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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Editorial — Speak up now, before tree ordinance is set

December 9, 2014

Sammamish city officials are working on an ordinance regarding trees.

It appears to be a thoughtful, thorough look at the issue, and includes resident input. City Council and Planning Commission members are working to strike a balance between keeping trees and continuing with development.

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Editorial — Take the pledge to keep teens sober

December 3, 2014

Your teens are having some friends over, and it’s almost the end of the school year, which they’re celebrating, so you buy them some beer. What’s the harm?

Aside from being illegal, underage drinking is a huge public health problem.

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youths in the United States, more than tobacco and drugs, and is responsible for more than 4,300 underage drinking deaths per year, according to the national Centers for Disease Control.

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Editorial — Shopping local helps you in the long run

November 25, 2014

The weekend after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping weekend of the year, and many small businesses rely on the holiday shopping period to ensure a successful year on the books, according to the federal Small Business Administration.

That’s why the day is known as Black Friday, because heavy sales often move a business from out of the red financially into the black.

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Editorial — Sex assault education is not just for girls

November 18, 2014

On a chilly November evening, in a room filled with more than 200 of her peers, Issaquah High School junior Aanya Nigam was the face of courage.

Nigam went before an audience of her peers and told them she was a survivor of sexual assault.

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