The kids are (probably) all right

August 20, 2014

Sometime soon, some parents around the area will be getting a pair of letters. One is a federally-mandated notice informing them that their child’s school is failing. The other, likely included in the same envelope, will tell them not to worry about what the first letter says — things are just fine.
The mixed message will undoubtedly confuse some. Read more

Where were all the no voters?

August 13, 2014

In the past year, voters in the Lake Washington School District twice rejected proposed bonds to help pay for needed school improvements. The reasons were many, but they boiled down to voters not trusting the district to spend the money efficiently.
Last week, when the district held its public hearing on the annual budget, there was not one single comment from the public.
Naysayers, where were you? Read more

Please don’t feed the bears, ever

July 31, 2014

“A fed bear is a dead bear.”
Those were true words from an expert who spoke to The Issaquah Press several years ago about the bears people were reporting in their yards and trashcans in the Sammamish area.
They are still true now. We have built our homes and businesses in their yards, and we are going to come into contact with wildlife. Read more

Hundreds of backpacks needed for students

July 23, 2014

Let the back-to-school shopping begin!
Wow, everything from erasers to three colors of ink pens, from scissors to notebooks are on the list. Don’t forget a box of Kleenex for the classroom and an apple for the teacher. Read more

Kokanee work group doing important work

July 16, 2014

The Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group is one of those little committees that government seems to form all the time.
Typically, these sorts of bodies get together, author an important-sounding report and disband. The report gathers dust, and nothing actually happens.
This one is different. The kokanee work group has certainly done its share of fact-finding, but the facts are being put to use. The little, red fish is recovering, and the efforts of the work group should be applauded. Read more

Use marijuana responsibly

July 9, 2014

Marijuana.
No matter how you feel about it, it’s now legal to purchase and smoke it in the state of Washington. (Leave it to officials to sort out the federal vs. state issue, though at this point, no one has announced plans to crack down on people who take a toke.)
And although Sammamish looks likely to ban it in the city, 24 retailers in the Puget Sound area were granted licenses this week by the state Liquor Control Board. Read more

Give credit where it’s due

July 2, 2014

Last week, the Lake Washington School Board discovered that students can get physical education credit for taking a class online, but not for playing sports. This policy has its root in a confusing aspect of state law, which needs to be cleaned up and to be changed to allow for credit for sports. Read more

Congratulations, graduates

June 18, 2014

Since kindergarten, you schlepped books to and from school. You were expected to learn the basics: reading, writing and arithmetic. You hopefully learned how to share, how to make friends, and how to become part of a social and cultural group.
Most importantly, you hopefully learned to be an individual in a sea of sameness, as well as how to be a critical thinker.
For some, high school goes down as the best times of life — the camaraderie, close friendships, being part of a team. Read more

Let reason prevail in homeless regulations

June 11, 2014

The random background checks called for by some residents as a condition of allowing an encampment of homeless people in Sammamish should be anathema in this country.
Simply because a person lives in a tent does not mean they forfeit their citizenship, and citizens have a right protecting them from unreasonable search and seizure.
Fortunately, the City Council seems unlikely to adopt this, one of the more egregious examples of hysteria among the populace. The council should continue to let reason and the rule of law prevail as they deliberate homeless camp regulations. Read more

Be cautious as weather warms up

June 4, 2014

History tells us this weather is a trick. Soon enough, the June gloom will set in and take hold until July 4.
But if this lovely weather holds (and even if it doesn’t) many Western Washingtonians will head outside, braving the cold waters and muddy hiking trails.
Please, don’t let the sun lull you into contentment. As we learned last week on Mount Rainier, even experienced outdoor people with professional guides can get into trouble. Read more

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