February 12, 2013
I-90 toll targets Eastside drivers
When tolling on the Evergreen Floating Bridge was first considered, this newspaper believed it should extend to the Interstate 90 bridge as well, to generate funds for the bridge at a quicker pace and to keep the cost down for any one group of commuters.
However, two years have passed and the notion of extending tolling on I-90 feels more like the Eastside is being picked on.
If Seattle commuters and visitors are asked to help pay for a new bridge, shouldn’t it extend to all, including those coming and going along the Interstate 5 corridor and state Highway 99?
February 5, 2013
Separating education is not a budget solution
Last week, the state House of Representatives split along party lines on a proposal to create a separate budget for K-12 education funding. If approved, the education budget would need to have been funded before the state could look at its other obligations.
It’s just not that simple.
House Republicans said their proposal to split the budget was meant to address the state Supreme Court’s 2012 decision that the Legislature wasn’t funding education properly. That might be more believable if they hadn’t been pushing the measure every year since 2006.
January 29, 2013
Good reasons to attend health fair
Save the date! The annual Issaquah/Sammamish Health & Safety Fair has a whole lot of reasons why you and your family should plan to attend, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Pickering Barn.
Perhaps you’ve been meaning to get your family more prepared for emergencies. There is still time this year for a big winter storm to knock out power for days on end. Will you be ready?
The Issaquah Citizen Corps Council, Issaquah Medical Corps and the city of Issaquah will be at the fair with timely information to help you get started.
January 22, 2013
Advertiser support has mattered for 113 years
On Jan. 18, The Issaquah Press marked its 113th birthday. Electricity came to Issaquah that same year!
It was Jan. 18, 1900, when the first issue of the then-named Issaquah Independent was published, beginning a long legacy of connecting the community, even back when the population was a few hundred hops growers, loggers, miners and dairy farmers — and their families. The big news then was about who traveled to Seattle by stage coach, who was in the town jail, City Council and school news, club meetings and church socials.
January 15, 2013
Gun buyback is worthwhile plan
Seattle and King County leaders last week introduced a plan for a gun-buyback program. If you don’t want a gun you happen to have, bring it to a parking lot under Interstate 5 in Seattle. (Guys, did you have to pick such a shady-sounding location?) In exchange, you will receive a $100 gift card, or $200 if the firearm is an assault weapon — no questions asked.
Officials have collected about $100,000, largely in donations, to fund the effort.
Groups on both sides of the gun control debate slammed the plan. They say it would not result in a substantial amount of guns being taken off the street. It will not lower the crime rate, and the bad guys are not going to turn in their weapons for a fraction of their cost.
They’re right, as far as they go.
January 8, 2013
Use caution in seeking open records changes
Reporters can be pesky — annoying even, particularly when trying to get information out of government entities.
Reporters file requests for information under the state’s open records law more often than Joe Citizen, as they do their job on your behalf. Forgive us if reporters tend to be more sensitive to possible changes to those laws, particularly changes that might dam up the river of information.
Cities across the state are lobbying the Legislature to make changes to open records laws that could make public records — your records — harder to get.
January 1, 2013
2013 goals are imperative for Issaquah
Our news staff and editorial board put their heads together each year to create a list of 2013 goals for the Issaquah area. Some are repeats from former years, but are still waiting to be accomplished.
December 25, 2012
Thanks to our many letter writers
We’d like to take a moment to salute those people who took the time to write a letter to the editor in 2012. Their written voice provokes, challenges, encourages and thereby builds a stronger community for us all. We aren’t able to publish every letter we receive, but here’s a list of the 122 authors, in alphabetical order, who did get ink this year.
December 18, 2012
Make Christmas about giving to those in need
The excitement of Christmas is here … the reindeer at Cougar Mountain Zoo are being harnessed to guide Santa’s sleigh, the last-minute stocking stuffers and eggnog have been bought, the silver has been polished for the dinner table, and the church choir is ready for the candlelight service.
But here and there — in apartments, homes and homeless campsites — if you look closely, you’ll see some families with furrowed brows.
Forget Christmas. This single mom, widowed senior and unemployed dad are too busy worrying about next month’s rent. A decorated tree, presents tied with bows and a festive dinner are not going to happen.
December 11, 2012
Our state park needs passionate ‘friends’
Lake Sammamish State Park needs a group of passionate people to come together as Friends of Our State Park. Both leaders and roll-up-your-sleeves volunteers are wanted.
The state park has had a plan in place for five years. That plan would add an esplanade between the picnic and beach areas for walkers to access a new bathhouse, a boathouse for kayaks and rowing shells, a lakefront café, improved group sites, environmental educational components throughout, an RV and tent park, a lodge to host youth or adult groups for overnights or meetings, and much cleaner beach and grassy areas.
A citizen group met for three years to come up with the plan, and design work was completed for the esplanade and bathhouse. It was to have been done by 2013, in time for the 100th anniversary of Washington State Parks.