Editorial — Freedom isn’t free; thank a veteran for it

May 20, 2015

Freedom is not free.

The cost is men’s and women’s lives. And blood and guts. And arms and legs. And hearing and sight. And brains and other organs.

Men and women have given their lives and paid in many other ways for this country’s freedom since it began.

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Editorial — Tell customers about data breaches quickly

May 13, 2015

Premera’s decision to wait six weeks before notifying state authorities and customers about a major cyber attack on its system was inexcusable.

This is the same insurance giant that was warned by federal auditors last year that its network security procedures were inadequate. Customers entrusted Premera with their most personal information, from bank accounts and Social Security numbers to home addresses and medical records.

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Editorial — Spare some time for school children

May 5, 2015

Lake Washington School District students are working hard to achieve personal success in school.

But you can help them do more by sharing your time through LINKS, which is in its seventh year of helping students with funding provided by the Lake Washington Schools Foundation.

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Editorial — Get ready for election season

April 29, 2015

If you’ve been thinking about taking on an important leadership role within the city of Sammamish, the time has come to take the next step. Candidates must file for election by May 15.

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Editorial — Vote yes to upgrade emergency radio system

April 21, 2015

The current system of emergency radio communication for King County’s police, fire and emergency services is nearly 20 years old and unfit for the size of our area. It’s time for an upgrade, and Proposition 1 provides the funds needed.

Vote yes on Proposition 1 because there is universal agreement, even by opponents of Proposition 1, that the need for a better, newer regional emergency radio network is real.

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Editorial — Approve the city’s two ballot measures

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.

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Editorial — Tips to avoid sexual assault

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.

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Editorial — Raise smoking age to 21 to save lives

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.

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Editorial — Fido needs a leash when on our trails

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.

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Editorial — Give an hour a week to help a local child

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.

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