To the Editor — week of Feb. 4, 2015

February 3, 2015

Safety

Do something about Skyline students crossing street

My husband and I have become increasingly concerned for Skyline High School’s student safety for those students using Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church’s parking lot during school hours.

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Home Country — The older you get, the faster time goes

February 3, 2015

Mabel Adams was out the other day, with her new walker, the one with the basket on it, and a seat for sitting when she gets tired.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

It’s a purple kind of walker and she likes it. It has hand brakes, too, just like a bicycle. She was headed for the Curl Up ‘N Dye beauty salon to get her permanent renewed, and she had to pass by the elementary school on her way.

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Editorial — Task force needs a more youthful voice

January 27, 2015

Not all anniversaries are worthy of celebration but some should be remembered for the impact on our world, our social conscious and our neighborhood.

One coming up is Feb. 12 — the day the body of a newborn baby girl was found near North Bend. First responders and detectives named her Baby Kimball.

A caring community held a funeral service in March 2014, memorializing her with as much dignity and love as possible.

News organizations wrote stories. Newspapers, including this one, published editorials. Read more

Question of the week — 2015 state legislative session

January 27, 2015

With the 2015 state legislative session underway, what do you think the most important issue is? Education funding? Transportation projects? Email your answers to editor@isspress.com. The responses will be published in future issues.

Off The Press — The trees will speak of Alan Haywood

January 27, 2015

Have you ever tried to listen to the trees?

Sometimes while swinging in my backyard hammock under the maple I try to hear the poetry of the leaves shining in the breeze. Sometimes on a Tiger Mountain hike, in a grove of firs towering above the ferns on the forest floor, I meditate on the hymns they sing. Coming across a gnarled old giant like the Ruth Kees tree at Lake Tradition, I imagine being able to hear lessons from its centuries of wisdom.

Yet my affection for them pales in comparison to the love Alan Haywood has shown the trees and plants of Issaquah for the last 30 years as the city’s professional arborist. He will no longer be employed by the city after the end of March, and I’m going to miss him as a friend and as a walking, talking botany encyclopedia.

Alan is the only person I have ever met who seems to know off the top of his head the Latin name of every single plant and tree in his care! Not only that, he knows each one’s favorite soil, growing season, optimum requirements for sunlight, shade and irrigation, and best pruning practice. Read more

Home Country — Everything’s better when it’s fresh

January 27, 2015

Steve was out in the Mule Barn parking lot the other day, tightening something with his wrenches under the hood of his pickup truck. The rest of us stood around, looking wise, and sipping coffee.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

“You sure it ain’t the solenoid?” said Bert.

“I don’t think they make them anymore,” said Doc.

“It’s usually the solenoid,” Bert said, with finality. Read more

To the Editor

January 27, 2015

Lend a helping hand at home

We see a lot of advertisements on TV showing how desperate children in developing countries are. They are dying because of hunger. We feel very sorry for those children.  People say that we have to help those suffering children and their families.

People say that Mother Teresa was an amazing person. People really admire her and they say that we can’t be like her.

Yes, we can. We can help those people in our own neighborhood. They are not only in developing areas around the world. They are everywhere in our society.

We are currently helping the winter shelters on the eastside in Bellevue. It is heartbreaking to see children that are hungry. When we served food on our last visit to the winter shelter, they said, “I am so hungry.” However, they were polite and well behaved. They were waiting patiently to eat. Read more

Cartoon — Jan. 28, 2015

January 27, 2015

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Thanks to Tom Anderson for the cartoon. He has been an Issaquah resident since 1979, and lived here seven years when he was a child. He is the author of the “Issaquah Doodle Book,” available at the Issaquah History Museums’ gift shop. Email your cartoon about any Issaquah topic to editor@isspress.com.

Editorial — Volunteer now to help your city

January 20, 2015

The city of Issaquah needs volunteers for various boards and commissions.

The number needed is in parentheses, followed by a brief job description:

Arts Commission (three) — support and encourage visual and performing arts

Cable TV Commission (one) — regulate and oversee the operations of cable television in Issaquah.

Cemetery Board (two) — advise the mayor in connection with the management and control of the city-owned cemetery, including perpetual care, improvements and expansion. Read more

To the Editor

January 20, 2015

More people donated to Merry Christmas Issaquah than ever

Issaquah Community Services volunteers would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and sincere gratitude to the numerous donors who have made it possible, through the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund, to support those in our community who have fallen on hard times.

Our volunteers have the humbling privilege of administering donated funds to those in need. With more than $80,000 raised, we can continue to provide emergency assistance to the families and individuals that live in the Issaquah School District that cannot meet their basic needs from month to month. Having a roof over one’s head, running water, lights and a warm home can now be possible for almost 500 families.

We especially would like to recognize the hard-working team at The Issaquah Press, as they have been a major supporter of this service to our community since 1981. In total, they have helped us raise more than $1 million since 1981. Read more

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