June 4, 2013
When teaching high school English, I sometimes worried if we were entering a post-literate age, as there are so many students who don’t like to read or write. Are we going to again see a time when professional scribes carry the burdens and blessings of literacy?
News stories abound containing complaints about barely literate high school and college graduates. Human resource people look at résumés and shake their heads.
Literacy should start at home with parents who read and talk to their children about books. When that doesn’t happen, it leaves children at a disadvantage. To help make this happen, most communities provide astounding resources through free lending libraries.
May 28, 2013
I’m glad to help make government transparent
I went to a discussion dinner recently that focused on civil behavior and the responsibility of government. I am excited. One of the topics that arose centered on the transparency of government and it made me romanticize all over again the profession of journalism and what I feel it gives to the world.
The other diners had varying opinions regarding this, but most contended that government should be more open for the citizens it serves.
Leaving aside state and federal governments, I will say that local governments that I have covered, included my short time here in Issaquah, have been exceedingly transparent. In this city’s new website, they appear to painstakingly put in most every piece of paper that is offered to the mayor, the council or different departments. Likewise, they offered limited public comments on many issues and hold public hearings on the most important, such as on the Klahanie potential annexation area.
May 21, 2013
Keep the stories alive, never forget veterans
I had tears in my eyes when I read this year’s feature stories for Lest We Forget — our annual special section remembering and honoring our local veterans.
Here’s one reason:
“There were lots of heroes who fought for this country during World War II. Each of them has a story, but they are in the twilight of their years and the stories are falling silent with each passing.”
May 14, 2013
Hearts go out to a dad, daughter and family
It is a privilege to know Barry LeMond, a husband and father whose name most of you have probably never heard before.
He’s a compassionate man who I first met while he was helping a local family through a devastating tragedy. Now, he and his family are going through the same tragedy, and they can use your thoughts and prayers in the death of his daughter Kristy, a 24-year-old Issaquah High School graduate.
In January 2002, when Skyline High School student Josh Williams was killed in a snowboarding accident at Snoqualmie Pass, the LeMond family reached out to support their friends the Williams family, Phil and Debra and their two daughters.
May 7, 2013
Tribute to Katie comes in the color purple
Wearing the color purple will never mean the same to me again.
When I throw on a purple sweater or a lavender scarf, I will know from this day forward that this color is special.
Purple is the color of royalty. It is the color of courage. It is the color of a fighter. Purple is Katie Tinnea’s color.
April 30, 2013
A money pit is just one renovation too many
One of the signs of an economic recovery is an upward swing in valuations in the housing market.
For example, the home my wife and I bought less than three years ago has experienced some serious swings in valuation. King County just last year determined the home we bought at $319,000 had devalued down to $289,000. Luckily, we weren’t under water, yet.
But, just last week, my wife checked again after a house in our neighborhood sold at $379,000 (granted it was a two-story versus our one). Seems the county now sees the same house at $328,000.
That got me wondering. That value is only based on the abode on a given plot of land within a determined area. Upgrades are not considered.
April 23, 2013
Turn off the television, become pedestrians
“The Pedestrian,” a sci-fi, short story by Ray Bradbury, depicts a world in which nobody walks.
The main character, Mead, is the only pedestrian in a city of 3 million people. The rest of the people are pedestrians in the second sense of the word: dull, uninteresting, lacking imagination. The main character is considered a dangerous rebel because he walks.
April 16, 2013
I have seen a number of mixed signals in the past few weeks regarding the transportation situation in Issaquah.
As I affiliate with this beautiful place and meet with as many people as I can to gain context, I have heard repeatedly about the snarled traffic situation and the lack of public options. More than that, I have seen it. Only two months in and I’ve spent my fair share of time on Front Street.
The first matter arose two weeks ago when Metro Transit released the news that, without additional funding, bus lines in Issaquah face deletion or revision next year. With education the big issue in the Legislature, Sen. Mark Mullet called transportation consideration an “uphill battle.”
April 9, 2013
Help honor veterans with photos, donations
It’s that time of year again, when The Press begins work on Lest We Forget, our annual Memorial Day tribute to veterans.
This year’s section, our fourth annual tribute, will be published in the May 22 paper, the weekend before Memorial Day.
If you didn’t see last year’s section (which you can view at http://bit.ly/Jrjlk9), you missed the nearly 170 photos of this city’s veterans, those living and those no longer with us. We also wrote a handful of stories about local World War II veterans, whose numbers are (sadly) quickly dwindling.
April 2, 2013
Robbers can take from us, but can’t break us
Dear thieves who broke into our offices and robbed us,
You came in the night and took most of our computers. You rifled through everyone’s personal belongings and took what you wanted.
Many people here were already uncomfortable about our move from our longtime home on Front Street to this business park. You made all of that worse.