April 23, 2013
Turn off the television, become pedestrians
“The Pedestrian,” a sci-fi, short story by Ray Bradbury, depicts a world in which nobody walks.
The main character, Mead, is the only pedestrian in a city of 3 million people. The rest of the people are pedestrians in the second sense of the word: dull, uninteresting, lacking imagination. The main character is considered a dangerous rebel because he walks.
April 16, 2013
I have seen a number of mixed signals in the past few weeks regarding the transportation situation in Issaquah.
As I affiliate with this beautiful place and meet with as many people as I can to gain context, I have heard repeatedly about the snarled traffic situation and the lack of public options. More than that, I have seen it. Only two months in and I’ve spent my fair share of time on Front Street.
The first matter arose two weeks ago when Metro Transit released the news that, without additional funding, bus lines in Issaquah face deletion or revision next year. With education the big issue in the Legislature, Sen. Mark Mullet called transportation consideration an “uphill battle.”
April 9, 2013
Help honor veterans with photos, donations
It’s that time of year again, when The Press begins work on Lest We Forget, our annual Memorial Day tribute to veterans.
This year’s section, our fourth annual tribute, will be published in the May 22 paper, the weekend before Memorial Day.
If you didn’t see last year’s section (which you can view at http://bit.ly/Jrjlk9), you missed the nearly 170 photos of this city’s veterans, those living and those no longer with us. We also wrote a handful of stories about local World War II veterans, whose numbers are (sadly) quickly dwindling.
April 2, 2013
Robbers can take from us, but can’t break us
Dear thieves who broke into our offices and robbed us,
You came in the night and took most of our computers. You rifled through everyone’s personal belongings and took what you wanted.
Many people here were already uncomfortable about our move from our longtime home on Front Street to this business park. You made all of that worse.
March 26, 2013
More than longevity is needed to be sourdough
Being new to the community, I wonder how to blend in and be thought an old timer or at least a regular. I have discovered that how one does this varies among geographic areas of the country.
In Alaska, you were either a chechako (newcomer) or a sourdough (old timer). How you made the transition depended on who you asked. Most of the explanations are rooted in old Alaska, before the advent of modern roads and air travel. Some say you had to have missed the last boat out at least once, which meant you had been there through at least one winter. Others say you had to have relieved yourself in the Yukon River.
March 19, 2013
Memories move with us from Front Street
The boxes are packed, the old files emptied. It’s the last week on Front Street for The Issaquah Press and we’re going to miss it.
Unless you’ve been here for more than a couple decades, you are one of many who think 1) The Issaquah Press Building is very, very old and 2) the building is owned by The Press.
Neither is true. The building is only 25 years old and the newspaper has never owned it.
March 12, 2013
Want a tax deduction for reading this column?
Are you staring at your 1040 form this month wondering where all your income went?
Just in case you are in the 1 percent of taxpayers that have been slammed by this year’s repeal of your tax cuts, don’t think we here at The Issaquah Press can’t try to help you get a little of it back, with our thoughts about new tax loopholes that should help make ends meet.
I polled some of our employees on their ideas. If the American people can get Congress to put these on the books, it would benefit the 1 percent, the 99 percent, the 47 percent and all the other percenters that are out there.
March 5, 2013
It’s a milestone poker party for River Bil
Milestones. There are many ways to observe and celebrate them. At the Elks Lodge, among the poker crowd, we host a tournament.
The milestone in question is a celebration of longtime member Bill Weimer’s 80th birthday. Or, as we affectionately call him, River Bill. More about that in a minute.
Weimer remains the only old-timer who still plays at the Elks what is called the easiest card game to learn, yet the hardest to master, Texas Hold Em. It was from another old-timer, Dallas Cross, who recently moved to Idaho, that Weimer received his moniker, River Bill.
February 26, 2013
The road less taken leads to the woods
I wonder where that road goes? With that question, I am off on another of Robert Frost’s roads less taken, as I explore Issaquah, my new home. With the scarcity of streets laid out in grids, discovery is the best way to learn my way around, especially being map challenged.
Sometimes, I leave the house on my motorcycle with my only intent being to take the next right turn or the next left turn. The most amazing find on these serendipitous trips has been the frequency with which roads lead to a trailhead or series of trailheads.
Too many years too late, I realize I am in a hiker’s paradise.
February 19, 2013
Getting hired doesn’t have to be this hard
I’ve just finished hiring a new reporter for The Issaquah Press.
It never ceases to amaze me, when we advertise for help, the strange and sometimes ugly replies we get from people. Last week, I thought maybe a kind of list of do’s and don’ts might help people in their job search. Of course, these aren’t concrete rules, but as a hiring manager, these are some things I look for. Or not.
1. “Dear sir or madam.” Don’t write that. If you can’t take the few minutes it would take to learn my name and put it on your cover letter, how can I be sure you’ll check out the things you should if you worked here?