Off The Press — Legislators need to see bad along with good

September 9, 2015

NEW — 5:03 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015

Some things you just can’t shake no matter how much you might want to. Maybe that’s a good thing and maybe it’s not. I guess it depends on whether you can deal with whatever it is or let it fester until you end up spending nights staring at the ceiling.

I am not doing the latter, but I also can’t seem to get past this and maybe I don’t want to.

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Tom Corrigan
Press reporter

Not at least until I’ve shot my mouth off.

In August, Rep. Dave Reichert, R-8th Congressional District, came to visit the Spiritwood at Pine Lake Assisted Living Facility on 228th Avenue Southeast, roughly on the border between Issaquah and Sammamish. I have nothing against Reichert, I don’t doubt his motives and one of his public relations people said he was visiting Spiritwood to learn about assisted living. And that’s where, for me, things started going off the rails. Read more

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Off The Press — There’s something sick about healthcare

April 14, 2015

Late in February, my wife Michelle became suddenly, seriously ill, ending up in the hospital for a little over two weeks. One week of that was spent in intensive care.

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Tom Corrigan
Press reporter

The beautiful part here is she is home and doing fine. To me, that’s the most important sentence in this column.


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To the Editor

April 15, 2014

Tent City

Taking in the homeless is an act of kindness

I am writing about Tent City 4 at my church, Faith Methodist Church.

We are doing a good thing, and for all the people that are complaining, they are complaining about an act of kindness.

The homeless people need help, and I’m proud our church is taking in Tent City 4.

Lily Pearse, age 9


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Opinion: Pro on Obamacare

December 18, 2013

NEW — 10:50 a.m. Dec. 18, 2013

In the past few years, you have most likely heard people around you discussing Obamacare. Chances are you haven’t really paid much attention to what they were saying. I mean, as a teen, it doesn’t affect you right? Think again.

Before I begin, what is Obamacare?

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City hosts health care insurance enrollment event

October 22, 2013

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Issaquah residents who don’t have health insurance can now enroll in affordable health insurance options online at

Still, enrolling might seem daunting for anyone who doesn’t have good Internet access, or who doesn’t feel comfortable signing up using a website.

That’s why the city of Issaquah and Public Health – Seattle & King County have teamed up for an in-person enrollment event from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

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Learn about changes in new healthcare law Oct. 8

September 29, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 29, 2013

Theresa Baker, of the Baker Insurance Group, hosts the first of several interactive informational sessions on the Affordable Care Act “What You Need to Know” at 6:30 p.m. Oct 8 at the Spiritwood at Pine Lake retirement community, 228th Ave. S.E.

Baker also will share insights about the new regulations with patients affected by multiple sclerosis at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 at Swedish/Issaquah, 751 N.E. Blakely Drive.

The 25-year insurance professional is also scheduled to speak at Spiritwood again Nov. 5.

“ObamaCare is coming,” she said. “The only way to be prepared for the change is to be educated on how the law will affect you and your family.”

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