Rapid Response

October 16, 2012

What solution do you propose for the unsightly and crime-prone Issaquah Skate Park?

Make the community center the main trailhead to Tiger Mountain in Issaquah to create more traffic in the area, and then improve the skate park without fencing where it stands.

Connie Marsh

Issaquah

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September 18, 2012

The city is considering a partnership with the state to improve the aging facilities at Lake Sammamish State Park. What needs to be improved at the park? Should the city or state shoulder the cost or partner to provide improvements?  

Absolutely. And definitely in a partnership with the state as the park is used not just by Issaquah-area residents but also by residents throughout Western Washington as well as tourists. Issaquah has so much to offer, and a thriving tourism industry could be a real boon. Just think of all the wonderful events that could be held at the park if the current aging facilities were improved.

Meredith Prock

Issaquah

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September 11, 2012

The city is considering a partnership with the state to improve the aging facilities at Lake Sammamish State Park. What needs to be improved at the park? Should the city or state shoulder the cost or partner to provide improvements?

We can’t even maintain the skateboard park, how will we maintain Lake Sammamish State Park?

Connie Marsh

Issaquah

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August 7, 2012

City Council members recently banned plastic bags at Issaquah retailers starting in March 2013. How do you feel about the ordinance’s effort to reduce plastic waste?

It is appropriate given Issaquah’s initiatives and goals to be as green and eco-minded as possible to protect the environment now and for future.

Bernadette E. Anne

Issaquah

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July 17, 2012

Large grocery stores and other retailers starting selling liquor June 1. Have you purchased spirits through the newly privatized system? Why or why not?

I’m not sure it is working out for the consumer. Choice seems to be limited and the price seems higher. It is absurd that the state collects a “sales” tax AND a “liter tax,” which total about $12 for 1.75 liter — which is roughly half the price of the item.

Mark Bowers

Issaquah

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July 3, 2012

City Council members recently banned plastic bags at Issaquah retailers starting in March 2013. How do you feel about the ordinance’s effort to reduce plastic waste?

It did not address the problem of reducing waste stream or litter and it should have.

Connie Marsh

Issaquah

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March 13, 2012

Membership is declining in local civic organizations (like the Elks, Eagles and Masonic lodges). What can they do/offer to interest you in becoming a member?

Frankly, my impression has been that they are male-centered clubs for smoking, drinking, playing cards and barbecuing, so advertise events more and update their images.

Gail Givan, Issaquah

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December 6, 2011

Membership is declining in local civic organizations (like the Elks, Eagles and Masonic lodges). What can they do/offer to interest you in becoming a member?

Yes, we need young people in our civic organizations, like in our Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. There is really not much that we can offer but to make them feel comfortable and be part of the group. Most young professionals are very busy with work and raising young family, but they check their emails and get into social media, so maybe we can create an Internet club as an extension of our noon club. They need a break from work so they need a fun meeting where maybe sometimes they can bring their families or bring their wife into a fun evening meeting once a month. These activities can be dancing, (karaoke) singing, romantic dinners and game nights — just a group wherein to have a fun break inexpensively once a month. They also would like to help in the community and our service clubs do provide that.

Becky Wilder, Issaquah

We see today that people seem to affiliate after feeling involved and having a sense of community. The idea that you join in order to belong is increasing difficult to justify. The act of belonging is an expression of community. Traditional clubs and organization will be most impacting “when they move out of building and programs” and into areas of community interest and community need. In Christian contexts, the mission of congregations is to join God where he is already at work in the community!

Don Burnett, Issaquah

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November 29, 2011

The developer of the latest retail complex proposed for the Issaquah Highlands is seeking public money to complete the project. Should the city provide funding for the project? What other economic development projects should be considered for city dollars?

No. If the development is a good investment, then private investors would put their money into it and not need to ask for taxpayer funds.

Paul Stewart, Issaquah

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November 8, 2011

Can you see advantages to the Issaquah School District unifying the schedules of its main three high schools? What are the disadvantages?

One advantage that I see is that each high school could offer specialty classes that are attended by small numbers of students. This means that schools could combine small classes in one location. Busing should be provided to allow students to move from school to school.

Jim Harris, Issaquah

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