Home Country — Enjoy the gift of snow whenever it comes

February 10, 2015

Somehow the snow is a little like Christmas. We can expect it. We can listen to the television weather and expect it. But still, when it comes it’s like a gift a wonderful unwrapped gift, because it is the wrapping.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

Doc found it when he turned on the porch light before dawn and the sheer whiteness of it came to him, and he smiled and let the cup of coffee warm his hands and the coffee itself warm his insides.

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Editorial — Skate park a good start for teen-safe locations

February 3, 2015

It looks like construction for a new skate park in Issaquah will start this year. But it also looks like it will be smaller than supporters had hoped for.

The City Council has approved $350,000 for the new park, which may be built in stages, so supporters could end up with what they want down the road.

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Question of the week — week of Feb. 4, 2015

February 3, 2015

Give us some ideas for recreation for young people.

If you were going to have something new for kids to do in the city, what would it be? Email your ideas to editor@isspress.com.

Responses will be printed in future issues.

Off The Press — Decompression tips for distraught 12s

February 3, 2015

After the James Cameron movie “Titanic” became a big box office smash, one of the popular memes that soon followed was a slogan T-shirt that said “The boat sank. Get over it!”

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

Today, as Monday gets underway here at the office the day after the Super Bowl and coworkers endlessly debate the pass play at the end, I want to climb on a desk and announce, “It’s just a football game. Get over it!”

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To the Editor — week of Feb. 4, 2015

February 3, 2015

Safety

Do something about Skyline students crossing street

My husband and I have become increasingly concerned for Skyline High School’s student safety for those students using Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church’s parking lot during school hours.

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Home Country — The older you get, the faster time goes

February 3, 2015

Mabel Adams was out the other day, with her new walker, the one with the basket on it, and a seat for sitting when she gets tired.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

It’s a purple kind of walker and she likes it. It has hand brakes, too, just like a bicycle. She was headed for the Curl Up ‘N Dye beauty salon to get her permanent renewed, and she had to pass by the elementary school on her way.

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Editorial — Task force needs a more youthful voice

January 27, 2015

Not all anniversaries are worthy of celebration but some should be remembered for the impact on our world, our social conscious and our neighborhood.

One coming up is Feb. 12 — the day the body of a newborn baby girl was found near North Bend. First responders and detectives named her Baby Kimball.

A caring community held a funeral service in March 2014, memorializing her with as much dignity and love as possible.

News organizations wrote stories. Newspapers, including this one, published editorials. Read more

Question of the week — 2015 state legislative session

January 27, 2015

With the 2015 state legislative session underway, what do you think the most important issue is? Education funding? Transportation projects? Email your answers to editor@isspress.com. The responses will be published in future issues.

To the Editor

January 27, 2015

Lend a helping hand at home

We see a lot of advertisements on TV showing how desperate children in developing countries are. They are dying because of hunger. We feel very sorry for those children.  People say that we have to help those suffering children and their families.

People say that Mother Teresa was an amazing person. People really admire her and they say that we can’t be like her.

Yes, we can. We can help those people in our own neighborhood. They are not only in developing areas around the world. They are everywhere in our society.

We are currently helping the winter shelters on the eastside in Bellevue. It is heartbreaking to see children that are hungry. When we served food on our last visit to the winter shelter, they said, “I am so hungry.” However, they were polite and well behaved. They were waiting patiently to eat. Read more

Off The Press — The trees will speak of Alan Haywood

January 27, 2015

Have you ever tried to listen to the trees?

Sometimes while swinging in my backyard hammock under the maple I try to hear the poetry of the leaves shining in the breeze. Sometimes on a Tiger Mountain hike, in a grove of firs towering above the ferns on the forest floor, I meditate on the hymns they sing. Coming across a gnarled old giant like the Ruth Kees tree at Lake Tradition, I imagine being able to hear lessons from its centuries of wisdom.

Yet my affection for them pales in comparison to the love Alan Haywood has shown the trees and plants of Issaquah for the last 30 years as the city’s professional arborist. He will no longer be employed by the city after the end of March, and I’m going to miss him as a friend and as a walking, talking botany encyclopedia.

Alan is the only person I have ever met who seems to know off the top of his head the Latin name of every single plant and tree in his care! Not only that, he knows each one’s favorite soil, growing season, optimum requirements for sunlight, shade and irrigation, and best pruning practice. Read more

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