Editorial

February 18, 2014

Parents of newborn had other options

Last week’s news of the discovery of a dead newborn baby in the woods just off a heavily traveled road in North Bend caught everyone’s attention. It’s just so sad. It didn’t have to end this way.

It is still uncertain whether the baby was already dead when it was left about 10 feet from the road, to be discovered by a passerby. The umbilical cord was still attached to the infant.

It is also unknown who left the child. Mother, father or someone else? Is the mother of the baby OK, physically and mentally? It’s easy to imagine the broken heart, the torture of carrying a full-term baby and having it taken from you so early.

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Thank you so much, Debbie Berto

February 11, 2014

It would take the next three longest-serving current Issaquah Press employees combined to equal publisher Debbie Berto’s 41 years of effort. And they would have to reach the ages of 85, 81 or 72, respectively, for one to catch her record. Not going to happen. In our 114-year history, not one other person has ever devoted their entire adult life to the cause of community journalism for the citizens of this town. When The Issaquah Press reaches 228 years, her mark will still stand. Thank you, Debbie Berto.

Editorial

February 11, 2014

Water wars are over and what did we get?

The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District and the city of Issaquah have settled their differences surrounding a filtration system in the Issaquah Highlands.

The water district feared the system could contaminate the water supply. The city was sure no such thing would happen.

The essence of the deal is that the district will spend up to $1 million to shut down the system, and the city promises it won’t try and take over the water district — a different but related issue — for at least 10 years. The filtration system, which wasn’t being used, will continue not to be used. Water will be diverted to Issaquah Creek, where it’s been going for the past few years.

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Editorial

February 4, 2014

More than one way to community unity

The community is still riding high on the wave of anticipation and celebration of Seahawks glory. It created a new wave of Northwest unity unlike anything in recent memory. Hold on to that feeling!

Coming up is another thriller — the 2014 Olympic Games, beginning Feb. 6. The pride of America grows with every gold medal earned and won in Sochi, Russia.

But let’s not miss out on another opportunity to make a difference in the esprit de corps right here at home. All you have to do is vote. It’s easy, it’s patriotic, it’s essential. And it unites us all.

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Plastic bag ban should stay put

January 28, 2014

Issaquah city voters, pick up your ballot and vote no to repealing the ban on plastic bags.
Issaquah residents may be even more environmentally minded than their counterparts in Seattle, where the bag ban is a fact of life. While not everyone is happy to bring their own shopping bags to businesses here, the bag ban offers a little “feel-good” moment when you know you’ve done the right thing — whether you opt for no bag at all or choose a 5-cent paper bag.

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Editorial

January 21, 2014

Vote yes for all three school levies

There is no doubt that voters should approve the three Issaquah School District levy requests on the Feb. 11 ballot arriving in mailboxes this week.

There are questions every voter should ask:

1) Is it essential?

The most important funding request is for the four-year M&O levy, paying 21 percent of classroom costs, including 485 teacher salaries. It replaces the current M&O levy. A transportation levy would only be collected for one year, to buy 71 more fuel-efficient school buses with higher safety standards. And the four-year capital levy seeks technology funds and building repairs. Computer replacement and upgrades are a way of life in today’s world, and maintenance of our school buildings is not an option.

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Editorial

January 14, 2014

Sammamish offers Klahanie a choice

By this time next week, ballots for the Feb. 11 election will be in the mail and voters in the Klahanie annexation area will be choosing future services for their homes.

Or not.

The Klahanie annexation vote continues to be mostly an emotional one for many we have spoken with. It’s easy to say yes to annexation, understanding that property taxes will go down, and road and safety services will go up. And after all, those residents already have an Issaquah address and live in the Issaquah School District, and drive through the city nearly every day.

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Editorial

January 7, 2014

Minimum wage talk starts good discussion

Income equality is the driving force behind the much talked about potential for a $15 minimum wage across the state. The $15 question was put to a vote in the city of SeaTac in November and narrowly passed.

Washington state currently has the highest state minimum wage in the nation, which increases with inflation and stands at $9.32 this year.

While we believe every worker should have the right to a decent wage, the $15/hour equates to $31,200 annually, not even the $41,000/year estimated as a living wage for a family of four in King County. So why stop at $15?

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Editorial

December 31, 2013

2014 goals for a better Issaquah

The Issaquah Press presents its annual list of goals for the Issaquah area. A few are repeats from last year, still waiting to be accomplished but worthy of repeating.

February elections — The trio of school district levies, the Klahanie annexation decision and the repeal of the plastic bag ban are all up for a vote. The only good thing about the dismal turnout of voters in the November election is the easy assurance of getting enough voters to validate the school levy election. Let’s hope Issaquah voters get back on track and return their ballots in higher numbers in 2014.

Central Issaquah Plan — The redevelopment plan is in place and developers now know how to maximize the use of their property. One project has already been proposed. It will be interesting to see what other plans come forward and whether the CIP is achieving its goals.

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

December 24, 2013

In 1897, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon was asked by his then 8-year-old daughter Virginia whether Santa Claus really existed. O’Hanlon suggested she write to The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper at the time.

Virginia’s letter, reprinted here, became the introduction to an editorial in The Sun. Merry Christmas, one and all!

Dear Editor,

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O’Hanlon

115 W. Ninety-Fifth St.

 

VEditorialSantaArt 20131200 copyIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Read more

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