To the Editor — Aug. 20, 2015

August 19, 2015

NEW — 3:44 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

Alzheimer’s

Fund research now

Alzheimer’s disease is becoming more and more familiar, and will continue to do so until there will be virtually no one left untouched by a personal story around Alzheimer’s.

Currently there are 100,000 Washingtonians living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number will grow to 140,000 by 2025. My mother is one of them. She is 81, and was a vibrantly active woman until this disease started to slowly shrink her world, and her ability to manage it independently.

My good friend Nancy is a 54-year-old mother of three boys, diagnosed at 53 years old. She may not be able to recognize her first grandchild, when he or she comes. My office manager is struggling to balance a full-time job, and be the primary caregiver for her own mother with dementia, after losing her father a year ago.

Surprisingly, for every $100 spent on Alzheimer’s research, Medicare and Medicaid spend $26,000 to care for people with the disease today. We must invest more to find a treatment and a cure now, rather than wait to spend the $1.1 trillion that is estimated to be needed by 2050 if we don’t. Read more

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Local projects to benefit from state funding

August 1, 2015

NEW — Noon Aug. 1, 2015

The state budget passed earlier this month includes funding for major transportation projects in Issaquah and Sammamish.

Dollars will open extra lanes on Interstate 90, help add lanes to Issaquah-Fall City Road and pay for a study of the I-90 ramps off Front Street in Issaquah.

The funding package also includes dollars for parks in Issaquah and Lake Sammamish State Park.

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Off The Press — How much could I do with a legion of me?

July 16, 2015

I received an intriguing bundle of postcards in the mail here at work the other day — all had images of “my” art exhibits from across the United States.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

No, I’m not moonlighting as a modern artist on the East Coast. Rather, I share a more common name than I thought.

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IRS reduces tax form availability to libraries

February 3, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service announced Jan. 9 that due to budget cuts, it would cut back on the Tax Forms Outlet Program.

This year, it will limit the forms it will send libraries to the 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ. It will also send only one Publication 17 per library and a supply of Publication 4604.

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Non-residents now expected to pay Issaquah recreation fees

January 27, 2015

As is done in what officials said are numerous Eastside cities, non-Issaquah residents will soon be paying additional fees for city recreation and parks programs.

The new non-resident fees will take effect in February. If you live outside of Issaquah city limits, but use Issaquah recreation programs, you can expect to pay about 20 percent more than residents.

The city states the non-resident rate ensures families living outside of Issaquah contribute to services on an equal basis with residents who pay city taxes.

Additionally, daily drop-in fees for the Issaquah Community Center and the Julius Boehm Pool, when it reopens, will increase by $1. Read more

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City’s 2015 budget proposes B&O tax increase, open house is Oct. 27

October 26, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 26, 2014

Issaquah’s proposed budget for 2015 includes an increase to the city’s business and occupation taxes.

City officials said in a press release that the rate increase is to ensure infrastructure and other essential government services remain at current levels, allowing the administration to make new investments to better serve the community.

In addition, staff is reviewing business processes, implementing a major reorganization and becoming self-insured for healthcare, as well as studying additional fee adjustments to ensure growth pays for itself, while reducing red tape for small businesses.

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City’s 2015 budget proposes B&O tax increase, open houses are Oct. 14 and 27

October 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 13, 2014

Issaquah’s proposed budget for 2015 includes an increase to the city’s business and occupation taxes.

City officials said in a press release that the rate increase is to ensure infrastructure and other essential government services remain at current levels, allowing the administration to make new investments to better serve the community.

In addition, staff is reviewing business processes, implementing a major reorganization and becoming self-insured for healthcare, as well as studying additional fee adjustments to ensure growth pays for itself, while reducing red tape for small businesses.

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Traffic talks jam town hall

October 1, 2013

Traffic talks are in a jam.

To address ongoing transportation problems and lobby for a Legislature special session this fall, local and regional representatives met for a town hall Sept. 26. An overflowing crowd came to Issaquah City Hall to voice concerns about traffic and hear possible solutions.

Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Administrator Lorena Eng joined Sen. Mark Mullet, Rep. Jay Rodne, Rep. Chad Magendanz, King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Issaquah City Council President Fred Butler, former Bothell City Councilman Dick Paylor and North Bend Mayor Kenneth Hearing to have a discussion in an attempt to resurrect the failed Legislature funding package and hear citizen opinions.

By Peter Clark More than 70 people packed into City Hall’s Eagle Room Sept. 26 to ask questions of regional leaders on the state of transportation.

By Peter Clark
More than 70 people packed into City Hall’s Eagle Room Sept. 26 to ask questions of regional leaders on the state of transportation.

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