Sammamish Forum July 9

July 9, 2014

Stop prosecuting medical marijuana patients
Our country is home to the world’s largest population of prisoners; some of those prisoners are ill and serving time for medical marijuana (cannabis) related charges, despite being in compliance with state law.
The Obama Administration has repeatedly claimed that it’s not targeting individual patients. However, the U.S. Department of Justice has spent more than $3 million to prosecute Eastern Washington resident Larry Harvey and four other state-authorized medical cannabis patients, known as the “Kettle Falls 5.”
Seattle native and New York Times columnist Timothy Egan puts it this way: “If Larry Harvey, at the age of 70, with his gout and high blood pressure and bum knee, gets the mandatory 10-year term, he’s likely to die in prison, certainly not the last casualty of the assault on our citizens known as the War on Drugs. For him, freedom is just another word his congresswoman likes to throw around on the Fourth of July.”
Congress has the opportunity to put end to this unjust federal interference. Sen. Rand Paul’s (K-Ky.) and Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-N.J.) medical marijuana amendment to the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill would end the funding that is currently used to arrest, raid and prosecute legitimate patients and care providers.
The U.S. House of Representatives already took a first step toward justice when it passed the amendment, 219-189 on May 30. Now it’s time for the Senate to take a stand and vote in favor of the Paul-Booker amendment and end to the war on patients.

Mitzi Vaughn
Sammamish

Sammamish Forum July 2

July 2, 2014

Use minimal regulations for Tent City
I’d like to thank the Sammamish Review staff for their thoughtful editorial in the June 11 issue commenting on the pending ordinance regarding homeless encampments within the city of Sammamish. Read more

Sammamish Forum June 18

June 18, 2014

Recycling means more than cardboard
Earlier this week I–a plateau resident for 30+ years–drove along 218th Avenue Northeast and noticed a gigantic steam shovel in what used to be a yard.  Read more

Sammamish Forum June 11

June 11, 2014

Parks regulations
go too far
First of all, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I respect that. Last I heard, opinions are just that, but they are not in the same category as morals. For Mayor Tom Vance to make the statement, he feels in voting for the law and regulation regarding restricting dogs and smokers in our parks, “ought to reflect our morals” – Just whose morals is he speaking of? Read more

Sammamish Forum June 4

June 4, 2014

Help fight dog fighting
I’m Maria Pera, an 8th grade student in Sammamish who decided to stand up to make a change. So I made a petition entitled “stop dog fighting in Indonesia!” This petition is to protest against dog fighting. Read more

Sammamish Forum May 14

May 14, 2014

We can’t allow discrimination
Thank you Marilyn and Claudia for your letters in recent issues of the Review about discrimination based upon religious beliefs.
Since Marilyn elaborated on my earlier mention of the florist sued by Washington State on behalf of a gay couple, let me provide additional details to get us on common ground. Read more

Sammamish Forum May 7

May 7, 2014

Protect the water
We are Brownie Troop 40526. This year we are studying water. Clean water is important to all of us and the animals that share our world.
We call on all of our neighbors to join us as we strive to protect and conserve water. If we don’t, we won’t have clean water to use. Here are some simple ways you can help. Read more

Sammamish Forum April 30

May 1, 2014

The issue is different
In response to Michael O’Connell, The Washington florist case you mentioned is not about discrimination against homosexuals.
That particular business has happily served homosexuals over the years and has employed several gay people. However, the issue is whether individuals are required to use their professional services for a cause with which they personally disagree. Read more

Sammamish Forum

April 15, 2014

Vote Yes on LWSD Bond

Recent letters recommended we vote down the upcoming Lake Washington School District bond to “send a message” to school administrators and apparently to overly fertile parents. I think we already sent that message, and we now need to recognize the benefits we all get from good schools.

One letter said demolishing an existing facility and replacing it is never acceptable in a time of classroom shortages. With no facts given, this is merely the writer’s opinion versus the district’s cost / benefit analysis. The district’s post-election survey showed this was not a big issue for most voters.

Another objection attempts to divert attention to lobbying by the district to end the 60 percent positive vote requirement for bonds. School levies require only a simple majority. Why are bonds different? And why 60 percent rather than 58 percent, or 55 percent? Analysis seems appropriate, but it is doubtful it takes significant money from schools.

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Sammamish Forum April 9

April 9, 2014

Reasons to vote for Lake Washington Bond

1. According to a study by the Partnership for Learning, Washington is the nation’s No. 1 STEM economy and has the highest number of STEM jobs in the United States. Yet, the state ranks 49th out of 50 states in the mismatch between the skills required for the available jobs and individuals with those skills. Read more

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