To the Editor

December 24, 2013

Photo headline

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.

Margo Campbell


Plastic bags

Change your mind and think outside the bag

I was amazed when I read two letters in the Nov. 20 issue about the bag ban. Did Ms. Cardozo and Mr. Sessler even read what they wrote?

Ms. Cardozo explained the absolute need for produce bags to carry a variety of things. I don’t know where she gets her sushi, but mine comes in a hard-shell container, which is recyclable. Meat & chicken? Rarely do I see a package leaking, and only then would I add more plastic. Ice cream? It won’t melt in her 15 minutes’ drive home! Produce? Very little actually needs a plastic bag.

No one she has spoken with thinks the ban is a good idea? Perhaps she’s talking to the wrong folks. Then, she “tosses five or more” of these produce bags. She should know that Waste Management says produce bags are code 4 recyclable! So, yes, she saves nothing; what a shame.

Mr. Sessler stated he has witnessed people carrying and dropping things on their way to the car, spending “minutes” just to escape the bag fee? Maybe these folks are environmentally conscious but clumsy. I’ve carried unbagged items to my car for years, even dropped a few. I’ve even made a clerk remove items from a bag because it’s the right thing to do. If I’m absent-minded enough to leave my bags in the car — wow, what a burden it is to retrieve them!

These are not reasons for wasting plastic! Perhaps a frame of mind change is in order — think outside the bag. The bag ban was the right thing to do, and I hope my fellow Issaquahnians make the right choice and keep our town moving forward. Oh, and by the way, I can’t vote either as a county resident.

Geoff Carson




Vote yes to annexation by Issaquah

Efforts by Sammamish to encourage opposition to annexation by Issaquah are not in our best interest.

Sammamish cannot serve us better than King County does now. They just want our tax revenue! Sammamish has little commercial tax revenue, placing much of the city’s costs on its residents.

Plus, annexation by Sammamish is not a default option if you vote no on annexation to Issaquah. State annexation laws are such that a no vote will just leave us in King County, where we will continue to be obligated for King County debt, rather than Issaquah debt. City/county debt is not an issue in this election! Vote no and our tax dollars will continue to be spent in Seattle and other parts of King County.

Annexation by Issaquah, according to neutral, third-party analysis, will save taxpayers over $850/year in property tax on a $500,000 home. Our tax dollars will stay in our community and be managed locally where we can have a greater say in how that money is spent.

Issaquah was incorporated in 1892 and has a well-established government and police department. We will receive better police protection, and road and park maintenance. Eastside Fire & Rescue will serve us as they always have, while our utilities, including Sammamish water will stay the same. Our addresses have always been Issaquah addresses. We have been part of the Issaquah community for decades. It’s about time we become official residents of Issaquah.

Understand the facts and consequences. Support annexation by Issaquah. They have done due diligence to make sure they can take good care of us. They want to serve our needs and for less cost to us than King County or Sammamish. Let’s vote yes to be part of Issaquah for all the right reasons, because all the reasons are right!

Korina Sullivan


Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

December 24, 2013

In 1897, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon was asked by his then 8-year-old daughter Virginia whether Santa Claus really existed. O’Hanlon suggested she write to The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper at the time.

Virginia’s letter, reprinted here, became the introduction to an editorial in The Sun. Merry Christmas, one and all!

Dear Editor,

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O’Hanlon

115 W. Ninety-Fifth St.


VEditorialSantaArt 20131200 copyIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Read more

Landfill gas flow resumes after pipeline is repaired

December 24, 2013

Although an investigation into a gas pipeline break at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill south of Issaquah remains under investigation, repairs, inspections and pressure testing have been completed.

The pipeline is once again sending collected gas from decomposing garbage to an energy conversion plant, according to a news release from King County.

The break in a pipe that delivers the gas to a plant that cleans and sends the scrubbed gas to a nearby natural gas pipeline was discovered Dec. 7.

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Videographer promotes Washington state parks

December 24, 2013

DiscoverWashington 2013100 copyThe Eric Jensen family purchased a 27-foot travel trailer in 2006, and joined a couple of associations of parks catering to RVers, only to discover they wanted something more.

Jensen said the associations didn’t have the best properties for the outings.

“We decided we wanted the kids to have some great experiences with camping,” the Issaquah resident said. “This was real important to us.”

