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.
I plan to make her a regular entry on my social calendar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“How do you know what kind of motorcycle to buy?” he asked.
March 4, 2014
Memorabilia is a wonderful thing, and there’s nothing wrong with having some nice keepsakes to remind us of the places, people and events in our lives that hold a lot of meaning. My wife says I hang onto too much, but that’s another story.
There’s also nothing wrong with spending good money on a great object of value that reminds me of something historic or unique. If I see something nice and wait until later, it may well be gone by the time I’m ready to order. I always regret those missed opportunities for a long time.
But do I really want to spend $300 on the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Express? Not only that, but do I want to be FOOLED into spending that much money on a plastic model train set with four cars and a 3-by-5-foot oval track?