To the Editor — Students deserve public charter school option

November 24, 2015

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Nov. 24, 2015

I attend a charter school, Summit Sierra High School, in Seattle. After hearing the court’s ruling that declared charters unconstitutional, I was crushed.

My experience in attending traditional public school is that it’s like trying to shove 1,000-plus kids into a box, expecting them all to fit. Some kids fit and thrive, while others don’t and are left behind. I was one of the latter kids.

Although I tried, I wasn’t engaged and was oblivious to my potential as a student. The large school I attended resulted in me being completely unheard by the staff and as long as I made their test scores look good, they couldn’t care less. I needed change if I wanted to find my potential and who I am as a person. Read more

To the Editor — Healthy Youth Survey shows kids not getting enough sleep

November 24, 2015

NEW — 2:27 p.m. Nov. 24, 2015

The Issaquah School District is seriously studying school start times, acknowledging that many people in our district want this change. In your Oct. 30 article, Superintendent Ron Thiele commented that the student population’s possible need for sleep can’t be the only consideration. There is overwhelming data from our own Healthy Youth Survey that the vast majority of our teenagers are not getting enough sleep. The 2014 HYS shows that 58 percent of eighth graders, 80 percent of 10th graders and 84 percent of 12th graders in the Issaquah School District report sleeping less than eight hours on an average school night. Given that the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Institute of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Sleep Foundation have stated that teens should get between eight to 10 hours of sleep each night, it seems to me that our adolescent student population definitely needs more sleep than they are currently getting. Read more

To the Editor — Road issues cause gridlock

November 10, 2015

NEW — 2:37 p.m. Nov. 10, 2015

Sammamish has a few road issues that probably affect many people all over the city and we need to figure out improvements. I do recognize everyone may see the issues but not have a solution.

  1. Traffic circles. My opinion is they cause traffic and are very dangerous to pedestrians because the driver is turning continually and does not always see pedestrians and the circles are too small to work properly. Many people can’t use them. I find I always try to merge and not stop or you will never go.  The worst one is at the back entrance to Eastlake.  Apparently now 228th is a bit better but no one can get to the middle school and high school at the same time. Gridlock ensues. Perhaps we need to stagger the high school and middle school start by five or 10 more minutes. There is no gridlock traffic on Thursday because of the late start. It should not take 25 minutes to get to school for a five-minute ride.  We are all wasting time and gas, though maybe some kids get to homework they forgot due to traffic. Maybe the circles work but not with the traffic volume.
  2. Why is there no Sidewalk on 228th leading from Northeast 14th Street? The road that has an elementary school on it to the light? Who would make it remain so dangerous and put the sidewalk on the other side when all the schools are closer on the east side? There should be a sidewalk to the light so you can cross safely. You can’t even walk to the crosswalk on sidewalk.

Kimberly Fee 


To the Editor — Consider accomplishments over attacks

October 29, 2015

NEW — 4:52 p.m. Oct. 29, 2015

As a 20-year resident of the area, I encourage local voters to recall what you felt and saw on the way to and at their most recent Sunday church service, Wednesday Farmers Market or Friday night football game. We do not need magazines and surveys to remind us of our blessings. However, great feelings and visuals aren’t enough in an election.

Review the facts and trends surrounding taxes, transportation, trails, town center, trees and transparency. An objective review takes some time, but here, perhaps, is where the divide begins.

Let us reinforce such accomplishments as fiscal savviness and budget surpluses leading to lower taxes than neighboring cities, consistent high marks from state auditors for financial responsibility and transparency, expanding parks and trails, tree retention and slope limitation requirements to counter development pressures enabled by the Growth Management Act, and improved roadways and public transportation. Accomplishments require years; attacks and promises based around snapshots and soundbites require seconds. Read more

To the Editor — It’s 2015. Grow up.

