September 30, 2014
Stop the negative campaigning and distortions
I am writing to call on Congressman Dave Reichert’s liberal opponent Jason Ritchie to stop the smear tactics. Following his campaign thus far, Ritchie has towed the party line and done little to differentiate himself from the partisan politicians in D.C. who are exactly what the American people are tired of.
September 23, 2014
People generally have an “it-can’t-happen-here” attitude regarding crime. And until Sept. 17, nothing more than car burglaries, thefts and other “minor” crimes had occurred in this 15-year-old city.
Then, police got a call about a man who was either hurt or dead in his home on Southeast 26th Place. They rushed to the scene to do a welfare check and found a man had been murdered.
That left residents wondering for a few hours whether the city was safe.
September 16, 2014
What would you do tomorrow if there was an earthquake that affected your home? A mudslide? A flood? A fire? Are you prepared for those and other emergencies?
What about a minor emergency? Consider the occasional winter storm or power outage.
September is National Preparedness Month. But what does that mean to you?
September 16, 2014
Trail project is providing benefit to the community
I attended the meeting regarding the East Lake Sammamish Trail that several recent letter writers have referred to. Although the mayor may have come off as being abrupt when he admonished attendees to not wave flags at the meeting, he was trying to keep some decorum to the meeting.
Having flags waved by only people who approve of what is being said can be intimidating to others. Everyone was given his or her three minutes, and in at least one case, several more, to comment. Public comment went on for two hours until there were no more. Nobody’s First Amendment right was trampled that night.
September 9, 2014
It’s back-to-school time, and you know what that means.
We’re not talking about the purchases and chaos. We’re talking about slowing down and watching out for children, who may not be watching out for you.
State law says you must stop for a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing, on all two-lane roads, whether it is on your side of the road or not. These buses usually have a stop-sign arm on them, but you might not see it. Likewise, you might not see the children that step off these buses and run to nearby houses or people waiting for them.
September 9, 2014
People have a right to their opinions
In this month’s city newsletter, I was surprised, as were my neighbors, that the mayor chose to use the “mayor’s message” as a rebuttal in his defense. We, the taxpayer’s, pay for that newsletter!
I was not able to attend the meeting where King County came out to explain why they are taking down so many trees along the Sammamish trail, but I talked to several people who attended the meeting. It is my understanding that many people that attended the meeting were all in agreement.
No one heard anyone booing and no one had the impression a “rally” was taking place. Instead, people simply wanted to show support for the speaker as has been done countless times in this city at various meetings where the issue is an important one.
It’s a First Amendment right, Mayor Vance! It’s when they’re contentious issues that the mayor and the council should want to hear from the citizens. I am deeply disappointed in the way the City Council meetings are being run under Mayor Tom Vance. I hope he chooses not to run next year!
September 3, 2014
As you’re reading this, I’m already gone.
First, an introduction, then the goodbye. I’m Ari Cetron, and I’ve been the editor of the Sammamish Review for just shy of seven years – about half of the length of the city’s existence.
In that time, I’ve watched Town Center go from a twinkle in the City Council’s eye to a place that, as of this issue, has a proposal for the start of a Sammamish downtown. A teen center, talked about for years, is up and running. A community center, also talked about for years – with a pool and a waterslide – is under construction.
August 20, 2014
Sometime soon, some parents around the area will be getting a pair of letters. One is a federally-mandated notice informing them that their child’s school is failing. The other, likely included in the same envelope, will tell them not to worry about what the first letter says — things are just fine.
The mixed message will undoubtedly confuse some. Read more
August 20, 2014
Reichert is on our side
I am writing in response to Amanda Strombom’s letter regarding gun control legislation. This past session, the Washington State Legislature unanimously passed, and the governor signed into law, HB 1840. This law gives courts the authority to require those under a restraining order that are deemed a risk to another’s physical safety to surrender any firearms and restricts them from obtaining a firearm during that period. This state level legislation is directly aimed at addressing the safety of survivors of abusive relationships and domestic violence. I commend our state legislators for their support of this bill. Read more
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