Letters to the Editor — Aug. 27, 2015

August 25, 2015

All council members need to help trailside residents

As a Sammamish resident living along the East Lake Sammamish Trail, I have followed the actions of the Sammamish City Council very closely.

In very obvious retrospect, it is apparent now that only Ramiro Valderrama and Nancy Whitten didn’t drink the goodwill Kool-Aid King County was serving. The façade of interest in and concern for resident inputs covering tree removal, privacy intrusion and storm water runoff built by Kathy Huckabay and Tom Vance crumbled under the Permit Appeal filed by King County in July. It was always just a farce.

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To the Editor — Aug. 20, 2015

August 19, 2015

NEW — 4:36 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

Pro-life or pro-birth?

As extremists in Olympia attempt to push legislation that eliminates funding for Planned Parenthood, we need to consider the following.

First, if pro-life is about saving unborn children, then why do pro-lifers oppose birth control? Recently announced results in Colorado clearly demonstrate that access to contraceptives dramatically reduces teen pregnancies. Birth rates fell by 40 percent and abortions fell by 42 percent between 2009 and 2013. So what is the real agenda?

Second, why do pro-life conservatives insist that the government provides no or limited funding for essential programs once a baby is born? We know that programs such as early childhood education, child care for working parents and good nutrition are essential ingredients in raising children, yet many pro-life conservatives don’t want to pay taxes for these programs for poor families.

Sister Joan Chittister, a Catholic nun, summed up this blatant hypocrisy. Read more

To the Editor — Aug. 13, 2015

August 12, 2015

NEW — 12:10 p.m. Aug. 12, 2015

Go back to more earth-friendly landscaping

In the past week, I’ve been disturbed three times by the sound of gas-powered leaf blowers in my Sammamish neighborhood. The first two were from landscaping companies hired by my neighbors, and the third was apparently hired by the city or the homeowners association to clean the streets.

These blowers contribute to both avoidable noise and air pollution. The landscapers blow the debris off walks and driveways, and some of it into the streets. The neighborhood maintenance workers blow it back off the street into the yards and driveways.

What is not understood is how much of the airborne dust migrates onto our cars, into our homes and into our lungs. The gas motors do not have pollution controls, and the hydrocarbon emissions are worse than a full-sized car. Read more

To the Editor — Aug. 6, 2015

August 5, 2015

NEW — 3:23 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

Growth needs to be more thoughtful

Congratulations to Wally Pereyra and Ilene Stahl, of the Friends of Pine Lake, for appealing the ruling that gave the Buchan Co. the ability to build on restricted land and build a bridge over Ebright Creek. Preserving the environment is a noble cause, and as you drive or walk around Sammamish you can plainly see that the builders have no idea what they are doing to our city and our quality of life.

Thirty homes here, 120 homes there, 20 someplace else. It just goes on and on, with no end in sight. The traffic is horrible already, the schools are bulging at the seams, and yet we just keep adding to the population on the plateau.

As a 37-year resident of Sammamish (formerly Issaquah before incorporation), I am thoroughly disgusted and hopeful that somehow this unbridled pattern of growth will end soon before we are all choked out and all the trees and open spaces are gone. Read more

Letters to the Editor — July 30, 2015

July 29, 2015

NEW — 8:54 a.m. July 29, 2015

Have you voted yet?

Ramiro Valderrama and I have something very important in common. We both volunteered for military service, offering our lives if necessary in defense of our country.

The oath that we took begins:

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Letter to the Editor — July 9, 2015

July 9, 2015

Bring Klahanie area into city before the election

At the June 16 City Council meeting, Mr. Harmon, a Klahanie resident, gave public comment supporting an earlier annexation date. City Manager Ben Yazici’s response was completely inappropriate, condescending and should not have been allowed by Mayor Tom Vance.

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Letters to the Editor — July 2, 2015

July 2, 2015

Proper procedure was followed in council meeting

The election is approaching, and over the next few months, letters to the editor will appear extolling one candidate or another. The worst will distort the record and then attack someone.

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Letters to the Editor — June 25, 2015

June 25, 2015

Look for council candidates who work well with others

I strongly believe our nation and the individual states have survived and thrived as a result of key foundational principles of governing that were outlined by our Founding Fathers nearly 240 years ago.

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Letters to the Editor — June 18, 2015

June 17, 2015

All citizens should be treated fairly

In the May 18 Committee of the Whole meeting, Mayor Tom Vance allowed yet another breach of meeting protocol that should not be duplicated.

Mark Cross, who should be well-versed on procedure, having been mayor at one time, asked to make a comment pertaining to the Klahanie annexation timeline well outside of public comment. Vance obliged Cross’ request, and allowed him to inject his commentary.

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Letters to the Editor — June 11, 2015

June 10, 2015

There was no transparency in hiring new city manager

Sammamish city officials miss a key point over the appointment of Lyman Howard as city manager. Whether the action was to the letter of the law meets only half the test. Transparency is the other half and in this the entire City Council, and most particularly its leadership, failed this test miserably.

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