Sammamish Forum March 13
March 13, 2013
Bags can be dirty
I am opposed to the charge for grocery bags. The number one reason I no longer use reusable grocery bags is germs. Talk to a grocery checker next time you are checking out; they will tell you about the filthy bags people bring for them to fill with their groceries.
I wonder about all the germs you cannot see. I took a class on food safety in Chelan County and was told to never use reusable grocery bags because of the germs. It is quicker for me to go to Redmond instead of Issaquah and that is where I will now be buying my food. My health and the health of family and guests is too important to me. I wish the government would let people decide what they want to do, without making these silly laws.
An open letter to burglars
Just because someone doesn’t answer their door, does not mean they are not home. I would not enjoy having you break into my home thinking I am not here, as I could be taking a shower, working on a project and not wanting to be disturbed, feeding the baby, taking a nap, working out, not wanting to talk to solicitors, or doing almost anything that would keep me from answering the door of an unexpected visitor. Therefore, if we do not answer our door, then do not assume we are not home. Breaking into the back of the house will only give you an unexpected surprise.
on new store
In the years since the shopping center was built we have lost many businesses but none have caused the outrage of losing our Ace Hardware. It is one of the few that have endured, been steadfast and dependable. Living on this hill makes it very hard for any major business to take a chance that the Sammamish residents could spend enough to justify building here, putting aside how hard it would be to jump the hoops of red tape to build here and lack of a suitable location.
We had vowed to boycott any business coming into that space like Jon Anderson has suggested. We are now having very mixed feelings. Unlike Jon, we have never considered Trader Joe’s a “corporate greedy” business, but unlike Mark Hartman, we also don’t agree that Trader Joe’s has low prices and we would rarely shop there but for the occasional deal. Another resident also brought up the fact that Ace doesn’t carry all that we need for home projects; that is true.
We find ourselves shopping at Home Depot for most of our needs and shopping at Ace only for the occasional quick trip for some thing small or on sale. Having Trader Joe’s would be a nice addition to our grocery shopping besides Safeway. The added variety will be nice. We find ourselves in a tough place as we want to show our support to Ace but taking the emotion out of it, Trader Joe’s is not the bad guy in this scenario. This is free enterprise. At least it’s not Whole Foods or another Starbucks.
will be a benefit
Having read several posts by people who do not understand the value of the Community Center and the connection with the YMCA, I have to defend how others see the value. Recently one of the owners of the land that was to be considered for the Town Center felt that the $25 million should have been used to jump start the moribund Town Center project, and it would release dozens of homeowners from the financial and emotional nightmare the City has put them in.
In reference to Town Centers, we have four very good-sized ones with in 20 minutes of Sammamish now. The swim area in the community center is to be used not only by the swim teams of Sammamish, which by the way are extremely competitive and winning, but also for swim meets with other teams, senior citizens, and family exercise and activity. The $25 million dollar “gift” as they refer to it, will not have anything to do with the “financial nightmare” for Town Center. It will increase the value of the schools, other properties and, best of all, homeowners and families.
The school districts in Sammamish brought seven levies and a bond before voters last February and six of those measures passed, the exception being the Lake Washington School District bond. The city is also seeing an ever-so-slight increase in assessed value for 2011 – a sign that the recent free fall of area housing prices may be stabilizing.
Family values are more than supported by City Council and community voters. There is not another community on the Eastside that has grown as we have. If anyone questions that, all you have to do is go to the municipality websites for cities on the Eastside and get the stats yourself.