January 14, 2014
My wife and I stayed Jan. 3 in a most interesting place for a Friday night — a tree.
I’ve written stories about Treehouse Point over the years for The Press, but it took my wife’s initiative to make us reservations to stay overnight in one of their tree house lodges.
This also represents the closest I’ve ever been to glamping — an upscale way to camp in luxury in the outdoors.
January 14, 2014
Sammamish offers Klahanie a choice
By this time next week, ballots for the Feb. 11 election will be in the mail and voters in the Klahanie annexation area will be choosing future services for their homes.
The Klahanie annexation vote continues to be mostly an emotional one for many we have spoken with. It’s easy to say yes to annexation, understanding that property taxes will go down, and road and safety services will go up. And after all, those residents already have an Issaquah address and live in the Issaquah School District, and drive through the city nearly every day.
January 14, 2014
Annexation is about home more than about services
Annexation is about more than efficiencies of service. Annexation is also about home, and we have all heard the phrase that “home is where the heart is.”
When the first ground was broken for Klahanie, Issaquah was the nearest city where the residents could shop and participate in community activities. In short, the residents of Klahanie have always thought of themselves as being part of the Issaquah community and calling Issaquah home.
January 7, 2014
People tend to dread making and sticking to resolutions.
A few years ago, I decided I wasn’t going to make any more resolutions. Oh, I would always start the year with the best intentions, but you know what they say about those.
I would make a list, excited about prospects and possibilities. Weeks later, I would feel awful about missed opportunities and failed plans. The blues would set in as I struggled to get back on track and finally gave up.
But wait! What if I made only one resolution, something I knew I could stick to?
January 7, 2014
Change to the online system isn’t such a welcome one
Well, folks, the King County Library System program writers could not leave well enough alone and had to do a drastic change to the online operation.
I do not find the new online process very acceptable. Hope others have better success with it than I have so far.
They also dropped the feature that showed which titles had been checked out previously by a KCLS user. I have checked out more than 8,000 titles and cannot remember all the titles — now the KCLS will not help me in this regard.
I have read all the Western stories and have started through them again, some I recall and some I don’t recall, as just had my 85th birthday, ha ha.
Vote for annexation into Issaquah
I would like to remind my neighbors on the plateau that there will be an important election Feb. 11.
This election is about the annexation of the area known as the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area into the city of Issaquah.
A vote of “yes” on the measure promises to bring lower property taxes to the area and will provide the plateau with many badly needed services not provided by King County.
January 7, 2014
Minimum wage talk starts good discussion
Income equality is the driving force behind the much talked about potential for a $15 minimum wage across the state. The $15 question was put to a vote in the city of SeaTac in November and narrowly passed.
Washington state currently has the highest state minimum wage in the nation, which increases with inflation and stands at $9.32 this year.
While we believe every worker should have the right to a decent wage, the $15/hour equates to $31,200 annually, not even the $41,000/year estimated as a living wage for a family of four in King County. So why stop at $15?
December 31, 2013
2014 goals for a better Issaquah
The Issaquah Press presents its annual list of goals for the Issaquah area. A few are repeats from last year, still waiting to be accomplished but worthy of repeating.
February elections — The trio of school district levies, the Klahanie annexation decision and the repeal of the plastic bag ban are all up for a vote. The only good thing about the dismal turnout of voters in the November election is the easy assurance of getting enough voters to validate the school levy election. Let’s hope Issaquah voters get back on track and return their ballots in higher numbers in 2014.
Central Issaquah Plan — The redevelopment plan is in place and developers now know how to maximize the use of their property. One project has already been proposed. It will be interesting to see what other plans come forward and whether the CIP is achieving its goals.
December 31, 2013
Education — no better return on your investment
As we enter a new year, Issaquah School District voters have a unique investment opportunity.
On Feb. 11, the entire community will have the opportunity to vote yes on a three-part Issaquah district school-funding ballot, comprised of the following items:
- Four-year Maintenance and Operations Levy in the following amounts: $44.5 million in 2015, $48 million in 2016, $51.5 million in 2017, and $54 million in 2018.
- One-year Transportation Levy in the amount of $1.7 million in 2015.