October 27, 2015

NEW — 7:26 p.m. Oct. 27, 2015

I was ashamed by this week’s Sammamish Review, in particular the article about the YMCA and its policy regarding transgender people.

I would like to offer my voice. I am transgender, so I do think that my voice should have significant weight because all I have heard so far are the voices of people who have no idea what it is like to live as I do.

Let me first address the resident who doesn’t want to shower with “someone like that.” We exist everywhere, and we are contributing members of this community. It is attitudes like this that keep us from being visible. Transgender people are routinely murdered worldwide, and this kind of ignorance and intolerance is a breeding ground for violence. Read more

To the Editor — Vote for Tom Hornish

October 27, 2015

NEW — 7:13 p.m. Oct. 27, 2015

Ever wonder why Councilman Tom Vance’s supporters are abandoning ship? Especially his environmental ones? I am because for the past four years he’s been on the council with me, I’ve observed him again and again making pragmatic, politically convenient decisions against the environment when we’ve needed strong leadership and a voice for the environment he has failed to provide.

A couple of examples: I believe he was largely personally responsible for the  lowering of our Town Center on-site storm water retention standards to 60 percent from 100 percent ignoring the fact that the higher standard can be achieved where infiltration is feasible. Why did he do this? I believe so one of his favorite pet city projects could be built.  Read more

To the Editor — Christie Malchow, Ramiro Valderrama, Tom Hornish easy choices for council

October 27, 2015

NEW — 1:46 p.m. Oct. 27, 2015

Warren Huckabay submits a letter written, in part, by his wife (some text was in an email she sent out from her personal email address) slamming the endorsement from Eastside Business Alliance (EBA) by cherry-picking a few of the members. What Warren and Kathy fail to mention is the fact that Tom Vance and Mark Cross also sought the endorsement of EBA and failed to obtain it, now they are attacking the EBA. Here’s some cherry picking for consumption; also members of EBA include our own Sammamish Chamber, Hopelink, and the YMCAs on the Eastside. Kathy Huckabay is a board member of the YMCA.

Nice Transparency. Read more

To the Editor — All human beings matter and deserve respect

October 23, 2015

NEW — 5:51 p.m. Oct. 23, 2015

I just want to say I am not transgender however I stand for their rights and the rights of all others. I read the article in the Sammamish Review and was outraged to say the least when I saw this, and I quote, “I do not want to be showering with someone like that,” said one Sammamish resident in a call to the Sammamish Review. “I certainly don’t want my children or grandchildren exposed to that.”

Typical response I would only expect out of the average Sammamish resident. Seriously?! I must say “that” is a human being with feelings and blood and a heart. So in dealing with this on a case-by-case basis I’m ashamed of you David Mayer. From my perspective I believe all lives matter and deserve the same respect. Read more

To the Editor — Elect Christie Malchow and Tom Hornish for City Council

October 23, 2015

NEW — 5:43 p.m. Oct. 23, 2015

As a 42-year resident of Sammamish, I strongly support the election of Christie Malchow and Tom Hornish to our City Council. They will bring fresh ideas and energy to our council process, which is critically needed today. They will listen to our concerns and truly be advocates for the citizens of Sammamish. They will insist on transparency in our city government’s deliberations and decisions, something that has been lacking of late. Read more

To the Editor — Support Tom Vance and Mark Cross for City Council

October 23, 2015

NEW — 5:38 p.m. Oct. 23, 2015

Two candidates say they want to “balance environment and development.” What the heck does that mean? Now we know.

SHO (Sammamish Homeowners) and Citizens for Sammamish have been the center of the anti-environment/property rights movement in Sammamish for many years. They are the biggest local supporters of Christie Malchow, Tom Hornish and Ramiro Valderrama.

Now the Citizens for Sammamish slate has been endorsed by the Eastside Business Alliance, a group that includes Comcast, the Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties (representing some of the biggest developers on the Eastside) plus Kemper-Freeman, Wallace Properties and others. Read more

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