Editorial — Volunteer now to help your city

January 20, 2015

The city of Issaquah needs volunteers for various boards and commissions.

The number needed is in parentheses, followed by a brief job description:

Arts Commission (three) — support and encourage visual and performing arts

Cable TV Commission (one) — regulate and oversee the operations of cable television in Issaquah.

Cemetery Board (two) — advise the mayor in connection with the management and control of the city-owned cemetery, including perpetual care, improvements and expansion. Read more

To the Editor

January 20, 2015

More people donated to Merry Christmas Issaquah than ever

Issaquah Community Services volunteers would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and sincere gratitude to the numerous donors who have made it possible, through the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund, to support those in our community who have fallen on hard times.

Our volunteers have the humbling privilege of administering donated funds to those in need. With more than $80,000 raised, we can continue to provide emergency assistance to the families and individuals that live in the Issaquah School District that cannot meet their basic needs from month to month. Having a roof over one’s head, running water, lights and a warm home can now be possible for almost 500 families.

We especially would like to recognize the hard-working team at The Issaquah Press, as they have been a major supporter of this service to our community since 1981. In total, they have helped us raise more than $1 million since 1981. Read more

Off The Press — What would Dr. King think of today’s society

January 20, 2015

As I write this, it’s the morning of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, and with schools, banks, post offices and some businesses taking the day off, many people are home with their families.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

The question that’s running through my head is, “What are we doing today to honor Dr. King’s life?”

Hopefully, everyone took a few moments to remember the meaning of the holiday. Maybe it meant saying a prayer for a man who led one of the most significant social changes in our country’s history. Maybe it meant talking to your children about Dr. King’s accomplishments. Maybe it meant watching a movie about the Civil Rights Movement, like “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “Remember the Titans.” Read more

Home Country — It’s fun to change up your exercise routine

January 20, 2015

Doc was just getting up to leave the philosophy counter as Herb walked in. Herb was grinning and flexing muscles and had the look of eagles in his eyes. We stared.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

“Herb,” said Doc. “You know, you can overdo a good thing.”

“Why Doc … whatever do you mean?” Read more

Cartoon — Jan. 21, 2015

January 20, 2015

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Thanks to Tom Anderson for the cartoon. He has been an Issaquah resident since 1979, and lived here seven years when he was a child. He is the author of the “Issaquah Doodle Book,” available at the Issaquah History Museums’ gift shop. Email your cartoon about any Issaquah topic to editor@isspress.com.

Editorial — Get money for traffic solutions, education

January 13, 2015

While it’s all well and good for city officials to try to get money from the state Legislature to ease congestion on Interstate 90, we think, and residents likely would agree, they should focus on congestion on city streets.

The congestion on I-90 was a main topic of conversation at a recent talk between city leaders and the area’s lawmakers.

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Off The Press — A little pepper is heating up the culinary world

January 13, 2015

God bless the bhut jolokia pepper.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

Otherwise known as the ghost chili pepper.

It’s for those times when the jalapeno is for wimps and the habanero is for the JV squad. I’ve been spotting more and more products utilizing this ingredient that will make you cry for your momma.

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Cartoon — Jan. 14, 2015

January 13, 2015

As far as Squak’s unique name, the late trail advocate Ruth Ittner, an active leader of Issaquah Alps Trails Club, once said: “If you were stuck between a tiger and cougar, you’d squawk too!” Actually, the name means snake (which also makes many a hiker squawk) from a local native dialect and was the original name of the city of Issaquah. Submit your cartoon for publication by emailing it to editor@isspress.com.

As far as Squak’s unique name, the late trail advocate Ruth Ittner, an active leader of Issaquah Alps Trails Club, once said: “If you were stuck between a tiger and cougar, you’d squawk too!” Actually, the name means snake (which also makes many a hiker squawk) from a local native dialect and was the original name of the city of Issaquah. Submit your cartoon for publication by emailing it to editor@isspress.com.

Question of the week — Seattle Seahawks

January 13, 2015

Who is your favorite Seattle Seahawks player, and why?

Is it quarterback Russell Wilson? Or maybe you enjoy running back Marshawn Lynch or strong safety Kam Chancellor. Tell us about it.

Email your answers to editor@isspress.com. The responses will be published in future issues.

To the Editor

January 13, 2015

Traffic

Use no-cost changes to improve the situation immediately

It’s welcome news that the Issaquah City Council and mayor have developed a plan to address some of the traffic issues plaguing the city. However, any serious plan has to include full cloverleaf freeway interchanges (or similar) for the Front Street and state Route 900 exits off Interstate 90, which would liberate thousands of cars daily trying to enter, exit or cross the freeway.

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