To the Editor — Aug. 13, 2015

August 11, 2015

NEW — 2:31 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015

Seafair

Blue Angels’ plane models are beautiful when used for peace

My wife and I attended Seafair on Saturday, Aug. 1, and the air show again amazed me.

As I was watching the precision maneuvers of our Blue Angels and the incredible versatility of the Raptor F-22, it hit me that I am so fortunate that I live in a country where lethal flying weapons are here for my entertainment and not my containment. Read more

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Watch your mailbox for primary election ballots starting tomorrow

July 14, 2015

NEW — 2:20 p.m. July 14, 2015

King County Elections will mail ballots July 15 for the Aug. 4 primary election.

Voters’ pamphlets are mailed separately and may arrive on a different day than ballots. Voters may also check MyVoterGuide online for a customized voters’ pamphlet.

Voters should read and follow directions on their ballots, sign the return envelope, and get ballots back before the Aug. 4 election day deadline. Mailed ballots need a first-class stamp; postage is now 49 cents. Voters also have 24 locations to return ballots without a stamp by 8 p.m. Aug. 4, including permanent drop-box locations, scheduled ballot drop-off vans and Accessible Voting Centers.

In Issaquah, you can drop off ballots 24 hours a day at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, from July 16 to Aug. 4. In Sammamish, a drop van will be at City Hall, 801 228th Ave. S.E., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1 and 3 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

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King County communications upgrade passing voter muster

May 12, 2015

Issaquah voters in the April 28 special election had only one issue in front of them, Proposition 1, a King County property tax increase to help fund a $273 million replacement of the county’s emergency communication systems.

The latest election figures available before press time had the issue passing countywide, 191,385 to 101,184, or 65 percent to 34.5 percent. Results won’t be official until they are certified May 15.

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To the Editor — May 6, 2015

May 5, 2015

State park funding

Preserve new dock funding at Lake Sammamish State Park

Wonderful new docks in the Lake Sammamish State Park Master Plan won a $1 million Boating Facilities Grant but they will lose this without matching legislative funding. This is included in the governor’s and Senate budget proposals, but is not in the House budget.

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Issaquah City Hall ballot drop box is open

April 21, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 21, 2015

Ballots for the latest King County elections may be dropped off at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way through 8 p.m. April 28.

Learn more about what’s on the ballot by using the elections office’s online voter guide tool here.

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Editorial — Get ready for election season

April 14, 2015

If you’ve been thinking about taking on an important leadership role within the city of Issaquah, the time has come to take the next step. Candidates must file for election by May 15.

The terms for three Issaquah City Council positions are set to expire at the end of the year — council position No. 2 (Nina Milligan), council position No. 4 (Joshua Schaer) and council position No. 6 (Paul Winterstein).

Milligan and Schaer announced last week that they will not seek re-election.

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To the Editor — April 15, 2015

April 14, 2015

Roundabout

Slip lane is bad idea, design

I am a driver who believes that roundabouts are a good way to keep traffic moving at certain intersections.

The biggest problems are drivers who don’t seem to understand how they work, but as more of them are put in place this issue will disappear. However, no amount of time or use can fix the very poor design of the slip lane roundabout on East Lake Sammamish Parkway.

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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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Local issues, national candidates in Nov. 4 general election

October 28, 2014

The Nov. 4 general election has several incumbent legislators, both national and local, up for re-election.

The ballot also features initiatives seeking voter input on the future of K-12 classroom size and the enforcement of background checks for gun purchasers.

Here’s a quick look at the candidates and initiatives. Learn more by reading the complete voters’ guide online.

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Editorial — Reject Initiative 1351; election endorsements

October 28, 2014

Initiative 1351 is being called The Washington Class Size Reduction Measure. The name is intended to appeal to an electorate with short attention spans and little time for or interest in details. A recent Elway Poll revealed that 66 percent of those polled say they will definitely or probably vote in favor of Initiative 1351.

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