Question of the Week — taking a stand

March 3, 2015

City residents have stood up for several issues lately.

Is there a local issue that isn’t getting the attention it deserves?

Email your thoughts to

Letters to the Editor — week of March 4, 2015

March 3, 2015

A Sammamish poem about government

Borrowing heavily from Clement Clarke Moore’s, “A Visit From St. Nicholas:”

‘Twas the night before a City Council meeting, when all through City Hall
Not a council member was stirring, not even the tall;
The council’s agenda was posted to the city website with care,
In hopes that citizens soon wouldn’t be there;

The citizens wrestled with worry all night in their beds;
While visions of an unaccountable City Council danced in their heads;
When out in the grass roots there arose such a clatter,
The public sprang from their beds to follow the chatter.

With the shine of computer screens on their eyes,
Some Citizens for Sammamish started to cry,
Their wondering eyes had found a solution,
It was the Washington State Constitution.

By using a provision from 1912,
The citizens knew everything would end well.
As the citizens turned off their computers and lights,
They knew they finally had their rights.

They whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
Now, Seattle! Now, Redmond! Now, East King County!
On, Issaquah! On, Bellevue! On, 85 percent of the citizens of King County!
The citizens of Sammamish wish to share in your bounty.

Like their neighbors in adjacent ‘principalities,”
Sammamish citizens had found a way to check council members’ responsibilities.
They shouted from their lawns’ manicured grass —
“Vote yes, on initiative/referendum, this needs to pass!”

Joe Lipinsky

Former chairman

Sammamish Planning Commission


City children should have one school district

Our family moved to the north end of the plateau in 1988 and we have lived here for most of the past 26 years. Our property was included in the original incorporation of the city of Sammamish and, though we felt uncomfortable with it at the time, we have grown to be very pleased with how the city has taken shape. One more big step remains to be taken, however, and that is the creation of a single school district for the city.

As it is today, children who live within the city limits of Sammamish attend school in one of three different public school districts. Yes, three. You may be surprised to know there is a pocket in the northeast corner of the city where students are bused to Fall City or Snoqualmie to attend school. There remains no good logic for Sammamish families to have the management of public education commingled with the Issaquah, Lake Washington and Snoqualmie Valley school districts.

I know of no other city in the Puget Sound region, or anywhere else in the state for that matter, where more than one public school district serves the city’s residents. I understand the history but a single school district for Sammamish is an idea whose time has come.

Chuck Samson



Northeast 42nd Street barricade review process

I am pleased to see that the Sammamish City Council voted to approve a motion to instruct the city manager to embark on a study regarding details about the removal of the Opti-Com barricade in the 19900 block of Northeast 42nd Street.  I hope that the city will engage a professional traffic engineer to study the issue and look at both sides of the issue.

Then, implement the Barricade Review Process established in 2010 or engage a hearing examiner to make a recommendation to the council for action. It really seems like the staff does not want to be in the middle of this contentious issue, so I strongly recommend that a hearing examiner be employed.

A hearing examiner will be objective in reviewing of the facts, an arbiter of the facts one might say. The city has stalled on making a decision on this barricade for years. The citizens deserve a fair and impartial decision on this issue.

Some assert that removal of the barricade will have negative affects to the neighborhood to the west, but they overlook the negative affect the barricade causes the neighborhood to the east at the present time. They also overlook the big picture regarding traffic circulation, signal warrants and reduced level of service issues caused by the barricade diverted traffic. I am certain that these folks are well-meaning and just reacting to a fear of more traffic.

So, let us embark on a study to look at the facts and stop the emotional attempts to silence and subvert the study of this issue. I think it is only fair and neighborly for both neighborhoods to take their fair share of the traffic rather than divert all of the traffic through one neighborhood with a barricade.

Greg Reynolds


Editorial — It’s your city; get involved in decisions

February 24, 2015

People are upset about the East Lake Sammamish Trail. And about subdivisions being built or considered.

Trees have been cut down for no reason, some people say.

The trail is too wide in spots for no reason, some people say.

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Question of the Week — getting involved in your city

February 24, 2015

Getting involved in your city is important. What would make you attend more public hearings about various issues?

Do you already attend them? If so, why? If not, why not?

Letters to the Editor — week of Feb. 25, 2015

February 24, 2015

Support local events when they happen

On Tuesday evening, Feb. 17, the Sammamish Arts Commission sponsored an incredible chamber music concert by the group Simple Measures. The program was very poorly attended.

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Editorial — Negligent parents endanger all of us

February 17, 2015

We Americans have gotten too lax about vaccinations.

Recent news stories about measles cases spreading throughout the country show we’ve fallen down on the job of educating parents about how important immunizations are to our children.

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Question of the Week — vaccinations

February 17, 2015

How do you feel about vaccines? Are they necessary? Or should people have a choice about what shots they and their children get?

Email your response to Responses will be printed in future issues.

Letter to the Editor

February 17, 2015

More than an hour is much too long

When our son turned 3 and received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, our family went through a series of difficult transitions.

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Editorial — Help end domestic and sexual assault

February 10, 2015

Violence against women is on the rise, and that’s true for women and girls.

February is Teen Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The highest rate of victimization for abuse and sexual assault occurs between the ages of 16 and 24, according to Break the Cycle’s CEO Amy Sanchez.

Read more

Question of the Week — Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2015

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Do you enjoy the candy and flowers, or do you wish Cupid’s arrow could double back and hit him?

Share that with us or tell us about your best or worst Valentine’s Day. Email your answers to and we’ll run them in future issues.

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