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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Woman struck and killed on I-90 while trying to help with previous accident

July 23, 2015

A woman who witnessed a three-car collision and stopped to help was killed as she attempted to cross westbound Interstate 90 east of West Lake Sammamish Parkway in Issaquah, Washington State Trooper Clark Jones said.

The accident took place at about 9:30 a.m. July 15.

Duvall resident Katherine Louise Jones was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Washington State Patrol.

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Woman killed on I-90 while trying to help with previous accident

July 15, 2015

NEW — 4:45 p.m. July 15, 2015

A woman who witnessed a three-car collision and stopped to help was killed as she attempted to cross westbound Interstate 90 east of West Lake Sammamish Parkway in Issaquah, Washington State Trooper Clark Jones said.

The incident took place at about 9:30 a.m. July 15.

Jones said the woman was driving a semi-truck, which she had pulled off to the side of the road. She then attempted to cross all lanes of traffic to reach the left shoulder of the roadway where the three-car collision had occurred.

The woman made it as far as the HOV lane when she was struck by a car driving at nearly highway speeds, Jones said. She was declared dead at the scene. Read more

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Eastside Fire & Rescue closes volunteer fire station

April 28, 2015

Resident David Johnson said the area around his home on 182nd Avenue Southeast already was plagued by some of the slowest emergency response times in the city.

And that was before Eastside Fire & Rescue closed Station 75, a small all-volunteer station at 4225 180th Ave. S.E., Bellevue, which had served the area of Interstate 90 and West Lake Sammamish Parkway.

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State transportation package could ease local highway woes

March 10, 2015

A transportation package passed by the state Senate would allocate $15.1 billion for road projects statewide, including three major projects directly affecting Issaquah and Sammamish.

The area could see roadwork totaling $126 million on portions of Interstate 90. The package passed the Senate on Feb. 27, but still must clear the state House of Representatives.

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Give government the gift of good grief

December 10, 2013

Budget season ended last month. You missed it. You missed many graphs, many charts, many numbers, many questions and many answers. You also missed the opportunity to take part.

You know that saying, “If you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain?” That should apply to civic action and education in general, especially regarding local government. If you don’t recognize the many ways the city tries to cultivate civic interaction, then you lose out on a chance to both learn how your tax dollars are spent and complain about how the council decides to spend them.

Peter Clark

Peter Clark

From social media alerts, two public hearings and five open work sessions, only one citizen stood up to speak. That’s pretty poor representation for Issaquah’s 31,000 residents.

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