Sammamish Forum Nov. 7
November 7, 2012
Take a bigger stand
How about the Sammamish City Council drafting and voting for a resolution opposing the Keystone Pipeline.
This project is perhaps the most critical pending threat to the environment in the United States. Local trees and wildlife, along with Sammamish citizens will suffer the effects of global climate change and environmental disasters associated with the development of extreme sources of energy such as tar sand oil.
Who in Sammamish would support building a tar sand oil pipeline through our city, along the Ebright Creek, across Lake Sammamish and the Puget Sound?
Support the schools foundation
Our community values education and it shows through your support of our levies and bonds. Thank you—we cannot say it enough. But did you know that the Issaquah School District receives less money from the state than many of our neighboring districts?
Compounding that inequity, the state limits the local funds we can raise, again to levels below that of many or our neighbors. The end result is that Issaquah district is funded at 266th of 295 districts statewide.
Fortunately, we have the Issaquah Schools Foundation to help bridge the gap. The foundation funds academic enrichment grants at individual schools, such as after school homework help and financial literacy classes, and also partners with the district on programs such as elementary literacy enrichment and high school courses in computer programming and web design.
The foundation is a crucial part of the entire student experience and, without its money and volunteers, valuable programs – many designed to help our students most at risk of dropping out or falling behind – will be jettisoned.
It is with this backdrop that we ask you to give to foundation during the All-in-for-Kids campaign. We thank you for the many ways you support our children and our schools, and ask you to take another step and support ISF.
and Brian Deagle
The writers are members of the Issaquah School Board
Letter was dismissive
Robert Allison – I found your letter in the Review deeply troubling. It seems that you are dismissing marriage equality and the affected families without any serious thought.
First, a question… would you have been so eager to use the status quo to keep blacks on the plantation and women out of the voting booths? Would you have simply declared that “it is the law so it must be correct!”?
History shows that our past is filled with examples of people working and fighting to overcoming injustices, especially those codified into law.
The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution make the problem with preventing marriage equality very clear, even without referring to the human tragedy of discrimination.
According to The declaration we sought independence because:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men…”
Article 14 of the U.S. Constitution begins:
“No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
These statements reflect the America that I support and defend. Far too many have decided that their own prejudices or beliefs are more important than our founding principles. It is certainly OK to govern your own life by your prejudices, but it is never OK to discriminate or use the law to force others to live by them in matters of constitutionally guaranteed civil rights and equality.
I encourage you to read about the Defense of Marriage Act and how the federal courts are giving hope that this and other unconstitutional anti-gay laws will be eliminated in the future. It encourages me that our founding principles and Constitution still have meaning.
Michael J. O’Connell
by water company
We recently experienced a leak in our water supply and discovered that a neighbor’s tree root cracked a connection causing the leak. We reported the leak and fixed the leak then received the bill that showed an enormous use of water, unlike our normal usage.
We were told by the water company that we could fill out a form and request credit for that water loss. We did as we were asked and submitted our request to be given credit for the over usage. Our normal total water bill is about $165 and the new water bill was $29. The water company will only credit us $77, which we find unacceptable, but since we have no choice for another water company, they can do as they please and do nothing to really help the customer.
We also had to sign a paper agreeing that if we have another leak (not of our fault) in the next five years we would not qualify for any adjustments to our water bill. This is what happens when there is no competition and no one advocates for the consumer.