November 1, 2012

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Joining Bellevue is a good idea

Please let it be known as a resident of Newcastle, the facts remain that this city cannot survive unless it raises taxes on the people of Newcastle. I cannot and will not support this!

The people who want to stay the city of Newcastle should give their own money to the city. I do not agree that Newcastle needs its own chief of police! We do not have a fire chief.

In these hard times, joining the city of Bellevue would be the best for all; we already have their fire department services, which have been great.

Kraig Kurata

Newcastle Newcastle should remain Newcastle

I am against the annexation of Newcastle to any city, and my opposition to annexation is not the least bit uncertain. As far as I’m concerned, Newcastle should always remain Newcastle, period.

I read Councilman Bill Erxleben’s letter about annexation in the News. However, believe it or not, everything about life is not about money, and as far as I’m concerned, money doesn’t take precedence over certain principles. Moreover, just like practically any city in the nation these days, Newcastle has financial problems, and we will manage to get through them one way or the other.

Ever since I ran for the council in 2007, I have proposed expanding businesses in Newcastle by proposing that the city become a center of clean, renewable and green energy production, which would in turn expand the retail market and the overall tax base, thereby greatly enhancing Newcastle’s revenue outlook.

Even if this plan doesn’t happen, there are other ways to keep the city financially afloat without surrendering to the money god.

Mark Greene



Go All in for Kids

Our community values education and it shows through your support of our levies and bonds. Thank you — we cannot say it enough. But did you know that the Issaquah School District receives less money from the state than many of our neighboring districts? Compounding that inequity, the state limits the local funds we can raise, again to levels below that of many or our neighbors. The end result is that ISD is funded at 291st of 295 districts statewide.

Fortunately, we have the Issaquah Schools Foundation to help bridge the gap. ISF funds academic enrichment grants at individual schools, such as after-school homework help and financial literacy classes, and also partners with the district on programs such as elementary literacy enrichment and high school courses in computer programming and Web design. The ISF is a crucial part of the entire student experience and, without the foundation’s money and volunteers, valuable programs — many designed to help our students most at risk of dropping out or falling behind — will be jettisoned.

It is with this backdrop that we ask you to give to the ISF during the All in for Kids campaign. We thank you for the many ways you support our children and our schools, and ask you to take another step and support the ISF.

Suzanne Weaver and Brian Deagle

Directors, Issaquah School Board

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