To the Editor

May 13, 2014

By Contributor

Flooding concerns

Make your opinion heard about Gilman development

How many of you who witnessed the 2009 (and 1996 and 1990) flooding around Lombardi’s thought that the best solution for that site would be to add three five-story buildings, 400 automobiles and 600 residents? And with no requirement to do anything to keep the site from flooding again?

Well, that is exactly what your Issaquah Development Commission and City Council are about ready to approve at the behest of a developer who would like to get this project started as soon as possible. A developer who at a March 16 meeting said, with a perfectly straight face, that those 400 cars will actually “improve” traffic on Gilman Boulevard — a statement that elicited not a single guffaw or challenge from your development commissioners.

If any of this surprises or concerns you, I recommend you share your concerns by phone or email with the city of Issaquah. This could be the last opportunity for any public input.

If, on the other hand, you share their “vision” for Issaquah that 600-plus residents being potentially trapped or shut out of their apartments by floodwater is a goal worth achieving, then please let them know. They will need volunteers when the water rises.

The flood-prone site at Seventh and Gilman definitely needs improving but if this project goes ahead as currently planned, it virtually assures that that will never happen.

Blake Flood

Issaquah

 

Minimum wage

There are other options for people to earn more

There is local and national talk to adjust the minimum wage that businesses must pay. This appears just a way for politicians to garner votes — there are many more voting people wanting more, without working to earn more. This will increase the cost of doing business in Issaquah and cause the loss of jobs and failed businesses.

The U.S. Constitution does not control what each company must pay employees. When government controls the wages, then this country will become like Cuba. It seems that this is a socialistic trend, which is detrimental to the American free enterprise system.

If a person wants to earn more, then (1) get an education (2) work 120 percent and earn advancement in your current job (3) change jobs.

Ken Sessler

Issaquah

 

Issaquah changes

A poem about our city

Now and again, around this time of year,

we’re told “get involved — make some changes around here.”

Be a part of the plan, solve a problem or two.

But the deck is one-sided and the odds against you.

 

Rules exist where we have no choice

but council, commission and boards have voice,

to approve and allow plans with their knee;

for residents, gulp, read on and see…

 

Move to Issaquah, live in a home?

No trees for you — only ferns, moss and stone.

They block a view, take up the land —

we need instead a tall lemonade stand.

Cut them down, does it matter how many?

Let’s build walls, and plenty!

 

Condos, apartments, townhomes with a flair

build them now, we have no time to spare!

Or attached to a fantastic view

there are homes to be built, we have too few!

 

Tall neighborhoods, gigantic spaces

sad that there are no resting places.

A park bench is all that is near

and hear building noises all times of the year.

 

Who represents us and our Issaquah dream?

It vanished in a bucket of steam.

Our town moves ahead on a short-sighted track

we can’t ride some old trolley to get back

to a time and a place that we all thought was here

things keep on changing, and now, yes, I fear

we’ve reached the point where all our dreams are in danger.

 

Choose carefully friends, think of the plan;

does our city reflect where you stand?

Do plans for the future change with a whim,

why does it seem we cannot win?

 

Our town is a jewel that we’re happy to share,

but please, government, for once, won’t you hear us instead?

Bryan Weinstein

Issaquah

 

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