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

Editorial — Time to set goals, resolutions for 2015

December 31, 2014

It’s the time of year when people make resolutions, to decide to do better, be better.

We at Sammamish Review have decided to make some resolutions on behalf of the city and its residents. We hope you will adopt them and keep them.

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Letter to the Editor

December 31, 2014

It’s long past time for public to have initiative, referendum powers

I fully concur with and approve the editorial in the Dec. 17 Sammamish Review and the letter to the editor of Christie Malchow, in the same issue, strongly advocating action by the Sammamish City Council to move to grant the city’s citizens the rights of petition and referendum enjoyed by the vast majority of King County citizens.

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Letters to the Editor

December 23, 2014

Councilman was right to question process

As follow up to your Dec. 10 story, “Councilman again takes issue with attorney contract,” I would like to commend Ramiro Valderrama for questioning the process and actions surrounding the contract with the city’s legal counsel.

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Letter to the Editor

December 16, 2014

‘Smart and savvy’ councils should support initiatives and referendums

I support the citizens of Sammamish being granted initiative and referendum power.

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Letters to the Editor

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.

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Letter to the Editor

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.

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Letters to the Editor

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.

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Letters to the Editor

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.

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Letters to the Editor

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.

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