September 17, 2013
Government shouldn’t operate in secrecy
Regarding The Issaquah Press article “Issaquah hoodwinks Sammamish Plateau Sewer and Water District customers,” we should all be disappointed.
‘’Democracies die behind closed doors,’’ wrote Judge Damon J. Keith, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in a ruling handed down in 2002 regarding secret visa courts.
The citizens of Issaquah have the right to know that their government is conducting their business fairly and lawfully so when our mayor and City Council undertake the sort of deceptive practices described in the article, we should all be furious.
September 10, 2013
Logging will not destroy the mountain
Does Mr. Laughlin not know that most of Tiger Mountain is classified as commercial forestland and he should expect logging on some rotational basis? This logging will not “destroy the mountain” in any fashion — except possible visual impacts for a couple of years, and I believe the Department of Natural Resources works to minimize that issue, particularly on the (most visible) west side of the mountain.
Also, there has been considerable mining activity on lower Squak Mountain and on Grand Ridge, but I am not aware of more than minimal mining on any part of Tiger Mountain. Further, I would bet the railroad grades are all the result of the earlier logging activity and there would be far fewer bike trails on the mountain if not for that logging.
September 3, 2013
Cartoon about hitchhiking fish was excellent
Kudos to Peter Allen Clark for his clever, erudite, timely, extremely pertinent and artistically drawn cartoon of the hitchhiking “spawner” studs waiting for their truck. The subtle educational hint on reproductive biology was special genius!
The cartoon caused me, while I chuckled, to return to the front page to enjoy fully reading the entire piece.
August 27, 2013
Is Klahanie’s emergency response in jeopardy?
If Klahanie votes in favor of annexation by Issaquah, several life- and property-saving minutes will be stripped from our community. The facts: The building that contains Eastside Fire & Rescue Station No. 83 — the one closest to and referred to as “Klahanie’s Fire Station” — is actually owned by the city of Sammamish.
If Klahanie becomes part of Issaquah, Sammamish is likely to move the fire station to better serve its community. Sammamish approached Issaquah to find out if it would be interested in purchasing the fire station if annexation were to occur. Issaquah said no. The result? Klahanie’s fire station would probably no longer exist.
August 20, 2013
Keystone cops couldn’t have handled situation worse
The story of the Issaquah postal worker/thief read like a phony news story out of The Onion rather than real life. If the story is true, we should all feel the cold chill of the relativistic justice that was meted out in this case.
Everyone from the USPS “inspector” to the U.S. “attorney” and the “judge” who “work” for the people should be — ashamed, embarrassed, disbarred, fired?
The ridiculous quote from the defense attorney is what really dropped my jaw. Ms. Wei stole money for financial reasons, he said. I especially loved the “sob” story about why she needed to steal the money. What could it be, a costly operation for her dear old mother? Life-saving medicine for her infant? To keep the farm out of the hands of…? No, she spends a lot of money on her daughter’s sports commitments.
August 13, 2013
Theft is shameful, not lapse in judgment
I think the court is being kind when it suggests that a postal worker who was systematically stealing from our mail is suffering from a “lapse in judgment,” deserving only probation, community service and what appears to me to be partial restitution ($585 in restitution fines for stealing at least $500 AND 30 gift cards? Sounds partial to me).
I so enjoyed reading about Ms. Wei’s financial problems, which appear to stem from an inability (unwillingness) to work full-time due to her daughter’s “athletic career.” Well, I have a child, too. He moved from my home, at age 24, into the low-income YWCA housing in the Issaquah Highlands, having proven through the qualification process that his income is, in fact, low.
August 6, 2013
City, please make our neighborhood safer
I recently read the letter published in The Issaquah Press from Mary Lou Lewis and I completely agree with her statements.
I have lived on Dogwood Street since 1992 and wrote a letter to the mayor asking for a safer street. As I recall, there was a promise that it would begin in 1994, and we are still waiting.
July 30, 2013
Politicians are supposed to work for the people
So, Mark Mullet “feels” the process was “as open as it could have been” when the City Council decided to ban our plastic grocery bags and charge us a fine based on our choice.
After reading Mullet’s quote, my first thought was: “Maybe he needs to know about this new-fangled invention called public voting.”
But silly me!
Mullet was speaking Politics.
July 23, 2013
Misprint or gold in them hills?
A recent article titled “City purchases more open space” quoted that almost 2 acres of undeveloped land was purchased by the city for $850,000.
I want to believe that this was a misprint because I just can’t imagine that any acreage around this area is worth over $400,000 an acre. If it wasn’t a misprint, I want to know two things.
July 9, 2013
Our drinking water
Maybe people should get involved in the issue
In the 26 June Issaquah Press, Mr. Arthur H. Tagland got it right. Since the Issaquah Highlands started building, the priority has been to get rid of storm water. It was supposed to be infiltrated, but when Camp Creek blew out the hillside, the Lower Reid Injection Gallery was the next idea to get rid of the storm water.
The gallery became operational in 2004 and soon the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District found evidence of contamination at their nearby well. The next idea was to send all that storm water directly in Issaquah Creek — exactly what was not supposed to happen under the Issaquah Highlands development agreement.