To the Editor

July 22, 2014

By Contributor

Editorial cartoon

About your Do Nothing GOP cartoon

Great cartoon in the July 9 edition. If we can just get rid of, and shut up, the obstructionist GOP, we could have a great one-party progressive country, where everyone is equal, and everyone thinks the way we are told to think by our great progressive leaders. Just one suggestion, maybe you should not make the father in the cartoon appear so stupid.

Greg Larson

Issaquah

Thank you

Random strangers help   after man has heart attack

On Saturday, July 10, far down a Duthie Hill Park bike trail, my uncle suffered a massive heart attack. Only with the help of numerous compassionate people was his exact location determined, and medics able to rush him to the hospital.

As if the kindness of those who found him wasn’t enough evidence of how tremendously good-hearted people can be in the face of crisis, what happened afterward, as I went to determine what might have happened to my uncle’s bike, certainly solidified my belief that some truly amazing people can be found in the Sammamish highlands.

First, a big thank you goes to a biker known only as Tim, who without hesitation, offered to ride back into the park and help us look for the bike and then took it upon himself to drive to a nearby grocery store (where he thought he might have seen the bike earlier) to talk to the store manager and got the manager to agree to offer up any security video should it be needed.

A second big thank you goes to helpful citizen No. 2, with whom I shared my uncle’s story with and who sympathetically offered to assist in the search as well. He would later spread the word and share the story with another compassionate biker named Joey.

Joey contacted me, offering advice on finding the bike, and later he also took it upon himself to go to the same grocery store as Tim to also discuss the missing bike with the store manager as well.

Three random strangers (plus several others) offered acts of kindness that are not often seen or shared about enough. If you heroes happen to be reading this, please know that I have been “paying it forward” ever since!

Gianni Soriano

Renton

 

Marijuana

It’s the council’s job to follow the law

Thanks to Ken Sessler for putting my name in the paper again (sad face).

Ken — get your facts straight before you claim to know how cannabis usage will affect road incidents — nearly 1/3 of all traffic deaths are due to alcohol, the number of deaths due to pot alone is incredibly less (ask your federal government friends to point out that study to you).

As to the real issue involved: The majority of Washingtonians voted for legalizing pot, and it’s the job of our representatives on the council to follow the law. If there is a question on the law — that’s the purview of the attorney general and the DOJ, not a “morality” question by members of our council.

Bryan Weinstein

Issaquah

 

Traffic

Left-turn flashing lights are helpful

I want to thank the city of Issaquah, for getting the left-turn flashing lights incorporated.

Now they just need to get the few that are lacking the left-turn flashing lights to have them incorporated.

If all the lights were put on the demand cycle, as they are on the weekends, the flashing lights would not be too necessary.

Ken Sessler

Issaquah

 

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