To the Editor

January 7, 2014

By Contributor


Change to the online system isn’t such a welcome one

Well, folks, the King County Library System program writers could not leave well enough alone and had to do a drastic change to the online operation.

I do not find the new online process very acceptable. Hope others have better success with it than I have so far.

They also dropped the feature that showed which titles had been checked out previously by a KCLS user. I have checked out more than 8,000 titles and cannot remember all the titles — now the KCLS will not help me in this regard.

I have read all the Western stories and have started through them again, some I recall and some I don’t recall, as just had my 85th birthday, ha ha.

Ken Sessler



Vote for annexation into Issaquah

I would like to remind my neighbors on the plateau that there will be an important election Feb. 11.

This election is about the annexation of the area known as the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area into the city of Issaquah.

A vote of “yes” on the measure promises to bring lower property taxes to the area and will provide the plateau with many badly needed services not provided by King County.

A vote of “no” will keep the area in unincorporated King County, and things will remain the same, essentially “taxation without representation.”

I should warn you that a few days before the vote you can expect to see a flood of misinformation about this election; those against will try to cast doubt about the annexation. Don’t listen to them; study the issues and then decide for yourself.

I’ve lived on the plateau for more than 25 years. I like Issaquah and want it to be my city. Issaquah has many desirable features for a city — stores, restaurants, theaters, a modern hospital, a post office, parks and much more.

I will vote “yes” on the annexation and I urge you to do the same.

Butch DeVun



Village Theatre

Support your local theater and the businesses that do so

I grew up in the New York City area. From the 1950s to the 1990s I attended numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. I moved to Issaquah in 1978, but went to meetings in NYC for more than 20 years. Since Village Theatre in Issaquah started its performances, I have attended many of their productions, in the old theater on Front Street and the new one.

We recently attended Les Miserables, which I had never seen. What a wonderful experience. The singers were magnificent, the sets spectacular and the orchestra over-the-top good. The theater’s KIDSTAGE and new show programs have produced great talent and shows. Recently, two Village Theatre “originals” moved to Broadway, where they garnered multiple TONY Awards.

The Village Theatre has many corporate sponsors, such as Microsoft and Boeing, that most of us patronize. We should be thanking them for their support. More importantly, many local businesses also provide support. My favorite is Pogacha, a restaurant on Gilman Boulevard. We dine there several times a month and never had a bad meal. Their servers are top-notch. The food is even better.

Management of the eatery stepped in this year to be a supporter of Village Theatre. Go to a play, get a discount on a meal. What a chance to be entertained and well-fed. You can thank Steve King and company in person every day of the week by having lunch, brunch (weekends) or dinner. Talk to Steve or Lisa or Sarah about Pogacha’s support of Village Theatre.

Jim Harris




Maybe people should just stay where they are

People unhappy with the ambiance surrounding their abode, namely the noise, the congestion, the trash, the crime and the traffic decide to shove off.

They pack their bags and boxes and move to “the country.”

Just after their arrival in the country, they demand police and fire protection.

Then, they want all wildlife (coyotes, bobcats, cougars, raccoons, Canada geese, rabbits, squirrels, bats, crows, pigeons, etc.) removed, eliminated, destroyed.

Then, when they have turned “the country” into a clone of the region they abandoned, they once again pack their bags and boxes and move to the country.

What should these people do? They should move back, back to the area that needs no “improvement.” Back to from whence they came.

Jack Rowley


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