May 6, 2014
Librarian hopes school will continue for years to come
My personal experience with Tiger Mountain Community High School was limited to about an hour and a half on Dec. 7, 1992.
I was at that time the young adult librarian at the Issaquah Library, and I visited the school to present a program to a group of young parents.
I didn’t know what would be of interest, but I took along cloth books, board books, books about making toys or clothes or baby food — everything I could think of.
In my entire career as a librarian, I’ve never addressed such an interested, even rapt, audience! Those students were so keen to see the materials I’d brought. They loved the hand puppets (which at that time were for circulation), and some decided then and there to convert the stuffed toys they were scheduled to make into hand puppets instead. Their teacher agreed to help them with the project.
I was able to give every parent a copy of “Goodnight Moon,” (and incidentally, I’d really had to work to persuade the library administration to let me have those books for that particular audience).
The teenagers were happy to show me their lovely babies after the program, and to tell me how they were caring for them — only 15 or 16 years old, but devoted caregivers.
I’ve often thought of those students and their children, children who would now be much older than their parents were in 1992. I do hope their lives turned out happily. I’m sure that attending Tiger Mountain Community High School helped a lot in that respect, and that the school will continue to assist all its students for years to come.
April 29, 2014
Kids can make a difference to the environment
Many people don’t realize that kids can make a difference in taking care of our environment. We have found that our Sunny Hills Elementary School students have been working hard to help our school and community be green.
Students at Sunny Hills have been hard at work helping on various Green Team committees, and educating students and staff about what it takes to be a green school through the King County Green Schools program.
The student Green Team has been working on several big projects. These projects have included creating a PowerPoint slideshow to educate students and staff about being green. Students have been making posters about recycling and energy conservation, and hanging them around the school campus. Students also have been working in the cafeteria to monitor waste disposal.
It is important we keep our contamination rate low and help teach other students simple rules, such as removing the straws from their juice boxes before recycling. Also, one of our goals is to help teach students to remove the wrappers from their food before placing food in the compost or garbage.
Further, students have given announcements over the intercom about recycling and energy conservation, and have performed songs in the lunch room about how to be green. Currently, Sunny Hills is maintaining a Level 1 status and working toward meeting the goals for Level 2, which is about energy conservation.
The student Green Team is encouraging everyone at Sunny Hills to be a green citizen, not only in our school, but in our community as well. That is the message we students at Sunny Hills are working hard to accomplish.
Augustine Tangas, Gavin Soleibe and Kaisa Sherwood
Fourth-grade Green Team
April 22, 2014
Poor service, long lines really need improvement
On April 14, I entered the Issaquah Post Office at 9:26 a.m. and placed myself at the end of a long line of people. I noticed there was only one clerk working. I finally reached that clerk at 10:05 a.m., the same time the second clerk showed up, finally.
I wonder why the second clerk was not placed into service earlier. There are many cameras in the place that show the numerous people desiring U.S.P.S. service.
The U.S.P.S. has a monopoly on the letter business and just recently raised the cost of mailing a letter, so Issaquah Postmaster, why the poor service at the Issaquah Post Office?
If the Issaquah Postmaster does not intend to improve the service, how about providing some benches to accommodate the people who are waiting in line?
April 15, 2014
Taking in the homeless is an act of kindness
I am writing about Tent City 4 at my church, Faith Methodist Church.
We are doing a good thing, and for all the people that are complaining, they are complaining about an act of kindness.
The homeless people need help, and I’m proud our church is taking in Tent City 4.
Lily Pearse, age 9
April 8, 2014
Just get on with it and resolve the situation
After years of studies, meetings, analysis and the spending hundreds of thousands of dollars by the city of Issaquah and a variety of opposition groups, those of us in the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area are still an unincorporated area with the resulting lack of services enjoyed by our Incorporated neighbors and paying in excess of $500 every year in extra taxes.
