To the Editor

September 24, 2013


What is the city afraid of anyway?

The city of Issaquah has not been very happy to actually let its citizens have their own opinions for quite some time. The administration has long had a culture that punishes dissent, and anything that they do resembling a mistake doesn’t require an apology and change, but a bigger bunker to hide behind, and usually some nasty finger pointing.

More recently, the city has become even more protective, removing the history of much of the city information from the website and requiring information requests for that which was formerly publicly available.  I want to be clear here that most of the staff does not act this way and they actually are interested in what people have so say. (Yes, indeed, there are the occasional exceptions.)

The City Council tends to get only the information that the administration wants to provide to achieve, seemingly, iron-fisted control and unsustainable growth of our city.

What is lost in Issaquah right now is the idea that a town is created and run for its people, and the very baseline of a 5-star city is complete and accurate information for the people so that they can inform the process.

Instead, Issaquah’s administration is hiding the information and making it difficult for anyone to effectively engage. What are they so afraid of … people realizing that the emperor has no clothes?

Connie Marsh


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To the Editor

September 17, 2013

Water issue

Government shouldn’t operate in secrecy

Regarding The Issaquah Press article “Issaquah hoodwinks Sammamish Plateau Sewer and Water District customers,” we should all be disappointed.

‘’Democracies die behind closed doors,’’ wrote Judge Damon J. Keith, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in a ruling handed down in 2002 regarding secret visa courts.

The citizens of Issaquah have the right to know that their government is conducting their business fairly and lawfully so when our mayor and City Council undertake the sort of deceptive practices described in the article, we should all be furious.

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To the Editor

September 10, 2013

Tiger Mountain

Logging will not destroy the mountain

Does Mr. Laughlin not know that most of Tiger Mountain is classified as commercial forestland and he should expect logging on some rotational basis? This logging will not “destroy the mountain” in any fashion — except possible visual impacts for a couple of years, and I believe the Department of Natural Resources works to minimize that issue, particularly on the (most visible) west side of the mountain.

Also, there has been considerable mining activity on lower Squak Mountain and on Grand Ridge, but I am not aware of more than minimal mining on any part of Tiger Mountain. Further, I would bet the railroad grades are all the result of the earlier logging activity and there would be far fewer bike trails on the mountain if not for that logging.

Rowan Hinds


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To the Editor

September 3, 2013

Spawning salmon

Cartoon about hitchhiking fish was excellent

Kudos to Peter Allen Clark for his clever, erudite, timely, extremely pertinent and artistically drawn cartoon of the hitchhiking “spawner” studs waiting for their truck. The subtle educational hint on reproductive biology was special genius!

The cartoon caused me, while I chuckled, to return to the front page to enjoy fully reading the entire piece.

Dan Anderson


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To the Editor

August 27, 2013

Annexation vote

Is Klahanie’s emergency response in jeopardy?

If Klahanie votes in favor of annexation by Issaquah, several life- and property-saving minutes will be stripped from our community. The facts: The building that contains Eastside Fire & Rescue Station No. 83 — the one closest to and referred to as “Klahanie’s Fire Station” — is actually owned by the city of Sammamish.

If Klahanie becomes part of Issaquah, Sammamish is likely to move the fire station to better serve its community. Sammamish approached Issaquah to find out if it would be interested in purchasing the fire station if annexation were to occur. Issaquah said no. The result? Klahanie’s fire station would probably no longer exist.

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To the Editor

August 20, 2013

Postal worker

Keystone cops couldn’t have handled situation worse

The story of the Issaquah postal worker/thief read like a phony news story out of The Onion rather than real life. If the story is true, we should all feel the cold chill of the relativistic justice that was meted out in this case.

Everyone from the USPS “inspector” to the U.S. “attorney” and the “judge” who “work” for the people should be — ashamed, embarrassed, disbarred, fired?

The ridiculous quote from the defense attorney is what really dropped my jaw. Ms. Wei stole money for financial reasons, he said. I especially loved the “sob” story about why she needed to steal the money. What could it be, a costly operation for her dear old mother? Life-saving medicine for her infant? To keep the farm out of the hands of…? No, she spends a lot of money on her daughter’s sports commitments.

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To the Editor

August 13, 2013

Postal worker

Theft is shameful, not lapse in judgment

I think the court is being kind when it suggests that a postal worker who was systematically stealing from our mail is suffering from a “lapse in judgment,” deserving only probation, community service and what appears to me to be partial restitution ($585 in restitution fines for stealing at least $500 AND 30 gift cards? Sounds partial to me).

I so enjoyed reading about Ms. Wei’s financial problems, which appear to stem from an inability (unwillingness) to work full-time due to her daughter’s “athletic career.” Well, I have a child, too. He moved from my home, at age 24, into the low-income YWCA housing in the Issaquah Highlands, having proven through the qualification process that his income is, in fact, low.

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To the Editor

August 6, 2013

Dogwood Street

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.

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To the Editor

July 30, 2013

Plastic bags

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.

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To the Editor

July 23, 2013

Land purchase

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.

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