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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Editorial — Plenty of ways to prepare for disasters

September 16, 2014

What would you do tomorrow if there was an earthquake that affected your home? A mudslide? A flood? A fire? Are you prepared for those and other emergencies?

What about a minor emergency? Consider the occasional winter storm or power outage.

September is National Preparedness Month. But what does that mean to you?

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Take care, drivers, as schools reopen

September 9, 2014

It’s back-to-school time, and you know what that means.

We’re not talking about the purchases and chaos. We’re talking about slowing down and watching out for children, who may not be watching out for you.

State law says you must stop for a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing, on all two-lane roads, whether it is on your side of the road or not. These buses usually have a stop-sign arm on them, but you might not see it. Likewise, you might not see the children that step off these buses and run to nearby houses or people waiting for them.

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Editorial — Farewell, Sammamish

September 3, 2014

As you’re reading this, I’m already gone.

First, an introduction, then the goodbye. I’m Ari Cetron, and I’ve been the editor of the Sammamish Review for just shy of seven years – about half of the length of the city’s existence.

In that time, I’ve watched Town Center go from a twinkle in the City Council’s eye to a place that, as of this issue, has a proposal for the start of a Sammamish downtown. A teen center, talked about for years, is up and running. A community center, also talked about for years – with a pool and a waterslide – is under construction.

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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

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