December 16, 2014
‘Smart and savvy’ councils should support initiatives and referendums
I support the citizens of Sammamish being granted initiative and referendum power.
December 3, 2014
Halloween fundraiser meets goal again
My name is Ajay Gupta, and I’m 11. With my sister Reva, 9, I have been doing a project called Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF for the past three years.
On Halloween, kids collect money in an orange box for UNICEF, a nonprofit organization, which uses that money to help kids in need, like giving them a school or clean water.
If you give UNICEF a little bit of money, it can go a long way. For example, for 25 cents, you could give 10 kids clean water to drink for one day. Our goal this year was to raise $2,500.
November 25, 2014
Give citizens a happy Thanksgiving with full rights
I plead with the council to resolve that the citizens of Sammamish shall have the power of the initiative and referendum. As was mentioned by the city manager in the past, this code was inadvertently left out of the codes at the time the city was formed.
November 18, 2014
Water repairmen were kind and professional
On Nov. 10, a tap off of our street water main broke. My 6-year-old son was very excited about all the heavy equipment wheeled in to identify and fix the trouble. We stood a safe distance away and watched them jackhammer, vacuum the dirt and rocks, and repair the problem.
November 11, 2014
Tell our leaders to stop the ecocide
If you love trees and particularly loved the tree-lined East Lake Sammamish Trail, be prepared for a shock when the north section trail reopens.
I took an unauthorized peek recently and the swath of destruction wrought by King County is truly devastating. Essentially, 100 percent of the trees along the trail are gone. The remaining trees are much further back, in neighboring yards, not trailside. The tree-lined arbor effect is gone forever.
November 4, 2014
Citizens’ role in government is important
It is time for the Sammamish City Council and its executive staff at City Hall to do its “homework” on the source of government power. The Washington State Constitution, which when enacted in 1889 actually gave more protections to the rights of citizens than even the federal Constitution did, is very clear on this.
October 28, 2014
Vote for Joel Hussey
Integrity and character in family and business, and service to others with fiscal soundness and tangible results — all these are desirable attributes in government service. Those are qualities Joel Hussey has exhibited in his private life and community service.
He would bring a greatly needed fresh approach to eight long years of the current problems in this legislative office.
With confidence in his conscientious abilities, we should cast our votes for Joel Hussey.
Dr. John and Carrie Vasko
October 21, 2014
How much money can King County waste?
The East Lake Sammamish Trail was a perfectly user-friendly trail up until a few months ago when destruction took place. Beautiful trees, rockeries and landscaping were torn out.
King County “improvements” are a 12-foot wide paved surface with 2-foot gravel walking paths on each side. The cost of this one section of the trail alone (2.6 miles) for “improvements” is $6.1 million.
October 14, 2014
Here’s to the future success of city’s arts fair
The recent Sammamish Arts Fair was an outstanding achievement. The Sammamish Arts Commission, 4Culture, the city of Sammamish and the Sammamish Library are to be congratulated on their cooperative effort that went into the success of the two-day cultural experience.
It is very rewarding to have events such as the Arts Fair available to the residents of Sammamish and surrounding areas. The artists that were selected represented a wide range of schools of art and artistic media. It was inspiring to walk through the exhibits and not only see the artist at work but also hear him or her sharing stories with those in attendance.
One noted feature was that many of the artists were from nearby communities, such as Pamela Wickard, from North Bend, who also has displayed her paintings at Sammamish Nights. Hopefully, the ninth annual Sammamish Arts Fair next year will be as popular as this year’s.
October 7, 2014
Andy Hill puts kids first with solid education policies
Like many of us in this community, I’ve had kids in the public school system and really value having high-quality schools for my children. In following state politics for the past several years, I’m very impressed with the work that Andy Hill is doing in Olympia.