September 3, 2015
Stand up for your city and get involved in decisions
Like many citizens of Sammamish, I feel a great sadness driving through our town and watching the demolition of so many trees. Seeing the destruction as I drive down 228th Avenue Southeast to East Lake Sammamish Parkway (which is actually Issaquah) is heartbreaking. When did we as citizens have any say in the decisions about these developments?
August 26, 2015
Police can grow their budget and save lives
Police Chief Scott Behrbaum, I know how you can fund your entire budget. I can personally guarantee it’ll work.
Position an officer two blocks west of Zeeks on Northeast Park Drive, the main road feeding homes in the Issaquah Highlands.
August 19, 2015
NEW — 3:44 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015
Fund research now
Alzheimer’s disease is becoming more and more familiar, and will continue to do so until there will be virtually no one left untouched by a personal story around Alzheimer’s.
Currently there are 100,000 Washingtonians living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number will grow to 140,000 by 2025. My mother is one of them. She is 81, and was a vibrantly active woman until this disease started to slowly shrink her world, and her ability to manage it independently.
My good friend Nancy is a 54-year-old mother of three boys, diagnosed at 53 years old. She may not be able to recognize her first grandchild, when he or she comes. My office manager is struggling to balance a full-time job, and be the primary caregiver for her own mother with dementia, after losing her father a year ago.
Surprisingly, for every $100 spent on Alzheimer’s research, Medicare and Medicaid spend $26,000 to care for people with the disease today. We must invest more to find a treatment and a cure now, rather than wait to spend the $1.1 trillion that is estimated to be needed by 2050 if we don’t. Read more
August 11, 2015
NEW — 2:31 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015
Blue Angels’ plane models are beautiful when used for peace
My wife and I attended Seafair on Saturday, Aug. 1, and the air show again amazed me.
As I was watching the precision maneuvers of our Blue Angels and the incredible versatility of the Raptor F-22, it hit me that I am so fortunate that I live in a country where lethal flying weapons are here for my entertainment and not my containment. Read more
August 5, 2015
NEW — 11:55 a.m. Aug. 5, 2015
City needs to fix this intersection as well
When stopped in the northbound lane of Fourth Avenue Northwest at the intersection of Southeast 62nd Street and 221st Place Southeast, the two traffic signals that you are facing (which hang from a steel cable suspended between two wooden poles), are not facing in a direction that is parallel to the lane of travel that they serve. They are rotated toward the left too far when you are facing them in the previously mentioned lane.
Also, the east end of Southeast 62nd Street has no pedestrian walkway whatsoever on either side of the road for a significant distance. This area also has very limited visibility due to the sharp curve of the road and the extensive amount of trees and foliage in the immediately surrounding areas of both sides of the street immediately northwest of the previously mentioned intersection (this creates an incredibly unsafe situation for pedestrians).
As a self-appointed U.S. taxpayer value advocate, I expect that the city communicate exactly how it plans to improve the safety of this excuse for an intersection to the public in the near future or face its legal consequences for failing to do so. Read more
July 29, 2015
NEW — 11:08 a.m. July 29, 2015
Vote to re-elect Paul Winterstein to Issaquah City Council
My vote will be cast to retain Paul Winterstein for Issaquah City Council. Paul has served the city of Issaquah well as council president. He is devoted to retaining the small-town charm we Issaquah residents love and many of us moved here for. That’s why Sunset Magazine voted us “Best Burb.”
July 23, 2015
Thanks to everyone for these wonderful, free events
I am writing to say thank you to the Issaquah Parks Department, Issaquah Arts Commission, Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, all of the sponsors and especially organizer David Harris for providing our community with the excellent Concerts on the Green series at the Issaquah Community Center.
July 16, 2015
Students helped prepare for real world with high-stakes testing
Why on earth would you demand a lowering of standards for our high school students by removing high-stakes testing? This is in conflict with what is expected to compete and perform in the real world.
July 9, 2015
Residents still need the center, will miss convenience
Our household is saddened by the news of the closure of the Issaquah Recycling Center. Not all of us here on the outskirts of the city have the luxury of curbside recycling, so a stop at the recycling center had become a near-weekly stop to unload cardboard, plastic, glass, newspapers and more.
July 2, 2015
When will the city do something to really fix the problem?
Well, here we are three years after the former mayor wrote me this letter, promising improvements to the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.