Editorial — The kids are (probably) all right

August 19, 2014

Sometime soon, some area parents will get a pair of letters. One is a federally mandated notice informing them their child’s school is failing. The other, likely included in the same envelope, will tell them not to worry about what the first letter says — things are just fine.

The mixed message will undoubtedly confuse some.

Here we are: 2014 was the year that every child in America was supposed to be at grade level standard in math and reading, according to the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The idea was well-meaning, but obviously flawed. While pretty much everyone agrees the law needs revisions, revisions mean Congress needs to get involved. Since Congress can barely agree on the color of the sky, it’s unlikely to see revisions any time soon.

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Off The Press — Recent sightings of the ridiculous

August 19, 2014

I didn’t know a 23rd century, high-tech war was being waged in my armpits on my behalf by the cosmetics industry, but apparently it is.

For years, it’s just been the same ol’ deodorant scent for yours truly, Old Spice High Endurance Arctic Force. I think it smells good. The red plastic container is easy to find in the grocery aisle. Period. And I’m a guy. I don’t need directions for using deodorant, right? I never read the fine print on the back, until just recently:

Contains odor-fighting “Atomic Robots” that “Shoot Lasers” at your “Stench Monsters” and replaces them with fresh, clean, masculine “Scent Elves.”

Whoa!

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To the Editor

August 19, 2014

Off The Press

Who is the government  really working for?

Very interesting article from the viewpoint of a current nonhomeowner looking to purchase a home in the current market, the reasons why he and his wife want to purchase a home in Seattle at this time, and the problems they see.

One constantly hears about the government wanting the cost of housing to rise, and the government continues policy to create this “bubble.” This is great for the real estate lobby, government expansion and investors looking to make a quick profit.

For current renters, first-time buyers and market stability, this market distortion works against these interests. The problem with housing is that homes cost too much, not too little, and this hurts responsible people looking to get ahead in life.

When government creates bubbles, decisions are made for the wrong reasons. The next time the government says it is doing things to help you, think about whom it is really working for. Usually, it is for votes and money.

Greg Larson

Issaquah

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Editorial: Did ballot envelope issue deter voters?

August 12, 2014

Remember how simple voting used to be? You would drive or walk to your neighborhood voting place, sign in, get your ballot, go to the private voting area, drop your ballot in the secure box and be on your way. That wasn’t simple enough or possibly cost effective enough for King County, so we now have all mail-in voting.

In the recent primary election “some” (undisclosed number) return envelopes for ballots were found to be already sealed when voters opened the voting packets sent to them by King County Elections. That “some” was significant enough for King County Elections to send out a press release July 25 to the media in hopes of informing voters of the potential issue.

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Off The Press — Election envelopes create sticky situation

August 12, 2014

Like any responsible procrastinator I pride myself at waiting to the very last minute to complete any task. So, on election eve, realizing this was the last chance to exercise my right to vote in the primary, I finally opened the envelope from King County Elections that had been sitting on my kitchen table for at least a month.

With a sense of duty I read through the names on my ballot and filled in the corresponding oval as neatly as a person with zero small motor skills possibly could. I progressed rather quickly, coming finally to the list of people running for the judge position. Like most voters I know nothing about any of these people so I did what I always do…voted for the person whose name seemed the most normal.

Joe Heslet

Joe Heslet

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To the Editor

August 12, 2014

Traffic

People need to learn the difference between yield and merge

One of the reasons southbound traffic backs up on Front Street during evening rush hour is that drivers on Newport Way ignore the yield sign. (Please note, it reads: yield, not merge).

During the red light cycle on Newport, the cars on Front Street have the right of way. If Newport Way was posted no turn on red, it would allow traffic on each street a fair portion of the allotted time, and a smoother flow of traffic. This “no turn” sign could be limited to the hours of 3-7 p.m., which appears to be the most congested time period.

George Short

Issaquah

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Off The Press

August 5, 2014

To rent or to own? That is the question

Neil Pierson

Neil Pierson

My wife and I are considering buying a home in Seattle, the prospects of which are both exhilarating and a bit terrifying.

First, let me preface by stating that I wouldn’t be a first-time homeowner. I’ve done it before, and while there’s a sense of satisfaction and freedom, it’s far from perfect.

To some degree, I think, apartment living has spoiled me. I like being able to call maintenance every time we find mold or the sink clogs, and know that we’re not going to have to sell a body part to fix the darned thing. Homeowners don’t have that peace of mind – something breaks and you’re in trouble, unless you have a good warranty.

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Editorial

August 5, 2014

Coordination, new ideas needed on tolling

The feared 10-mile backups never materialized when the state took Interstate 90 down to one lane for construction. As often seems to happen in these situations, a thousand people made a thousand little changes, and we pulled through.

One big change, however, might have helped keep things flowing with a minimum of angst, toll relief on the state Highway 520 bridge.

In the weeks leading up to the closure, there was a bit of finger-pointing about whether or not one part of the state government gave a different part of the state government enough advanced notice.

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To the Editor

August 5, 2014

Decision 2014

Letter lacked substance

Margo Campbell used the letters to the editor to write a free campaign ad. I hope the readers of the press can recognize this letter for what it is.

Policy issues need in-depth discussion, and when they are used in the way Campbell has to support one candidate, or party, they create polarization and gridlock. This is not a condemnation on one political party because both Democrats and Republicans use issues this way to win votes. The most important thing needed for a self-governing society is an educated and open-minded citizenry willing to look at issues from all sides.

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To the Editor

July 29, 2014

 

Relay for Life

Group is still needing   funds to make its goal

On May 31, members from our community took to the track at Issaquah High School for Issaquah’s 2014 Relay For Life. As always, it was those involved who made this year’s Relay For Life an outstanding event and fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

“Thank you” doesn’t seem enough for what the community gave to Relay For Life this year. We are so grateful for: the planning team made of volunteers who spent the year organizing the event; the team captains and team members who raised money and awareness for cancer research during the Relay season; our day of event volunteers who helped set up and prepare; and our sponsors and community businesses that made generous donations.

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