March 5, 2014
Sammamish has promised Klahanie everything but the moon — actually, the moon may have been included somewhere — if residents there were to reject Issaquah and embrace Sammamish.
Now that Klahanie has done its part, it’s time for Sammamish to act. Read more
February 26, 2014
More than five years ago, this newspaper called for the state legislature to revisit the value of Washington’s death penalty.
Last month, Gov. Jay Inslee opened the door to begin the overdue conversation by implementing a death-penalty moratorium while he is the state’s elected CEO. Read more
February 19, 2014
Last week’s news of the discovery of a dead newborn baby in the woods just off a heavily-traveled road in North Bend caught everyone’s attention. It’s just so sad. It didn’t have to end this way.
It is still uncertain whether the baby was already dead when it was left about 10 feet from the road and discovered by a passerby. The umbilical cord was still attached to the infant. Read more
February 13, 2014
Congratulations, Seahawks and Seahawks fans. The 43-8 Super Bowl win over Denver makes us proud to be Northwest residents.
And kudos to the Seahawks players, coaches and staff for the way they’ve embraced the 12th man concept – saying we fans are part of the team. Read more
February 5, 2014
Klahanie belongs in Sammamish, that much is certain. But the way state Sen. Andy Hill and the Sammamish City Council are going about trying to make it happen just stinks. Read more
January 22, 2014
Everyone in Sammamish is going to have a chance to weigh in on school-related tax increases. Residents in both of the city’s two major school districts will have measures on the ballot.
There is no doubt that voters should approve all of the various bond and levy requests on the Feb. 11 ballot arriving in mailboxes this week. Read more
January 17, 2014
Mark Zmuda is not going to be re-hired. The Catholic Church is not suddenly going to embrace marriage equality.
And yet, the students at Eastside Catholic who are speaking out on Zmuda’s behalf just might be changing the world. These teenagers have learned the lessons of loving their neighbor far better than the school that was teaching it to them.
Just before Christmas break, the students found out Zmuda, a popular teacher and coach, was going to be let go because he married another man over the summer. Read more
January 7, 2014
A new year brings new goals
There are dozens of issues Sammamish could tackle this year. Here are a few select ones we’d like to see accomplished in 2013.
Cable franchise review – Sammamish is set to renew its cable franchise agreement early this year. Gone are the days when the cable franchise meant simply which company will provide premium television to an area. Those cables now carry Internet and telephone conversations at the very least. Citizens consume media in countless new ways and are just as likely to wirelessly stream a show and binge-watch on a rainy weekend afternoon as they are to carve out 30 minutes during prime time. The City Council needs to pay attention to evolving media habits and be sure the franchise agreement reflects what’s best for citizens now. It might also consider opening up the franchise to allow more competition.
December 18, 2013
The economy is humming again, but things are still tight for many families. In Sammamish, most residents still have some presents under the tree, or had a few near the menorah. Now is the time to remember those in greater need than you.
The holidays are a good reason to think about sharing with those who need a helping hand. It doesn’t hurt that it is also the end of the year, a good time to assess your finances and your tax bracket to determine your ability to give. Read more
December 12, 2013
People of Sammamish, you’re sending mixed messages.
First, you say you want more movie theaters, restaurants and opportunities for entertainment. Then, you say you want to preserve trees and habitat for wildlife.
You can’t have both as your top priority, so think hard about which is more important. Read more