To the Editor — Keep tennis courts public

November 6, 2015

NEW — 3:52 p.m. Nov. 6, 2015

If I am not mistaken, Tibbetts Valley Park, including the tennis courts, were acquired, created, funded and are maintained by Issaquah residents’ property tax assessments. Therefore, you should not be surprised that the City Council is receiving “push back” from Issaquah citizens about the city’s (administration and City Council) consideration of privatizing the tennis courts for the benefit of a private tennis membership club, thus removing the tennis courts (part or all) from the benefit of public use. I believe the city is way off base for moving this “consideration” forward to the City Council and other departments. At least the Parks Board has the “brass” to stand up to the city administrator and City Council by rejecting the proposal. Read more

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Off The Press — How about some local democratic socialism?

November 3, 2015

NEW — 4:20 p.m. Nov. 3, 2015

Did you hear the one about the wild-haired Jewish guy who went on a rant about wealthy people who spent their lives taking advantage of the poor to satisfy their greed?

With Election Day out of the way this week, and one year to go before the vote for president, I thought I’d talk a bit about democratic socialist Bernie Sanders.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

Oh, I’m sorry, you thought this was about Jesus? Well, him too.

This is going to print before the local election results are announced but you’ll read it afterwards. Most of the people on the ballot this week in Issaquah and Sammamish, and many around the state, ran for nonpartisan positions on city councils and school boards. There’s only one I know of that, while on the ballot as nonpartisan, describes themselves as a Socialist, Seattle Council member Kshama Sawant. I could be going out on a long, thin limb, but I believe she will have won re-election. Read more

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Home Country — Never regret to follow up on a compliment

November 3, 2015

NEW — 4:17 p.m. Nov. 3, 2015

Windy found his audience out the side door of the sale barn, admiring a pen of cattle they had no intention of buying.

“Hey there, Doc, Dud, Steve.”

“Hey Windy, how’s it going?”

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

“Well, sir, I’m tickled you asked …”

Doc groaned. Read more

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Off The Press — Soccer’s joy, pain brings people together

October 26, 2015

NEW — 8:53 p.m. Oct. 26, 2015

By the time you read this, the season could be over for Seattle Sounders FC, or they could be moving on to the Western Conference semifinals in the Major League Soccer playoffs.

If you follow me on Twitter (@sammamish_neil), you probably know I’m a huge fan of the Sounders. If you’ve seen me walking the sidelines at high-school games in my Chelsea FC jacket, you know who my favorite European team is and that I’m a close follower of the beautiful game.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

The Sounders finished their regular season Oct. 25 with a decisive 3-1 victory over Real Salt Lake at CenturyLink Field, the three points clinching the club’s seventh playoff berth in as many MLS seasons. They were set to face the Los Angeles Galaxy – a longtime nemesis who’ve ended Seattle’s playoff runs three times – in a win-or-go-home match Oct. 28. Read more

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Home Country — With fall comes a break from that insidious squash

October 26, 2015

NEW — 8:49 p.m. Oct. 26, 2015

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?

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

The bottom-line truth is, cooks all over the place love a challenge, and they have tried valiantly to turn squash into an edible dish. To do this, they take one tenth of a portion of squash, boil as much of the squashiness as they can out of it, then immerse it in nine-tenths something that tastes good and hope no one will notice. You know, stuff like chile, mutton, edible vegetables, nuclear waste, cottonwood bark and even chocolate. Then, when you can’t taste the squash in it, and most of the slime has settled to the bottom, they smile and say,

“How do you like my ‘Squash Canneloni ala Hershey con Brio?” Read more

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To the Editor — Time to explore better venue for annual Zombie Walk

October 26, 2015

NEW — 10:24 p.m. Oct. 26, 2015

Saturday’s Zombie Walk in downtown Issaquah had a huge turnout. In fact, it seems like it is so big that it has outgrown its current venue for the “Thriller” dance at the end of the walk.

Are there any alternative locations where the crowd can actually see the dancers? I heard many people say that they couldn’t see and that the steps of City Hall were not the best for that size crowd, which by the way, spilled out onto Sunset Way. Read more

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To the Editor — Re-elect Paul Winterstein for Issaquah City Council

October 23, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Oct. 23, 2015

I had the opportunity and the honor of serving with Paul Winterstein for several years on the Human Services Commission. During that time I came to know him and appreciate his intellect and skills. Since his election to the city council I have also come to appreciate his vision and ability to work with his fellow council members and the administration to identify and begin to implement a long-term strategic vision for Issaquah. I look forward to his future contributions to the city of Issaquah. I am voting for both Paul and Bill Ramos and encourage other Issaquah voters to do so, you will not be disappointed. Thank you.

Rowan Hinds

Former Issaquah mayor

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To the Editor — Can’t our government do better than this?

October 23, 2015

NEW — 5:59 p.m. Oct. 23, 2015

The Seattle leaders and governmental officials spend billions of tax payers’ limited funds to build a tram (train) which is not used to anywhere near its potential because there is no parking at any of the stops. (Recently we noticed parking areas at the Portland tram stops for the help of passengers).

This seems to have been done on purpose! They want people to ride bikes or walk and then catch the tram. How do they expect business people and 50, 60, and 70 year olds to ride bikes, especially in the Seattle weather? Read more

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Off The Press — Help turn my hate for cancer to love for a cure

October 20, 2015

NEW — 2:27 p.m. Oct. 20, 2015

I hate cancer.

I had a perfectly good, 40-year streak going of not having anyone close to me be afflicted by the disease. Then something happened and the odds caught up.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

Between 2008 and 2012, there were 454 new cases of cancer per 100,000 men and women in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. And the cancer mortality rate is 171 per 100,000 men and women.

One was our long-time sports editor, Bob Taylor. Diagnosed in 2006, he fought a valiant battle, one he liked to call a marathon, and through the power of prayer and love from his family and community, thought he had it beat. But cancer was not to be denied. It came back with a vengeance, claiming Bob in 2013 from complications due to the cancer. Read more

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Letter — Re-elect Paul Winterstein to Issaquah City Council

October 16, 2015

NEW — 10:52 a.m. Oct. 16, 2015

Paul Winterstein is a very thoughtful and deliberate City Councilman with a long-term vision for the future of Issaquah.

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