Editorial — Be safe in the water in this warm weather

July 2, 2015

Leading up to the long Independence Day weekend, Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are urging everyone to be extremely careful when heading out on the water.

Pine Lake, Beaver Lake, Rattlesnake Lake, Lake Joy, Lake Kathleen, Lake McDonald and Lake Sammamish, along with the Snoqualmie River and its tributaries, attract a lot of recreationalists, especially this time of year.

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Editorial — Summer safety tips for while you’re away

June 25, 2015

It’s official. School is out, summer is here and people are heading out for vacation.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics study, “Seasonal Patterns in Criminal Victimization Trends,” household larceny and burglary occurs at higher rates during the summer than during other seasons.

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Editorial — Lawmakers: Fund education with capital-gains tax

June 17, 2015

A capital-gains tax is the best option on the table to fully fund education in Washington state.

Senate leaders have agreed on a bipartisan proposal to meet the state’s constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education and provide an equitable education for all students. They also agree more revenue will be needed — about $3.5 billion every two years — but now need to decide where it should come from.

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Editorial — Don’t leave kids, dogs in hot cars

June 10, 2015

It must be horrible to be trapped in a very hot, small space, yearning for water, gasping for air and begging to be released.

Despite the fact that scenario will horrify most readers, every single summer, police get calls about children and dogs trapped in hot cars.

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Editorial — Celebrate safely in graduation season

June 3, 2015

You did it, grads!

You endured the tests, the homework, the projects, the classes, the early start times and the occasional sleepless night to get to this point — right here, right now, the finish line is in sight.

Skyline and Eastlake high school seniors will receive their diplomas at separate ceremonies June 12. Skyline’s is at Safeco Field, while Eastlake’s is at Key Arena. Eastside Catholic High School seniors will graduate June 8 at Benaroya Hall.

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Editorial — Legislature needs to reach consensus on transportation

May 27, 2015

State legislators are closer than they’ve been in years to reaching a deal to fix the state’s aging transportation infrastructure. They must not get bogged down by ideology and let slip this opportunity to create jobs and make roads safer.

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Editorial — Freedom isn’t free; thank a veteran for it

May 20, 2015

Freedom is not free.

The cost is men’s and women’s lives. And blood and guts. And arms and legs. And hearing and sight. And brains and other organs.

Men and women have given their lives and paid in many other ways for this country’s freedom since it began.

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Editorial — Tell customers about data breaches quickly

May 13, 2015

Premera’s decision to wait six weeks before notifying state authorities and customers about a major cyber attack on its system was inexcusable.

This is the same insurance giant that was warned by federal auditors last year that its network security procedures were inadequate. Customers entrusted Premera with their most personal information, from bank accounts and Social Security numbers to home addresses and medical records.

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Editorial — Spare some time for school children

May 5, 2015

Lake Washington School District students are working hard to achieve personal success in school.

But you can help them do more by sharing your time through LINKS, which is in its seventh year of helping students with funding provided by the Lake Washington Schools Foundation.

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Editorial — Get ready for election season

April 29, 2015

If you’ve been thinking about taking on an important leadership role within the city of Sammamish, the time has come to take the next step. Candidates must file for election by May 15.

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