To the Editor

July 15, 2014

By Contributor

Heritage Day

Thanks to everyone who made it a success

The Issaquah History Museums was gratified by the wonderful community participation and volunteer support in abundant evidence at our 2014 Heritage Day celebration held in conjunction with the Down Home 4th of July in downtown Issaquah.

We had approximate 250 children and their families join in our hand-on history activities at the Train Depot Museum and in Depot Park. This would not have been possible without the substantial help of Molly Brackett, Monita Horn, Tom Anderson, Sylvia Hermanson, Don Robertson, Nasseer Slim, Jasmine Shaaban Slim, Nasseer and Jasmine’s cousin, Bill Bergsma, Dale McCormick, Matt Robins, Jean Garrision, Anya Lvova, Marilyn Batura, Marilyn Boyden, Jean Cerar, Barb deMichele, Pauline Harris, Barb Lein, Stan Matsui, Barb Hinds, Rowan Hinds, Eric Martin, Chuck Cerar, Ed Seil and David Sosby.

IHM’s staff and board salute these cultural caretakers for helping pass on knowledge of our shared past. Thank you also to all the people who attended. We’re looking forward to next year!

Lissa Kramer, programs coordinator

Issaquah History Museums



People need to stop blocking intersections

We’re new in town; came from Georgia and California before that. Driven a lot in both places, and have a lot of opinions about driving in both places, but driving in Issaquah? Whoowee! You guys need an anti-gridlock law in the state.

Can somebody please get a video camera around Front Street and Interstate 90 on any given afternoon? Really, what is wrong with you people? You know that if you enter into that intersection when traffic is stopped and there is no room for you on the other side, you are going to block the intersection.

The whole intersection. Not just the folks behind you, but the people to your left and right who are trying to get through when the light turns green. In California and Georgia, if you pull that kind of nonsense a law officer can give you a ticket — a serious ticket!

I don’t know where you are going that you can’t wait another three minutes for the next light change, but (a) you need to leave a bit earlier and (b) you aren’t going anywhere because some dweeb in the intersection up ahead just did the same thing, so nobody’s moving anyway.

I watch them do it all the time and I think an Issaquah Police Department officer should park his or her motorcycle at those few intersections and just write tickets all day. The doggone Snoqualmie Casino bus locked up the intersection for two light changes just the other day.

I don’t suppose it’ll do any good, but I’d like to ask nicely, if there’s not enough room for you on the far side of the intersection, can you just wait? And to the police in the city of Issaquah, isn’t obstructing traffic a ticketable offense? It seems like it should be.

Mike Chamberlain




Pot is harmful, and illegal under federal law

In the June 18 Press, Wes Howard-Brook, Bryan Weinstein and Gail Givan wrote letters/Web comments addressing pot usage.

Two said they would vote against City Councilwomen Nina Milligan and Eileen Barber, because they voted against pot in Issaquah, i.e. these members believed they complied with federal law. I believe federal law takes precedence over state law, and the current federal administration is looking the other way, like watching our borders.

The other one said that the Constitution does not ban pot, which makes it OK, even if pot is illegal under federal law. Note, using the same hokey rationale, the Constitution does not ban murder or rape either. She wanted “weasel words”: (1) pot was “legal and appropriate” (2) pot “less harmful than alcohol” (3) “bring something into the light you can control it and educate,” i.e. again, murder and rape are in the light nearly ever day and where is the control?

I wonder if the pot voters will (1) keep track of the loss of life in traffic accidents and (2) keep track of teen usage leading to dropout and reduced I.Q., due to pot usage.

A number of other cities in the state have banned pot, i.e. Liberty Lake, Marysville, Yakima and Wenatchee. The Washington State Attorney General has stated that cities can ban pot!

Folks, for the record, I have received a number of pats on the back for my anti-pot letter in The Issaquah Press.

Ken Sessler



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One Response to “To the Editor”

  1. Gail Givan on July 21st, 2014 10:03 pm

    In response to Mr. Sessler’s latest comments on marijuana and the law:

    First, I would like to point out again that the Constitution and Federal Law are two separate entities and I will reiterate that the Constitution does not forbid the use of cannabis.

    “Pot voters” need not track the loss of life in traffic accidents. The police will do that and laws are in place to punish offenders who use pot and drive, the same as for alcohol.

    Nobody voted to make pot legal for teens. Law enforcement officers are responsible for preventing that too.

    The two drugs that kill the most people in this country are legal: cigarettes and alcohol. Perhaps you could try to revive a Prohibition movement to outlaw alcohol, since it is so dangerous. It didn’t go over very well the first time, but it was indeed an amendment to the Constitution for a brief time. However, people didn’t actually stop drinking. They just bought illegal alcohol.

    As far as “hokey rationale” goes, I must say that comparing rape and murder to using pot is ludicrous. Using pot is not a violent crime and pot users are known for being “laid back,” not angry (and looking for snacks). However, cases of rape, murder and brutal attacks have often occurred while the perpetrator is intoxicated with alcohol. I believe that we should free our police from arresting people for using a relatively harmless drug so that they can focus on the drunken rapists and murderers.

    Mr. Sessler, I too have received many positive remarks for my prior response to your anti-pot letter. The fact is, our state has passed a law to make pot legal, because there are more people in the state who want it to be legal than those who do not. (Similarly to our local bag ban.) You might be surprised at how many people from all walks of life support the legalization of pot. I am a responsible citizen, a homeowner, a mother of grown children, successful in my profession and have a clean driving record and a clean arrest record. I have never raped or murdered anyone and I support the legalization of marijuana.

    You may wish to have the last word on the subject. I probably will not respond again, because I don’t like to beat a dead horse, others may grow weary of it and in the end, we must agree to disagree.

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