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.
September 30, 2014
Stop the negative campaigning and distortions
I am writing to call on Congressman Dave Reichert’s liberal opponent Jason Ritchie to stop the smear tactics. Following his campaign thus far, Ritchie has towed the party line and done little to differentiate himself from the partisan politicians in D.C. who are exactly what the American people are tired of.
September 16, 2014
Trail project is providing benefit to the community
I attended the meeting regarding the East Lake Sammamish Trail that several recent letter writers have referred to. Although the mayor may have come off as being abrupt when he admonished attendees to not wave flags at the meeting, he was trying to keep some decorum to the meeting.
Having flags waved by only people who approve of what is being said can be intimidating to others. Everyone was given his or her three minutes, and in at least one case, several more, to comment. Public comment went on for two hours until there were no more. Nobody’s First Amendment right was trampled that night.
September 9, 2014
People have a right to their opinions
In this month’s city newsletter, I was surprised, as were my neighbors, that the mayor chose to use the “mayor’s message” as a rebuttal in his defense. We, the taxpayer’s, pay for that newsletter!
I was not able to attend the meeting where King County came out to explain why they are taking down so many trees along the Sammamish trail, but I talked to several people who attended the meeting. It is my understanding that many people that attended the meeting were all in agreement.
No one heard anyone booing and no one had the impression a “rally” was taking place. Instead, people simply wanted to show support for the speaker as has been done countless times in this city at various meetings where the issue is an important one.
It’s a First Amendment right, Mayor Vance! It’s when they’re contentious issues that the mayor and the council should want to hear from the citizens. I am deeply disappointed in the way the City Council meetings are being run under Mayor Tom Vance. I hope he chooses not to run next year!