April 15, 2014
Vote for the bond in spite of district
The Lake Washington School District is playing games with the amount a proposed bond measure will cost taxpayers.
Many in the community are suggesting the bond be rejected, owing not only to those games but also to other concerns.
While it’s unfortunate the district is hiding costs, voters should still approve the bond.
April 9, 2014
Sammamish plans to study its water districts to see if taking them over makes sense. The Northeast Sammamish Water and Sewer District has rejected even the idea of a study.
Their rejection seems based on little more than guesses, and is no way to run a public entity. Read more
April 2, 2014
The state failed, once again, to find a way to fund transportation. So, once again, the county is on the hook to do so. It’s unfortunate that it has come to this, but it has. Voters should approve King County’s Proposition 1, to fund roads and transit.
It’s not cheap, ($60 on car tabs and a 0.1 percent sales tax increase for the next 10 years) but neither is the transportation network needed to keep one of the fastest growing counties in the nation moving. Read more
March 27, 2014
Samammish has a number of parks projects on the drawing board, but two are of special sigfinigance, Big Rock and Sammamish Landing parks. Read more
March 20, 2014
Washington State Parks has asked Issaquah to consider annexing Lake Sammamish State Park. The idea is worth considering.
As it stands, the park, even though it is a state park, sits in unincorporated King County. However, it is surrounded on all sides — except the lake side — by Issaquah. Read more
March 12, 2014
The deck is stacked pretty firmly against Sammamish (and localities in general) when it comes to negotiating better terms in a cable franchise agreement.
That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, and the city must strive to find ways to allow for increased competition. Read more
March 5, 2014
Sammamish has promised Klahanie everything but the moon — actually, the moon may have been included somewhere — if residents there were to reject Issaquah and embrace Sammamish.
Now that Klahanie has done its part, it’s time for Sammamish to act. Read more
February 26, 2014
More than five years ago, this newspaper called for the state legislature to revisit the value of Washington’s death penalty.
Last month, Gov. Jay Inslee opened the door to begin the overdue conversation by implementing a death-penalty moratorium while he is the state’s elected CEO. Read more
February 19, 2014
Last week’s news of the discovery of a dead newborn baby in the woods just off a heavily-traveled road in North Bend caught everyone’s attention. It’s just so sad. It didn’t have to end this way.
It is still uncertain whether the baby was already dead when it was left about 10 feet from the road and discovered by a passerby. The umbilical cord was still attached to the infant. Read more
February 13, 2014
Congratulations, Seahawks and Seahawks fans. The 43-8 Super Bowl win over Denver makes us proud to be Northwest residents.
And kudos to the Seahawks players, coaches and staff for the way they’ve embraced the 12th man concept – saying we fans are part of the team. Read more