Cartoon — July 2, 2015

July 2, 2015

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To the Editor — July 2, 2015

July 2, 2015

Dangerous crossing

When will the city do something to really fix the problem?

Well, here we are three years after the former mayor wrote me this letter, promising improvements to the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

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Home Country — What the flag means to each of us is personal

July 2, 2015

We all watched as the flag came by. It was the first thing in the parade, of course. Great big one, carried by two of the kids from the ROTC at the high school.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

The bands followed, along with the mounted patrol, the ski patrol in their summer-weight jackets, the float with the princesses on it, and the local kids leading dogs and cats — some rather reluctantly — on leashes.

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Guest Column — End high-stakes tests as graduation requirement

July 2, 2015

Thousands of students did not graduate from Washington high schools with their classmates this month — even though they successfully completed the same courses — solely because they failed one or more state-required, high stakes tests.

Some students are simply not good at taking high-stakes tests, even when they know the material and did well in their courses. There are students who earn As in courses only to freeze up on the day of a high-stakes test. This is not a test of knowledge; it’s a test of who tests well.

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Editorial — Summer safety tips for while you’re away

June 25, 2015

It’s official. School is out, summer is here and people are heading out for vacation.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics study, “Seasonal Patterns in Criminal Victimization Trends,” household larceny and burglary occurs at higher rates during the summer than during other seasons.

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Off The Press — Proud to be a graduate of Tiger Mountain

June 25, 2015

In keeping with tradition, this is the commencement speech I heard from a student or adult at graduation that, in my opinion, stood out from the rest. Enjoy!  — Greg Farrar

By Ivy Catlin, student speaker

Tiger Mountain Community High School

Words cannot describe the tears of sorrow and relief I’ve cried over being a part of this graduating class of Tiger Mountain Community High School. I think we can all agree that this is a bittersweet moment for us all.

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Cartoon — June 25, 2015

June 25, 2015

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To the Editor — June 25, 2015

June 25, 2015

Transportation

Maybe trying to pay the bill will make city officials listen

I want thank The Issaquah Press for bringing the details of city’s planned “Transportation Funding Strategy” out from the back rooms and into the forefront.

There is no doubt that transportation is an important issue that affects all of us, and one that needs to be adequately addressed. But this is nothing new for Issaquah, because traffic has been an ever-worsening problem for the past 25 years.

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Home Country — Thank you to those who dance through our lives

June 25, 2015

Mrs. Doc watched the dancers swirl around the cleared hardwood floor of the Legion hall, and smiled to see her husband Doc waltzing with Ardis Fisher. But Mrs. Doc was never one to sit out a waltz, so she looked around at the menu.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

Over in the corner, smiling and tapping his foot, was Pop Walker. Pop and several other residents of the Rest of Your Life retirement home were there to enjoy the dance and celebrate the arrival of summer.  Pop has a hard time with his memory these days, but always forgets things with a smile.

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Editorial — Capital-gains tax is best education funding option

June 17, 2015

A capital-gains tax is the best option on the table to fully fund education in Washington state.

Senate leaders have agreed on a bipartisan proposal to meet the state’s constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education and provide an equitable education for all students. They also agree more revenue will be needed — about $3.5 billion every two years — but now need to decide where it should come from.

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