To the Editor

July 1, 2014

Startups

Small businesses help keep taxpayer dollars in Issaquah

Last week’s Issaquah Press contained an interesting article in its Living magazine. “A Startup’s Startup” spoke very tellingly about Issaquah’s potential to become to Seattle what Mountain View is to San Francisco.

Startups are technological ventures and, supposedly, there’s a lot of them happening all around us,  behind closed doors. According to Jay Weeldreyer, founder of Lendjoy and director of business strategy with Lender Gear, Issaquah is an “untapped market … a bedroom community for startups. And I mean literally. It’s full of people doing this stuff in their bedroom.”

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To the Editor

June 24, 2014

Issaquah Creek watershed

Thanks to the city for its diligence and commitment to salmon recovery

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery want to pass along our congratulations and appreciation to staff with the city of Issaquah for outstanding work representing the city in the most recent WRIA 8 2014 Watershed Management Grant Program.

Out of 15 proposals submitted, nine were selected for site-specific restoration and acquisition projects. Of those nine, four were city of Issaquah proposals. Of the $1,520,273 available for distribution, the funding designated for Issaquah’s projects was $490,000.

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To the Editor

June 17, 2014

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Salmon Days logo

Issaquah Press masthead took me back to glorious days

I love The Issaquah Press logo of the June 11 edition and its celebration of the new Salmon Days logo.

Seeing it reminded me of the glorious days of the ‘60s and ‘70s when everyone, it seemed, took a stand on important social issues; where student activism helped to end a war, environmental awareness led to a bipartisan vote to establish the Environmental Protection Agency (imagine, brought to us by a Republican President — Nixon — and ratified by the House and the Senate, ah, the days). Women started seeing themselves as more than just window-dressing and demanded equal treatment, and the whole concept of healthy, sustainable living was nurtured.

Let’s hope the new logo inspires similar activism and continues to broaden our vision of what we can achieve.

Kathy Swoyer

Issaquah

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To the Editor

June 10, 2014

Lost dog

Thanks to all who helped Kiki get home

On June 1, our dachshund Kiki bolted from a friend’s house. We spent the day searching for her near Inglewood Hill. By 10 p.m., we were in despair — would she know to stay off the street, avoid predators, find food and water? We live in Issaquah, so it seemed Kiki’s chances of returning, or even surviving the night, were low.

We spent Monday putting up flyers, but failed to find her. Neighbors encouraged us, took flyers and said they’d help.

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To the Editor

June 3, 2014

Housing development

Buy houses that are for  sale before building more

So, 100-plus houses are going to be built next to Discovery Elementary School on 228th Street.

With the sudden clear-cutting of trees next to the park and ride, the surge in development is obvious. The destruction of trees should be the first concern. Trees improve our health, are part of history and support wildlife.

Another concern is road capacity. Drive on 228th at 7 a.m. or 5 p.m. to see the traffic backlog. The street is now supposed to absorb 100-plus additional families coming on and off the road as the two new developments are created? There has to be a point where the City Council, planning commission and citizens agree enough is enough.

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To the Editor

May 27, 2014

 

The Issaquah Press

Thank you for a great  community newspaper

Thank you for publishing a newspaper that I have enjoyed reading for more than 40 years. This may be a bittersweet email, though, because after subscribing to The Issaquah Press for many years, I must tell you that I am not renewing my subscription.

I believe that The Press is still a great community newspaper — but I’m just not as active in Issaquah as I once was.

While I grew up in town and was a member of Issaquah Rotary for more than 20 years, my wife and I live in Seattle, and that’s where we’re more active.

So, best wishes on the continued publication of The Issaquah Press. I’m sure that I’ll check-in from time-to-time via the online version and when I’m out for various community events such as Salmon Days. Thank you for producing a great community newspaper.

Ed Bronsdon

Seattle

 

Teachers

If you think you can do   better, go ahead and try

I ( a teacher for many years who certainly didn’t do it for the money) recently heard an NPR news interview concerning preschool children being sent home due to behavior and not allowed to return to school. The reporter was upset that the school district — California was being skewered in this particular interview — was unwilling to serve these poor children.

Did she mention class size? Whether those teachers had any adult help with behavior issues? The kinds of behaviors that caused the children to be sent home? A need to provide districts with funding for additional personnel? Well, no.

