July 9, 2015
Bring Klahanie area into city before the election
At the June 16 City Council meeting, Mr. Harmon, a Klahanie resident, gave public comment supporting an earlier annexation date. City Manager Ben Yazici’s response was completely inappropriate, condescending and should not have been allowed by Mayor Tom Vance.
July 2, 2015
Proper procedure was followed in council meeting
The election is approaching, and over the next few months, letters to the editor will appear extolling one candidate or another. The worst will distort the record and then attack someone.
June 25, 2015
Look for council candidates who work well with others
I strongly believe our nation and the individual states have survived and thrived as a result of key foundational principles of governing that were outlined by our Founding Fathers nearly 240 years ago.
June 17, 2015
All citizens should be treated fairly
In the May 18 Committee of the Whole meeting, Mayor Tom Vance allowed yet another breach of meeting protocol that should not be duplicated.
Mark Cross, who should be well-versed on procedure, having been mayor at one time, asked to make a comment pertaining to the Klahanie annexation timeline well outside of public comment. Vance obliged Cross’ request, and allowed him to inject his commentary.
June 10, 2015
There was no transparency in hiring new city manager
Sammamish city officials miss a key point over the appointment of Lyman Howard as city manager. Whether the action was to the letter of the law meets only half the test. Transparency is the other half and in this the entire City Council, and most particularly its leadership, failed this test miserably.
June 3, 2015
Bicyclists should pay some for bike lanes
I would like to respond to Mr. O’Connell. I’ve seen his name in the editorial pages often, and even though I disagree with 90 percent of what he writes, I still respect the fact he’s entitled to voice his opinion.
May 27, 2015
Where is the balance between growth and beauty?
I am new to the area. I moved here with my wife just a few months ago.
Sammamish is a beautiful place and we absolutely love the green, natural space it has to offer. Local trails such as Duthie Hill Bike Park and Soaring Eagle keep the community both healthy and in touch with the natural landscape.
May 20, 2015
Work together on development, growth
I’m frustrated at what seems to have become a major trend — homeowners’ associations appealing new subdivisions with what seems a knee-jerk reaction to change.
This is an un-neighborly “not in my back yard” attitude that is hard to understand from associations that benefited from city standards to allow their creation.
May 5, 2015
‘High density’ doesn’t work in Sammamish
Sammamish’s main arterials haven’t changed materially in more than 20 years. Issaquah-Pine Lake Road and Issaquah-Fall City Road still have about the same through capacity. What have changed are Washington’s Growth Management Act and the city’s Comprehensive Plan for less suburban sprawl by building many big houses on small lots.
April 29, 2015
Roundabout slip lane is bad idea, design
I am a driver who believes that roundabouts are a good way to keep traffic moving at certain intersections.