Readers sound off on Facebook about Issaquah traffic nightmares

January 5, 2016

NEW — 1:11 p.m. Jan. 5, 2016

As the city’s traffic task force began its work last month, we asked those who follow us on Facebook (you can like our page at facebook.com/issaquahpress) to share where Issaquah traffic is the worst. Here’s what some of them had to say:

Scott Stoddard / sstoddard@isspress.com Issaquah faces traffic challenges in a number of spots around the city, especially during commute hours.

Scott Stoddard / sstoddard@isspress.com
Issaquah faces traffic challenges in a number of spots around the city, especially during commute hours.

Front Street going south in the evening. We avoid it like the plague, which prevents us from going anywhere downtown.

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To the Editor — Many senior center questions remain unanswered

January 5, 2016

NEW — 1:09 p.m. Jan. 5, 2016

Press reporter Tom Corrigan has been more than fair in reporting public comments made at the City Council meetings concerning the current Issaquah Senior Center contractor, who has received over $500,000 of taxpayers’ money to provide senior programs in a rent-free city facility.

In late June, longtime active volunteers and senior center members who were banned spoke about the police-issued no-trespass orders served to them, and asked the city for copies of 501c3 IRS 1099 as well as other fiscal documents that were refused to them by the center’s director. Read more

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To the Editor — United Church of Christ’s sign sends a message to Rodne

January 5, 2016

NEW — 1:08 p.m. Jan. 5, 2016

Contributed

Contributed

This is the reader board at this church. After Rep. Jay Rodne’s bigoted statements, support was offered to the Muslims in our area.

Hate is an awful thing. Support and love makes light from the darkness.

Sally Montgomery

Issaquah

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Off The Press — Maybe resolutions aren’t so foolish after all

January 5, 2016

NEW — 1:06 p.m. Jan. 5, 2016

In an attempt to fill this space, I was planning on writing something sarcastic and perhaps vaguely funny about the pointlessness of New Year’s resolutions — how they are a waste of time and effort and so on. It is still early enough in the year to opine about those, no?

In search of a little inspiration, I made what turned out to be a couple of quick Google searches on the topic of resolutions. After looking at maybe two or three pages, I came across the following quote from Neil Gaiman, and everything just sort of fell apart.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”

Now, I don’t know if you know who Neil Gaiman is, but being a sci-fi/fantasy geek, I know him as a writer who ranks as the left hand of the Almighty. But even if I’d never heard of him, my column idea would still have died a sudden death. Gaiman’s quote was not only better than anything else I’d found on the topic, it was also one of those things I wish I’d written. The quote is just so right, even if he’s not referring directly to New Year’s resolutions, it’s embarrassing that I wanted to write about how stupid they are. Read more

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Special thanks to our letter writers of 2015

December 29, 2015

NEW — 1:54 p.m. Dec. 29, 2015

We’d like to take a moment to salute those people who took the time to write a letter to the editor in 2015. Their written voice provokes, challenges, encourages and thereby builds a stronger community for us all. We aren’t able to publish every letter we received, but here’s a list of the 114 authors, in alphabetical order, who did get ink in 136 letters this year. Read more

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To the Editor — A second marijuana license for Issaquah smells fishy

December 29, 2015

NEW — 1:53 p.m. Dec. 29, 2015

The state, using its wise thoughts, has decided to allow another outlet in Issaquah to spread the pot around. The state says it wants to ensure medical pot is more available for medical patients. If that was true, why did the state not allow more outlets for medical patients before pot was approved in Washington state, breaking federal law? Do you think maybe the pot lobbyists have gotten to the state board members to get more pot outlets in the state?

Ken Sessler

Issaquah

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To the Editor — Students better served with time-management classes

December 29, 2015

NEW — 1:52 p.m. Dec. 29, 2015

Change is good, but a change in start times is not an effective way to help students be less tired. A more effective solution is to offer classes that teach time-management skills.

Common sense tells us later bell times mean students will stay up later at night. Those that think differently are those that like to sleep in. Two of my three Issaquah High children had a hard time getting up. Changing the bell time would not have made them any less tired.

My youngest daughter, who now attends Green River College, proved this just last week. Normally, she gets to bed around midnight to get to an 8 a.m. class totally exhausted. Last week, I saw her still up at 2 a.m. When I asked her why she was still up, she said, “My 8 a.m. class was canceled, so I don’t have to be to school till 9.”

For those of you that know the French expression “plus ça change,” it fits perfectly here. Translation: The more things change, the more it stays the same. Change the start time and the kids will still be tired.  Read more

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Off The Press — Look for beauty hiding beneath life’s ugly dilemmas

December 29, 2015

NEW — 1:51 p.m. Dec. 29, 2015

Twas the night before the night before Christmas as I write this, and running through my mind are thoughts of a man I met only once.

Last spring, I was at a Seattle sports bar before a Sounders FC match. It’s not uncommon for me to interact with strangers at this particular place, but up until this day it was a foreign concept to have any sort of deep, meaningful conversation with someone about anything except soccer.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

I sat down at the bar, ordered a beer and began monkeying around on my phone. It’s pretty typical behavior to casually ignore everyone around us in these situations, which I often feel guilty for. We miss face-to-face connections that can be valuable, even if they’re oh-so-very brief.

The man next to me started asking questions about the Sounders. I politely answered while mentally assessing his appearance — shabby clothes, stubbly beard, large backpack. He introduced himself as Louie and we shook hands. I quickly learned he was homeless. Read more

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Off The Press — There are two sides to Christmas Day

December 22, 2015

NEW — 12:39 p.m. Dec. 22, 2015

Christmas is not always a great holiday for all people, is it?

For instance, today, Christmas Eve, is the third anniversary of the passing of Issaquah Press Sports Editor Bob Taylor. Not only does it still ring a somber note in our newsroom but surely will always color the holiday in a darker hue for his wife and adult son.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

And that’s minor in comparison to San Bernardino, Calif., where the families of 14 killed and more than 20 wounded will be struggling with the pain and loss of an attack only three weeks old. The Paris terror attack is only six weeks ago on Christmas Day tomorrow. Read more

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To the Editor — Many words can describe Rep. Rodne’s comments

December 22, 2015

NEW — 12:28 p.m. Dec. 22, 2015

Unbelievable. I have just become aware of Rep. Jay Rodne’s despicable, bigoted, racist, uninformed comments on his Facebook page. Thank you for republishing The Seattle Times’ article by Lynn Thompson.  How can anyone vote for a legislator who posts remarks full of hatred, misspellings, epithets and lies? From personal experience, he skulks out the back door to avoid meeting with constituents who hold different views than he, even when an appointment has been made. His claim to represent all the people of the 5th District is pathetic. He certainly does not represent me.

Steve Scott

Issaquah

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