Editorial — Get money for traffic solutions, education

January 13, 2015

While it’s all well and good for city officials to try to get money from the state Legislature to ease congestion on Interstate 90, we think, and residents likely would agree, they should focus on congestion on city streets.

The congestion on I-90 was a main topic of conversation at a recent talk between city leaders and the area’s lawmakers.

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Off The Press — A little pepper is heating up the culinary world

January 13, 2015

God bless the bhut jolokia pepper.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

Otherwise known as the ghost chili pepper.

It’s for those times when the jalapeno is for wimps and the habanero is for the JV squad. I’ve been spotting more and more products utilizing this ingredient that will make you cry for your momma.

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Cartoon — Jan. 14, 2015

January 13, 2015

As far as Squak’s unique name, the late trail advocate Ruth Ittner, an active leader of Issaquah Alps Trails Club, once said: “If you were stuck between a tiger and cougar, you’d squawk too!” Actually, the name means snake (which also makes many a hiker squawk) from a local native dialect and was the original name of the city of Issaquah. Submit your cartoon for publication by emailing it to editor@isspress.com.

As far as Squak’s unique name, the late trail advocate Ruth Ittner, an active leader of Issaquah Alps Trails Club, once said: “If you were stuck between a tiger and cougar, you’d squawk too!” Actually, the name means snake (which also makes many a hiker squawk) from a local native dialect and was the original name of the city of Issaquah. Submit your cartoon for publication by emailing it to editor@isspress.com.

Question of the week — Seattle Seahawks

January 13, 2015

Who is your favorite Seattle Seahawks player, and why?

Is it quarterback Russell Wilson? Or maybe you enjoy running back Marshawn Lynch or strong safety Kam Chancellor. Tell us about it.

Email your answers to editor@isspress.com. The responses will be published in future issues.

To the Editor

January 13, 2015

Traffic

Use no-cost changes to improve the situation immediately

It’s welcome news that the Issaquah City Council and mayor have developed a plan to address some of the traffic issues plaguing the city. However, any serious plan has to include full cloverleaf freeway interchanges (or similar) for the Front Street and state Route 900 exits off Interstate 90, which would liberate thousands of cars daily trying to enter, exit or cross the freeway.

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Home Country — Just hold the sugar, please

January 13, 2015

It was the cold outside that bound us together better inside the Mule Barn truck stop. The coffee warmed our innards and the laughter at the philosophy counter heated our souls to very comfortable.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

It was Doc who noticed it first. He’s trained to be observant, of course.

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Editorial — Get a fresh start by being a volunteer

January 6, 2015

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank — “The working poor. The newly homeless. Struggling seniors. The mentally ill. Whether underemployed or unemployable, the victim of tough times or tough streets, representing a long-term need or a short-term crisis, we try to help everyone who comes to us.” The organization helps people of all ages all year long. You can help by donating food, money or time. Learn more at http://issaquahfoodbank.org.

Simple solution — Pick up a few extra canned goods when you’re doing your own grocery shopping and drop them by the bank at 179 First Ave. S.E. Read more

Off The Press — Big goals can be achieved in small steps

January 6, 2015

It’s good to set big goals. Yes, if you set one that is too large you might not get there. But think about how much further you’ll get if you go for broke.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

With that in mind, we set this year’s goal for the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund at $100,000. That money helps your neighbors and friends, and also people you may never meet. But one day you might be in need yourself. Isn’t it nice to know there is a fund that helps everyone it possibly can, all year long?

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Cartoon — Jan. 7, 2015

January 6, 2015

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Thanks to Tom Anderson for the cartoon. He has been an Issaquah resident since 1979, and lived here seven years when he was a child. He is the author of the “Issaquah Doodle Book,” available at the Issaquah History Museums’ gift shop. Email your cartoon about any Issaquah topic to editor@isspress.com.

Question of the week — Jan. 7, 2015

January 6, 2015

Jan. 8 would’ve been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday. Do you have any special memories of or about him?

If so, write about it, in less than 300 words, and email it to editor@isspress.com.

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