Editorial — Farewell, Sammamish

September 3, 2014

By Ari Cetron

As you’re reading this, I’m already gone.

First, an introduction, then the goodbye. I’m Ari Cetron, and I’ve been the editor of the Sammamish Review for just shy of seven years – about half of the length of the city’s existence.

In that time, I’ve watched Town Center go from a twinkle in the City Council’s eye to a place that, as of this issue, has a proposal for the start of a Sammamish downtown. A teen center, talked about for years, is up and running. A community center, also talked about for years – with a pool and a waterslide – is under construction.

I’ve watched your children excel, and I’ve seen the city become more and more of a community. I’ve watched new schools open and acres of trees become acres of houses.

I’ve met all of your city councilmembers and your city government’s leadership. While I may not agree with all of their positions and actions, I respected them for their intelligence, their drive and their sincere desire to make the city a better place. You are lucky to have them.

I’ve also met lots and lots of you and had the chance to tell many of your stories. Some of you have been inspiring and others, frankly, shameful. Either way, you (almost) always kept it interesting.

I imagine I’ve delighted some of you and angered some of you, par for the course for a newspaperman.

Thank you all for giving me the chance to practice journalism. I always felt that, even when you didn’t like what the paper said, you appreciated that we were around to say it.

But I’m ready for new challenges and different places. The time has come for me to move on.

You should be in good hands after I go. There is a core of passionate journalists here who will be able to take up the reins and keep telling the stories you want to hear and the stories you need to hear.

I hope you will stick with them and continue to support community journalism.

Thank you again, Sammamish. Goodbye.

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