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Mark Wagner and business manager Victoria Boulanger pose in Mark’s Japanese-European Auto’s new Issaquah location.

Mark’s Japanese: Focus on service, not unnecessary frills

Mark Wagner, owner of a smattering of Eastside auto repair shops, recently launched his latest endeavor in Issaquah.

Mark Wagner and business manager Victoria Boulanger pose in Mark’s Japanese-European Auto’s new Issaquah location.

Why do dollar signs beat out ‘A’ grades?

Stratification exists in society, that is a fact. It is also a fact that from this stratification one child does not have the same opportunities as another. If you are born into a family with little money, you may never get to embrace your true academic potential.

Shopping in Sammamish — from the comfort of home | Column

One morning on my way — yet again — to the grocery store, I saw Amazon Fresh in my Sammamish neighborhood. It reminded me of an e-mail I received a few days earlier announcing their online grocery order and delivery service. An hour later, after pushing my shopping cart up and down the aisles, filling it with the things my family needed for the week, and a few too many things we didn’t, and then standing in a seemingly endless checkout line, I decided to take a closer look at that e-mail.

Jennifer Paz (Belle)

Village Theatre version of Disney classic is a ‘Beauty’ | Column

As the first strains of music filtered into the theater, I felt a “tap, tap” on my leg.

Jennifer Paz (Belle)

‘World’s greatest,’ ‘Who’s Who’ — not all they’re cracked up to be | Pat Cashman

There was almost a very ugly confrontation at a Fred Meyer store the other day — I’m just glad Fred wasn’t there to see it. Two guys who apparently had never met before came face-to-face in the frozen food aisle. The men stood staring at each other — thunderstruck — because they were wearing identical T-shirts, with the same wording emblazoned across the front: "World’s Greatest Dad!"

Mentoring offers chance to connect — for students and mentors

In the later years of my grandfather’s life, he began volunteering with people who spoke English as a second language.

Rotary thanks ‘Nightmare’-goers

We would like to thank and acknowledge the tremendous support of the greater Sammamish area for stepping up to support the recent “Nightmare at Beaver Lake” community event, which raised significant funding for local and international charitable projects.

President’s race — character, not color

Here we are with another Presidential election behind us. It is a time that will definitely be marked as a part of American history due to a variety of factors, including the fact that we have our first-ever African-American President.

YamiPod and SharePod — freeing your iPod | Column

YamiPod and SharePod — freeing your iPod | Column

The iPod is a most beloved device. Owners of iPods are able to store a large portion of their music and, in newer models, video and photo collections on them and within reach, at all times.

YamiPod and SharePod — freeing your iPod | Column
Corey Colwell-Lipson holds up a reusable

‘Green Halloween’ offers healthier options

Corey Colwell-Lipson knew Halloween would turn green. She just didn’t expect the holiday to change colors so quickly.

Corey Colwell-Lipson holds up a reusable
Eastside Catholic sophomores Alex Gallant

600 Eastside Catholic students serve on ‘Peace and Justice Day’

The chill quiet on Cougar Mountain was broken last week by the warmth and noise of a group of high school students, hard at work and chattering every so often.

Eastside Catholic sophomores Alex Gallant
Liberty’s Joseph Yea runs with a ball as Bellevue’s Leonard Wolfork tries to catch him from behind.

Liberty stopped by Bellevue’s stingy defense

Bellevue’s Leonard Wolfork got something rare in football: a second chance. And this time, he made sure no one caught him.

Liberty’s Joseph Yea runs with a ball as Bellevue’s Leonard Wolfork tries to catch him from behind.

Take back true meaning of ‘American Dream’

Even if you actively avoid paying attention to politics, you might still have accidentally stumbled across the recent news of General Colin Powell’s endorsement of Senator Barack Obama. The endorsement was covered extensively. But during the course of his interview on Meet the Press, Powell made a statement that was arguably much more important than his preferred presidential pick, and yet it went almost entirely unreported in the news.

Vote for Rossi

Definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Washington voters do a great job of living up to this definition when it comes to our elected officials. In election after election, we send the same people to Olympia always expecting a different result, only to hear about the same, unresolved issues four years later. Washington voters have a chance to break this cycle in 2008 by electing Dino Rossi as governor.

What’s the best investment advice for the public today? Simply stay calm

When you’re in a state of panic, you can do things really well, such as run after a bus, think up an excuse or find a last- minute gift. Other tasks require a calmer approach. You don’t want to be panicky when you’re slicing a tomato, pouring hot coffee or preparing your taxes — and certainly not when you’re investing for the long term.

Benjamin McCabe
Benjamin McCabe

Really Simple Syndication — information, your way

Election Day is fast approaching and we’ve all been implored to cast our votes on Nov. 4 ‚ “because it is our right and our responsibility to do so.” Additionally, we’re told our future depends on it! To be sure, this is important business and, as such, requires attention to detail in order to make the important choices. I would submit, the best way to make these choices is to do so from an informed position.

Sammamish: ‘Yes’ for parks — and the parkway, too

In the Oct. 17 issue, Jeff Matson urged voters to vote “no” on Sammamish Propositions 1 and 2 — because he believes that the East Lake Sammamish Parkway project should be axed and that our council members don’t deserve dental and vision insurance.

Merton L. Vincent

Merton L. VincentMerton L. Vincent, born December 19, 1941 and died on October 22, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona, after a courageous battle with cancer. He… Continue reading

Mark Buick of Sammamish rehearses his pirate character in the Nightmare at Beaver Lake’s “Olde Tavern.”
Mark Buick of Sammamish rehearses his pirate character in the Nightmare at Beaver Lake’s “Olde Tavern.”