Letters to the Editor — March 28, 2015

March 25, 2015

Slow down, drive responsibly and save lives

Sammamish is about to get more crowded.

Notice the number of new houses going in around you. Each house represents additional traffic and potential congestion. With all this increased traffic, it’s important that we slow down and obey the speed limits and traffic signs.

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Letters to the Editor

March 17, 2015

Trail is for everyone’s use

I’m glad the East Lake Sammamish Trail is being improved, because I love to walk there, but I do have a worry. When the trail was gravel, it was possible for walkers to hear bicyclists coming up from behind and get out of their way. On the new smooth surface, approaching bicycles may be almost silent.

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Letters to the Editor — week of March 11, 2015

March 10, 2015

All we are saying is give pizza chance

A new restaurant, Uncle Si’s, opened up on East Lake Sammamish Parkway a few months ago.  We read the article in the newspaper and decided to give it a try.  We got a few families together and went down after our sons’ basketball practice….wow!  What a treat!

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Letters to the Editor — week of March 4, 2015

March 3, 2015

A Sammamish poem about government

Borrowing heavily from Clement Clarke Moore’s, “A Visit From St. Nicholas:”

‘Twas the night before a City Council meeting, when all through City Hall
Not a council member was stirring, not even the tall;
The council’s agenda was posted to the city website with care,
In hopes that citizens soon wouldn’t be there;

The citizens wrestled with worry all night in their beds;
While visions of an unaccountable City Council danced in their heads;
When out in the grass roots there arose such a clatter,
The public sprang from their beds to follow the chatter.

With the shine of computer screens on their eyes,
Some Citizens for Sammamish started to cry,
Their wondering eyes had found a solution,
It was the Washington State Constitution.

By using a provision from 1912,
The citizens knew everything would end well.
As the citizens turned off their computers and lights,
They knew they finally had their rights.

They whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
Now, Seattle! Now, Redmond! Now, East King County!
On, Issaquah! On, Bellevue! On, 85 percent of the citizens of King County!
The citizens of Sammamish wish to share in your bounty.

Like their neighbors in adjacent ‘principalities,”
Sammamish citizens had found a way to check council members’ responsibilities.
They shouted from their lawns’ manicured grass —
“Vote yes, on initiative/referendum, this needs to pass!”

Joe Lipinsky

Former chairman

Sammamish Planning Commission


City children should have one school district

Our family moved to the north end of the plateau in 1988 and we have lived here for most of the past 26 years. Our property was included in the original incorporation of the city of Sammamish and, though we felt uncomfortable with it at the time, we have grown to be very pleased with how the city has taken shape. One more big step remains to be taken, however, and that is the creation of a single school district for the city.

As it is today, children who live within the city limits of Sammamish attend school in one of three different public school districts. Yes, three. You may be surprised to know there is a pocket in the northeast corner of the city where students are bused to Fall City or Snoqualmie to attend school. There remains no good logic for Sammamish families to have the management of public education commingled with the Issaquah, Lake Washington and Snoqualmie Valley school districts.

I know of no other city in the Puget Sound region, or anywhere else in the state for that matter, where more than one public school district serves the city’s residents. I understand the history but a single school district for Sammamish is an idea whose time has come.

Chuck Samson



Northeast 42nd Street barricade review process

I am pleased to see that the Sammamish City Council voted to approve a motion to instruct the city manager to embark on a study regarding details about the removal of the Opti-Com barricade in the 19900 block of Northeast 42nd Street.  I hope that the city will engage a professional traffic engineer to study the issue and look at both sides of the issue.

Then, implement the Barricade Review Process established in 2010 or engage a hearing examiner to make a recommendation to the council for action. It really seems like the staff does not want to be in the middle of this contentious issue, so I strongly recommend that a hearing examiner be employed.

A hearing examiner will be objective in reviewing of the facts, an arbiter of the facts one might say. The city has stalled on making a decision on this barricade for years. The citizens deserve a fair and impartial decision on this issue.

Some assert that removal of the barricade will have negative affects to the neighborhood to the west, but they overlook the negative affect the barricade causes the neighborhood to the east at the present time. They also overlook the big picture regarding traffic circulation, signal warrants and reduced level of service issues caused by the barricade diverted traffic. I am certain that these folks are well-meaning and just reacting to a fear of more traffic.

So, let us embark on a study to look at the facts and stop the emotional attempts to silence and subvert the study of this issue. I think it is only fair and neighborly for both neighborhoods to take their fair share of the traffic rather than divert all of the traffic through one neighborhood with a barricade.

Greg Reynolds


Letters to the Editor — week of Feb. 25, 2015

February 24, 2015

Support local events when they happen

On Tuesday evening, Feb. 17, the Sammamish Arts Commission sponsored an incredible chamber music concert by the group Simple Measures. The program was very poorly attended.

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Letter to the Editor

February 17, 2015

More than an hour is much too long

When our son turned 3 and received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, our family went through a series of difficult transitions.

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Letters to the Editor — week of Feb. 11, 2015

February 10, 2015


Turn your fan fervor to your own life or that of others

I was inspired by the fervor we all applied to the Seahawks. Our entire region collectively joined hands in unity for a single cause. The amounts of time, energy and money spent was prodigious, and grew to a loud roar by Sunday afternoon.

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Letters to the Editor

February 3, 2015

Do something about Skyline High School students crossing street

My husband and I have become increasingly concerned for Skyline High School’s student safety for those students using Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church’s parking lot during school hours.

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Letters to the Editor

January 27, 2015

Serious problems need smarter solutions

It is disappointing to see the Sammamish City Council and police chief advocating “policing for profit” as a primary option to address underage drinking and parking violation issues.

Judging from a proposed 350 percent-plus increase in parking fines, you’d think this must be a rampant problem, yet there was hardly any mention of it over the years in council deliberations or the Sammamish Review up until this month.

Similarly, charging $250 to $1,000 to parents or “hosts” for youthful indiscretion of underage drinking even without permission, knowledge or awareness of a home owner, seems heavy-handed and economically abusive, especially for citizens who might not be as rich as council members and the police chief. Read more

Letters to the Editor

January 20, 2015

Parking ticket increase will hopefully bring better behavior

I was very happy to read that the City Council is finally prepared to address residential parking problems with a meaningful ticket increase from $20 to $71.

Careless parking is all too frequent in Sammamish, from extending into driveways, blocking mailboxes, parking on the wrong side of the street or parking too close to intersections. On certain streets in my neighborhood, sidewalk parking is the norm day in and day out. Read more

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