April 9, 2013
Two years ago, this newspaper was opposed to the $20 car tab fee to fund King County Metro.
At the time, it seemed that Metro might have overreached during the good times and should scale back to reflect new economic realities.
The fee was approved by the Legislature for two years, 2013 and 2014. The County Council implemented the fee along with some bipartisan reforms that have help put the transit service on firmer footing. Read more
April 9, 2013
Let the bears roam
It is becoming harder and harder for me to read the Sammamish Review. Each week it seems there is another article designed to break my heart. Read more
April 3, 2013
Community center is a boondoggle
In reference to your recent article (“Council formally chooses design for Community Center,” March 27, 2013) and as a long time resident of Sammamish, I would to opine that the project, now $2.3 million over budget, is becoming a “Big Dig” west, similar to the infamous and shameful experience of Boston, Mass. Read more
April 2, 2013
It’s been more than a dozen years since 9/11. Memories of that day have faded, but not if you are an airline traveler in a long security line at the airport, questioning whether the added security actually protects passengers from terrorists.
After all this time, we’ve learned to accept the new norm in airport security. Read more
March 20, 2013
At first blush, it might look a bit too cozy. Design firm Barker Rinker Seacat was paid for a feasibility study to tell Sammamish if the city could support a community and aquatic center. They found that the city could do so, and, as it happens, the firm is quite experienced in designing them, too.
Now city officials are negotiating a $2 million contract with Barker Rinker Seacat to design the new center. Read more
March 20, 2013
Regulations are harsh
As a front-page article in the March 13 Review said, some Sammamish City Council members do not like the proposed changes to the city’s environmental regulations. Read more
March 13, 2013
Bags can be dirty
I am opposed to the charge for grocery bags. The number one reason I no longer use reusable grocery bags is germs. Talk to a grocery checker next time you are checking out; they will tell you about the filthy bags people bring for them to fill with their groceries. Read more
March 12, 2013
Your state representatives don’t think you need to know if your neighborhood teen has been molesting other kids. If you have a burglar in your midst and he/she is under 18, then you don’t need to know that either, even if it’s someone your son or daughter is dating.
In 1977, the legislature moved the juvenile justice system into the superior and district courts, in the interest of access to justice, as called for in the state constitution. Now, it wants to limit access to juvenile criminal records and court records in general, ostensibly because the Internet has created unintended uses for those records. Read more
March 6, 2013
There is a need for more funding for the county’s road network. Potholes need to be filled, lanes need to be re-striped, new facilities need to be constructed, and transit — meaning bus routes and rail lines — needs to be expanded and maintained. Read more
February 27, 2013
Friday begins the Issaquah ban on most retail plastic bags. Plateau shoppers headed to the south should be alert. Like it or not, prepare to bring your own reusable bags, carry out your items without any bag, or pay a nickel for a paper bag. Most stores will also have reusable bags for sale. Read more