Where were all the no voters?

August 13, 2014

In the past year, voters in the Lake Washington School District twice rejected proposed bonds to help pay for needed school improvements. The reasons were many, but they boiled down to voters not trusting the district to spend the money efficiently.
Last week, when the district held its public hearing on the annual budget, there was not one single comment from the public.
Naysayers, where were you? Read more

Sammamish Forum August 13

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

Please don’t feed the bears, ever

July 31, 2014

“A fed bear is a dead bear.”
Those were true words from an expert who spoke to The Issaquah Press several years ago about the bears people were reporting in their yards and trashcans in the Sammamish area.
They are still true now. We have built our homes and businesses in their yards, and we are going to come into contact with wildlife. Read more

Sammamish Forum

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

Hundreds of backpacks needed for students

July 23, 2014

Let the back-to-school shopping begin!
Wow, everything from erasers to three colors of ink pens, from scissors to notebooks are on the list. Don’t forget a box of Kleenex for the classroom and an apple for the teacher. Read more

Sammamish Forum July 23

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

Kokanee work group doing important work

July 16, 2014

The Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group is one of those little committees that government seems to form all the time.
Typically, these sorts of bodies get together, author an important-sounding report and disband. The report gathers dust, and nothing actually happens.
This one is different. The kokanee work group has certainly done its share of fact-finding, but the facts are being put to use. The little, red fish is recovering, and the efforts of the work group should be applauded. Read more

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

Use marijuana responsibly

July 9, 2014

Marijuana.
No matter how you feel about it, it’s now legal to purchase and smoke it in the state of Washington. (Leave it to officials to sort out the federal vs. state issue, though at this point, no one has announced plans to crack down on people who take a toke.)
And although Sammamish looks likely to ban it in the city, 24 retailers in the Puget Sound area were granted licenses this week by the state Liquor Control Board. Read more

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

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