Off The Press

May 20, 2014

Thanks to the village for honoring veterans

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, I can tell you it also takes a village to put out the annual Lest We Forget section honoring our annual veterans.

This year’s section is the fifth one we’ve done, and it’s bigger and better than ever.

We were able to write stories about three local World War II veterans and two Vietnam veterans, the most stories we’ve ever done for the section.

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To the Editor

May 20, 2014

Mother’s Brunch

Thanks to all who helped put on special event

Christina Corrales-Toy truly captured the feeling of Life Enrichment Options’ second annual Mother’s Brunch — the feeling of comfort and acceptance that many families with children with special needs don’t always feel — in her recent story on the event.

This event, celebrating the moms of children with developmental disabilities and all that they do, is a particularly appropriate event for LEO and the Tavon Center to collaborate on as both local organizations were started by moms of children with special needs.

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Editorial – Don’t drink this prom season

May 13, 2014

Prom season is upon us. All across America, high school seniors are finding new and creative ways to ask each other to the big dance, girls are searching for the perfect dress and at least one boy is determined to be that guy wearing the white tux with tails and a top hat. (Special private note to him: You don’t actually want to be that guy.)

While parents are watching this unfold — and “Sunrise, Sunset” plays somewhere in their minds — they must remember how important it is that they continue the work they’ve done to keep their children safe.

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To the Editor

May 13, 2014

Flooding concerns

Make your opinion heard about Gilman development

How many of you who witnessed the 2009 (and 1996 and 1990) flooding around Lombardi’s thought that the best solution for that site would be to add three five-story buildings, 400 automobiles and 600 residents? And with no requirement to do anything to keep the site from flooding again?

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Are we too on-demand for our own good?

May 13, 2014

One of my favorite things to do at home in the evenings is to stretch out on the couch, a cold beer at my elbow, and use the magical creation known as Netflix to catch up on some great television shows.

For the better part of the last several months, my wife and I became absolutely hooked on “Breaking Bad,” which has rightly been lauded as one of the finest TV programs ever created.

Some nights, we’d binge on four or five 45-minute episodes. We simply couldn’t get enough of meth magician Walter White, his protégé/second son Jesse Pinkman and their drug-dealing adventures that eventually spilled out of control.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

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Letters

May 6, 2014

Tiger Mountain

Librarian hopes school will continue for years to come

My personal experience with Tiger Mountain Community High School was limited to about an hour and a half on Dec. 7, 1992.

I was at that time the young adult librarian at the Issaquah Library, and I visited the school to present a program to a group of young parents.

I didn’t know what would be of interest, but I took along cloth books, board books, books about making toys or clothes or baby food — everything I could think of.

In my entire career as a librarian, I’ve never addressed such an interested, even rapt, audience! Those students were so keen to see the materials I’d brought. They loved the hand puppets (which at that time were for circulation), and some decided then and there to convert the stuffed toys they were scheduled to make into hand puppets instead. Their teacher agreed to help them with the project.

I was able to give every parent a copy of “Goodnight Moon,” (and incidentally, I’d really had to work to persuade the library administration to let me have those books for that particular audience).

The teenagers were happy to show me their lovely babies after the program, and to tell me how they were caring for them — only 15 or 16 years old, but devoted caregivers.

I’ve often thought of those students and their children, children who would now be much older than their parents were in 1992. I do hope their lives turned out happily. I’m sure that attending Tiger Mountain Community High School helped a lot in that respect, and that the school will continue to assist all its students for years to come.

Marnie Webb

Issaquah

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Giving Mother’s Day a whole new meaning

May 6, 2014

Mother’s Day isn’t until May 11, but I celebrated a little early last week with my mom.

Although she lives just a little less than 300 miles south, as the crow flies to Oregon, it proves to be just far enough that I only take the occasional visit.

No longer.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

I plan to make her a regular entry on my social calendar.

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Editorial: Candidates wanted, filing dates near

May 6, 2014

There is still time left to consider filing for an elected office — the ultimate volunteer job.

This year’s elections could give you a chance to effect change on the state and national level.

Every seat in the state House of Representatives is up for election this year, in addition to a number of seats in the state Senate.

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Editorial – Teachers, Dems at fault for waiver loss

April 29, 2014

The impacts of the state losing its No Child Left Behind waiver are unlikely to be profound locally, but they are still an embarrassment — an embarrassment that could easily have been avoided.

Washington, along with 42 other states, was operating under a waiver that allows the state to essentially ignore some portions of the federal law. But that waiver was revoked last week.

We are in this mess because the state teacher’s union and Democrat members of the Legislature were unwilling to allow test scores to be a factor in teacher evaluations.

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Each year, we remember and thank our veterans

April 29, 2014

Six years ago, I wondered how this community would respond to an effort to honor its veterans.

I talked with our then-publisher about what I wanted to do, received a substantial discount in the cost of printing what I had in mind and set about raising the money to launch the project.

My idea — run a photo and some information about every veteran from this community, past and present, whether he or she served in war or peacetime, living or deceased.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

Hoping for some assistance with the undertaking, I asked Dave Waggoner, of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter and a Vietnam vet, if he would help.

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