July 16, 2014
The Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group is one of those little committees that government seems to form all the time.
Typically, these sorts of bodies get together, author an important-sounding report and disband. The report gathers dust, and nothing actually happens.
This one is different. The kokanee work group has certainly done its share of fact-finding, but the facts are being put to use. The little, red fish is recovering, and the efforts of the work group should be applauded. Read more
July 9, 2014
Stop prosecuting medical marijuana patients
Our country is home to the world’s largest population of prisoners; some of those prisoners are ill and serving time for medical marijuana (cannabis) related charges, despite being in compliance with state law.
The Obama Administration has repeatedly claimed that it’s not targeting individual patients. However, the U.S. Department of Justice has spent more than $3 million to prosecute Eastern Washington resident Larry Harvey and four other state-authorized medical cannabis patients, known as the “Kettle Falls 5.”
Seattle native and New York Times columnist Timothy Egan puts it this way: “If Larry Harvey, at the age of 70, with his gout and high blood pressure and bum knee, gets the mandatory 10-year term, he’s likely to die in prison, certainly not the last casualty of the assault on our citizens known as the War on Drugs. For him, freedom is just another word his congresswoman likes to throw around on the Fourth of July.”
Congress has the opportunity to put end to this unjust federal interference. Sen. Rand Paul’s (K-Ky.) and Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-N.J.) medical marijuana amendment to the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill would end the funding that is currently used to arrest, raid and prosecute legitimate patients and care providers.
The U.S. House of Representatives already took a first step toward justice when it passed the amendment, 219-189 on May 30. Now it’s time for the Senate to take a stand and vote in favor of the Paul-Booker amendment and end to the war on patients.
July 9, 2014
No matter how you feel about it, it’s now legal to purchase and smoke it in the state of Washington. (Leave it to officials to sort out the federal vs. state issue, though at this point, no one has announced plans to crack down on people who take a toke.)
And although Sammamish looks likely to ban it in the city, 24 retailers in the Puget Sound area were granted licenses this week by the state Liquor Control Board. Read more
July 2, 2014
Use minimal regulations for Tent City
I’d like to thank the Sammamish Review staff for their thoughtful editorial in the June 11 issue commenting on the pending ordinance regarding homeless encampments within the city of Sammamish. Read more
July 2, 2014
Last week, the Lake Washington School Board discovered that students can get physical education credit for taking a class online, but not for playing sports. This policy has its root in a confusing aspect of state law, which needs to be cleaned up and to be changed to allow for credit for sports. Read more
June 18, 2014
Since kindergarten, you schlepped books to and from school. You were expected to learn the basics: reading, writing and arithmetic. You hopefully learned how to share, how to make friends, and how to become part of a social and cultural group.
Most importantly, you hopefully learned to be an individual in a sea of sameness, as well as how to be a critical thinker.
For some, high school goes down as the best times of life — the camaraderie, close friendships, being part of a team. Read more
June 18, 2014
Recycling means more than cardboard
Earlier this week I–a plateau resident for 30+ years–drove along 218th Avenue Northeast and noticed a gigantic steam shovel in what used to be a yard. Read more
June 11, 2014
The random background checks called for by some residents as a condition of allowing an encampment of homeless people in Sammamish should be anathema in this country.
Simply because a person lives in a tent does not mean they forfeit their citizenship, and citizens have a right protecting them from unreasonable search and seizure.
Fortunately, the City Council seems unlikely to adopt this, one of the more egregious examples of hysteria among the populace. The council should continue to let reason and the rule of law prevail as they deliberate homeless camp regulations. Read more
June 11, 2014
go too far
First of all, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I respect that. Last I heard, opinions are just that, but they are not in the same category as morals. For Mayor Tom Vance to make the statement, he feels in voting for the law and regulation regarding restricting dogs and smokers in our parks, “ought to reflect our morals” – Just whose morals is he speaking of? Read more
June 4, 2014
Help fight dog fighting
I’m Maria Pera, an 8th grade student in Sammamish who decided to stand up to make a change. So I made a petition entitled “stop dog fighting in Indonesia!” This petition is to protest against dog fighting. Read more