Editorial — The time has come for initiatives, referendums

December 16, 2014

Why is it that 85 percent of King County residents have the right to direct democracy in the form of initiatives and referendums but not those in Sammamish?

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Editorial — Speak up now, before tree ordinance is set

December 9, 2014

Sammamish city officials are working on an ordinance regarding trees.

It appears to be a thoughtful, thorough look at the issue, and includes resident input. City Council and Planning Commission members are working to strike a balance between keeping trees and continuing with development.

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Editorial — Take the pledge to keep teens sober

December 3, 2014

Your teens are having some friends over, and it’s almost the end of the school year, which they’re celebrating, so you buy them some beer. What’s the harm?

Aside from being illegal, underage drinking is a huge public health problem.

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youths in the United States, more than tobacco and drugs, and is responsible for more than 4,300 underage drinking deaths per year, according to the national Centers for Disease Control.

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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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