Editorial — Help children succeed through Tools 4 School

July 29, 2015

NEW — 9:02 a.m. July 29, 2015

Before you know it, summer will be over and children will be headed back to school.

And although it’s an exciting time for many children who get new clothes and school supplies, it’s a tense time for families who don’t have the money for such things.

That’s where Tools 4 School comes in.

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Editorial — Fish win reprieve and so do residents

July 23, 2015

Score one for the little guy.

Homeowners in the Chestnut Estates area, the Friends of Pine Lake and environmental activist Walter Pereyra won, for now, after a recent ruling by Sammamish Hearing Examiner John Galt.

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Editorial — State should pass vaccine requirement for children

July 16, 2015

A Clallam County woman in her 20s died last spring after contracting measles. The last measles death in the United States was in 2003.

What a tragedy — and surely a preventable one.

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Editorial — Be a safe driver, not a dangerous one

July 9, 2015

School is out and that means one thing — children are everywhere you look during the hours they used to be in school.

What does that mean?

It’s up to every one of us to keep them safe.

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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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