May 27, 2014
The Issaquah Press
Thank you for a great community newspaper
Thank you for publishing a newspaper that I have enjoyed reading for more than 40 years. This may be a bittersweet email, though, because after subscribing to The Issaquah Press for many years, I must tell you that I am not renewing my subscription.
I believe that The Press is still a great community newspaper — but I’m just not as active in Issaquah as I once was.
While I grew up in town and was a member of Issaquah Rotary for more than 20 years, my wife and I live in Seattle, and that’s where we’re more active.
So, best wishes on the continued publication of The Issaquah Press. I’m sure that I’ll check-in from time-to-time via the online version and when I’m out for various community events such as Salmon Days. Thank you for producing a great community newspaper.
If you think you can do better, go ahead and try
I ( a teacher for many years who certainly didn’t do it for the money) recently heard an NPR news interview concerning preschool children being sent home due to behavior and not allowed to return to school. The reporter was upset that the school district — California was being skewered in this particular interview — was unwilling to serve these poor children.
Did she mention class size? Whether those teachers had any adult help with behavior issues? The kinds of behaviors that caused the children to be sent home? A need to provide districts with funding for additional personnel? Well, no.
This outsider went on to cite statistics regarding the high number of ethnic preschoolers being sent home in relation to the lower percentage of white preschoolers. Moreover, she suggested this discrepancy was due to racial bias on the part of the preschool teachers. What?
Does she personally know any preschool teachers, especially teachers biased against their nonwhite students? Did she look into a possible correlation between poverty and behavior issues? Whether poverty in the U.S. is more often found in nonwhite families? That many families are so stressed about their situation and are working so many hours to make ends meet that they have little time for teaching social skills? Well, no again.
I am sick to the bone of hearing about the failures of our teachers, our schools. Schools are now expected to provide before and after care, to feed, counsel, entertain students. Oh, and get great test scores out of them, as well. Teachers are grading papers in the evening, planning lessons on weekends, attending after-school events.
My wish? I wish every teacher would resign his/her job and leave the complainers to deal with the issues of educating children. The well needs to run dry!
May 20, 2014
Thanks to all who helped put on special event
Christina Corrales-Toy truly captured the feeling of Life Enrichment Options’ second annual Mother’s Brunch — the feeling of comfort and acceptance that many families with children with special needs don’t always feel — in her recent story on the event.
This event, celebrating the moms of children with developmental disabilities and all that they do, is a particularly appropriate event for LEO and the Tavon Center to collaborate on as both local organizations were started by moms of children with special needs.
May 13, 2014
Make your opinion heard about Gilman development
How many of you who witnessed the 2009 (and 1996 and 1990) flooding around Lombardi’s thought that the best solution for that site would be to add three five-story buildings, 400 automobiles and 600 residents? And with no requirement to do anything to keep the site from flooding again?
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.