Off The Press — Questions, priorities need to change

October 28, 2014

Everyone is talking about the latest school shooting, the one at Marysville-Pilchuck High School last week, saying what a tragedy it is. And they say it every time a public shooting happens.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

Don’t get me wrong — I whole-heartedly agree with that. And I can’t imagine what the family members and friends of victims must go through at such a time.

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To the Editor

July 29, 2014


Relay for Life

Group is still needing   funds to make its goal

On May 31, members from our community took to the track at Issaquah High School for Issaquah’s 2014 Relay For Life. As always, it was those involved who made this year’s Relay For Life an outstanding event and fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

“Thank you” doesn’t seem enough for what the community gave to Relay For Life this year. We are so grateful for: the planning team made of volunteers who spent the year organizing the event; the team captains and team members who raised money and awareness for cancer research during the Relay season; our day of event volunteers who helped set up and prepare; and our sponsors and community businesses that made generous donations.

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Governor signs bill to protect domestic violence victims

May 20, 2014

House Bill 1840, signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on March 28, was the only gun safety bill to pass the Legislature this session.

Sponsored by State Rep. Roger Goodman, HB 1840 aligns Washington state law with federal law by removing firearms from those subject to protection orders. Under federal law, when protection orders are issued against domestic violence offenders, they must surrender their firearms. Current state law allows domestic abusers to keep an arsenal of weapons.

Victims, survivors and advocates have long called for the removal of firearms from domestic violence offenders.

HB 1840 goes into effect Dec. 1.

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Mayor joins Jewish Federation shooting survivor to support universal background checks for firearms

August 27, 2013

NEW — 4:05 p.m. Aug. 27, 2013

A survivor of the 2006 Jewish Federation shootings sat down with Mayor Ava Frisinger to call for universal background checks Aug. 27.

Cheryl Stumbo, one of six shot by Naveed Afzal Haq, has begun actively lobbying lawmakers to support Initiative 594, which calls for “extending the requirement for a background check to apply to all gun sales and transfers in the state.” Toward that aim, she was invited by Frisinger, herself a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and a victim of gun violence, to lead a roundtable discussion at City Hall.

“We’re here today to share stories of gun violence,” Stumbo said. “This is sort of one of those taboo subjects and I think that’s part of the problem. We want our elected leaders to hear us.”

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Bigg Dogg Firearms opens storefront in North Bend

July 30, 2013

Bigg Dogg Firearms, a family-run and veteran-owned small business that started in Issaquah in 2012, opened a storefront in North Bend at 111 W. North Bend Way on July 17.

A grand opening event is Aug. 3.

The company believes it is important to promote the shooting sport by getting people involved, educating them about the Second Amendment and providing direction for learning about firearm safety. It offers guns, ammunition, archery and tactical gear, survival products and emergency preparedness food. In the near future, it will offer gunsmith services and custom archery fitting.

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