Editorial — Roll up your sleeve and keep your family healthy

October 21, 2014

It’s a little thing but it’s important: A flu shot this month can keep you and your family healthy this winter.

Sometimes, people confuse the flu and a cold because they both affect our breathing. Adding to the confusion is the way we describe stomach ailments as the flu.

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Editorial — Time to change smoke detector batteries

October 14, 2014

October is about more than ghosts, goblins, pumpkins and Halloween. It’s time to change the batteries in our home smoke detectors, fire alarms and carbon monoxide alert sensors.

While smoke detectors can be obnoxious if you’re accidently charring the bacon, these small devices can save lives.

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Editorial — Neighbors should help police and themselves

October 7, 2014

Last year, thieves broke into vendor booths overnight during Salmon Days, making off with merchandise that support people’s livelihoods. This past weekend, Issaquah police were being extra vigilant for that and caught some would-be thieves in the act, arresting them on the spot.

You being vigilant can also help prevent crime.

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Editorial — Top 10 reasons to go Salmon Days

September 30, 2014

Here fishy, fishy!

It’s that time, Issaquah. Time to welcome our returning salmon and about 150,000 people to town.

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Editorial — Traffic mess needs a good solution, now

September 23, 2014

Something has got to be done about traffic in Issaquah.

When it takes longer to get across the city than it does to get from Issaquah to Seattle, that’s a traffic problem.

Front Street South/Issaquah-Hobart Road is a mess at the best of times. If there is an accident or construction along the road, you can count on sitting there upward of an hour to travel a few miles.

That’s ridiculous.

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Editorial — Disaster preparedness is everyone’s job

September 16, 2014

What would you do if an earthquake affected your home? Mudslide? Flood? Fire? What about a minor emergency, like the occasional winter storm or power outage?

September is National Preparedness Month. But what does that mean to you?

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Miracle salmon, public need your assistance

September 9, 2014

The first fish have been sighted at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and it’s that time of year again — time to step up to help the amazing salmon that are returning home and the crowds of people that will follow them.

The hatchery, with thousands of visitors every year, is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s hatcheries.

There are many ways to do right by the salmon and visitors:

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Editorial — Please slow down; school is in session

September 2, 2014

It’s back-to-school time, and you know what that means.

We’re not talking about the purchases and chaos. We’re talking about slowing down and watching out for children, who may not be watching out for you.

State law says you must stop for a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing whether it is on your side of the road or not. These buses usually have a stop-sign arm on them, but you might not see it. Likewise, you might not see the children that step off these buses and run to nearby houses or people waiting for them.

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Editorial — School begins with need for volunteers

August 26, 2014

On Tuesday, parents across the Issaquah School District will walk their children to the school bus or to school for the start of a new school year.

Finally, a bit of free time for a second cup of coffee.

But wait, your school needs you. The volunteer jobs at school are endless. The playground needs monitors, the library can use assistance, the front office might need your organizational skills, teachers almost never have enough helpers and the nurse’s office is often in need of a mother’s touch to watch over a sick child.

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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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