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A4 WEDNESDAY~ JANUARY 28~ 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS OPINION PRESS EDITORIAL Legislators need input on your budget priorities your state government began meeting two weeks ago, and is grappling with one of the most chal- lenging state budgets ever. Essentially, every rev- enue stream available to the state is drying up. At the same time, the more vulnerable members of society need added assistance from a host of state-funded programs. This one is a head scratcher. It reminds us of the old politi- cal adage -- budgets aren't about money, they're about pri- orities. What are yours, more services or lower taxes? Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed a budget with no tax hikes, but for it to work, she must ignore voter-approved initiatives mandating pay raises for teachers and smaller class sizes. Voters in Washington have already declared that they con- sider these to be priorities. If they must be preserved, then what should be cut? Or should taxes be raised to preserve ongoing programs? Or is there a common ground, raising taxes a bit and cutting programs, but not so deep? Speak up now or forever hold your peace. Do not just throw spitballs from the sidelines, and then complain for the next two years about how everything is screwed up. Your legislators can't represent you if you don't tell them what's on your mind. The governor's budget is available at www.ofin.wa.gov/budgetO9. Read it over and see what's ex- tra, where the fat is that we all assume exists in every budget, but can never identify. Find where you think we're spending too much, and then call or write your legislator. Be specific. Name the program and how deep you think the cut should go. Keep in mind that on the other end of your cut may be a living, breathing hu- man who will lose some necessary service or his or her job as the dollars go away. If you can't come up with anything, suggest where we should raise taxes. Which one and how high? Keep in mind that on the other end of the tax increase there is a living, breathing human being who will have to shoulder the burden. Contact your 5th District state representatives with your priorities: Sen. Cheryl Pflug- 360-786-7608 or pflug.cheryl@leg.wa.gov ~, Rep. Glenn Anderson -- 360-786-7876 or anderson.glenn@leg.wa.gov Rep. Jay Rodne -- 360-786-7852 or rodne.j ay@leg.wa.gov. OFF THE PRESS The possibilities are at last endless for all An open letter to the students in Susan Adler's fifth-grade classroom at Is- saquah Valley Ele- mentary School: Congratulations on your op- portunity to watch Barack 0bama's inauguration as presi- dent! You set a great example of patriotism and knowledge about how our government works by the amount of attention you gave to the ceremony. It sounded like your teacher had taught you a lot leading up to the day. Your parents and your teacher certainly made it special with putting onyour own Inaugura- tion Breakfast party. Several of you were wearing red, white and blue clothes. It was also great to see you all waving flags when 0bama was introduced, and how you all stood up when he and Vice President Joe Biden took their oaths of office. I could tell by your laughter that you enjoyed the benediction prayer by the Rev. Joseph Lowery, when he said, "And in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mel- low, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right. Let all those who do justice and love mercy GREG say amen, say FA]CRAR amen and Press pho~Tpher amen." You also really made me laugh at the end when former Presi- dent Bush got on the helicopter and as it took off from the Capi- tol building many of you waved back at the television screen and yelled, "Bye, Bush!" Erik Nelson, you told me it was really very cool. You added, "I'm looking forward to my first chance to vote. It's going to be fun. I thought about running for office. Once, I wanted to be pres- ident. I'd still like to be a con- gressman or maybe president." See POSSIBILITIES, Page A5 t TO THE EDITOR Garbage service If service providers get to skip a week, then residents should get to skip a bill Let me see if I understand the position of Al- lied Waste and Waste Management with regard to the weeks of missed garbage pickup. So, if they missed picking up two or three loads of garbage, they can just wait and pick it up later, without any sort of refund to the cus- tomer. After all, according tO Allied Waste: "We haven't missed a pickup. We'll pick up double their garbage on the next pickup day with no charge for service." By the same token then, I should be able to ignore two or three of their bills, and just pay them later without any sort of compensation to them. I haven't missed a payment. I'm