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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Editorial — House needs to keep transportation package moving

March 10, 2015

The state Senate, after two years of frustrated effort, has passed a $15 billion transportation package. Its 11 measures — a mix of reforms and revenue — are key to relieving traffic congestion with investments in transit and roads, and maintaining the state’s existing highways and bridges.

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Editorial — Residents take stands on issues that need discussion

March 3, 2015

Sammamish residents should feel proud of themselves for standing up for what they believe in.

There’s Harry Shedd and the resident group Citizens for Sammamish, who have battled for city residents to have initiative and referendum rights.

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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

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