Are we too on-demand for our own good?

May 13, 2014

One of my favorite things to do at home in the evenings is to stretch out on the couch, a cold beer at my elbow, and use the magical creation known as Netflix to catch up on some great television shows.

For the better part of the last several months, my wife and I became absolutely hooked on “Breaking Bad,” which has rightly been lauded as one of the finest TV programs ever created.

Some nights, we’d binge on four or five 45-minute episodes. We simply couldn’t get enough of meth magician Walter White, his protégé/second son Jesse Pinkman and their drug-dealing adventures that eventually spilled out of control.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

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Giving Mother’s Day a whole new meaning

May 6, 2014

Mother’s Day isn’t until May 11, but I celebrated a little early last week with my mom.

Although she lives just a little less than 300 miles south, as the crow flies to Oregon, it proves to be just far enough that I only take the occasional visit.

No longer.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

I plan to make her a regular entry on my social calendar.

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Each year, we remember and thank our veterans

April 29, 2014

Six years ago, I wondered how this community would respond to an effort to honor its veterans.

I talked with our then-publisher about what I wanted to do, received a substantial discount in the cost of printing what I had in mind and set about raising the money to launch the project.

My idea — run a photo and some information about every veteran from this community, past and present, whether he or she served in war or peacetime, living or deceased.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

Hoping for some assistance with the undertaking, I asked Dave Waggoner, of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter and a Vietnam vet, if he would help.

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It’s high time to start riding the bus

April 22, 2014

My 14-year-old granddaughter Kait and I caught a Metro bus for a trip from the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride to downtown Seattle to board the Seattle Great Wheel. It was my first time on a Ferris wheel and her first time on Metro.

The Ferris wheel was fun, but being introduced to Metro will be more useful for her as she grows up. This was my second time since moving here to ride Metro to downtown Seattle. The first time was to take in a motorcycle show at the Washington Convention Center.

Many years ago, I used Metro when visiting Seattle from Alaska. I could catch it at the airport and make my way around Seattle without the hassle of renting a car. I have also found mass transit the efficient way around London, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Joe Grove Press proofreader

Joe Grove
Press proofreader

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Issaquah residents: Ready, set, speak!

April 15, 2014

I hope you have opinions, citizens of Issaquah, because they could really come in handy.

The next few months seem yet again chock full of important decisions that the City Council will make. I have heard and reported repeatedly that they want public input on all matters that will impact the future of Issaquah. So, this is another message to encourage you to take them up on that.

Let’s think about what’s to come over the next several months. And, keep in mind, this is your government and you should you tell it what you think.

Peter Clark Press reporter

Peter Clark
Press reporter

While the City Council extended the marijuana moratorium, it expects the ban to lift in July. As the council continues to look at how a recreational marijuana business should operate in Issaquah, let it know how you feel.

Two public input meetings left the Park Board with a recommendation to build a new skate park in the Tibbetts Valley Park, across from the park & ride. How does that strike you?

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Local EFR responders reflect on the Oso slide

April 8, 2014

Two of our awesome Eastside Fire & Rescue workers each have just spent more than a week helping others responders from Snohomish County at the disastrous Oso mudslide.

Capt. Steve Westlake, Station 72, worked as the command staff chief of operations. Josie Williams, public information officer and education officer, managed the Joint Information Center. These are some of their reflections. — Greg Farrar

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

“Spending nine full days working 16-hour shifts makes you appreciate the term teamwork, the only way you are able to accomplish goals, work through situations and problems, and support each other each day.

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Here’s to getting to know you — at long last

April 1, 2014

I’ve been working for this newspaper for 10 months, so it seems high time I got around to introducing myself.

To be perfectly honest, I’ve never been a big fan of reporters who write about themselves, even in opinion pieces. My job is to tell your stories, not my own. But hey, most people are a little curious about the guy hanging around the school board meetings and the high-school football games, so I’m happy to oblige.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

I grew up in Spokane and matriculated to the fine institution of Washington State University to get my journalism degree. Basically, it’s the only school I ever wanted to attend because half my family did as well. My dad, aunt and uncle all earned pharmacy degrees in Pullman. For three years, I lived in the same dormitory my grandfather did in the 1940s.

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What would it take to get you out to the Elks?

March 25, 2014

The picture is not rosy.

Despite all the good Elks lodges do for their communities across the nation, membership continues to decline.

As a result, the fewer the members the less money is raised for local college scholarships or the elimination of programs that support Wounded Warrior snowmobiling outings.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

The situation is not yet dire at Issaquah’s Lake Sammamish Lodge No. 1843, but something needs to be done to turn the downward trend around before it’s too late.

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When is free speech no longer free?

March 18, 2014

I was a sixth-grader in middle school when I was knocked down and beaten up by a group of Hispanic girls who kept shouting at me about being a white girl.

I remember how shocked I was as I walked home crying, nursing a black eye and worrying about my torn-beyond-repair dress. How could those girls be that way? I didn’t even know them, so I hadn’t done anything to them to warrant such an attack.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

For weeks afterward, I walked home from school many different ways, and got my brother or some friends to walk with me whenever they could.

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Time to upgrade your ‘farkle’

March 11, 2014

As spring arrives, this old man’s heart turns once again to motorcycles and getting ready for yet another riding season, which means deciding what “farkle” (a combination of function and sparkle) to upgrade, add or delete.

As I was upgrading my hand guards and the power outlet, to better accommodate my GPS and cellphone charger, a neighbor stopped by.

Joe Grove Press proofreader

Joe Grove
Press proofreader

“How do you know what kind of motorcycle to buy?” he asked.

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