June 18, 2013
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.
June 11, 2013
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.
June 4, 2013
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?
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.
May 21, 2013
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.
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.
May 7, 2013
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.
April 30, 2013
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
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.