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!
August 20, 2014
Reichert is on our side
I am writing in response to Amanda Strombom’s letter regarding gun control legislation. This past session, the Washington State Legislature unanimously passed, and the governor signed into law, HB 1840. This law gives courts the authority to require those under a restraining order that are deemed a risk to another’s physical safety to surrender any firearms and restricts them from obtaining a firearm during that period. This state level legislation is directly aimed at addressing the safety of survivors of abusive relationships and domestic violence. I commend our state legislators for their support of this bill. Read more
August 13, 2014
Mayor misses the mark
In an attempt to save face in his op-ed last week regarding justification for his demeanor at a recent city council meeting, Mayor Tom Vance was too self-aggrandizing.
He never addressed the issue; that he was impulsive, improper, and overbearing to Sammamish citizens who were greatly concerned about an issue the mayor and the city were willing to overlook in hopes of maintaining a political position with a senior branch of government. Read more
July 31, 2014
Evergreen CEO raise
is too much
I was angered and disheartened to see that nothing has changed since I left my job as a diet clerk at Evergreen Hospital four years ago. Read more
July 23, 2014
Mayor on a power trip
I have been greatly concerned with the attitude of our mayor towards citizens lately.
As I’ve watched two recent City Council meetings and study sessions on TV, Mayor Tom Vance has been either dismissive or hostile towards citizen participation in the process. Read more