Editorial — Vote yes to upgrade emergency radio system

April 21, 2015

The current system of emergency radio communication for King County’s police, fire and emergency services is nearly 20 years old and unfit for the size of our area. It’s time for an upgrade, and Proposition 1 provides the funds needed.

Vote yes on Proposition 1 because there is universal agreement, even by opponents of Proposition 1, that the need for a better, newer regional emergency radio network is real.

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Cartoon — April 22, 2015

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Letters to the Editor

April 21, 2015

Citizens need the right to initiative/referendum

When I ran for City Council four years ago, I stressed the need for greater citizen engagement and the need for a culture of accountability. The citizens of Sammamish now have the ability to increase both in our city by saying yes to the right to initiative/referendum.

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Editorial — Approve the city’s two ballot measures

April 14, 2015

Voters are receiving their ballots and need to decide two important issues in this April 28 special election.

Proposition No. 1 — Klahanie Annexation 

The Sammamish City Council is calling for an election on the proposed annexation of the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area, about 1,240 acres currently located in unincorporated King County.

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Cartoon — April 15, 2015

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Letters to the Editor

April 14, 2015

Vote ‘yes’ for initiative and referendum rights

As a former councilmember and deputy mayor in December 2012, I advocated for Sammamish to have the opportunity to grant citizens the rights of initiative and referendum, and was in favor of asking city staff to craft an ordinance granting those powers.

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Editorial — Tips to avoid sexual assault

April 7, 2015

There is an average of 293,066 victims (12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey.

Unfortunately, sexual assault incidents are reported less frequently than any other violent crime as only a small percentage of victims are willing to step forward to report their experience and involve the criminal justice process.

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Cartoon — April 8, 2015

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Letters to the Editor

April 7, 2015

Re-examine barricade issue before deciding

As a 23-year resident of Sammamish, in the Timberline neighborhood, I have a great deal at risk with the opening of the 42nd Street barricade.

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Editorial — Raise smoking age to 21 to save lives

March 31, 2015

Tobacco addiction is the leading cause of preventable deaths in Washington, causing about 8,300 residents to die each year. Annual health costs now surpass $2.8 billion.

The best way to combat this crisis is to raise the legal smoking age to 21, as the Washington State Legislature is considering with SHB 1458. Attorney General Bob Ferguson requested the bill, and science supports his efforts.

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