Editorial — Reject Initiative 1351; election endorsements

October 28, 2014

Initiative 1351 is being called The Washington Class Size Reduction Measure. The name is intended to appeal to an electorate with short attention spans and little time for or interest in details. A recent Elway Poll revealed that 66 percent of those polled say they will definitely or probably vote in favor of Initiative 1351.

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Letters to the Editor

October 28, 2014

Vote for Joel Hussey

Integrity and character in family and business, and service to others with fiscal soundness and tangible results — all these are desirable attributes in government service. Those are qualities Joel Hussey has exhibited in his private life and community service.

He would bring a greatly needed fresh approach to eight long years of the current problems in this legislative office.

With confidence in his conscientious abilities, we should cast our votes for Joel Hussey.

Dr. John and Carrie Vasko

Sammamish

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Editorial — Roll up your sleeve and keep your family healthy

October 21, 2014

It’s a little thing but it’s important: A flu shot this month can keep you and your family healthy this winter.

Sometimes, people confuse the flu and a cold because they both affect our breathing. Adding to the confusion is the way we describe stomach ailments as the flu.

The real flu, or influenza, is a respiratory problem. A cold will make you or your children feel bad for a few days while flu can make you quite ill. The differences can be deadly.

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Letters to the Editor

October 21, 2014

How much money can King County waste?

The East Lake Sammamish Trail was a perfectly user-friendly trail up until a few months ago when destruction took place. Beautiful trees, rockeries and landscaping were torn out.

King County “improvements” are a 12-foot wide paved surface with 2-foot gravel walking paths on each side. The cost of this one section of the trail alone (2.6 miles) for “improvements” is $6.1 million.

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Editorial — It’s time to change the batteries in your smoke detector

October 14, 2014

October is about more than ghosts, goblins, pumpkins and Halloween. It’s time to change the batteries in our home smoke detectors, fire alarms and carbon monoxide alert sensors.

While smoke detectors can be obnoxious if you’re accidently charring the bacon, these small devices can save lives.

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Letters to the Editor

October 14, 2014

Here’s to the future success of city’s arts fair

The recent Sammamish Arts Fair was an outstanding achievement. The Sammamish Arts Commission, 4Culture, the city of Sammamish and the Sammamish Library are to be congratulated on their cooperative effort that went into the success of the two-day cultural experience.

It is very rewarding to have events such as the Arts Fair available to the residents of Sammamish and surrounding areas. The artists that were selected represented a wide range of schools of art and artistic media. It was inspiring to walk through the exhibits and not only see the artist at work but also hear him or her sharing stories with those in attendance.

One noted feature was that many of the artists were from nearby communities, such as Pamela Wickard, from North Bend, who also has displayed her paintings at Sammamish Nights. Hopefully, the ninth annual Sammamish Arts Fair next year will be as popular as this year’s.

Larry Crandall

Sammamish

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Guest column — Go ‘All in for Kids’ during annual fundraiser

October 14, 2014

Great schools and great communities go hand in hand. It is likely that one or both of these influenced your decision to live within the Issaquah School District boundaries. The Issaquah Schools Foundation asks you to ensure both remain great by contributing to the All in for Kids Annual Fund Campaign.

You may be surprised to learn that our district is among the worst funded in the state — of 295 Washington school districts, we’re 291st in per-pupil funding.

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Editorial — Officials need to listen to concerns

October 7, 2014

Residents in this city are talking about the fact that government officials aren’t listening to them. They say officials are not listening to them at the city level nor at the county level.

A recent letter to the editor said, in part, “…it doesn’t take long to realize residents are not listened to and most concerns fall on deaf ears. The council’s mind is made up long before we as residents can speak our mind.”

Others say they don’t have nearly as much time to speak against an issue as those who speak for an issue.

Officials, you need to listen up. You work for your citizens. You’re there to serve them. You need to hear them and respond.

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Letters to the Editor

October 7, 2014

Andy Hill puts kids first with solid education policies

Like many of us in this community, I’ve had kids in the public school system and really value having high-quality schools for my children. In following state politics for the past several years, I’m very impressed with the work that Andy Hill is doing in Olympia.

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Editorial — You can’t get paid if you don’t play

September 30, 2014

At a recent public hearing on whether Sammamish should prohibit recreational marijuana businesses, council debate turned sour against the state.

Discussion revolved around how the city probably wouldn’t receive any additional marijuana tax revenue if the council passed the ban, outside of taxes that would fall into the state’s general fund.

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