Editorial — Shopping local helps you in the long run

November 25, 2014

The weekend after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping weekend of the year, and many small businesses rely on the holiday shopping period to ensure a successful year on the books, according to the federal Small Business Administration.

That’s why the day is known as Black Friday, because heavy sales often move a business from out of the red financially into the black.

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Editorial — Sex assault education is not just for girls

November 18, 2014

On a chilly November evening, in a room filled with more than 200 of her peers, Issaquah High School junior Aanya Nigam was the face of courage.

Nigam went before an audience of her peers and told them she was a survivor of sexual assault.

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Editorial — City officials are good fiscal managers

November 11, 2014

City officials are doing a nice job of handling their finances.

Sammamish’s assessed property values are projected to rise to $11.2 billion in 2015, up from $9.3 billion this year. The increase includes $241 million from new construction, according to figures from Joe Guinasso, the city’s finance director.

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Editorial — Honor veterans for their service, sacrifices

November 4, 2014

It’s that time of year again, time to celebrate and remember veterans at ceremonies across the area.

But the men and women who served or died in military service to their country should be remembered and honored all year.

Members of our military are still fighting and dying in remote areas all around the world.

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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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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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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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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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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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Editorial — In wake of tragedy, people should look out for each other

September 23, 2014

People generally have an “it-can’t-happen-here” attitude regarding crime. And until Sept. 17, nothing more than car burglaries, thefts and other “minor” crimes had occurred in this 15-year-old city.

Then, police got a call about a man who was either hurt or dead in his home on Southeast 26th Place. They rushed to the scene to do a welfare check and found a man had been murdered.

That left residents wondering for a few hours whether the city was safe.

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