just sending double their payment with no charge for service. I doubt that they will like that logic when it is applied to them. Amy L Shappell lssaquah Traffic laws The best way to control costs is for everyone to obey posted regulations There were a couple of letters in the Jan. 21 PreSS that addressed traffic laws. One was ad- dressing too much enforcement and one was addressing the lack of enforcement. It all boils down to each individual obeying all traffic laws. How many times have you seen people run- ning stop signs or switching lanes without us- ing their turn signal, etc.? The city had to place a soft barricade at the library parking lot exit to prevent drivers from making an illegal left turn onto Sunset, which had a no left turn sign and painted arrow on the driveway. One letter wants to allow people to report drivers, but some could then report anyone they did not like. Folks, if everyone obeyed each traffic law, we could reduce the cost of the traffic control department and make for a safe driving, walk- ing and biking environment. Right? Try it. You might like it! Ken Sessler lssaquah Elections chief Vote for David Irons as the best choice . r,cou 's ne.wdections director hav~ hO~.~:fi~;~m the longtime experi- .... 6nce 0f ~~S'i~s our representative in the state Legislature and on the King County Coun- cil. He's a hard-working, levelheaded public ser- vant, and a stickler for details who would make an outstanding King County Elections chief. The department of elections has made big strides in cleaning up a disorganized and sloppy office. But the current chief is an out-of- county political appointment who has been tainted by poor judgment and residential is- sues. She needs to be replaced as a new broom sweeps clean. David Irons is the best choice for King County Elections chief. Terry J. LaBrue Meny Christnuts lssaquah fund Thank you .to all the volunteers who helped implement all the donations The 19 volunteers at Issaquah Church and Community Services want to thank all of the wonderful people who so generously gave to the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund this year. A volunteer who had just finished working at Issaquah Church and Community Services said the need in the school district was great. Because of your generosity, we can help with electricity bills, send money to landlords for part of the rent or pay toward medicine for an unplanned illness. These are a few of the ways residents of the district are given aid. Thank you again. Patricia Stegner, president lssaquah Church and Conmmily S~ices SHARE YOUR VIEWS Citizens can make a difference by contacting their elected representatives. Mayor Ava Frisinger, 837-3020; mayor@ci.is- saquah.wa.us Council President Maureen McCarry, 313- 9313; maureenm@ci.issaquah.wa.us Council Deputy President Fred Butler, 392- 5775; fredb@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilwoman Eileen Barber, 392-1467; eileenb@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilman John Rittenhouse, 557-9216; johnr@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilman David Kappler, 392-3571; davidk@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilman Joshua Schaer, 643-0665; joshuas@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilman John Traeger, 392-9316; johnt@ci.issaquah.wa.us Write to the mayor and City Council at the City of Issaquah, e.0. Box 1307, Issaquah, WA 98027. Call 837-3000. Opinionated? The Press wants you! Join our e-mail group -- Rapid Re- sponse. You give us your name and e- mail address. We send you questions re- garding the news. You tell us what you think. What could be easier? We'll e-mail you a variety of questions. Answer one or all of them! Respond by the deadline in the e-mail and we'll get your thoughts into the newspaper. We'll edit for clarity, space and poten- tial libel, then select a variety of re- sponses and run them on a space-avail- able basis. Send your name and e-mail address to editor@isspress.com. Put Rapid Response in the subject line. Barack Obama Rapid Responder's questioning of presi- dent's citizenship was misplaced I saw a recent Rapid Responder questioning the citizenship of Barack 0bama, even though that myth has been debunked by even the right-wing pundits. I doubt the writer would have asked John McCain to prove his citizenship because of his birth in the Panama Canal Zone. The Sen- ate passed legislation making McCain's citi- zenship absolute and making him eligible to serve as president, since there were legiti- mate legal questions because of his birth in a U.S. protectorate and not technically on U.S. soil. As so many of these writers told others in 2000, "Move on." He is our president. Michael T. 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