Insert marijuana pun headline here

July 8, 2014

Well, the first retail marijuana store opens this week. Like, for real. It’s really happening.

While I’m not much for pot, I do admit that I’ve found covering the state and Issaquah’s planning to enact Initiative 502 completely thrilling.

Reporter Bob Young at The Seattle Times this weekend posted a comprehensive FAQ regarding what retail marijuana will look like and what eager buyers can and cannot do with their legal grass. In the first question, he outlines a striking fact about Washington’s implementation of the initiative and why it took a year and a half before the first store opened.

“The short version: The state created something untested on the planet,” he wrote.

Peter Clark Press reporter

Peter Clark
Press reporter

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Editorial: Give school credit where it is due

July 1, 2014

Students can get physical education credit for taking a class online, but not for playing sports. This policy has its root in a confusing aspect of state law, which needs to be cleaned up and changed to allow credit for sports.

Under current law, a student can waive the requirement for taking a physical education class if he or she is playing a sport, though students must still take a test to show they understand the concepts taught in class. However, they can’t earn the credit for knowing those concepts.

The benefit to students is in freeing up a class period to take something that might look more interesting on their college application.

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Fourth of July really is more than fireworks

July 1, 2014

Libertarians believe in the maximum amount of personal freedom without government intrusion.

Over the years, they’d point to an encroachment of the government of these freedoms in the name of public safety, including seat belts, motorcycle helmets and traffic cameras.

I was all ready to rant about the erosion of my freedom on the Fourth of July to blow stuff up in celebration of our country’s independence. However, trying to find any place to legally blow up fireworks these days other than the parking lot of Fireworks City at the Indian reservation where they’re bought is becoming more and more futile.

David Hayes

David Hayes

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To the Editor

July 1, 2014

Startups

Small businesses help keep taxpayer dollars in Issaquah

Last week’s Issaquah Press contained an interesting article in its Living magazine. “A Startup’s Startup” spoke very tellingly about Issaquah’s potential to become to Seattle what Mountain View is to San Francisco.

Startups are technological ventures and, supposedly, there’s a lot of them happening all around us,  behind closed doors. According to Jay Weeldreyer, founder of Lendjoy and director of business strategy with Lender Gear, Issaquah is an “untapped market … a bedroom community for startups. And I mean literally. It’s full of people doing this stuff in their bedroom.”

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Editorial: Bus study is only part of the puzzle

June 24, 2014

Days are numbered for the 200 bus, the shuttle marked “freebee” that residents are used to seeing around town. While it’s unfortunate, the removal of the bus should provide a catalyst to look at transportation across the city.

After the failure of King County’s Proposition 1 last fall, Metro announced the 200, along with a handful of commuter routes serving Issaquah, will stop service in September.

The city spends about $50,000 per year — on top of Metro’s $1.2 million (which also comes from city residents, of course) to keep the bus running. The route sees about 400 boardings per day; one person might board multiple times, so that doesn’t necessarily mean those are unique passengers.

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To the Editor

June 24, 2014

Issaquah Creek watershed

Thanks to the city for its diligence and commitment to salmon recovery

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery want to pass along our congratulations and appreciation to staff with the city of Issaquah for outstanding work representing the city in the most recent WRIA 8 2014 Watershed Management Grant Program.

Out of 15 proposals submitted, nine were selected for site-specific restoration and acquisition projects. Of those nine, four were city of Issaquah proposals. Of the $1,520,273 available for distribution, the funding designated for Issaquah’s projects was $490,000.

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Placing the blame for the popped balloon

June 24, 2014

Imagine a balloon floating lazily through the air, as nonchalant and easy-going as can be. Now, imagine sticking a needle in that balloon before it can flutter away.

Pop!

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

That’s what it felt like June 22 when the air was sucked from the lungs of thousands of stars-and-stripes-clad fans at Fuel sports bar in downtown Seattle.

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Editorial – Good luck, graduates; welcome to adulthood

June 17, 2014

Since kindergarten, you schlepped books to and from school. You were expected to learn the basics: reading, writing and arithmetic. You hopefully learned how to share, how to make friends, and how to become part of a social and cultural group.

Perhaps you were fortunate enough to delve into extracurricular activities like art, choir, playing an instrument, drama, sports, debate or yearbook staff. Most importantly, you hopefully learned to be an individual in a sea of sameness, as well as how to be a critical thinker.

For some, high school goes down as the best times of life — the camaraderie, close friendships, being part of a team.

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Ten years of advice at the speed of light

June 17, 2014

In keeping with the tradition of previous years, this is the condensed, edited commencement speech I heard from a student or adult at graduation that, in my opinion, stood out from the rest. Enjoy!

— Greg Farrar

 

Tom Haff, Faculty Speaker

Physics teacher

Issaquah High School

 

Hey, gang. This is going to be really hard for me, because they only gave me six minutes.

Let’s say that you stepped outside of Key Arena and you traveled close to the speed of light, like 99.99999 percent the speed of light, for those six minutes, and you came back still wearing your cap and gown. But the earth’s clock will have gone by for 10 years. I calculated those.

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To the Editor

June 17, 2014

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Salmon Days logo

Issaquah Press masthead took me back to glorious days

I love The Issaquah Press logo of the June 11 edition and its celebration of the new Salmon Days logo.

Seeing it reminded me of the glorious days of the ‘60s and ‘70s when everyone, it seemed, took a stand on important social issues; where student activism helped to end a war, environmental awareness led to a bipartisan vote to establish the Environmental Protection Agency (imagine, brought to us by a Republican President — Nixon — and ratified by the House and the Senate, ah, the days). Women started seeing themselves as more than just window-dressing and demanded equal treatment, and the whole concept of healthy, sustainable living was nurtured.

Let’s hope the new logo inspires similar activism and continues to broaden our vision of what we can achieve.

Kathy Swoyer

Issaquah

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