To the Editor

July 2, 2013

Issaquah Library

Make room for others, please

The June 12 Press had an article by Ari Cetron, addressing Issaquah Library technology. One item addressed was the quick way to park in the library unloading zone, go in and get the books out of the book holding area and then check them out at the numerous self checkout stations. (Note: There is a food dropoff box, just inside the front door, fill it up.)

One item that needs expansion is the unloading zone that has space for about four vehicles. Some people will just park in the “center” of the zone, even when the area is empty, leaving a space and one half in front and back of them, instead of moving forward as far as possible. When someone takes space out of the middle, it makes it more difficult for others to park there. Please, folks, move up to the forward parking spot, i.e. same as the “move to the forward pump” signs at the Costco gas station.

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To the Editor

June 25, 2013

In response

Issaquah High School Baccalaureate … truth

In response to the June 12 letter by Matthew Barry, why sour the memories for our graduating seniors and paint a false picture of a beautiful event? You went over the line to offend 200-plus seniors who chose to attend/perform in this “voluntary” ceremony, published by our PTSA as open for all seniors and their families to “CHOOSE” to attend. Attending doesn’t mean adopting the doctrine of the place an event was held.

You submitted this letter to The Press before the Baccalaureate. We attended. Two talented seniors emceed the program. The guest speakers were two 22-year-old Issaquah High School graduates who made a dream happen — the successful company Strideline. They spoke of education, taking risks and believing “if anyone can do it, we can do it.” I was inspired!

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To the Editor

June 18, 2013

Klahanie annexation

Don’t muddy the issue with water

Regarding Tom Harman’s May 29 letter, I ask, “Were you at the same Klahanie meetings I attended?” Here’s what I heard at both of them.

Mr. Harman, president of the Sammamish Plateau and Sewer District, never indicates that in his letters. When it comes to water issues, that makes his comments extremely suspect. At both meetings, the study producers said they thought Sammamish Water might continue to supply the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area with water/sewer services. It’s open to negotiation.

The Issaquah-Fall City Road problem was mentioned at both meetings. No matter which city ends up with Klahanie, it will have to talk with King County about who will pay for upgrades. These meetings were not the forums for this discussion.

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To the Editor

June 11, 2013

Tree City?

Have respect for trees, city values

Tree City USA is a nice sentiment in Issaquah, but the reality is some of our absentee landlords don’t have any respect for trees or other homeowners’ property.

On May 31, 2013, neighbors called us at work to let us know a crew was trimming our prized Atlas cedar: each and every single branch that was hanging over the fence! Nobody asked, nobody commented, nobody even advised – they just cut. Now, the tree is halved, lopsided and provides our neighbors with nothing but the view of the inside of our tree. How sad.

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To the Editor

June 4, 2013

Firearms

Gun control doesn’t mean having no gun laws

After reading the letter by Michael Marinos, I feel that I must comment. He first writes of the paranoia due to the media reporting only bad news about weapons. And, as a result, he is unable to establish a business in North Bend (evidently a gun shop, but he does not elaborate on the type of business). This business would evidently be quite lucrative to him, but without it he will be unable to pay his mortgage or monthly bills.

Now, let’s face some facts. Yes, there has been a lot of bad news about people with guns killing people. (You notice I didn’t say guns killed people, but people with guns killed people.) Should we ask the media to keep this bad news under wraps so we wouldn’t be exposed to it?

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To the Editor

May 28, 2013

Community thank you

I’m grateful for being surrounded with love, support

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all the great people of Issaquah.

My husband, the father of our 12-year-old daughter, passed away suddenly two months ago. From the very day that he passed, there were people at our door offering prayers, condolences and food. Some of these people I had never even met before.

I am eternally grateful for all the love and support you have given my family in our time of need.

Brandi Farrell

Issaquah

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To the Editor

May 21, 2013

Firearms

We need to stand up for the Second Amendment

I write this letter to help publicize the effects of the complete lack of understanding and paranoia about weapons and the results it has caused on one local Washington resident. Unfortunately, the media has a significant role to play in this. With only bad news being reported about weapons along with gross misinformation, it has caused the United States to go into complete panic.

I own a small business that I started out of my house in 2012. Due to the restriction from the city of Issaquah, I am unable to conduct “walk-up” business (which is fine) but only helped accelerate the locating of a brick-and-mortar store front. I had located two separate retail storefronts, both located in North Bend. In both instances I notified the realtors of our intentions and the type of merchandise we plan to offer up front.

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To the Editor

May 14, 2013

Support your paper

To the good people at The Issaquah Press

My heart was broken when I saw you were leaving Front Street, and again when I read you had been burgled soon after the move. You are and always have been such an amazing resource for this community. Your health and well-being are essential to the vitality of our community.

The Press is no ordinary local newspaper. It “gets” the community, linking local stories with national and international issues, revealing and enhancing their relevance. I find out what our local council and state Legislature are doing and how it might impact me.

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To the Editor

May 7, 2013

Recognition deserved

Issaquah High School teacher Jeff Berka deserves gratitude

This is a great community with so many incredible schools and teachers. Certain teachers make our children want to actually talk about school and what they have learned.

A great example of this is one of the most inspirational teachers I have met at Issaquah High School, Jeff Berka. He has quietly and humbly helped and mentored so many other teachers over the years. He is a man who is extremely dedicated to bringing European studies to life.

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To the Editor

April 30, 2013

Citywide cleanup

Thanks to Karen Donovan, DIA

I want to send out a great thanks and congratulations to Karen Donovan of the Downtown Issaquah Association for setting up and supervising a great Citywide Cleanup day! Hats off to an unqualified success.

Connie Marsh, president

Issaquah Environmental Council

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