To the Editor

April 8, 2014

Klahanie

Just get on with it and resolve the situation

After years of studies, meetings, analysis and the spending hundreds of thousands of dollars by the city of Issaquah and a variety of opposition groups, those of us in the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area are still an unincorporated area with the resulting lack of services enjoyed by our Incorporated neighbors and paying in excess of $500 every year in extra taxes.

It appears to be of no real concern to the governments of Issaquah, Sammamish and King County that this ridiculous situation continues to be dragging on indefinitely. It is beyond me why these parties cannot collaborate and by means of an interlocal agreement, or some other rapid process, get this off dead center and resolved once and for all.

I have lived in Klahanie for more than 20 years and worked tirelessly for annexation to Issaquah. Now, I just really don’t care; all I ask is that we please be annexed to Sammamish or Issaquah ASAP and stop all the infighting, misinformation, stalling and lack of a backbone by the so-called leaders and self-appointed “experts.” Enough is enough!

Dave Christian

Klahanie

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Sammamish wife gives her husband the gift of life

October 12, 2010

Woman donates a kidney five days before couple’s 30th anniversary

Richard and Leslie Urie, of Sammamish, might have one of the more unusual stories to tell about how they celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary Aug. 9.

Richard and Leslie Urie, who live near Beaver Lake, got married Aug. 9 1980, in Glendale, Calif. She gave him a kidney Aug. 4 at the University of Washington Medical Center. By Christopher Huber

Just five days before their anniversary, Leslie gave Richard one of her kidneys during a transplant procedure Aug. 4 at the University of Washington Medical Center. Read more

Help save lives through organ donation

April 20, 2010

More than 14,000 people from across the country — both alive and deceased — donated tissue from their bodies in 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

While those people enabled more than 28,000 transplants to take place, tens of thousands of people were left without the transplants they needed. For many of those, the waiting was fatal.

Everyone can help by signing up to be an organ donor, by which one gives legal consent for his or her organs to be donated in the case of his or her death. By being a donor after death, one can donate his or her heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, small intestines, heart valves, skin, bone, connective tissue, veins, eyes and/or corneas.

A medical team prepares a patient for an organ transplant. Contributed

Kevin O’Connor, CEO of Donate Life Today, Washington’s official organ donor registry, said one deceased person’s donations can save or enhance the lives of as many as 50 people.

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