Sammamish Forum Sept. 25
September 25, 2013
Oh, now it’s
a community center
I made this point early on, but I think it bears repeating. We are not getting a Community Center no matter what the article in the Sept. 18 Sammamish Review calls it.
We are building a very expensive facility for the YMCA. This YMCA will have “two rooms” for residents who are not paying the $1,344 per year membership fees.
An actual Community Center would not charge outrageous dues for its use.
If the actual Community Center in the YMCA will consist of “two rooms”, then we could have used the rooms in the City Hall and saved the $25 million, or is that $29 million, or why don’t we just write a blank check for the project!
The city decided they were building it no matter the cost the moment it got put on the council agenda.
Everything else since then is a side show to distract taxpayers into thinking we actually have a voice in this.
So, let’s stop calling it a Community Center and use a more appropriate name… “The 25 or more million dollar gift to the expensive membership YMCA that has a whopping two whole rooms for community use.”
Michael J. O’Connell
Alison Meryweather is right for the School Board
Alison Meryweather has been a non-stop advocate for our public education system for over a decade. She has actively sought and found opportunities over the years to take a leadership position in endeavors that will bring resources to our schools so that all of our children can have the best possible education.
Whether as a past PTSA president at multiple levels in our district, a board trustee for the Issaquah Schools Foundation, or a long-time committee member then chair of Volunteers for Issaquah Schools, the all-volunteer organization that raises money for and runs Issaquah’s bond and levy campaigns, she has spent seemingly all of her time — outside of raising her daughters — dedicated to the cause of helping make Issaquah schools better.
The knowledge, insight, and experience she has gleaned from all these years of work have already been and will continue to be enormous assets on the school board.
Many of us, to some degree, think we’re experts about our schools because we have shepherded our own children through the system. Meryweather’s dedication to helping all children puts her in a different category.
Her years of work as a fund raiser and advocate have produced deep understanding and convictions about the challenges facing schools.
This is what drives her to keep doing more, and always trying to do better. The Issaquah School Board – and in turn, all of our students – only stand to gain.
Kathleen Huckabay for City Council
Kathleen Huckabay, a former Sammamish City Councilwoman, is once again running for a City Council seat, and I support her decision to do so. During her past tenure she exhibited those qualities that I admire in a political office holder. They were:
u Constant contact with and awareness of the needs and wants of Sammamish citizens
u Fiscal responsibility
u Mild environmental awareness without the overreach and dogma
u Recognition of property rights
It would be good for the city to have her back on the council. She knows her town and what the people here really want.
She realizes that we have a special place, with the unique beauty of the woods, mountains and waters.
She and her fellow citizens enjoy the outdoor activities, be it walking, biking, boating, swimming, or any of the others that abound in Sammamish.
She will have my vote because of her previously exhibited qualities and because she supports the enhancement of outdoor activities in our town.
David L. Paul
If we cared, we would do something about it
Regarding the city (of Issaquah) cybersquatting: I don’t think this really matters — as a nation we are accepting of being spied on by our government, ambivalent to the loss of certain freedoms in lieu of false security and ever more tolerant of government governing citizens as though we were members only of “makers” over “takers.”
Let’s face it — we don’t care — if we did we would do something about it.