Editorial — It’s your city; get involved in decisions

February 24, 2015

People are upset about the East Lake Sammamish Trail. And about subdivisions being built or considered.

Trees have been cut down for no reason, some people say.

The trail is too wide in spots for no reason, some people say.

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Editorial — Negligent parents endanger all of us

February 17, 2015

We Americans have gotten too lax about vaccinations.

Recent news stories about measles cases spreading throughout the country show we’ve fallen down on the job of educating parents about how important immunizations are to our children.

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Editorial — Help end domestic and sexual assault

February 10, 2015

Violence against women is on the rise, and that’s true for women and girls.

February is Teen Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The highest rate of victimization for abuse and sexual assault occurs between the ages of 16 and 24, according to Break the Cycle’s CEO Amy Sanchez.

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Editorial — Vote to be part of city in Klahanie vote

February 3, 2015

It’s time to get it settled, Klahanie-area residents. You’ve been in limbo long enough.

For years, Klahanie-area residents have not really belonged to any one city. Some residents feel like they’re part of Issaquah, but when it came to a vote, on two different occasions, not enough people voted to be annexed into Issaquah.

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Editorial — Task force needs a more youthful voice

January 27, 2015

Not all anniversaries are worthy of celebration but some should be remembered for the impact on our world, our social conscious and our neighborhood.

One coming up is Feb. 12 — the day the body of a newborn baby girl was found near North Bend. First responders and detectives named her Baby Kimball.

A caring community held a funeral service in March 2014, memorializing her with as much dignity and love as possible.

News organizations wrote stories. Newspapers, including this one, published editorials. Read more

Editorial — Things to consider during city retreat

January 20, 2015

As the Sammamish City Council heads off for its retreat at Suncadia Resort this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we have a few items we would like to make sure they have on their agenda and a few suggestions of items we’d like to add to the discussions they may not have considered.

Tree preservation plus reforestation is an important issue we know the council is considering and it’s important the council get the new ordinance created soon.

The community group Citizens for Sammamish has proposed the council grant residents the right to referendum and initiative petitions. About 85 percent of King County cities already have this right. The council hasn’t spent too much time discussing this so far and the retreat presents the perfect opportunity to consider it. Read more

Editorial — Kudos for tackling underage drinking

January 13, 2015

People across the country have been talking for years about underage drinking — how it’s bad and why, and saying that something should be done about it.

Now the Sammamish City Council actually might do something about it.

It would be the second city in King County to take on the subject, and only a few other cities in the state have done so.

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Editorial — Get a fresh start by being a volunteer

January 6, 2015

Start the new year off right by volunteering your time or money to worthwhile causes like these:

Redmond/Sammamish Boys & Girls Club — Get involved with young people and make a difference in their future. Opportunities include games and activities, teen nights, education center/computers, coaching and advising, maintenance and fundraising. Volunteers have to complete an application. To volunteer with kids, a background check is a legal requirement. Go to http://positiveplace.org. Learn about the Redmond/Sammamish club under “Locations.” Read more

Editorial — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

December 23, 2014

In 1897, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon was asked by his then-8-year-old daughter Virginia whether Santa Claus really existed. O’Hanlon suggested she write to The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper at the time.

Virginia’s letter became the introduction to an editorial in The Sun, and is reprinted here. Merry Christmas one and all!

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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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