Editorial — Raise smoking age to 21 to save lives

March 31, 2015

Tobacco addiction is the leading cause of preventable deaths in Washington, causing about 8,300 residents to die each year. Annual health costs now surpass $2.8 billion.

The best way to combat this crisis is to raise the legal smoking age to 21, as the Washington State Legislature is considering with SHB 1458. Attorney General Bob Ferguson requested the bill, and science supports his efforts.

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To the Editor

February 10, 2015

Skate park

Amount for budget has always been $350,000

Issaquah City Council members do not debate opinions in the press, but I must correct a statement attributed to my fellow Councilman Joshua Schaer. It is factually incorrect, and may misinform skate park advocates.

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Honorary residency

March 4, 2014

Issaquah residents try their hand at heart surgery

By Greg Farrar Sarah Paulson (far right), of Issaquah, watches as Swedish Hospital echocardiographer David Diedrick displays the ultrasound of a student volunteer’s pumping heart for Paulson and two other participants at the Heart Surgeon for a Day event.

By Greg Farrar
Sarah Paulson (far right), of Issaquah, watches as Swedish Hospital echocardiographer David Diedrick displays the ultrasound of a student volunteer’s pumping heart for Paulson and two other participants at the Heart Surgeon for a Day event.

Some wear their hearts on their sleeves and some want a closer look.

Two Issaquah residents joined 20 people chosen for Swedish Hospital’s Heart Surgeon for a Day event Feb. 26. Swedish invited Olivia Frangos and Sarah Paulson, who completed online applications, to the Seattle Science Foundation for a day of hands-on heart surgeon education.

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