To the Editor
March 18, 2014
Thanks for upholding the ban
Thank you, Issaquah, for upholding the bag ban. It was the right time and the right thing to do.
It may be an extremely small step in the overall scheme of being responsible for our surroundings, but hopefully other smaller communities from around the area and the country will follow our lead, step up and move forward as we have.
The recent growth is a ‘jaw dropper’
Recently, my wife and her friend, a longtime Issaquah resident, had dinner in the Issaquah Highlands. My wife’s friend had not visited the highlands for some time, and her spontaneous response was, “Wow, this is a jaw dropper!”
I could not agree more — several appealing new restaurants, a YWCA Family Village, well-used mass transit park & ride, a movie theater, grocery store, a wide range of retailers, discount gas, a full-service hospital, additional medical services and more to come. Mayor Fred Butler shared in his State of the City report that Bellevue College will build a campus in Issaquah Highlands and Swedish/Issaquah will extend its hospital campus to include additional medical offices.
As a resident of Sammamish, I am proud to be Issaquah’s neighbor. My wife and I visit the highlands often and enjoy our close proximity to its array of new amenities and services. We extend to Issaquah, its current and past City Council leaders, business partners and residents our hearty congratulation on your careful attention to planned growth, protection of the environment and sustainable living in a lovely residential setting. Your thoughtful approach to development is a reflection of strong leadership. Thanks, neighbors!
What are the annexation benefits for taxpayers?
The March 12 story in The Press did not present any positives for Issaquah taxpayers, should the city annex the state park.
It would appear that Issaquah taxpayers could be “paying” for some unknown features, could be what the state is looking to gain with its request for the city to annex.
Suspect Issaquah taxpayers would still be required to pay a fee to visit the annexed park.
So, what are benefits to Issaquah taxpayers associated with the state-requested annexation?