To the Editor — Everyone has own definition of fair

November 8, 2015

NEW — 2:45 p.m. Nov. 8, 2015

Greg Farrar is a typical socialist (democrat). Like the Wall Street Occupy training session I witnessed in Chicago in 2011, be sure to use and repeat the following: greed, fair, and 1 percent. Be sure to vilify those who are better off than you and demand redistribution of wealth. This was taught by the method of the leader stating, “Repeat after me,” and the group would repeat word for word, as one would instruct kindergarteners.

Never mind actually looking for solutions for society through uniting people. Mr. Farrar talks about education and I would suggest he broaden his to include economics and public administration. Read more

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To the Editor — Chamber event raises funds for state park playground

November 6, 2015

NEW — 4:12 p.m. Nov. 6, 2015

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park would like to thank the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce for holding a meet and greet and fundraiser in support of the all-access playground at Sunset Beach at the state park on Oct. 22.

It is heartwarming and encouraging to have the local business community rally around this wonderful community project that the Friends group is gathering funding for.

The $1,900 raised as a function of this event contributes meaningfully to the $1 million goal. We are now more than 80 percent of the way there! Read more

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To the Editor — Secondary students need later start times

November 6, 2015

NEW — 4:06 p.m. Nov. 6, 2015

The students of the Issaquah School District would benefit immensely if secondary schools start later. It is unreasonable to ask students to come to school so early in the morning. When I was a student at Skyline High School, I saw how early start times led to sleep deprivation and a greater than usual antipathy towards learning.

A recent study by Harvard University found that sleep deprivation can exacerbate mental health issues, even to the point of increasing suicidal tendencies. Even moving the start and end times by one hour can lessen sleep deprivation and have a positive effect on students’ mental health and academic performance. Read more

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To the Editor — Join the conversation about homelessness

November 6, 2015

NEW — 4:01 p.m. Nov. 6, 2015

A state of emergency has been declared in King County and the city of Seattle regarding homelessness after a 20 percent jump in the 2015 One Night Count. In the limited areas covered by the One Night Count in January, 3,772 people were found outside after the shelters were filled, and there are many additional people experiencing homelessness in areas that are not counted. Since January over 60 people in our county have died without shelter and without the protection afforded by an official tent encampment. Providing more host sites for the tent encampments would save lives.

The largest increase in homelessness recently has been in homeless families, who are not allowed in the encampments. Outside Seattle, the largest numbers of unsheltered people are living in vehicles. Many families or single women live in vehicles. Two churches on the Eastside now host safe parking sites for women and families, but the men who live in their vehicles have no safe place to be. Read more

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To the Editor — Keep tennis courts public

November 6, 2015

NEW — 3:52 p.m. Nov. 6, 2015

If I am not mistaken, Tibbetts Valley Park, including the tennis courts, were acquired, created, funded and are maintained by Issaquah residents’ property tax assessments. Therefore, you should not be surprised that the City Council is receiving “push back” from Issaquah citizens about the city’s (administration and City Council) consideration of privatizing the tennis courts for the benefit of a private tennis membership club, thus removing the tennis courts (part or all) from the benefit of public use. I believe the city is way off base for moving this “consideration” forward to the City Council and other departments. At least the Parks Board has the “brass” to stand up to the city administrator and City Council by rejecting the proposal. Read more

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To the Editor — Time to explore better venue for annual Zombie Walk

October 26, 2015

NEW — 10:24 p.m. Oct. 26, 2015

Saturday’s Zombie Walk in downtown Issaquah had a huge turnout. In fact, it seems like it is so big that it has outgrown its current venue for the “Thriller” dance at the end of the walk.

Are there any alternative locations where the crowd can actually see the dancers? I heard many people say that they couldn’t see and that the steps of City Hall were not the best for that size crowd, which by the way, spilled out onto Sunset Way. Read more

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To the Editor — Re-elect Paul Winterstein for Issaquah City Council

October 23, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Oct. 23, 2015

I had the opportunity and the honor of serving with Paul Winterstein for several years on the Human Services Commission. During that time I came to know him and appreciate his intellect and skills. Since his election to the city council I have also come to appreciate his vision and ability to work with his fellow council members and the administration to identify and begin to implement a long-term strategic vision for Issaquah. I look forward to his future contributions to the city of Issaquah. I am voting for both Paul and Bill Ramos and encourage other Issaquah voters to do so, you will not be disappointed. Thank you.

Rowan Hinds

Former Issaquah mayor

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To the Editor — Can’t our government do better than this?

October 23, 2015

NEW — 5:59 p.m. Oct. 23, 2015

The Seattle leaders and governmental officials spend billions of tax payers’ limited funds to build a tram (train) which is not used to anywhere near its potential because there is no parking at any of the stops. (Recently we noticed parking areas at the Portland tram stops for the help of passengers).

This seems to have been done on purpose! They want people to ride bikes or walk and then catch the tram. How do they expect business people and 50, 60, and 70 year olds to ride bikes, especially in the Seattle weather? Read more

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Letter — Re-elect Paul Winterstein to Issaquah City Council

October 16, 2015

NEW — 10:52 a.m. Oct. 16, 2015

Paul Winterstein is a very thoughtful and deliberate City Councilman with a long-term vision for the future of Issaquah.

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Letter — It was a great weekend day in our favorite city

October 15, 2015

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Oct. 15, 2015

Saturday, Oct. 3, was a Rockwellian-chamber-of-commerce, everyone-should-live-here, I-love-Issaquah type of day! Our family got up early and wandered into town to watch the Salmon Days parade. The stream of children, businesses and royalty always brings a big smile to our faces. A special treat this year was watching our son Trey and his Issaquah High school football teammates on one of the lead floats as they promenaded through town.

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