Guest Column — All are welcome at community hall lunches

November 18, 2014

On Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Issaquah Community Hall, I’m known as “the coffee guy.” I stand near the door as 50 or more people come through for a shared lunch provided by a circle of people of which I’m part, offering my “best in Issaquah,” home-roasted brew.

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Off The Press — What else deserves a vote of the people?

November 11, 2014

Well, we’ve survived another election season. Now we just have to next endure the consequences of the choices made with the vote.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

But now that it’s over, I’ve realized I kind of liked having the power of making some pretty important choices. Which got me to thinking — what other areas of life would be better if we had a vote to determine the outcome? Here are a few of my ideas. Read more

Off The Press — This is one distressed Denny’s denizen

November 4, 2014

The subject line in the e-mail from my editor last Thursday said, “Denny’s closure.”

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

Frantically I opened the file.

“You go there a lot, I believe. Do you know anything?”

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Guest column — Slow down, support business growth and connect to economic plan

November 4, 2014

As a part of the proposed 2015 city of Issaquah budget, municipal leaders have proposed major changes to the cost of doing business in Issaquah — some welcome changes and some troublesome — involving the city’s business and occupation (or B&O) tax, a tax on total gross (not net) income.

The first change is a welcome and very much common-sense improvement to the B&O exemption, raising it four-fold to help the smallest local enterprises while also streamlining collection.

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Off The Press — Questions, priorities need to change

October 28, 2014

Everyone is talking about the latest school shooting, the one at Marysville-Pilchuck High School last week, saying what a tragedy it is. And they say it every time a public shooting happens.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

Don’t get me wrong — I whole-heartedly agree with that. And I can’t imagine what the family members and friends of victims must go through at such a time.

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Off The Press — Enjoy being scared? Check out these films

October 21, 2014

Horror movies aren’t really my area of expertise. I prefer watching classic sports movies, like “Field of Dreams,” “Bull Durham” or “Rudy,” or spending years waiting for book-based fantasy adventures like “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter” to wrap up.

Neil Pierson

Neil Pierson

However, I’m more than willing to get into the spirit of the season when it comes to Halloween. There’s a certain sense of exhilaration that comes from viewing hordes of zombies, chainsaw-wielding psychopaths, and enough blood and gore to make your average emergency-room physician nauseous.

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Off The Press — Halloween is best for its customized scares

October 14, 2014

Halloween — it’s got to be one of the most interesting times of the year.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

We’re still two weeks out from Oct. 31, but I thought it would be a perfect time to broach the subject as events are already coming up on the calendar, like Nightmare at Beaver Lake, which starts Friday, and Saturday is the annual Halloween in the Highlands festival and Zombie Walk in downtown Issaquah.

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Guest Column — Go All in for Kids during annual fundraiser

October 14, 2014

Great schools and great communities go hand in hand. It is likely that one or both of these influenced your decision to live within the Issaquah School District boundaries.

The Issaquah Schools Foundation asks you to ensure both remain great by contributing to the All in for Kids Annual Fund Campaign.

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Off The Press — Tourism should tread the boards

October 7, 2014

I had several qualms about Roger Brooks’ tourism presentations to the good people of Issaquah. However, I completely agree with his basic advice that the city should choose one aspect and focus on that as the main draw to get outsiders to visit and spend their money.

Peter Clark Press reporter

Peter Clark
Press reporter

He left this up to residents and city leaders to decide what that main draw would be, advising it should be a year-round affair that would guarantee a unique and beneficial experience that would keep people coming back. In two remarkably similar presentations, Brooks said Issaquah tourism dollars could go to highlight the divergent trail system or maybe even the penchant for paragliding.

I would like to offer my humble opinion and say Issaquah should prop up its fantastic theater culture as the focus for tourism.

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Off The Press — It’s the unnamed holiday first October weekend!

September 30, 2014

Maybe it goes without saying, but maybe not. Salmon Days is just one heck of a lucky theme for us to have for the annual Issaquah community festival! No one today would ever build a fish hatchery in an urban area like this.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

But more than 75 years ago, with no floating bridge from Seattle, this was about as far out as the boonies as we could imagine. With a big salmon-habitat creek running through a small downtown, with the automobile age in its infancy, what was a logical place for a hatchery has turned out to be a stroke of luck today.

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