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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS A4 WEDNESDAY9 DECEMBER 30, 2009 PRESS EDITORIAL here's a list this year. e'd like to take a moment to salute those people who took the time to write a letter to the editor in 2009. Their written voice provokes, challenges, encourages and thereby builds a stronger community for us all. We aren't able to publish every letter we receive, but of the 146 authors, in alphabetical order, who did get ink Cheryl Abbott Greg Larson Katie Abercombie Brian Laughlin Susan Adler Rita Laws Kristen Allen-Bentsen Dahlia Levin Lesley Austin Irv Levin Michael T. Barr Ray Lewis Janet Barry Laureen Light Matthew J. Barry Jack M. Long Alison Barthenheier Caitlin Looney David A. Beckenbaugh R.J. Lytle Woody Bernard Leslie MacInnes John Birrell-Levine Erica S. Maniez John Bonomi Vanessa Windsor Martinez Mark L. Bowers Connie Marsh Kylie Boyd Maureen McCarry Kevin D. Boze Bob McCoy Gordon Brandt Susan Meyer William L. "Bill" Brayer Jeff Mohn David Briggs Brad Moore Martin Buckley Jane Morgan Joanna Buehler Jody Mull Jerry Burns Kelly Munn J Neff Butchart Bob and Nancy Nersveen Robin Callahan Sandy Nygaard Kathy Clark Robert 0berlander Steve Clark Jennifer O'Connor Sandy Cobel Jerry Oliver C.A. Christensen Kirsten 0'Malley Calvin C. Clawson Deborah Mohn Karen Conley Kristin Parshal Mariann Crane Deborah Parsons Geraldine Cross Claire Petersky David Crowther Richard A. Petrut Ann Daley Adam A. einsky Barbara de Michele Doni Plant Claudia Donnelly Joan erobala The Dougherty Family Laurel Redecker Imelda Dulcich Dan Reid Barbara Extract Sarah Flygare Riley Art Farash John Rittenhouse Sal Fares Brad Robertson Michael Fichtenholz Dr. Sandy Rock Bette Fiiley Judy Rogers Connie Fletcher Nancy Rowe Bill Fowler J. Rognlie Cynthia Freese Sajal Sahay Robert Freund Lane Scelzi Ava Frisinger Joshua Schaer Judy Gaffney Mary Schurman Vera Giles Joseph Schvimmer Mora Gigey Steve Scott Bill and Mary Jane Godejohn Mohamed Sefiani Stacy Goodman Scott Semans Fred Goodwin Ken Sessler Becky Gordon Amy L. Shappell Carol Guilbault Doug Simpson Vicki Hahn Scott Spansail Scott and Carrie Hamblm Carol Stair Dianne Harbolt Ed Steenman Map Harper Patricia Stegner Shelly Hawkins Anne Steindorf James Henderson Leigh Stokes Bill Hirt Stacy Strickland January Holmes Gestin Suttle Jason Houck Catherine Swadley Wes Howard-Brook Tyler Tabor Mike Huber Hank Thomas Tom Huxtable Dana Thompson-Carver Larry W. Ishmael David S. Waggoner Sarah Jakle Eden Waggoner Rachel Kanter Keith Watts David Kappler Bryan Weinstein Darcie Kardong Debra Welsh Greg Keith Bob Whitbeck Marianne Kersten Becky Wilder Kevin Kiernan Paul Williams Ken Konigsmark Bob Windom Mike Krutsinge Charles Winters Terry J. LaBrue Lee Woods David tang Gene Zhang // . TO THE EDITOR Klahanie Park Attempted annexation by city of Sammamish was only a land grab The attempt by the city of Sammamish to annex Klahanie Park is very much a land-grab- bing effort on their part at the expense of the residents of the community that immediately surrounds the park. Some items of concern are: ) Klahanie Park is a neighborhood park, conceived and built as an "open space" and bordered by homes and living space. A sports complex park as the one Sammamish intends to develop should never be placed in such a lo- cation because it is extremely disruptive to the local community --noise, light pollution, traf- fic, etc. ) "Upgrading" the current park to one with artificial turf, night lighting, locked fences, bleachers, controlled access, fees, a through road, etc., is no upgrade at all. It is a disservice to the local community. The 64-acre park (mostly pristine wetland containing the 10,000-year-old Queens Bog) is not located within Sammamish. It is unprece- dented within King County for a park area to be plucked out and annexed in this way. ) Klahanie Park was built by Klahanie's de- veloper (including grass field, restrooms, park- ing and trails) and given to King County in good faith. Sammamish planned to build a similar "sports" facility at Beaver Lake Park, but resi- dents rejected it. They are now attempting to "export the problem to Klahanie. ) Sammamish's suggestion that a Parks Commission position be made available to a nonresident has a hollow sound. This would provide no assurance that we would be heard or fairly represented. It would be appropriate for the park to be annexed together with the community that sur- rounds it, to the city we ultimately become a part of (hopefully Issaquah), where we would have meaningful representation. ) There are clearly other means to finance Klahanie Park operations until such time. King school board meetings or do like the students can choose to do, remain silent. Hopefully, the school board members will re- call what American history reveals and keep the pledge as