that show to charity. And the culmination of this charitable bent is the last show of the season, the Jingle Bell Cruise/Toys for Tots event.
The published entry fee for this event is a new gift for a child. But most attendees bring several gifts, and some donate money as well. This year, the total donations were more than $8,000 in cash and new presents. The Sunset Hiway Cruisers carried the toys to the Issaquah Food Bank and Issaquah Police Department for distribution. The cash donations went to LEO, the Life Enrichment Options charity.
Respect knows no gender, race or political party
The Issaquah Press photo headline, Republican respect, referring to Congressman Reichert’s visit to Issaquah Middle School was shocking.
I was taught, and as a teacher I taught children, that respect knows no gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and certainly no political party.
I trust that teachers and parents are reinforcing that basic life lesson, especially for those Issaquah Middle School students who eagerly looked for themselves in the front-page photo where the headline jumped out at them.
Any number of headlines could have captured the essence of the congressman’s visit without furthering the political divide that is crippling our country. Congressman Reichert, I trust, was not invited to Issaquah Middle School because of his political affiliation. That would be blatantly inappropriate in a public school. I again trust that the congressman was invited because he had a message that resonates with young people struggling to make appropriate choices.
I expect better from The Issaquah Press.