Off The Press — Work with law officers, not against them

August 26, 2015

Let me ask you good readers a question — when did it become acceptable to aggressively ignore authority, especially officers of the law?

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

There have been quite a few truly unfortunate incidents in the media in the past couple of years involving the police, with their actions leading to the death of a civilian. While nobody else but those involved were at the incidents, certain common facts emerge from each, leading me to conclude many of those killed would still be alive today if they hadn’t first resisted arrest.

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Off The Press — Sunny remembrances

August 19, 2015

NEW — 3:48 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

Have you driven by Sunny Hills Elementary School on the Sammamish Plateau lately?

It is, quite simply, a vast, desert-looking wasteland dotted with large construction vehicles and even larger mounds of dirt.

Construction is well underway on a much-needed facelift for the Issaquah School District building.

Christina Corrales-Toy Press reporter

Christina Corrales-Toy
Press reporter

I drive by it every day on my way to the office, and each time I pass it, without fail, I can feel a small, but noticeable, pull on my heartstrings.

You see, I’m a Sunny Hills Mustang, and so is my brother, Thomas. I started at the school as a third grader after our family moved from California. For my brother, Sunny Hills was the only elementary school he ever knew. Read more

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Off The Press — Recalls are extreme but repairs are free

August 11, 2015

NEW — 2:40 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015

Every week I get an email from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, updating me on recalls on vehicles.

I always look for my car first, and then I glance back through the list with family and friends in mind.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

I have to confess, this list scares me. Read more

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Off The Press — When did social media become so unsocial?

August 5, 2015

NEW — 12:01 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

Especially at the national level, politics has been kind of an ugly business for a while now. But is it just me, or has what used to be a fairly harmless thing like Facebook suddenly become a particularly nasty battleground?

One case in point: A meme labeling President Barack Obama a “fascist, racist, bigoted, socialist, un-American, crook and liar.

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Tom Corrigan
Press reporter

“Strike ‘share’ if you are a true American and you agree.” Read more

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Off The Press — In the summer of love a little rain must fall

July 29, 2015

NEW — 11:10 a.m. July 29, 2015

So, you think we’re having a dry summer? Yes, you would be right, and it’s not even August yet. But let me share a personal story of what it’s like to be under the other shoe when it drops.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

It’s the summer of 1986, and after four years of dating and a three-year engagement, my wife is finally ready to set a date for marriage.

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Off The Press — Does Caitlyn Jenner really deserve an award for courage?

July 23, 2015

There’s no question that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have to have courage in a world where fears and stereotypes about their so-called “lifestyle” still run rampant.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

When Caitlyn Jenner stepped to the podium at last week’s ESPY Awards in Los Angeles and delivered a stirring speech, it was an important moment for American society in acknowledging transgender people, that they deserve the same rights and respect as anyone else.

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Off The Press — How much could I do with a legion of me?

July 16, 2015

I received an intriguing bundle of postcards in the mail here at work the other day — all had images of “my” art exhibits from across the United States.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

No, I’m not moonlighting as a modern artist on the East Coast. Rather, I share a more common name than I thought.

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Off The Press — Cool ideas for when it’s hot outside

July 9, 2015

It’s too hot outside, you say?

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

For many people, it very well may be too hot.

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Off The Press — Gun ownership debate rages on for the racists, crazies

July 2, 2015

A little over a month ago, I wrote a column about how maybe, just maybe, fear of the easy availability of guns, not outright racism, was responsible for the shooting by police of an apparently unarmed black couple in my native Cleveland.

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Tom Corrigan
Press reporter

All in all, the “peacekeepers” in blue peppered the couple’s car with 137 shots. One officer jumped on the roof of the stopped car and fired 15 of those shots through the windshield. For some reason (sarcasm alert,) he was prosecuted (unsuccessfully) instead of held up as a hero.

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Guest Column — End high-stakes tests as graduation requirement

July 2, 2015

Thousands of students did not graduate from Washington high schools with their classmates this month — even though they successfully completed the same courses — solely because they failed one or more state-required, high stakes tests.

Some students are simply not good at taking high-stakes tests, even when they know the material and did well in their courses. There are students who earn As in courses only to freeze up on the day of a high-stakes test. This is not a test of knowledge; it’s a test of who tests well.

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