They started looking for other places to set up on their ventures out of Issaquah.

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Enjoy the biggest, freshest selection at Aji Sushi & Grill

December 24, 2013

The Bento Box (above) at Aji Sushi & Grill is a great lunch deal at only $9.95. The Double A roll (right), like the other sushi rolls at Aji, is a delicious work of art.  Photo by Kathleen R. Merrill.

The Bento Box (above) at Aji Sushi & Grill is a great lunch deal at only $9.95. The Double A roll (right), like the other sushi rolls at Aji, is a delicious work of art. Photo by Kathleen R. Merrill.

The spoiling of the customer at Aji Sushi & Grill in the Issaquah Highlands starts with the warm hand cloths brought to your table when you first arrive. It continues with impeccable service.

The restaurant has not only sushi but also numerous Korean dishes.

One way to judge a sushi place is by its California roll, one of the most popular menu items for people who love sushi, and for people who don’t. The California roll at Aji is beautifully made. You get eight large pieces for $4.95 and the blend of ingredients is perfect.

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Police & Fire

December 24, 2013

Minor in possession

Between 8:40 and 9:08 p.m. Dec. 13, police responded to a report of two teens in a car parked in the 1700 block of 211th Avenue Southeast. The caller said the windows were tinted, but they could see the flickering of a light inside the car. When an officer arrived, he found the teens and noticed the smell of marijuana. The male and female produced a grinder with marijuana residue in it. The teens locked the vehicle and walked to one of their houses. The officer took the grinder for evidence.


Missing tablet

A man came to the Sammamish Police offices to report a missing tablet computer. On Dec. 4, he was witness to a suicide at his residence. Between then and Dec. 10, his tablet went missing. He was told his apartment manager had someone come in to clean the apartment. The cleaners were the only people with access to the apartment for a span of three days. The apartment manager suggested the man file a police report about the computer, worth an estimated $525.



Someone threw about six eggs at a home in the 19300 block of Southeast 21st Street overnight Dec. 7. The homeowner reported hearing a thumping noise at about 11:30 p.m., but did not go to investigate. She said her house, and her daughter’s friend’s house, had also been egged over the Thanksgiving holiday. Another home, in the 27100 block off Southeast 27th Street, was egged at about the same time.

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Skyline cheerleader selected to perform in London parade

December 24, 2013

Kailin Patterson

Kailin Patterson

While many Americans will tune into the famous Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1, Skyline High School senior Kailin Patterson will be on the other side of the globe, performing in a similar event.

Patterson is one of more than 500 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country chosen to perform in the London New Year’s Day Parade. She was selected as an All-American during a summer camp hosted by the Universal Cheerleaders Association.

The cheerleaders who are traveling to London represent the top 12 percent of participants in Varsity, a national organizational body for cheer and dance teams. UCA is one of Varsity’s five divisions.

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Yvonne Marie Allen

December 24, 2013

Yvonne Allen

Yvonne Allen

Yvonne Marie Allen, a lifelong resident of Issaquah, died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Stuart Allen; mother Arlene Durand; brother Dean Durand; her six children, Corey, Sabrina, Desiree, Brett, Deann and Shawn; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Yvonne enjoyed camping and reading, and was an avid bowler. You could often find Yvonne sitting on her deck, watching hummingbirds. She was a sports enthusiast and could be heard above the crowd.

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Dorothy Jankowski

December 24, 2013

Dorothy Jankowski

Dorothy Jankowski

Dorothy (Dotty) A. Jankowski passed away Dec. 11, 2013.

Dotty was born in Philadelphia on June 11, 1929. She grew up in Philadelphia and spent summers in Cape May, N.J.

She is preceded in death by her son Joseph H. Brewton.

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December 24, 2013

Gordon Wilhelm and Emily Dike

Gordon Wilhelm and Emily Dike

Emily Dike and Gordon Wilhelm, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., recently announced their engagement to be married March 2014 in New York City.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Bruce and Bonnie Dike, of Issaquah, and holds a double diploma in international business management from Universite Blaise-Pascal in France and Missouri State University. She works with Deloitte Tax’s Global Employer Service Practice in New York City.

The groom-to-be is the son of Wes and Anne Wilhelm, of Hilton Head Island, S.C. He received his bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn., and earned his Master’s Degree in architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, Ga. He is an architect for a private international firm in New York City.


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