Off The Press — Lives depend on paying attention, driving well

May 27, 2015

“Ninety-five percent of Washington drivers believe typing messages or emails while driving is a serious threat, yet more than one in four are still sending messages while on roadways.”

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

That’s according to recently released data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Drivers said they frequently speed, run red lights, use distracting devices or drive drowsy, despite the fact that more than one in four have a loved one that has been seriously injured or killed in a crash, the study said.

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Off The Press — Our website is your visual time machine

May 20, 2015

One of the biggest changes out of many here at The Issaquah Press since your friendly staff photographer signed on 18 years ago has been in how we make and use the images in our newspaper and on our website.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

What most may already know but gives me great pleasure to point out as a reminder is how many photo galleries you can browse through with the click of a mouse or the swipe of a finger at www.issaquahpress.com/category/photogallery and the other newspapers we publish — Sammamish Review, SnoValley Star and Newcastle News.

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Off The Press — Don’t forget to nominate your hero

May 12, 2015

They come in all shapes and sizes.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

They build water wells, schools, homes and churches in foreign countries. They make quilts or sweaters or socks or wigs for people with cancer. They give their time to animals at local animal shelters, help victims of domestic violence and give up birthday presents, instead asking that they go to others.

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Off The Press — Air travel is for the birds

May 5, 2015

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do, and I’m surely not alone in feeling this way, but going away to a foreign city or a secluded beach resort would be a lot more enjoyable if it weren’t for those pesky airports.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

Unfortunately, we haven’t invented a more efficient mode of transportation, like those rocket ships sci-fi master Robert Heinlein envisioned. And even if we had, they would certainly fall under the governance of everyone’s favorite bureaucracy — the Transportation Security Administration.

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Off The Press — You’ll hear no tall tales from Mariners’ Rick Rizzs

April 28, 2015

How many of us actually end up doing what we’ve always dreamed of since we were kids?

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

I love what I’m doing, but I kinda grew into it. My mom likes to joke I always wanted to be a brain surgeon. I guess I gave that up when I found out how hard it would actually be.

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Off The Press — Influence the Choice videos amaze, inspire

April 21, 2015

There were 11 winners, but if you ask me, everyone who entered the 2015 Influence The Choice Student Video Contest were winners.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

In this year’s contest, from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 260 students participated in producing 100 videos. Those entries represented 959 creating hours!

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Off The Press — There’s something sick about healthcare

April 14, 2015

Late in February, my wife Michelle became suddenly, seriously ill, ending up in the hospital for a little over two weeks. One week of that was spent in intensive care.

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Tom Corrigan
Press reporter

The beautiful part here is she is home and doing fine. To me, that’s the most important sentence in this column.

Still….

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Off The Press — Dear NFL: You need Kasen Williams

April 7, 2015

All right, you NFL football scouts, listen up.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

More than four-dozen of you were here in Seattle last week at the Huskies’ Pro Day workout, looking over stars from the University of Washington, salivating over the prospects.

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Off The Press — Life is relaxed without March Madness stress

March 31, 2015

This may come as a big surprise to readers who know me as a sports-loving lunatic, but I didn’t participate this year in a time-honored tradition — filling out a bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

Why, you might ask, would I decide to do such a wacky thing? Hasn’t the whole March Madness thing spread to all corners of our society, where even Fran the lunch lady or Pete the computer geek — people who never follow sports — are now waxing poetic on the virtues of the Butler Bulldogs, Creighton Bluejays and Wichita State Shockers?

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Off The Press — Hey, big government, keep your mitts off my barbecue

March 25, 2015

I’m a live-and-let-live kinda guy. As long as what you do doesn’t bother what I do, I usually don’t have a problem with it, legal issues aside.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

Well, now I might have a beef with the Environmental Protection Agency. It seems the EPA is encroaching on my territory, specifically, my backyard.

That’s where I keep my barbecue grill.

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