To the Editor

July 29, 2014

By Contributor

 

Relay for Life

Group is still needing   funds to make its goal

On May 31, members from our community took to the track at Issaquah High School for Issaquah’s 2014 Relay For Life. As always, it was those involved who made this year’s Relay For Life an outstanding event and fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

“Thank you” doesn’t seem enough for what the community gave to Relay For Life this year. We are so grateful for: the planning team made of volunteers who spent the year organizing the event; the team captains and team members who raised money and awareness for cancer research during the Relay season; our day of event volunteers who helped set up and prepare; and our sponsors and community businesses that made generous donations.

Most importantly, we want to recognize the individuals who demonstrated determination and passion for life as they walked the first lap dedicated for cancer survivors and their caregivers. Thank you to those who chose to recognize loved ones by dedicating a Luminaria in their name for the evening ceremony. Together, everyone who attended this year’s Relay event was a great example of why we fight back to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to create a world with more birthdays.

We are still fundraising to help reach our 2014 goal in the fight against cancer. The 2014 Relay For Life of Issaquah is continuing to raise money through Aug. 31. If you would like to make a donation or participate in next year’s event, please visit www.issaquahrelayforlife.org.

Stacy Strickland

and the Relay For Life Leadership Team

 

Election

Jason Ritchie is one of us

We are not powerless. There is an answer for Washington, D.C., gridlock. His name is Jason Ritchie.

Let’s send Jason Ritchie to congress to represent us. He will take a stand, be accountable for his views and vote the issues that affect our lives.

Jason has common sense, which is clearly not that common anymore.

Jason, along with 80 percent of Washington voters, supports I-594, which mandates common sense background checks on all firearms purchases in Washington. David Reichert, an ex-sheriff, takes no position. No position, when every 14 hours a Washington resident dies by gunfire?

Jason supports comprehensive immigration reform. Reichert won’t act to move any bill forward.

Jason Ritchie supports a nationwide living wage while Reichert opposes raising the minimum wage; ditto for equal-pay-for-equal work.

Ritchie supports the Affordable Care Act and will fight to ensure every American has equal access to quality health insurance. David Reichert has voted against the ACA 49 times, offering no alternative plan. Seriously!

Jason Ritchie will fight to keep your Social Security benefits secure. You paid for those benefits.

Look carefully at who David Reichert stands with on issues important to you. His voting record mirrors the no wing of the Republican Party. We need a congressman who is a problem solver, listener and a worker for the people of the 8th District. We need Jason Ritchie; he is one of us!

Your power is your vote! Mark your Aug. 5 primary ballot for Jason Ritchie.

Margo Campbell

Issaquah

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