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.
July 2, 2013
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.
June 25, 2013
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!
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.