Editorial — Task force needs a more youthful voice

January 27, 2015

Not all anniversaries are worthy of celebration but some should be remembered for the impact on our world, our social conscious and our neighborhood.

One coming up is Feb. 12 — the day the body of a newborn baby girl was found near North Bend. First responders and detectives named her Baby Kimball.

A caring community held a funeral service in March 2014, memorializing her with as much dignity and love as possible.

News organizations wrote stories. Newspapers, including this one, published editorials. Read more

Letters to the Editor

January 27, 2015

Serious problems need smarter solutions

It is disappointing to see the Sammamish City Council and police chief advocating “policing for profit” as a primary option to address underage drinking and parking violation issues.

Judging from a proposed 350 percent-plus increase in parking fines, you’d think this must be a rampant problem, yet there was hardly any mention of it over the years in council deliberations or the Sammamish Review up until this month.

Similarly, charging $250 to $1,000 to parents or “hosts” for youthful indiscretion of underage drinking even without permission, knowledge or awareness of a home owner, seems heavy-handed and economically abusive, especially for citizens who might not be as rich as council members and the police chief. Read more

Question of the Week — 2015 state legislative session

January 27, 2015

With the 2015 state legislative session underway, what do you think the most important issue is? Education funding? Transportation projects? Email your answers to editor@isspress.com. The responses will be published in future issues.

Editorial — Things to consider during city retreat

January 20, 2015

As the Sammamish City Council heads off for its retreat at Suncadia Resort this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we have a few items we would like to make sure they have on their agenda and a few suggestions of items we’d like to add to the discussions they may not have considered.

Tree preservation plus reforestation is an important issue we know the council is considering and it’s important the council get the new ordinance created soon.

The community group Citizens for Sammamish has proposed the council grant residents the right to referendum and initiative petitions. About 85 percent of King County cities already have this right. The council hasn’t spent too much time discussing this so far and the retreat presents the perfect opportunity to consider it. Read more

Question of the Week — Resolutions

January 20, 2015

They say it takes two to three weeks to create a habit. With that and New Year’s resolutions in mind, what’s the best resolution have you ever made and kept? Email your answers to editor@isspress.com. The responses will be published in future issues.

Letters to the Editor

January 20, 2015

Parking ticket increase will hopefully bring better behavior

I was very happy to read that the City Council is finally prepared to address residential parking problems with a meaningful ticket increase from $20 to $71.

Careless parking is all too frequent in Sammamish, from extending into driveways, blocking mailboxes, parking on the wrong side of the street or parking too close to intersections. On certain streets in my neighborhood, sidewalk parking is the norm day in and day out. Read more

On Further Review — What would Dr. King think of today’s society?

January 20, 2015

As I write this, it’s the morning of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, and with schools, banks, post offices and some businesses taking the day off, many people are home with their families.

Neil Pierson Review reporter

Neil Pierson
Review reporter

The question that’s running through my head is, “What are we doing today to honor Dr. King’s life?”

Hopefully, everyone took a few moments to remember the meaning of the holiday. Maybe it meant saying a prayer for a man who led one of the most significant social changes in our country’s history. Maybe it meant talking to your children about Dr. King’s accomplishments. Maybe it meant watching a movie about the Civil Rights Movement, like “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “Remember the Titans.” Read more

Editorial — Kudos for tackling underage drinking

January 13, 2015

People across the country have been talking for years about underage drinking — how it’s bad and why, and saying that something should be done about it.

Now the Sammamish City Council actually might do something about it.

It would be the second city in King County to take on the subject, and only a few other cities in the state have done so.

Read more

Question of the Week — Seattle Seahawks

January 13, 2015

Who is your favorite Seattle Seahawks player, and why?

Is it quarterback Russell Wilson? Or maybe you enjoy running back Marshawn Lynch or strong safety Kam Chancellor. Tell us about it.

Email your answers to editor@isspress.com. The responses will be published in future issues.

Editorial — Get a fresh start by being a volunteer

January 6, 2015

Start the new year off right by volunteering your time or money to worthwhile causes like these:

Redmond/Sammamish Boys & Girls Club — Get involved with young people and make a difference in their future. Opportunities include games and activities, teen nights, education center/computers, coaching and advising, maintenance and fundraising. Volunteers have to complete an application. To volunteer with kids, a background check is a legal requirement. Go to http://positiveplace.org. Learn about the Redmond/Sammamish club under “Locations.” Read more

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