Sammamish Forum Oct. 16
October 16, 2013
Support for Huckabay
I have known Kathy Huckabay since she first became a Sammamish City Councilwoman in 1999. Over these years, I have respected Kathy for her qualities and involvement in our community. She is fair minded, intelligent, wants to understand all sides before making a decision and is fiscally responsible.
She brings positive energy to every meeting because of her natural curiosity and willingness to work with everyone and every issue. She is a protector of our natural environment and appreciates that Sammamish is such a beautiful area. Kathy is involved in many community organizations and gives selflessly of her time to make things better.
We are again fortunate to have Kathy willing to be a council member. She has the time and desire to study all of our current and future projects, budgets and complicated matters the council faces. Please join me in voting for Kathy Huckabay for Sammamish City Council on Nov. 5.
Parks Commissioner for the city of Sammamish
Support for Callan
This November voters have a clear choice between two very different candidates for the Issaquah School Board. As a proponent of public education, I am voting for Lisa Callan.
Lisa comes from a long line of public educators, and holds a strong commitment to every single student in our community. Lisa has an open and collaborative approach, and she is pragmatic about the challenges we face.
Lisa believes that the community must work together with its teachers and parents to foster a school environment where each student can thrive. She is committed to efforts that will close the achievement gap in ways that can be accessible and provided equally to all students.
Lisa’s opponent, Alison Meryweather, has spent many years championing charter schools, an agenda that potentially jeopardizes districts’ financial stability, serves just a sliver of the student population, and is deeply divisive.
Especially concerning is Alison Meryweather’s affiliation with Stand for Children given the organization’s push for vouchers and charter schools, and its anti-teacher rhetoric. Does she represent Stand for Children or our children here in Issaquah?
As we face the implementation of the Common Core standards and look ahead to next year’s contract negotiations with our teachers, we must have a school board that is focused on our students, our teachers, and our district’s financial health, not on furthering divisive agendas.
The choice is clear. Elect Lisa Callan to the Issaquah School Board.
Viable Multi-party System
I am waiting for a meaningful answer from U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-8). Over the past few weeks I have contacted his offices four times specifically asking for the Republican Party’s health care proposal.
I think most agree that the millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans need health care, and that the current system is too expensive and inefficient. The cost is bankrupting families and will dramatically increase federal spending as the baby boomers age.
In the four responses to my request the congressman’s office sent the now-standard anti-Obamacare talking points with no hint of what improvements he or the party would make or of an alternate solution to this very pressing national problem. This is unacceptable.
Let’s move on to the current budget standoff. The Republican House, cornered by its Tea Party members, is forcing a closure of the government because they do not want the new law implemented. They have been very clear about this. Remember, the Affordable Healthcare act of 2010 was negotiated and passed by a Congress elected by the people. Our elected President signed the bill into law and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld it.
Now, on the eve of implementation, the Tea Party members are demanding its negation as the condition to fund the government. This egregious bid to hold the nation hostage is unprecedented and giving into this tactic would unravel the checks and balances our founders built into the system.
No business could get away with this approach, and we cannot let it become a congressional weapon for any party.
I am not affiliated with a political party, though for over three decades I voted Republican. Now I vote based upon specific issues. I need a political system where all parties work towards solving problems within the framework of our representative democracy. I need viable alternatives.
It is wholly insufficient and detrimental to our nation to “just say no” as the Republican mantra seems to be. I hope you agree and join me in pressing Rep. Reichert to take this message to his party leaders.
Michael J. O’Connell