To the Editor

June 10, 2014

By Contributor

Lost dog

Thanks to all who helped Kiki get home

On June 1, our dachshund Kiki bolted from a friend’s house. We spent the day searching for her near Inglewood Hill. By 10 p.m., we were in despair — would she know to stay off the street, avoid predators, find food and water? We live in Issaquah, so it seemed Kiki’s chances of returning, or even surviving the night, were low.

We spent Monday putting up flyers, but failed to find her. Neighbors encouraged us, took flyers and said they’d help.

On Tuesday, my wife widened her search and distributed more flyers. People posted flyers in shop windows, and on bulletin boards/social networks. We were deeply touched by their friendly community spirit.

That afternoon, someone saw Kiki. She had survived two nights and was on the move! Soon, a lady reported she and her son chased a surprisingly fast dog. They drove me to where they lost her, but we searched until 10:30 to no avail.

Early Wednesday, we drove back to that field. Kiki dashed from under a tree. I sprinted after her, but she was faster. I began to panic, but eventually cornered her. She was dirty and terrified, but at last lowered her head and whimpered. I knew she remembered who she was.

The best thing about losing a dog is telling everyone you found it again. Other than raw paws and a slight fever, she was OK. As we took down flyers, people who knew she was lost rejoiced with us. Though Kiki had her license and a chip, it was our friends and neighbors who helped the most. I would love to know the names of the lady and her son who chased Kiki that day to thank them.

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone in Sammamish and Issaquah for helping bring Kiki home.

Barnabas Kendall



Farmers market

Costco needs to ease up  on parking restrictions

This morning, I tried to visit the Issaquah Farmers Market … but did not succeed.

It turns out the nearest parking is about a mile away. There were acres of empty spaces reserved for the Costco office complex close to the market. Yet not only were they blocked off, but Costco actually had guards to make sure someone did not find their way in.

Costco, that is mean-spirited! Even Wal-Mart, of all people, shows a more kind-hearted policy when they let RVers park free in their parking lots.

A lot of us, myself included, are Costco members. We would truly like to see an organization with a more enlightened attitude.

Vyto Babrauskas




City officials voting for pot are breaking their oath of office

A majority (5-2) of the Issaquah City Council voted for marijuana. Please note that they “all” took an oath to “support and maintain the Constitution of the state of Washington and for the United States of America.”

Since federal law pre-empts state law and pot is illegal in the eyes of the federal government, the five members that voted yes for pot broke their oath of office. They appear to view laws the same as President Obama, only support some laws and disregard those they do not agree with.

Folks, two council members, Nina Milligan and Eileen Barber voted no, keeping faith with their oath of office in my eyes. Too bad five of the other council members, using “weasel-worded” excuses, yielded to pot industry pressure. Also a number of other Washington cities, sided with two of our council members, to keep pot out of their cities.

Ken Sessler



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2 Responses to “To the Editor”

  1. Doug on June 12th, 2014 10:31 am

    Ken, I usually agree with you but you are way off base on this one. It is the federal government that broke it’s oath to uphold the Constitution. Kindly point out in either Constitution where it is written that gives the federal government the right to ban any substance.

  2. Gail Givan on June 14th, 2014 3:29 pm

    Mr. Sessler,

    The Constitution of the United States does not forbid the use of cannabis. The fact that the federal government maintains that it is illegal does not change that. Our City Council members are representing their constituents in the City of Issaquah. If they wanted to represent the federal government, they would probably move to the other Washington, where they could work to change the federal law.

    What are “weasel-worded” excuses, by the way?

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