Letter to the Editor — School start times are too early

October 1, 2015

NEW — 2:43 p.m. Oct. 1, 2015

I am a sophomore at Liberty High School. I feel that the secondary school start times are way too early for students. Myself as well as many other students and teachers see affects of these early start times on a daily basis, especially lack of sleep.

Many students including myself take Advanced Placement courses and other advanced classes that include lots of outside homework time. Since students often have other activities like sports and clubs, they often stay up at night working on homework and then have to leave ridiculously early in the morning to get to school.

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To the Editor — Voting for Tim Flood will bring ideas, energy

September 30, 2015

NEW — 4:41 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

I encourage voters to vote for Tim Flood for Issaquah City Council.

I have worked with Tim in a volunteer capacity and have come to appreciate his view on many of the areas that impact our community. He has specific plans for handling the traffic nightmare. Check out “address the mess” on his website voteflood.com.

Tim would not only represent the residents on South Lake Sammamish, but young families across the city. Tim, a business analyst with an MBA, has substantive ideas and would bring new energy into the Issaquah City Council. His website has an in-depth analysis of our needs and solutions, and I think you’ll agree voting “yes” for Tim Flood is an easy decision. Read more

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To the Editor

September 22, 2015

Health care

Let people live and die with dignity

Tom Corrigan’s comments regarding health care in the Sept. 10, 2015 edition of The Issaquah Press in the Off The Press section are again timely and passionate. His concerns echo those shared by Atul Gawande in the bestseller, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.”

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To the Editor — Sept. 18, 2015

September 16, 2015

NEW — 5:37 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015


Rising rents puts people on the streets

For years, I have been attending the Eastside Homelessness Advisory Committee meetings, listening to funders and providers of services struggle to get our neighbors without homes into housing.

We talk about building more affordable housing, about emergency shelter needs, about the shortage of appropriate services and shelter for those with mental illness, about artificial barriers that keep people out of housing, about ways to help the underemployed and unemployed find jobs, but the number of homeless people is not decreasing. Read more

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To the Editor — Sept. 10, 2015

September 9, 2015

NEW — 5 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015

Off The Press

Columnist doesn’t understand being a person of color

In response to the article/opinion by David Hayes:

I’m a good reader and you asked me a question…”When is it acceptable to aggressively ignore authority.. especially officers of the law?”

My answer is, “When officers of the law accept and provide service and protection to all citizens of color, economic background and differences…even if that means having to put fears and insecurities aside to perform the job that is required as a government employee.”

I must admit that I am disgusted, embarrassed and shocked by this article. It really angers me. It angers my family. It angers me that Issaquah, and its longtime community newspaper would allow someone (David Hayes) with such an ignorant view and opinion to “represent” those of us that have called Issaquah our home for more than 50 years. Pure ignorance at its best. Read more

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To the Editor — Sept. 3, 2015

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?

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To the Editor — Aug. 27, 2015

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.

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To the Editor — Aug. 20, 2015

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

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To the Editor — Aug. 13, 2015

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

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To the Editor — Aug. 6, 2015

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

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