It appears to be of no real concern to the governments of Issaquah, Sammamish and King County that this ridiculous situation continues to be dragging on indefinitely. It is beyond me why these parties cannot collaborate and by means of an interlocal agreement, or some other rapid process, get this off dead center and resolved once and for all.
I have lived in Klahanie for more than 20 years and worked tirelessly for annexation to Issaquah. Now, I just really don’t care; all I ask is that we please be annexed to Sammamish or Issaquah ASAP and stop all the infighting, misinformation, stalling and lack of a backbone by the so-called leaders and self-appointed “experts.” Enough is enough!
April 1, 2014
Don’t build it at Veterans’ Memorial Field
Here we go again. Our one and only park/ field donated to the city is up for construction again. Growing up in Issaquah, it was so nice to have a field right in downtown Issaquah. Open space — what a concept!
But then the city needed a library, a police station, a senior center and now the skateboard park. So, the city needs to take other land from people to claim it as “open space” just to let us know they “value” parks.
I’m pretty sick and tired of our one and true memorial field slowly getting hacked up by those who deem it more suitable for other uses. Soon, Veterans’ Memorial Field will be just that — a memory.
March 25, 2014
Proposal needs geo-tech, hydrological review
The proposed redevelopment at Seventh and Gilman (Antique Mall area) is the first go through our new Central Issaquah Plan regulations. One thing that has become clear is the difficulty of construction in high-ground water, near creek, earthquake hazard areas … much of the valley floor. The land at Seventh and Gilman has the further complication of being a Special Flood Hazard Area.
It is imperative in these difficult sites that there is belt-and-suspenders review of both the geo-tech report and the hydrologic modeling from the developer. Please require third-party peer review of both the geo-tech analysis and the model.
March 18, 2014
Thanks for upholding the ban
Thank you, Issaquah, for upholding the bag ban. It was the right time and the right thing to do.
It may be an extremely small step in the overall scheme of being responsible for our surroundings, but hopefully other smaller communities from around the area and the country will follow our lead, step up and move forward as we have.
March 11, 2014
Open letter to the Issaquah City Council:
The vote is over and the residents of Klahanie and surrounding neighborhoods have said no to annexation to Issaquah. My neighbors and I voted no, not because we wanted to stay unincorporated, but because we would like to pursue Sammamish as an option. In order for that to happen, and to have the opportunity to belong to a city, I am asking for your help.
When Mayor Fred Butler and Councilman Joe Forkner were campaigning last fall, both said that they would support removing Klahanie from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area if the citizens rejected Issaquah annexation.
Please remember your words last fall, Mr. Butler, and please support our area in finding a home with your neighbor to the north. Time is of the essence! I would further request you not delay this process with considerations of dividing up the Klahanie PAA, which would only lead to difficulties for both cities when it comes to providing services and road improvements.
March 4, 2014
Mullet is confident with record as moderate, fiscally conservative Democrat
Terry LaBrue, a Republican campaign consultant, recently wrote a letter to the editor and I wanted to respond to his questions about my vote against placing a 2/3 vote threshold for tax changes in our State Constitution.
During my time on the Issaquah City Council, I never once voted to increase property taxes. Last year, I was one of the few Democrats who broke from party leadership to support a Republican budget that reduced the Business and Occupations tax on the service industry. I have a long history of opposing tax increases at the state and local level.
However, I have been consistent in my opposition to Tim Eyman’s 2/3 requirement to raise taxes. I opposed it during my campaign and I opposed it on the floor of the Senate this session.
I don’t pursue fiscally conservative policy because of an initiative, that’s just what I believe. I’m confident with my record of being a moderate, fiscally conservative Democrat. I know that the people of the 5th District are more than capable of keeping me accountable without Tim Eyman’s help.
Our district’s voters want legislators to work together, in a bipartisan and fiscally responsible way, to make Washington a better place to live and do business. I promise to continue acting on your behalf in that manner.
Sen. Mark Mullet