June 4, 2014
History tells us this weather is a trick. Soon enough, the June gloom will set in and take hold until July 4.
But if this lovely weather holds (and even if it doesn’t) many Western Washingtonians will head outside, braving the cold waters and muddy hiking trails.
Please, don’t let the sun lull you into contentment. As we learned last week on Mount Rainier, even experienced outdoor people with professional guides can get into trouble. Read more
May 14, 2014
When Tent City IV showed up a few months ago, people generally freaked out. Some in opposition, and some in support, but no matter the side, emotions ran high.
Afterwards, when it became apparent that this was the first time – and not the last time – the traveling homeless camp would be in the city, the council called a time out to begin figuring out how to handle it. Read more
May 14, 2014
We can’t allow discrimination
Thank you Marilyn and Claudia for your letters in recent issues of the Review about discrimination based upon religious beliefs.
Since Marilyn elaborated on my earlier mention of the florist sued by Washington State on behalf of a gay couple, let me provide additional details to get us on common ground. Read more
May 7, 2014
There is still time left to consider filing for an elected office — the ultimate volunteer job.
This year’s elections could give you a chance to effect change on the state and national level.
Every seat in the state House of Representatives is up for election this year, in addition to a number of seats in the state Senate.
For those who prefer elections with a more legal bent, the county’s prosecuting attorney will stand for election this year, along with three seats on the State Supreme Court and three appeals court judgeships.
And for those who’d like to commute to the other Washington, the entire U.S. House of Representatives is on the ballot.
Lots of people will complain about what’s wrong with their town, school, county or country – and about those who are responsible.
But not a lot of people are willing to kiss their private lives goodbye to accept the time-consuming commitment — not only to go through a campaign, but then to attend countless meetings, read the incredible amount of documents you’ll need to understand, and keep in touch with constituents through other community involvement. That’s the often thankless job of an elected official.
But it can also be the most rewarding job you’ll ever take on, helping to guide the community through sound policy, helping citizen voices be heard, and making a difference for countless citizens of today and tomorrow.
Citizens willing to step up to the challenge can file for office May 12-16. Learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/elections/candidatefiling.aspx where you can find out how to file, how to get into the voters’ pamphlets, what the campaign sign rules are, and what information you need for reporters and the public when they come calling.
If you are one of many who decide the task is too big for your life, don’t let the campaign process pass you by. Find a candidate you can support and then do it.
Whether writing a check or doorbelling to spread the word, you can be part of something grand — something we call democracy.
May 7, 2014
Protect the water
We are Brownie Troop 40526. This year we are studying water. Clean water is important to all of us and the animals that share our world.
We call on all of our neighbors to join us as we strive to protect and conserve water. If we don’t, we won’t have clean water to use. Here are some simple ways you can help. Read more
May 1, 2014
The impacts of the state losing its No Child Left Behind waiver are unlikely to be profound locally, but they are still an embarrassment – an embarrassment that could easily have been avoided. Read more
May 1, 2014
The issue is different
In response to Michael O’Connell, The Washington florist case you mentioned is not about discrimination against homosexuals.
That particular business has happily served homosexuals over the years and has employed several gay people. However, the issue is whether individuals are required to use their professional services for a cause with which they personally disagree. Read more
April 15, 2014
Vote Yes on LWSD Bond
Recent letters recommended we vote down the upcoming Lake Washington School District bond to “send a message” to school administrators and apparently to overly fertile parents. I think we already sent that message, and we now need to recognize the benefits we all get from good schools.
One letter said demolishing an existing facility and replacing it is never acceptable in a time of classroom shortages. With no facts given, this is merely the writer’s opinion versus the district’s cost / benefit analysis. The district’s post-election survey showed this was not a big issue for most voters.
Another objection attempts to divert attention to lobbying by the district to end the 60 percent positive vote requirement for bonds. School levies require only a simple majority. Why are bonds different? And why 60 percent rather than 58 percent, or 55 percent? Analysis seems appropriate, but it is doubtful it takes significant money from schools.
April 15, 2014
Vote for the bond in spite of district
The Lake Washington School District is playing games with the amount a proposed bond measure will cost taxpayers.
Many in the community are suggesting the bond be rejected, owing not only to those games but also to other concerns.
While it’s unfortunate the district is hiding costs, voters should still approve the bond.
April 9, 2014
Sammamish plans to study its water districts to see if taking them over makes sense. The Northeast Sammamish Water and Sewer District has rejected even the idea of a study.
Their rejection seems based on little more than guesses, and is no way to run a public entity. Read more