April 23, 2013
520 bridge pontoons
Leaders need to do, build, fix things
I’m so disgusted I could spit.
Our country used to DO things. We used to build things; we used to invent, innovate and create. We built the Golden Gate bridge, we built the interstate freeway system and we went to the moon. Now, we can’t even build some concrete pontoons for a floating bridge!
April 16, 2013
Repeal the ban, let citizens decide
Our local businesses are losing money. A television station recently reported the shoplifting rate is eight times higher in cities with p slastic bag bans.
Are our shop owners going to have to be “bag police” and check all bags customers bring to their stores? Isn’t that what the city has compelled them to do?
Our businesses know they have upset customers. It’s embarrassing when visitors to our town are forced to pay for a bag.
April 9, 2013
Background checks are not the solution to violence
All three legislators at the Town Meeting referred to by Lois Brandt (3-27 Press) have children. Does Lois really think that because two don’t agree with her they care for their children any less? I doubt it and believe it was more a reflection of her wanting a solution to the violence we see the media sensationalizing every day. To her, removing what she sees as the cause — firearms — makes sense, but violence is a behavioral issue.
FBI statistics in 2011 reveal a rifle was used in 323 murders, but 1,694 were by knives and 726 from beatings. Numbing numbers. Lois mentions Australia’s 1997 gun ban, but government reports show murder rates consistent from 1990 through 2011. Banning guns does not reduce crime. Look at Chicago.
April 2, 2013
Results are vague, don’t represent public desire
The parks bond survey results are going to be discussed soon by the City Council. I’ve had a chance to review the results and they tell more about the survey designers than anything.
The top four funding priorities are based on vague, leading questions that are hard to say no to. “Protecting wildlife habitat” is a top funding priority. What if the survey included questions like “protecting children’s recreational opportunities” or “preserving Issaquah’s natural heritage?”
March 26, 2013
Hunger Action Week
Donate formula to help babies who need it
March 25-30 marks Hunger Action Week, which highlights those who are at risk of hunger, and hunger’s harmful impact on our community.
While the week shines a light on those in our community without enough food to eat, we pose the question, “What about babies without enough to eat?”
Why is formula an important ‘hunger’ problem? Whereas food for hungry families can be economized by purchasing a variety of cheap alternatives, there are no ways to safely economize infant formula. A 12-ounce can of powdered formula that feeds a baby for approximately three days costs $16 a can.
March 19, 2013
Gun rights could use some updated thinking
I can understand how adhering to the laws as they were written hundreds of years ago can provide security and comfort for some as it relates to guns. Those same founders also wrote about slavery and how slaves were not whole people.
Years later, thoughts changed, people evolved and so did our laws. I find no answer as to why anybody of legal age, mentally challenged or not, can buy a machine that is capable, with or without modification, of killing mass numbers of people, and that this is sanctioned by our laws, or that it’s necessary to have an arsenal of military style weapons in the event our government goes berserk, as if their military-style weapons would be no match for ours.
Have we evolved? This is what I don’t understand. Call me crazy for asking.
March 12, 2013
Support Alison Meryweather for open position
I have spent the past 10 years supporting our children in our schools in our Issaquah community. We live in an amazing community that supports education and our community is full of people who have done the same!
During those past 10 years, I have had the honor of working with Alison Meryweather who is currently running for the open school board position in the Issaquah School District. Alison is one of those individuals who I think has served on every possible educational committee or organization in the district. She has done this because she has a passion for children and their education.
When you think of Alison, you think of someone who loves to support our children and our schools, and when she gives her time and energy, she does it with joy.
March 5, 2013
Tolling may not be allowed
My understanding of interstate highways is that tolling is generally not allowed. Why is this? It’s because the system was built to further the efficient and speedy movement of people and goods for the entire U.S. Tolling does not further this goal.
There have been exceptions, mostly toll roads built prior to the advent of the interstate highway system, subsequently incorporated into the system. But mostly, like Interstate 90, these roads were built primarily with federal dollars. The state is not allowed to make money on roads they did not pay for.
Again, my understanding of the federal Department of Transportation process is that their staff can make recommendations, but tolling of interstates requires congressional approval. So, this will necessarily involve your congressional representatives.
I’ll throw in another idea: Since tolls restrict movement, this may also be an anti-trust issue, courtesy of the state of Washington.
If the precedent of tolling I-90 across Lake Washington proceeds, you can bet I-5, I-405 and I-90 further east won’t be far behind. In fact, that idea has already been floated. This is not just a Mercer Island issue.
February 26, 2013
Just say no
Don’t allow logging on Squak Mountain
I have lived in Issaquah and raised my children here since 1989. I chose this beautiful community because of its forests, trails, creeks and woods. My children grew up in the woods and love the outdoors. They have very enriched lives because of it.
Please don’t allow the logging of 216 acres to happen on Squak Mountain. We don’t need any more homes, traffic, displaced wildlife and air pollution, and that valley of homes below High Valley doesn’t need any more flooding.
That area should remain as is. For once, don’t take the developer’s side. We have had enough.
February 19, 2013
Scenic walks are important
One of the most beautiful aspects of Issaquah is the creek. As we walk through town, we continually cross bridges and see the rushing water below. Unfortunately, we are not utilizing this treasure. There are no trails or walks ALONG the creek. This is where we should be spending money, to develop scenic walks along the creek. People would visit Issaquah just for that.
Instead, we are spending money on destroying the beauty of trails like the one along East Lake Sammamish. If people feel it is necessary to pave that trail, fine. But why does it have to be widened? We walk there because it is scenic and beautiful. Now, the trees and plants that make it so are being cut down to widen the path. I don’t get it. Let’s do what we can to enhance the natural beauty we’ve been given, not diminish it.
Somebody told me that a walk along the creek is part of the Central Issaquah Plan. Is that true? Are the planned walks (if any) extensive? Perhaps The Press can provide some information about that.
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