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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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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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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To the Editor — Dear protesters: Police officers are not the villains

December 15, 2015

NEW — 12:01 p.m. Dec. 15, 2015

Who stands up for the rights of law enforcement?

Where are the “protesters” when 99 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty this year? Don’t police and deputy lives matter? Read more

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To the Editor — Maybe Rep. Rodne is on to something

December 15, 2015

NEW — 11:59 a.m. Dec. 15, 2015

State Rep. Jay Rodne is quite right to be concerned. We have the example of a son of a Palestinian refugee family who spent time in Egypt and subsequently was executed by the authorities for subversion. There appears to be plenty of his followers in our area.

Carl Schwartz
Sammamish

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To the Editor — Fed up with newspaper’s coverage of senior center

December 15, 2015

NEW — 11:58 a.m. Dec. 15, 2015

Stop sending me The Issaquah Press. I no longer care to read it due to the one-sided, half-truth articles you have been presenting regarding the senior center and Courtney Jaren, the director. Read more

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To the Editor — We’re swooning over the Issaquah School District

December 15, 2015

NEW — 11:56 a.m. Dec. 15, 2015

In the fall, the two of us and several hundred other parents attended what will hopefully be the first of many parent education nights, organized as a joint effort between parents and the school district. The subject was introduction to the U.S. school system, and Issaquah schools in particular. As part of the parent group that helped put this up, we did not know quite what to expect, but the turnout and the excitement exceeded every hope we had, and really brought home what an important and timely initiative this is. Read more

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To the Editor — City’s skate park decisions aren’t making sense

December 15, 2015

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Dec. 15, 2015

As a resident who lives a block from the community center, I was glad when a new location was found for the skate park. The trail and surrounding areas have been aggregating spots for high school students, cigarettes and trash. The park has gained a reputation as a location for underage drinking and drug use.

Then I read the article in the Dec. 3 edition.  Allow me to summarize my takeaways: Read more

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