Editorial

January 21, 2014

Vote yes for all three school levies

There is no doubt that voters should approve the three Issaquah School District levy requests on the Feb. 11 ballot arriving in mailboxes this week.

There are questions every voter should ask:

1) Is it essential?

The most important funding request is for the four-year M&O levy, paying 21 percent of classroom costs, including 485 teacher salaries. It replaces the current M&O levy. A transportation levy would only be collected for one year, to buy 71 more fuel-efficient school buses with higher safety standards. And the four-year capital levy seeks technology funds and building repairs. Computer replacement and upgrades are a way of life in today’s world, and maintenance of our school buildings is not an option.

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To the Editor

January 21, 2014

School levies

Vote yes for high-quality, award-winning schools

Happy New Year! As an elementary school principal in the Issaquah downtown area I have the amazing opportunity to work and live in the center of our city daily. I love Issaquah!

The families, the businesses, and the amazing art and sport communities make Issaquah a quality place to raise a family or own a home. Another main attraction for people to move and thrive in Issaquah is our award-winning schools.

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Off The Press

January 21, 2014

People, local land are missing Margaret Macleod

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

-Rachel Carson

 

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

Margaret Macleod would not care if you read any farther than that quotation, as long as you take it to heart and burn it into your mind. That’s my hunch, anyway.

A few of her friends have shared their thoughts with me.

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Glamping is fun when done in the trees

January 14, 2014

My wife and I stayed Jan. 3 in a most interesting place for a Friday night — a tree.

I’ve written stories about Treehouse Point over the years for The Press, but it took my wife’s initiative to make us reservations to stay overnight in one of their tree house lodges.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

This also represents the closest I’ve ever been to glamping — an upscale way to camp in luxury in the outdoors.

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Editorial

January 14, 2014

Sammamish offers Klahanie a choice

By this time next week, ballots for the Feb. 11 election will be in the mail and voters in the Klahanie annexation area will be choosing future services for their homes.

Or not.

The Klahanie annexation vote continues to be mostly an emotional one for many we have spoken with. It’s easy to say yes to annexation, understanding that property taxes will go down, and road and safety services will go up. And after all, those residents already have an Issaquah address and live in the Issaquah School District, and drive through the city nearly every day.

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To the Editor

January 14, 2014

Klahanie area

Annexation is about home more than about services

Annexation is about more than efficiencies of service. Annexation is also about home, and we have all heard the phrase that “home is where the heart is.”

When the first ground was broken for Klahanie, Issaquah was the nearest city where the residents could shop and participate in community activities. In short, the residents of Klahanie have always thought of themselves as being part of the Issaquah community and calling Issaquah home.

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Maybe you should make one resolution

January 7, 2014

People tend to dread making and sticking to resolutions.

A few years ago, I decided I wasn’t going to make any more resolutions. Oh, I would always start the year with the best intentions, but you know what they say about those.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

I would make a list, excited about prospects and possibilities. Weeks later, I would feel awful about missed opportunities and failed plans. The blues would set in as I struggled to get back on track and finally gave up.

But wait! What if I made only one resolution, something I knew I could stick to?

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To the Editor

January 7, 2014

Library

Change to the online system isn’t such a welcome one

Well, folks, the King County Library System program writers could not leave well enough alone and had to do a drastic change to the online operation.

I do not find the new online process very acceptable. Hope others have better success with it than I have so far.

They also dropped the feature that showed which titles had been checked out previously by a KCLS user. I have checked out more than 8,000 titles and cannot remember all the titles — now the KCLS will not help me in this regard.

I have read all the Western stories and have started through them again, some I recall and some I don’t recall, as just had my 85th birthday, ha ha.

Ken Sessler

Issaquah

Klahanie

Vote for annexation into Issaquah

I would like to remind my neighbors on the plateau that there will be an important election Feb. 11.

This election is about the annexation of the area known as the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area into the city of Issaquah.

A vote of “yes” on the measure promises to bring lower property taxes to the area and will provide the plateau with many badly needed services not provided by King County.

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Editorial

January 7, 2014

Minimum wage talk starts good discussion

Income equality is the driving force behind the much talked about potential for a $15 minimum wage across the state. The $15 question was put to a vote in the city of SeaTac in November and narrowly passed.

Washington state currently has the highest state minimum wage in the nation, which increases with inflation and stands at $9.32 this year.

While we believe every worker should have the right to a decent wage, the $15/hour equates to $31,200 annually, not even the $41,000/year estimated as a living wage for a family of four in King County. So why stop at $15?

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Editorial

December 31, 2013

2014 goals for a better Issaquah

The Issaquah Press presents its annual list of goals for the Issaquah area. A few are repeats from last year, still waiting to be accomplished but worthy of repeating.

February elections — The trio of school district levies, the Klahanie annexation decision and the repeal of the plastic bag ban are all up for a vote. The only good thing about the dismal turnout of voters in the November election is the easy assurance of getting enough voters to validate the school levy election. Let’s hope Issaquah voters get back on track and return their ballots in higher numbers in 2014.

Central Issaquah Plan — The redevelopment plan is in place and developers now know how to maximize the use of their property. One project has already been proposed. It will be interesting to see what other plans come forward and whether the CIP is achieving its goals.

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