Home Country — Finally, we get to be squash-free for a while

September 30, 2014

We can blame it all on watermelon and pumpkin pie. Both are delicious and American, and both come from gourds. That’s the problem, you see. Cooks all over the world therefore think that other gourds can be made edible, too.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

Gourds, for example, like squash.

Squash. One of the English language’s most painful words, along with maim and trauma and rend and okra and Liberace. Why would anyone want to eat something that sounds as though someone sat on it?

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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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Off The Press — These people are gone but are not forgotten

September 23, 2014

Every single person in this world makes a ripple. Every single person matters.

That was the message at a funeral ceremony for 33 women and 104 women buried last week as part of the King County Indigent Remains Program.

Some were homeless when they died. Some just didn’t have anyone willing or able to take possession of their bodies.

“We have 137 fellow human beings. They’re here as an indictment to our failure as a society for not taking them in,” said Pastor Kelle Brown, of Mary’s Place. “Like all of us, they smiled, they struggled, they brought joy to their mother’s hearts with their first cry.

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To the Editor

September 23, 2014

Traffic

Can you share your secrets with us?

I was excited to read in The Press that adding 344 units on Gilman Boulevard won’t impact traffic. If someone has a secret way of doing this, could you please share it with we who have to use Issaquah-Hobart Road?

Cydne Papworth

Issaquah

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Home Country — Ahh, the dawning of a new day

September 23, 2014

There’s something so satisfying about getting out of bed when the world is still dark and quiet and resting. Making the coffee gives us time to scratch and think. Well, scratch, anyway. Most of that thinking will start after about the third cup of coffee.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

But it’s a quiet time. A private time. When the world is dark, and there isn’t yet a hint of pink over the mountains, it’s very good. We can relax. No one is expecting anything from us right now. Our guilt can take some time off, and we can listen to music or work a crossword puzzle or turn on the TV and watch the weather guy discuss millibars and troughs.

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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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Off The Press — Ray Rice has the problem, not the NFL

September 16, 2014

It’s been difficult to watch television lately — doesn’t matter which channel you’re tuning in — and not find coverage of the Ray Rice domestic violence case.

Neil Pierson

Neil Pierson

I’ve taken to changing the channel when I see a news anchor reporting the latest, or the average Joe giving his two cents on the situation. Mostly, I’m just not interested in seeing the videotape again, a sober reminder that some men are still stuck in prehistoric times.

Janay Palmer — Rice’s then-fiancee, now-wife — slaps the Baltimore Ravens running back in a hotel elevator. Rice, who reportedly can bench press 400 pounds, then throws two punches, the second one knocking Palmer cold before he drags her from the elevator, all of it caught on a security camera.

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To the Editor

September 16, 2014

Tiger Mountain

Closing the school will help the numbers, not the students

Closing Tiger Mountain Community High School during renovations and not creating a temporary home for the school would be a very grievous mistake. The students currently enrolled at Tiger Mountain are there because the conventional high school experience is detrimental to their learning experience. Sending them to a regular high school for even a year will cause them great suffering and hardship.

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Home Country — Small miracles are important ones

September 16, 2014

When we first noticed the baby sparrow, here at the house, it saddened us all. He had fallen from his nest and was slowly walking around the front yard under the tree while his mother and father had an absolute fit.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

We knew we were looking at a dead baby bird, as it was only a question of who does it, where it is done and how long before it happens. Years of experience in these kinds of things have taught us the finality of a baby bird falling out of a tree. Would the end come from a cat, or from a raccoon wandering up from the creek, or a snake?

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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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