- Four-year Critical Repairs/Technology levy in the following amounts: $11.4 million in 2015, $12.05 million in 2016, nearly $13.6 million in 2017, and nearly $14.9 million in 2018.
December 24, 2013
Special thanks to our many letter writers
We’d like to take a moment to salute those people who took the time to write a letter to the editor in 2013. Their written voice provokes, challenges, encourages and thereby builds a stronger community for us all. We aren’t able to publish every letter we receive, but here’s a list of the 148 authors, in alphabetical order, who did get ink this year.
Michael T. Barr
David Baty Read more
December 24, 2013
Respect knows no gender, race or political party
The Issaquah Press photo headline, Republican respect, referring to Congressman Reichert’s visit to Issaquah Middle School was shocking.
I was taught, and as a teacher I taught children, that respect knows no gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and certainly no political party.
I trust that teachers and parents are reinforcing that basic life lesson, especially for those Issaquah Middle School students who eagerly looked for themselves in the front-page photo where the headline jumped out at them.
Any number of headlines could have captured the essence of the congressman’s visit without furthering the political divide that is crippling our country. Congressman Reichert, I trust, was not invited to Issaquah Middle School because of his political affiliation. That would be blatantly inappropriate in a public school. I again trust that the congressman was invited because he had a message that resonates with young people struggling to make appropriate choices.
I expect better from The Issaquah Press.
Change your mind and think outside the bag
I was amazed when I read two letters in the Nov. 20 issue about the bag ban. Did Ms. Cardozo and Mr. Sessler even read what they wrote?
Ms. Cardozo explained the absolute need for produce bags to carry a variety of things. I don’t know where she gets her sushi, but mine comes in a hard-shell container, which is recyclable. Meat & chicken? Rarely do I see a package leaking, and only then would I add more plastic. Ice cream? It won’t melt in her 15 minutes’ drive home! Produce? Very little actually needs a plastic bag.
No one she has spoken with thinks the ban is a good idea? Perhaps she’s talking to the wrong folks. Then, she “tosses five or more” of these produce bags. She should know that Waste Management says produce bags are code 4 recyclable! So, yes, she saves nothing; what a shame.
Mr. Sessler stated he has witnessed people carrying and dropping things on their way to the car, spending “minutes” just to escape the bag fee? Maybe these folks are environmentally conscious but clumsy. I’ve carried unbagged items to my car for years, even dropped a few. I’ve even made a clerk remove items from a bag because it’s the right thing to do. If I’m absent-minded enough to leave my bags in the car — wow, what a burden it is to retrieve them!
These are not reasons for wasting plastic! Perhaps a frame of mind change is in order — think outside the bag. The bag ban was the right thing to do, and I hope my fellow Issaquahnians make the right choice and keep our town moving forward. Oh, and by the way, I can’t vote either as a county resident.
Vote yes to annexation by Issaquah
Efforts by Sammamish to encourage opposition to annexation by Issaquah are not in our best interest.
Sammamish cannot serve us better than King County does now. They just want our tax revenue! Sammamish has little commercial tax revenue, placing much of the city’s costs on its residents.
Plus, annexation by Sammamish is not a default option if you vote no on annexation to Issaquah. State annexation laws are such that a no vote will just leave us in King County, where we will continue to be obligated for King County debt, rather than Issaquah debt. City/county debt is not an issue in this election! Vote no and our tax dollars will continue to be spent in Seattle and other parts of King County.
Annexation by Issaquah, according to neutral, third-party analysis, will save taxpayers over $850/year in property tax on a $500,000 home. Our tax dollars will stay in our community and be managed locally where we can have a greater say in how that money is spent.
Issaquah was incorporated in 1892 and has a well-established government and police department. We will receive better police protection, and road and park maintenance. Eastside Fire & Rescue will serve us as they always have, while our utilities, including Sammamish water will stay the same. Our addresses have always been Issaquah addresses. We have been part of the Issaquah community for decades. It’s about time we become official residents of Issaquah.
Understand the facts and consequences. Support annexation by Issaquah. They have done due diligence to make sure they can take good care of us. They want to serve our needs and for less cost to us than King County or Sammamish. Let’s vote yes to be part of Issaquah for all the right reasons, because all the reasons are right!