To the Editor

June 3, 2014

By Contributor

Housing development

Buy houses that are for  sale before building more

So, 100-plus houses are going to be built next to Discovery Elementary School on 228th Street.

With the sudden clear-cutting of trees next to the park and ride, the surge in development is obvious. The destruction of trees should be the first concern. Trees improve our health, are part of history and support wildlife.

Another concern is road capacity. Drive on 228th at 7 a.m. or 5 p.m. to see the traffic backlog. The street is now supposed to absorb 100-plus additional families coming on and off the road as the two new developments are created? There has to be a point where the City Council, planning commission and citizens agree enough is enough.

Do our elected officials realize Skyline has upward of 2,000-plus students? Do they know all of the plateau elementary schools have students in portable classrooms? Is it fair to the school district to have to keep creating new schools for us?

As any educator will attest to, small class sizes and smaller schools create close-knit campus communities where students feel they matter. Just like our small roads and streets, our schools cannot keep up.

I understand we are a sought after community, but there are plenty of houses already for sale. I know homeowners have the right to sell to developers, but most of us want to limit our town’s size. There is nothing wrong with wanting to keep some of our trees and wildland and creating some type of moratorium on development. I get that money always has to come into the picture, but do we really want a crowded, overdeveloped town? The beauty of this area is the trees. Let’s not destroy them in the name of development.

Many people are concerned. Write a letter/email to your city officials if you feel the same.

Denise Steele Darnell

Sammamish

 

Driving

People need to consider others on the road

I have noticed a number of Issaquah drivers seem to believe that they are the only vehicles on the road.

(1) They either do not use their turn signal at all, or they turn it on “after” they start their turn. Folks, the signal is used to let the other drivers or bikers know the intention of the car driver before they take action. Start the signal at least four beeps before you turn, to allow others around you to plan accordingly.

(2) When your car is in line for a turn or to buy a fast food item, do not leave as much space between you and the car in front of you. Please remember some driver behind you may be sticking out in traffic.

Ken Sessler

Issaquah

 

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Comments

One Response to “To the Editor”

  1. bryan weinstein on June 10th, 2014 8:34 am

    regarding “Buy houses that are for sale before building more”, the problem is that by the time you start writing letters to council members, the issue has already been decided in favor of the developers. if you really want to change things up, you need to sit on the commissions that provide for the “vision” of issaquah, or on the council where they “approve” of these things. Good luck with that.

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