May 27, 2014
The Issaquah Press
Thank you for a great community newspaper
Thank you for publishing a newspaper that I have enjoyed reading for more than 40 years. This may be a bittersweet email, though, because after subscribing to The Issaquah Press for many years, I must tell you that I am not renewing my subscription.
I believe that The Press is still a great community newspaper — but I’m just not as active in Issaquah as I once was.
While I grew up in town and was a member of Issaquah Rotary for more than 20 years, my wife and I live in Seattle, and that’s where we’re more active.
So, best wishes on the continued publication of The Issaquah Press. I’m sure that I’ll check-in from time-to-time via the online version and when I’m out for various community events such as Salmon Days. Thank you for producing a great community newspaper.
If you think you can do better, go ahead and try
I ( a teacher for many years who certainly didn’t do it for the money) recently heard an NPR news interview concerning preschool children being sent home due to behavior and not allowed to return to school. The reporter was upset that the school district — California was being skewered in this particular interview — was unwilling to serve these poor children.
Did she mention class size? Whether those teachers had any adult help with behavior issues? The kinds of behaviors that caused the children to be sent home? A need to provide districts with funding for additional personnel? Well, no.
This outsider went on to cite statistics regarding the high number of ethnic preschoolers being sent home in relation to the lower percentage of white preschoolers. Moreover, she suggested this discrepancy was due to racial bias on the part of the preschool teachers. What?
Does she personally know any preschool teachers, especially teachers biased against their nonwhite students? Did she look into a possible correlation between poverty and behavior issues? Whether poverty in the U.S. is more often found in nonwhite families? That many families are so stressed about their situation and are working so many hours to make ends meet that they have little time for teaching social skills? Well, no again.
I am sick to the bone of hearing about the failures of our teachers, our schools. Schools are now expected to provide before and after care, to feed, counsel, entertain students. Oh, and get great test scores out of them, as well. Teachers are grading papers in the evening, planning lessons on weekends, attending after-school events.
My wish? I wish every teacher would resign his/her job and leave the complainers to deal with the issues of educating children. The well needs to run dry!
May 20, 2014
Thanks to all who helped put on special event
Christina Corrales-Toy truly captured the feeling of Life Enrichment Options’ second annual Mother’s Brunch — the feeling of comfort and acceptance that many families with children with special needs don’t always feel — in her recent story on the event.
This event, celebrating the moms of children with developmental disabilities and all that they do, is a particularly appropriate event for LEO and the Tavon Center to collaborate on as both local organizations were started by moms of children with special needs.
May 17, 2014
NEW — 10 p.m. May 17, 2014
The Issaquah Press has again been named the best nondaily newspaper in five states by the Society of Professional Journalists.
The Press received the first-place General Excellence award May 17 at the 2013 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism banquet at the Seattle Renaissance Hotel.
Announcers noted that The Press was the only news organization in the state to receive a first-place award in the category.
February 18, 2014
Debbie Berto joined a growing, distinguished list within the past year when she announced her retirement. After 40 years at The Issaquah Press, she was ready to move on to the next challenge in her life.
She wasn’t the only one to call it quits on service in the public eye.
Locally, Ava Frisinger ended her run in January as Issaquah’s longest-serving mayor after 17 years. When Frisinger announced in 2009 she would not run for another term, her reasoning was simple.
“I didn’t want to become stale,” she said. “It’s important to let others in and run things with a fresh set of eyes.”
February 11, 2014
The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters have been thrilling families and millions of fans with their basketball skills for 88 years.
Now, you have a chance to see the Globetrotters at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at Key Arena. And you could go for free. Go to www.issaquahpress.com and enter to win a pair of tickets to the game.
Drawings will be Feb. 14. Winners must be able to come to The Issaquah Press office, 1085 12th Ave. N.W., Suite D1, Issaquah, to get their tickets on Feb. 14 or 17, after they have been notified.
December 31, 2013
After a week in which a flurry of donations came in to support Issaquah Community Services, the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is less than $2,000 away from its $75,000 goal.
Issaquah Community Services offers emergency financial aid to residents of the Issaquah School District in the form of utility payments, rent assistance and other miscellaneous contributions, depending on a client’s specific need.
Volunteers at the nonprofit organization see families at their most dire hour of need. These are people that could lose their home or go without electricity if Issaquah Community Services didn’t step in with the next payment.
December 24, 2013
They see the anguish, the struggle and the heartbreak that comes when clients cannot make ends meet.
As hard as it is to watch that, though, they also get to see the euphoria when a volunteer says, “Yes, I can help you,” making everything worthwhile.
“It’s unbelievably rewarding, it really is. It’s just a very rich experience, I think, for all of our volunteers,” said Jane, an Issaquah Community Services volunteer whose last name is not being printed due to the required anonymity between volunteers and clients.
December 17, 2013
New Issaquah resident Michelle Whitehead’s entire life was tucked away in a Milton storage unit.
It’s where the single mom of two children kept her assets after she lost her job and her Pierce County residence.
“I had my personal belongings there and furniture. The entire house was in there,” she said.
December 17, 2013
Christmas fund keeps giving all year long
Not all Christmas wish lists are created equal.
A single mom just wants to be sure we don’t have another cold spell this winter or the electric bill won’t get paid. An elderly man living on Social Security could sure use a new pair of reading glasses. A young couple with new jobs is doing well with loan payments — but now the car needs repairs to get them to their jobs. One of four kids in a family has medical problems that have overwhelmed the family budget and an eviction notice is in the mail.
December 10, 2013
As a cold freeze covers the Pacific Northwest this holiday season, consider that the only source of heat for Marty Wright’s Issaquah-area home is a wood-pellet stove.
The stove is only effective, though, when it has the pellets, something the 26-year-old veteran could not afford.
Issaquah Community Services gave Wright the benefit of heat by funding the delivery of more than $200 worth of pellets, courtesy of The Grange Supply.
“It meant a great deal,” Wright said. “It kept me from freezing and actually allowed me to move around my house, because I do have fractured bones so when it does get cold in here I can’t really move around.”