Off The Press

August 5, 2014

To rent or to own? That is the question

Neil Pierson

Neil Pierson

My wife and I are considering buying a home in Seattle, the prospects of which are both exhilarating and a bit terrifying.

First, let me preface by stating that I wouldn’t be a first-time homeowner. I’ve done it before, and while there’s a sense of satisfaction and freedom, it’s far from perfect.

To some degree, I think, apartment living has spoiled me. I like being able to call maintenance every time we find mold or the sink clogs, and know that we’re not going to have to sell a body part to fix the darned thing. Homeowners don’t have that peace of mind – something breaks and you’re in trouble, unless you have a good warranty.

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Editorial

August 5, 2014

Coordination, new ideas needed on tolling

The feared 10-mile backups never materialized when the state took Interstate 90 down to one lane for construction. As often seems to happen in these situations, a thousand people made a thousand little changes, and we pulled through.

One big change, however, might have helped keep things flowing with a minimum of angst, toll relief on the state Highway 520 bridge.

In the weeks leading up to the closure, there was a bit of finger-pointing about whether or not one part of the state government gave a different part of the state government enough advanced notice.

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To the Editor

August 5, 2014

Decision 2014

Letter lacked substance

Margo Campbell used the letters to the editor to write a free campaign ad. I hope the readers of the press can recognize this letter for what it is.

Policy issues need in-depth discussion, and when they are used in the way Campbell has to support one candidate, or party, they create polarization and gridlock. This is not a condemnation on one political party because both Democrats and Republicans use issues this way to win votes. The most important thing needed for a self-governing society is an educated and open-minded citizenry willing to look at issues from all sides.

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To the Editor

July 29, 2014

 

Relay for Life

Group is still needing   funds to make its goal

On May 31, members from our community took to the track at Issaquah High School for Issaquah’s 2014 Relay For Life. As always, it was those involved who made this year’s Relay For Life an outstanding event and fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

“Thank you” doesn’t seem enough for what the community gave to Relay For Life this year. We are so grateful for: the planning team made of volunteers who spent the year organizing the event; the team captains and team members who raised money and awareness for cancer research during the Relay season; our day of event volunteers who helped set up and prepare; and our sponsors and community businesses that made generous donations.

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Off The Press

July 29, 2014

And now, the rest of the story

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

Over the years here at The Issaquah Press, I’ve been privileged to interview some fascinating people. Thinking back, however, some interesting tidbits from these interviews didn’t make the story. So, I thought I’d share three of my favorite looks behind the scenes of what can unexpectedly happen during a routine story assignment.

The first was a feature about a group of families that were homeschooling their children. Homeschooled children undeservedly earn a bad reputation as being not socially well adjusted or being underserved by learning from home. On that day, when I arrived at the home they took common lessons from, a group of six or eight were playing a friendly game of soccer in the front yard. Looked pretty socially adjusted to me.

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EDITORIAL

July 29, 2014

Please don’t feed the bears, ever

 

“A fed bear is a dead bear.”

Those were true words from an expert who spoke to The Issaquah Press several years ago about the bears people were reporting in their yards and trashcans in the Issaquah area.

They are still true now. We have built our homes and businesses in their yards, and we are going to come into contact with wildlife.

We are the stewards of this land, and we have a responsibility to keep those animals (along with our neighbors) safe. That means letting animals be when we encounter them. Don’t hassle them. Don’t try to pet them. Don’t feed them.

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Editorial: 1,200 backpacks needed for students

July 22, 2014

Let the back-to-school shopping begin!

Wow, everything from erasers to three colors of ink pens, from scissors to notebooks are on the list. Don’t forget a box of Kleenex for the classroom and an apple for the teacher.

If you’ve purchased a new backpack for your student and added in the supplies, your receipts probably add up to well more than $100. And you still have to get new shoes and pay for a yearbook and a PTA membership.

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Off The Press: Send in your kudos for new Press feature

July 22, 2014

Sometimes, people do really good or smart things. And sometimes, they do really bad or stupid things.

And I’ve always felt it is a newspaper’s job to share not only bad news, but good news as well.

With that in mind, The Issaquah Press is kicking off a new feature on its Opinion page — Picnic or Poo Poo.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

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To the Editor

July 22, 2014

Editorial cartoon

About your Do Nothing GOP cartoon

Great cartoon in the July 9 edition. If we can just get rid of, and shut up, the obstructionist GOP, we could have a great one-party progressive country, where everyone is equal, and everyone thinks the way we are told to think by our great progressive leaders. Just one suggestion, maybe you should not make the father in the cartoon appear so stupid.

Greg Larson

Issaquah

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Editorial: Kokanee work group does important work

July 15, 2014

The Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group is one of those little committees that government seems to form all the time. Typically, these sorts of bodies get together, author an important-sounding report and disband. The report gathers dust, and nothing actually happens.

This one is different. The kokanee work group has certainly done its share of fact-finding, but the facts are being put to use. The little red fish is recovering, and the efforts of the work group should be applauded.

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