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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To the Editor — June 4, 2015

June 3, 2015

Thank you

Many people made Relay for Life a success

On May 9, our community took to the track at Issaquah High School for Issaquah’s 2015 Relay For Life. For 20 hours, we celebrated cancer survivors, remembered those no longer with us and learned about how we can continue to fight back against cancer. This year’s Relay For Life was an outstanding event, made possible by everyone involved.

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Washington recreation groups unite to protect Mountains to Sound Greenway

June 3, 2015

A coalition of outdoor recreation groups has collected more than 3,000 signatures calling on Congress to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area.

The signatures were collected between April 15 and May 15 and support formally recognizing the 1.5 million-acre outdoor area connecting Seattle to Ellensburg as a National Heritage Area.

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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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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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Failing-school letters to go out

August 19, 2014

School districts include retort

Because most Washington school districts don’t have 100 percent of their students passing state math and reading tests, the federal No Child Left Behind law says the districts must send letters to families explaining why.

But the districts don’t have to like it, and 28 school superintendents have jointly written a second letter they will send along with the first, explaining why they think their schools are doing much better than the No Child letters make it seem.

“Some of our state’s and districts’ most successful and highly recognized schools are now being labeled ‘failing’ by an antiquated law that most educators and elected officials — as well as the U.S. Department of Education — acknowledge isn’t working,” the cover letter states.

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Editorial — The kids are (probably) all right

August 19, 2014

Sometime soon, some area parents will get a pair of letters. One is a federally mandated notice informing them their child’s school is failing. The other, likely included in the same envelope, will tell them not to worry about what the first letter says — things are just fine.

The mixed message will undoubtedly confuse some.

Here we are: 2014 was the year that every child in America was supposed to be at grade level standard in math and reading, according to the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The idea was well-meaning, but obviously flawed. While pretty much everyone agrees the law needs revisions, revisions mean Congress needs to get involved. Since Congress can barely agree on the color of the sky, it’s unlikely to see revisions any time soon.

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On Inauguration Day, lawmaker urges cooperation

January 21, 2013

NEW — 5:30 p.m. Jan. 21, 2013

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert said Congress and President Barack Obama must join forces to address challenges as the president embarks on a second term.

Reichert represents Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District in the House of Representatives. The former King County sheriff and Auburn Republican attended the inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Monday.

“Our country is facing great challenges and we must work together to provide opportunities and prosperity for all Americans,” Reichert said in a statement. “We must find common ground to move our country forward, stop the political posturing and do what is right for the American people.”

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U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert to oversee welfare spending

January 17, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 17, 2013

The lawmaker serving Issaquah in Congress, U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, is the leader on a subcommittee responsible for overseeing food stamps and other federal welfare programs, officials announced Tuesday.

Reichert referenced experiences from a difficult childhood in assuming the reins for the House Ways & Means Human Resources Subcommittee.

“As chairman, I look forward to leading the effort to improve these programs designed to help Americans who have fallen on difficult times,” he said in a statement. “As the oldest of seven kids growing up in a home of scarce means, I ran away on several occasions. There were times I attended high school out of my car in order to escape difficult family circumstances. Yet, there were those along the way who prevented me from falling through the cracks.”

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Dallas Cross, fishing companion, casts final farewell

January 15, 2013

It isn’t just about fishing; it never was. Being with family and friends in the fields and forests where streams run is enough.

ContributedDallas Cross (left) and Ward Harris, one of his longtime fishing companions, catch kokanee on Lake Sammamish for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to tag with radio transmitters for tracking their activity.

Dallas Cross (left) and Ward Harris, one of his longtime fishing companions, catch kokanee on Lake Sammamish for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to tag with radio transmitters for tracking their activity. Contributed

That there are still fish in some streams is testament to the meager respect we have given to nature. In our busy ways, we tend only small effort toward preserving or enhancing the environment that gives us beauty, feeds us and quenches our thirst.

Because of our priorities for work and space for man, we diminish the ability of natural waters to sustain us. The fish in them then become the harbingers of our own future health and nourishment. When they are threatened and disappear, we have to work even harder to provide ourselves with healthy water.

It was for these reasons I volunteered, almost five years ago, to write a monthly column for The Issaquah Press and affiliated weekly newspapers. My pay was simply that I might help readers enhance their fishing experience, and to become aware of environmental problems that would challenge this right as given by Congress in one of the first laws it passed. That was reward enough.

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