Editorial — City officials are good fiscal managers

November 11, 2014

City officials are doing a nice job of handling their finances.

Sammamish’s assessed property values are projected to rise to $11.2 billion in 2015, up from $9.3 billion this year. The increase includes $241 million from new construction, according to figures from Joe Guinasso, the city’s finance director.

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Letters to the Editor

November 11, 2014

Tell our leaders to stop the ecocide

If you love trees and particularly loved the tree-lined East Lake Sammamish Trail, be prepared for a shock when the north section trail reopens.

I took an unauthorized peek recently and the swath of destruction wrought by King County is truly devastating. Essentially, 100 percent of the trees along the trail are gone. The remaining trees are much further back, in neighboring yards, not trailside. The tree-lined arbor effect is gone forever.

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Editorial — Honor veterans for their service, sacrifices

November 4, 2014

It’s that time of year again, time to celebrate and remember veterans at ceremonies across the area.

But the men and women who served or died in military service to their country should be remembered and honored all year.

Members of our military are still fighting and dying in remote areas all around the world.

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Letters to the Editor

November 4, 2014

Citizens’ role in government is important

It is time for the Sammamish City Council and its executive staff at City Hall to do its “homework” on the source of government power. The Washington State Constitution, which when enacted in 1889 actually gave more protections to the rights of citizens than even the federal Constitution did, is very clear on this.

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Editorial — Reject Initiative 1351; election endorsements

October 28, 2014

Initiative 1351 is being called The Washington Class Size Reduction Measure. The name is intended to appeal to an electorate with short attention spans and little time for or interest in details. A recent Elway Poll revealed that 66 percent of those polled say they will definitely or probably vote in favor of Initiative 1351.

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Letters to the Editor

October 28, 2014

Vote for Joel Hussey

Integrity and character in family and business, and service to others with fiscal soundness and tangible results — all these are desirable attributes in government service. Those are qualities Joel Hussey has exhibited in his private life and community service.

He would bring a greatly needed fresh approach to eight long years of the current problems in this legislative office.

With confidence in his conscientious abilities, we should cast our votes for Joel Hussey.

Dr. John and Carrie Vasko

Sammamish

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Editorial — Roll up your sleeve and keep your family healthy

October 21, 2014

It’s a little thing but it’s important: A flu shot this month can keep you and your family healthy this winter.

Sometimes, people confuse the flu and a cold because they both affect our breathing. Adding to the confusion is the way we describe stomach ailments as the flu.

The real flu, or influenza, is a respiratory problem. A cold will make you or your children feel bad for a few days while flu can make you quite ill. The differences can be deadly.

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Letters to the Editor

October 21, 2014

How much money can King County waste?

The East Lake Sammamish Trail was a perfectly user-friendly trail up until a few months ago when destruction took place. Beautiful trees, rockeries and landscaping were torn out.

King County “improvements” are a 12-foot wide paved surface with 2-foot gravel walking paths on each side. The cost of this one section of the trail alone (2.6 miles) for “improvements” is $6.1 million.

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Editorial — It’s time to change the batteries in your smoke detector

October 14, 2014

October is about more than ghosts, goblins, pumpkins and Halloween. It’s time to change the batteries in our home smoke detectors, fire alarms and carbon monoxide alert sensors.

While smoke detectors can be obnoxious if you’re accidently charring the bacon, these small devices can save lives.

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Letters to the Editor

October 14, 2014

Here’s to the future success of city’s arts fair

The recent Sammamish Arts Fair was an outstanding achievement. The Sammamish Arts Commission, 4Culture, the city of Sammamish and the Sammamish Library are to be congratulated on their cooperative effort that went into the success of the two-day cultural experience.

It is very rewarding to have events such as the Arts Fair available to the residents of Sammamish and surrounding areas. The artists that were selected represented a wide range of schools of art and artistic media. It was inspiring to walk through the exhibits and not only see the artist at work but also hear him or her sharing stories with those in attendance.

One noted feature was that many of the artists were from nearby communities, such as Pamela Wickard, from North Bend, who also has displayed her paintings at Sammamish Nights. Hopefully, the ninth annual Sammamish Arts Fair next year will be as popular as this year’s.

Larry Crandall

Sammamish

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