Off The Press — In the summer of love a little rain must fall

July 29, 2015

NEW — 11:10 a.m. July 29, 2015

So, you think we’re having a dry summer? Yes, you would be right, and it’s not even August yet. But let me share a personal story of what it’s like to be under the other shoe when it drops.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

It’s the summer of 1986, and after four years of dating and a three-year engagement, my wife is finally ready to set a date for marriage.

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Off The Press — Does Caitlyn Jenner really deserve an award for courage?

July 23, 2015

There’s no question that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have to have courage in a world where fears and stereotypes about their so-called “lifestyle” still run rampant.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

When Caitlyn Jenner stepped to the podium at last week’s ESPY Awards in Los Angeles and delivered a stirring speech, it was an important moment for American society in acknowledging transgender people, that they deserve the same rights and respect as anyone else.

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Off The Press — How much could I do with a legion of me?

July 16, 2015

I received an intriguing bundle of postcards in the mail here at work the other day — all had images of “my” art exhibits from across the United States.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

No, I’m not moonlighting as a modern artist on the East Coast. Rather, I share a more common name than I thought.

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Off The Press — Cool ideas for when it’s hot outside

July 9, 2015

It’s too hot outside, you say?

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

For many people, it very well may be too hot.

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Off The Press — Gun ownership debate rages on for the racists, crazies

July 2, 2015

A little over a month ago, I wrote a column about how maybe, just maybe, fear of the easy availability of guns, not outright racism, was responsible for the shooting by police of an apparently unarmed black couple in my native Cleveland.

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Tom Corrigan
Press reporter

All in all, the “peacekeepers” in blue peppered the couple’s car with 137 shots. One officer jumped on the roof of the stopped car and fired 15 of those shots through the windshield. For some reason (sarcasm alert,) he was prosecuted (unsuccessfully) instead of held up as a hero.

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Guest Column — End high-stakes tests as graduation requirement

July 2, 2015

Thousands of students did not graduate from Washington high schools with their classmates this month — even though they successfully completed the same courses — solely because they failed one or more state-required, high stakes tests.

Some students are simply not good at taking high-stakes tests, even when they know the material and did well in their courses. There are students who earn As in courses only to freeze up on the day of a high-stakes test. This is not a test of knowledge; it’s a test of who tests well.

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Off The Press — Proud to be a graduate of Tiger Mountain

June 25, 2015

In keeping with tradition, this is the commencement speech I heard from a student or adult at graduation that, in my opinion, stood out from the rest. Enjoy!  — Greg Farrar

By Ivy Catlin, student speaker

Tiger Mountain Community High School

Words cannot describe the tears of sorrow and relief I’ve cried over being a part of this graduating class of Tiger Mountain Community High School. I think we can all agree that this is a bittersweet moment for us all.

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Off The Press — Sports coverage gets a much-needed boost

June 17, 2015

Our readership has surely noticed that local sports coverage hasn’t been the same since Bob Taylor left The Issaquah Press a few years ago.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

Just like every other business, money dictates how we do things, and we’ve had to cut back on reporting staff and editorial space. It’s unfortunate, because the people and organizations who comprise our communities deserve better. I never knew Taylor, but from what I’ve heard, his work was greatly valued and proved irreplaceable after his retirement.

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Off The Press — When does a life’s phase become an obsession?

June 10, 2015

I’ve been through many phases in my life, but nothing as dramatic as Bruce Jenner’s new phase, mind you.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

There was that 10-year period right out of high school where I served my country in the Navy.

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Off The Press — All lives mattered to Dr. Martin Luther King

June 3, 2015

You had to have been living in a pretty secluded bunker somewhere not to have heard recently about shootings involving police and the subsequent riots complete with the rallying cry, “No justice, no peace.”

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Tom Corrigan
Press reporter

Echoing from sea to shining sea, unrest over alleged police misdeeds has ripped through plenty of places: Ferguson (Missouri), Baltimore and, of course, close to home, in Olympia, where police opened fire on youths who allegedly attacked them with skateboards. All of these incidents have a racial twinge, as the police were mostly white and the dead and injured were all black.

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