April 14, 2015
Voters are receiving their ballots and need to decide two important issues in this April 28 special election.
Proposition No. 1 — Klahanie Annexation
The Sammamish City Council is calling for an election on the proposed annexation of the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area, about 1,240 acres currently located in unincorporated King County.
April 7, 2015
There is an average of 293,066 victims (12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey.
Unfortunately, sexual assault incidents are reported less frequently than any other violent crime as only a small percentage of victims are willing to step forward to report their experience and involve the criminal justice process.
March 31, 2015
Tobacco addiction is the leading cause of preventable deaths in Washington, causing about 8,300 residents to die each year. Annual health costs now surpass $2.8 billion.
The best way to combat this crisis is to raise the legal smoking age to 21, as the Washington State Legislature is considering with SHB 1458. Attorney General Bob Ferguson requested the bill, and science supports his efforts.
March 25, 2015
King County Sheriff’s deputies have recently added dog duty to the list of things they monitor while they’re patrolling the trails and parks.
It’s the law: Dogs must be leashed when we take them along on our hikes.
That goes not just for the county but also for hiking trails on the Department of Natural Resources lands, Washington State Parks and National Forests.
March 17, 2015
Children of all ages are one of our most valuable resources.
They’re the ones who will grow up and inherit this planet. They will also be the ones to try to repair problems that people before them have created or not been able to fix.
March 10, 2015
The state Senate, after two years of frustrated effort, has passed a $15 billion transportation package. Its 11 measures — a mix of reforms and revenue — are key to relieving traffic congestion with investments in transit and roads, and maintaining the state’s existing highways and bridges.
March 3, 2015
Sammamish residents should feel proud of themselves for standing up for what they believe in.
There’s Harry Shedd and the resident group Citizens for Sammamish, who have battled for city residents to have initiative and referendum rights.
February 24, 2015
People are upset about the East Lake Sammamish Trail. And about subdivisions being built or considered.
Trees have been cut down for no reason, some people say.
The trail is too wide in spots for no reason, some people say.
February 17, 2015
We Americans have gotten too lax about vaccinations.
Recent news stories about measles cases spreading throughout the country show we’ve fallen down on the job of educating parents about how important immunizations are to our children.
February 10, 2015
Violence against women is on the rise, and that’s true for women and girls.
February is Teen Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The highest rate of victimization for abuse and sexual assault occurs between the ages of 16 and 24, according to Break the Cycle’s CEO Amy Sanchez.