This outsider went on to cite statistics regarding the high number of ethnic preschoolers being sent home in relation to the lower percentage of white preschoolers. Moreover, she suggested this discrepancy was due to racial bias on the part of the preschool teachers. What?

Does she personally know any preschool teachers, especially teachers biased against their nonwhite students? Did she look into a possible correlation between poverty and behavior issues? Whether poverty in the U.S. is more often found in nonwhite families? That many families are so stressed about their situation and are working so many hours to make ends meet that they have little time for teaching social skills? Well, no again.

I am sick to the bone of hearing about the failures of our teachers, our schools. Schools are now expected to provide before and after care, to feed, counsel, entertain students. Oh, and get great test scores out of them, as well. Teachers are grading papers in the evening, planning lessons on weekends, attending after-school events.

My wish? I wish every teacher would resign his/her job and leave the complainers to deal with the issues of educating children. The well needs to run dry!

Donna Manion

Issaquah

 

To the Editor

May 20, 2014

Mother’s Brunch

Thanks to all who helped put on special event

Christina Corrales-Toy truly captured the feeling of Life Enrichment Options’ second annual Mother’s Brunch — the feeling of comfort and acceptance that many families with children with special needs don’t always feel — in her recent story on the event.

This event, celebrating the moms of children with developmental disabilities and all that they do, is a particularly appropriate event for LEO and the Tavon Center to collaborate on as both local organizations were started by moms of children with special needs.

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To the Editor

May 13, 2014

Flooding concerns

Make your opinion heard about Gilman development

How many of you who witnessed the 2009 (and 1996 and 1990) flooding around Lombardi’s thought that the best solution for that site would be to add three five-story buildings, 400 automobiles and 600 residents? And with no requirement to do anything to keep the site from flooding again?

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Letters

May 6, 2014

Tiger Mountain

Librarian hopes school will continue for years to come

My personal experience with Tiger Mountain Community High School was limited to about an hour and a half on Dec. 7, 1992.

I was at that time the young adult librarian at the Issaquah Library, and I visited the school to present a program to a group of young parents.

I didn’t know what would be of interest, but I took along cloth books, board books, books about making toys or clothes or baby food — everything I could think of.

In my entire career as a librarian, I’ve never addressed such an interested, even rapt, audience! Those students were so keen to see the materials I’d brought. They loved the hand puppets (which at that time were for circulation), and some decided then and there to convert the stuffed toys they were scheduled to make into hand puppets instead. Their teacher agreed to help them with the project.

I was able to give every parent a copy of “Goodnight Moon,” (and incidentally, I’d really had to work to persuade the library administration to let me have those books for that particular audience).

The teenagers were happy to show me their lovely babies after the program, and to tell me how they were caring for them — only 15 or 16 years old, but devoted caregivers.

I’ve often thought of those students and their children, children who would now be much older than their parents were in 1992. I do hope their lives turned out happily. I’m sure that attending Tiger Mountain Community High School helped a lot in that respect, and that the school will continue to assist all its students for years to come.

Marnie Webb

Issaquah

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To the Editor

April 29, 2014

Being green

Kids can make a difference to the environment

Many people don’t realize that kids can make a difference in taking care of our environment. We have found that our Sunny Hills Elementary School students have been working hard to help our school and community be green.

Students at Sunny Hills have been hard at work helping on various Green Team committees, and educating students and staff about what it takes to be a green school through the King County Green Schools program.

The student Green Team has been working on several big projects. These projects have included creating a PowerPoint slideshow to educate students and staff about being green. Students have been making posters about recycling and energy conservation, and hanging them around the school campus. Students also have been working in the cafeteria to monitor waste disposal.

It is important we keep our contamination rate low and help teach other students simple rules, such as removing the straws from their juice boxes before recycling. Also, one of our goals is to help teach students to remove the wrappers from their food before placing food in the compost or garbage.

Further, students have given announcements over the intercom about recycling and energy conservation, and have performed songs in the lunch room about how to be green. Currently, Sunny Hills is maintaining a Level 1 status and working toward meeting the goals for Level 2, which is about energy conservation.

The student Green Team is encouraging everyone at Sunny Hills to be a green citizen, not only in our school, but in our community as well. That is the message we students at Sunny Hills are working hard to accomplish.

Augustine Tangas, Gavin Soleibe  and Kaisa Sherwood

Fourth-grade Green Team

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