is, i.e. the Declaration of Inde- pendence, "We hold these truths...endowed by their Creator..." Folks, since this person objects to the words "under God" in the pledge, I wonder what he uses for money, since it has "In God We Trust" on it? We have elections whereby those with the majority of votes are elected. The school board members gained their positions by getting the most votes, not by just a single voter or the mi- nority number of votes. Some believe that the removal of God from the school grounds has created a number of in- cidents that have resulted with innocent chil- dren being killed and injured. This time of the year shows that a majority of people honor the Christ in Christmas. Those who do not seem to want to enforce their belief onto the mass majority of others. Ken Sessler lssaqaah Founding documents make no mention requiring a pledge I agree with Matthew Barry that the Pledge of Allegiance is inappropriate to open a school board meeting. I would further opine that the pledge is inappropriate for most settings. Upon commissioning as a U.S. Navy officer, I took an oath to defend the Constitution, which enumerates the areas in which the government has no say in the affairs of individuals. The pledge violates these principles, for instance, the First and Fourteenth amendments to the Constitution. Young children performing the pledge proba- bly have little to no understanding of the prin- ciples, or they would not torment those who choose not to participate. I would guess that many adults also lack understanding, or they would see the pledge as superfluous. County is shuttering no parks in 2010 and For some reason, the Constitution of the Sammamish is not coming to the rescue! United States does not contain the words We are pleased to continue sharing this open "pledge," "flag," "allegiance" or "God." It does space with all who come to the park, but the contain an oath to defend the Constitution. 10,000 King County residents of Klahanie will Perhaps the board, in its patriotic fervor, be ill-served by Sammamish s plans to build might render a reading of a different amend- and control a one-dimensional sports complex ment from the Bill of Rights prior to each meet- within our community, ing; or, perhaps, read a small portion of Thorn [}add t dtle Paine. The former would inform; the latter, in- Issaquah spire. Pledge of Allegiance If it bothers you, stay away from school board meetings or stay silent Anyone that does not want to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, can stay away from What will be targeted next if ban on the pledge is successful? Matthew Barry recently requested that the Pledge of Allegiance be removed from Issaquah School Board meetings. After that, it will even- tually be removed from what? Classrooms? Let's remember that our schools serve and educate all of our citizens and residents from other countries -- at no charge; they are paid for by American taxpayers' dollars. Is it too much to ask that students and board members affirm their allegiance to the system that sup- ports them? No one is asked to give allegiance to any par- ticular religion; that would certainly deny the principles America is built on. If atheists find it offensive to acknowledge God in any form, they should petition to have the Pledge of Allegiance changed, rather than removed. It is fitting, as a way of giving thanks, to keep it, and I hope the school board will not give in to this kind of pressure. Barbara lssaq.ah Time yourarrival to meetings to avoid the pledge if it bothers you so much This is in response to the article entitled, "Resident asks school board to remove Pledge of Allegiance from meetings." For the record, I am firmly in the "75 per- cent" of Americans who have no problem pub- licly proclaiming allegiance to both my God and country. Since the Pledge of Allegiance is al- ways recited at the beginning of meetings, might I politely and respectfully suggest that anyone not wishing to participate in that por- tion of the meeting simply arrive a few minutes late and thereby miss having to recite or even hear the pledge? Carol Stair Maple HiUs/Maywood Middle &hool parent See LETTERS, Page A5 LETERS WELCOME The Issaquah Press welcomes letters to the editor on any subject, although we reserve the right to edit for space, potential libel and/or political relevance. Letters addressing local news will receive priority. Please limit letters to 350 words and type them, if possible. E-mail is preferred. Letters must be signed and have a daytime phone number to verify authorship. Deadline for letters is noon Friday for the fol- lowing week's paper. Address: P.O. Box 1328 Issaquah, WA 98027 Fax: 391-1541 E-mall: Isspress@lsspress.com ! SS PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY SINCE 19OO 45 FRONT ST. S. P.O. 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