To the Editor — Sept. 10, 2015

September 9, 2015

NEW — 5 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015

Off The Press

Columnist doesn’t understand being a person of color

In response to the article/opinion by David Hayes:

I’m a good reader and you asked me a question…”When is it acceptable to aggressively ignore authority.. especially officers of the law?”

My answer is, “When officers of the law accept and provide service and protection to all citizens of color, economic background and differences…even if that means having to put fears and insecurities aside to perform the job that is required as a government employee.”

I must admit that I am disgusted, embarrassed and shocked by this article. It really angers me. It angers my family. It angers me that Issaquah, and its longtime community newspaper would allow someone (David Hayes) with such an ignorant view and opinion to “represent” those of us that have called Issaquah our home for more than 50 years. Pure ignorance at its best. Read more

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Editorial — Please slow down; school is in session

September 2, 2014

It’s back-to-school time, and you know what that means.

We’re not talking about the purchases and chaos. We’re talking about slowing down and watching out for children, who may not be watching out for you.

State law says you must stop for a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing whether it is on your side of the road or not. These buses usually have a stop-sign arm on them, but you might not see it. Likewise, you might not see the children that step off these buses and run to nearby houses or people waiting for them.

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One-day survey shows 1,500 school bus passing violations

November 5, 2013

A one-day survey conducted nationally highlighted a disturbing fact — too many people pass stopped school buses.

The survey, coordinated by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation, asked public school districts in every state to have bus drivers record passing data for one day last spring. On May 1, Washington had 3,588 bus drivers in 110 districts participate, and they recorded 1,523 violations.

“Passing stopped school buses remains a serious problem,” Randy Dorn, Washington’s superintendent of public instruction, said in a press release. “Every violation represents a potential accident and potential injury to a student.”

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