April 21, 2015
The current system of emergency radio communication for King County’s police, fire and emergency services is nearly 20 years old and unfit for the size of our area. It’s time for an upgrade, and Proposition 1 provides the funds needed.
Vote yes on Proposition 1 because there is universal agreement, even by opponents of Proposition 1, that the need for a better, newer regional emergency radio network is real.
April 14, 2015
If you’ve been thinking about taking on an important leadership role within the city of Issaquah, the time has come to take the next step. Candidates must file for election by May 15.
The terms for three Issaquah City Council positions are set to expire at the end of the year — council position No. 2 (Nina Milligan), council position No. 4 (Joshua Schaer) and council position No. 6 (Paul Winterstein).
Milligan and Schaer announced last week that they will not seek re-election.
April 7, 2015
There is an average of 293,066 victims (12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey.
Unfortunately, sexual assault incidents are reported less frequently than any other violent crime as only a small percentage of victims are willing to step forward to report their experience and involve the criminal justice process.
March 31, 2015
Tobacco addiction is the leading cause of preventable deaths in Washington, causing about 8,300 residents to die each year. Annual health costs now surpass $2.8 billion.
The best way to combat this crisis is to raise the legal smoking age to 21, as the Washington State Legislature is considering with SHB 1458. Attorney General Bob Ferguson requested the bill, and science supports his efforts.
March 25, 2015
King County Sheriff’s deputies have recently added dog duty to the list of things they monitor while they’re patrolling the trails and parks.
It’s the law: Dogs must be leashed when we take them along on our hikes.
That goes not just for the county but also for hiking trails on the Department of Natural Resources lands, Washington State Parks and National Forests.
March 17, 2015
Children of all ages are one of our most valuable resources. They’re the ones who will grow up and inherit this planet. They will also be the ones to try to repair problems that people before them have created or not been able to fix.
So it’s crucial that they have good teachers. And good teaching doesn’t always happen in the classroom. In the Issaquah School District, hundreds of people are giving valuable time.
March 10, 2015
The state Senate, after two years of frustrated effort, has passed a $15 billion transportation package. Its 11 measures — a mix of reforms and revenue — are key to relieving traffic congestion with investments in transit and roads, and maintaining the state’s existing highways and bridges.
A bipartisan group of senators exercised some imagination to negotiate and shepherd the compromise, which includes an 11.7-cent-per-gallon increase in the gas tax, through their chamber. The deal could create an estimated 200,000 jobs over the next 16 years.
March 3, 2015
It’s a dreaded word and a deadly disease.
More than 1 million people in the United States get cancer each year. You likely know someone who has battled the disease. You may have known someone who has died from some form of it.
February 24, 2015
People are upset about the elimination of City Arborist Alan Haywood’s position.
He has been taking care of Issaquah’s trees and plant life for nearly 30 years.
Who will speak for the trees now?
February 17, 2015
As a society, we Americans have gotten too lax about vaccinations.
The recent news stories about measles cases spreading throughout the country show we’ve fallen down on the job of educating parents about how important immunizations are to our children.
Too many people apparently think these vaccinations against what were once classic childhood diseases are an option. They should be mandatory.