Home Country — Believe in the power of good deeds

December 9, 2014

For years now, Herb Collins has been helping Santa by donning the red and the beard and the tassels and waving to passing cars on Christmas Eve out at the Old Fort Road crossing.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

He takes a bag of candy along, in case anyone cares to stop, and he also takes his daughter Cindy along, because she has always been his head elf. Cindy’s grown now and has helpers of her own, but this has been a daddy/daughter event for a long time and neither sees any reason to quit.

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Press columnist wins two book awards

December 9, 2014

Slim Randles, the columnist who writes “Home Country” for The Issaquah Press, won three regional book awards for the two books he wrote in 2014.

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Editorial — Merry Christmas drive goal is $100,000

December 3, 2014

It’s the time of year when people really think about giving: buying presents for various holidays and making charitable contributions before the end of the year so they can count them on their taxes.

So, it’s the perfect time to think about the people every week needing help who walk through the doors of Issaquah Community Services.

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Off The Press — It doesn’t take an angel to reach out to the needy

December 3, 2014

I married an angel. That, or she’s been watching too much Hallmark channel.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

Michelle came home from grocery shopping the other day and started blubbering, punctuated by actual sobs for air.

Something deeply troubling had obviously happened. I hadn’t seen her this emotional since she read her father’s eulogy.

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To the Editor

December 3, 2014

State park

If our money goes there, we should get free access

Well, folks, the Issaquah City Council said that no taxpayer funds would be given to Lake Sammamish State Park items. So much for that hokey council promise.

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Home Country — Now is the season for hope and dreams

December 3, 2014

There is a nighttime sweetness and hope that hovers over us this time of year here at home. This is a time for summing up and looking ahead … and a time for dreams.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

And at night… ah, that’s the time, isn’t it? Outside it’s dark, December dark, and we’re inside and warm and cocooned up. The cold makes our world shrink, especially at night.

But we have our dreams.

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Editorial — Shopping local helps you in the long run

November 25, 2014

The weekend after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping weekend of the year, and many small businesses rely on the holiday shopping period to ensure a successful year on the books, according to the federal Small Business Administration.

That’s why the day is known as Black Friday, because heavy sales often move a business from out of the red financially into the black.

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Off The Press — There are always many things to be thankful for

November 25, 2014

Many people think about things they are thankful for at this time of year.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

But being trapped in a snowstorm and not being able to get home will really get you thinking about even the little things for which you are grateful.

Three of us headed to a corporate meeting last week in Yakima. We left early Friday for the two-hour drive, and planned to be home that evening. Mother Nature had other plans.

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To the Editor — week of Nov. 26

November 25, 2014

Meals program

Rule change needed public transparency

On Nov. 18, The Issaquah Press carried an article by Tom Corrigan, about a new sign outside the Issaquah Community Hall, prohibiting outdoor eating of meals served in the hall. As a private citizen, I write this letter in support of Washington’s Open Public Meetings Act.

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Home Country — Blaze your own trail and don’t always do things that are expected of you

November 25, 2014

“Hey Doc,” said Herb, reading the latest copy of the Valley Weekly Miracle, “did you see all these specials they’re having in the city? Just for the Friday after Thanksgiving, too. You know, a guy could get a lot of Christmas shopping done then and save some money.”

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

“I guess so,” Doc said, putting his cup down so Loretta could top it off.

“You’re not going to go shopping?”

“Not on Black Friday.”

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