Editorial — The time has come for initiatives, referendums

December 16, 2014

Why is it that 85 percent of King County residents have the right to direct democracy in the form of initiatives and referendums but not those in Sammamish?

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Letter to the Editor

December 16, 2014

‘Smart and savvy’ councils should support initiatives and referendums

I support the citizens of Sammamish being granted initiative and referendum power.

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Editorial — Speak up now, before tree ordinance is set

December 9, 2014

Sammamish city officials are working on an ordinance regarding trees.

It appears to be a thoughtful, thorough look at the issue, and includes resident input. City Council and Planning Commission members are working to strike a balance between keeping trees and continuing with development.

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Editorial — Take the pledge to keep teens sober

December 3, 2014

Your teens are having some friends over, and it’s almost the end of the school year, which they’re celebrating, so you buy them some beer. What’s the harm?

Aside from being illegal, underage drinking is a huge public health problem.

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youths in the United States, more than tobacco and drugs, and is responsible for more than 4,300 underage drinking deaths per year, according to the national Centers for Disease Control.

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Letters to the Editor

December 3, 2014

Halloween fundraiser meets goal again

My name is Ajay Gupta, and I’m 11. With my sister Reva, 9, I have been doing a project called Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF for the past three years.

On Halloween, kids collect money in an orange box for UNICEF, a nonprofit organization, which uses that money to help kids in need, like giving them a school or clean water.

If you give UNICEF a little bit of money, it can go a long way. For example, for 25 cents, you could give 10 kids clean water to drink for one day. Our goal this year was to raise $2,500.

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Editorial — Shopping local helps you in the long run

November 25, 2014

The weekend after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping weekend of the year, and many small businesses rely on the holiday shopping period to ensure a successful year on the books, according to the federal Small Business Administration.

That’s why the day is known as Black Friday, because heavy sales often move a business from out of the red financially into the black.

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On Further Review — Holidays should remind us of what’s important

November 25, 2014

Two years ago, my soon-to-be-wife and I spent Thanksgiving in Spokane with my father, and we shared an experience that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

Neil Pierson Review reporter

Neil Pierson
Review reporter

My dad and I both earned our degrees from Washington State University, and naturally we’re both big fans of Cougar football. His roots with the football program stretch much deeper than mine — as a small boy, he accepted the challenge of some fraternity brothers and carried a live duck onto the field during a game against Oregon. Or so the legend goes.

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Letter to the Editor

November 25, 2014

Give citizens a happy Thanksgiving with full rights

I plead with the council to resolve that the citizens of Sammamish shall have the power of the initiative and referendum. As was mentioned by the city manager in the past, this code was inadvertently left out of the codes at the time the city was formed.

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Editorial — Sex assault education is not just for girls

November 18, 2014

On a chilly November evening, in a room filled with more than 200 of her peers, Issaquah High School junior Aanya Nigam was the face of courage.

Nigam went before an audience of her peers and told them she was a survivor of sexual assault.

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Letters to the Editor

November 18, 2014

Water repairmen were kind and professional

On Nov. 10, a tap off of our street water main broke. My 6-year-old son was very excited about all the heavy equipment wheeled in to identify and fix the trouble. We stood a safe distance away and watched them jackhammer, vacuum the dirt and rocks, and repair the problem.

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