Opinion

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.

  • Oct 31, 2008

Vote ‘Yes’ for Sammamish parks and Issaquah fire

Absentee ballots are in the mail this week, and it’s time for voters in Issaquah and Sammamish to take a stand on two local issues. Our editorial board supports the $19 million Sammamish parks bond and annual $310,000 levy measures, as well as the $4.5 million Issaquah fire bond measure, and we think you should, too.

  • Oct 17, 2008

Proponents urge residents to ‘vote twice’ for Sammamish parks

Since Sammamish incorporated in 1999, city leaders have forged creative partnerships to build all-weather sports fields at Eastlake and Skyline High Schools, new hiking trails, a popular skateboard park, Ebright Creek Park and more.

  • Sep 19, 2008

Seattle’s heavy-handed bag fee: not Northwest way

The Seattle City Council last month imposed a 20 cent fee on all plastic and paper bags at grocery, drug and convenience stores. This fee, as well as a ban on all plastic foam drinking cups and food containers, will go into effect within Seattle city limits at the beginning of next year. We wholeheartedly support any effort to improve the environment, and while we applaud the city of Seattle for its environmentally conscious position, we feel that the tax was unnecessary and heavy-handed — at least at this point.

  • Aug 29, 2008

BCC President: ‘Quintuple whammy’ diminishing work force

It’s horrifically ironic. Just when we need more than ever to enhance the skills and capabilities of our workforce, and just as youth and adults more than ever need further post-secondary training to get, keep and advance in good careers — the door to higher education begins to swing shut.

  • Aug 8, 2008

Possible gas leak in Issaquah, chasing dogs — all in a day’s work for PSE employees

So here I am, running down the street wearing a hard hat, safety goggles and a fluorescent lime green vest, trying to catch a six-month-old puppy that is part-Boxer, part-Terrier and part-Ferrari.

  • Aug 8, 2008

Big summer celebrations ‘go green’ in Issaquah

In the Pacific Northwest, when our long days stretch into evening, that summer sunshine we’ve waited all year to enjoy seems to beckon us to get together and celebrate. Celebrate we do, with festivals and fairs, parades and picnics all summer long.

  • Aug 1, 2008

Obama is a ‘changed’ man

Barack Obama and “change.” The two are inextricably linked. In his remarkably successful run for the Democratic nomination for president, regardless of where he campaigns, the senator constantly, ceaselessly promises change.

  • Jul 11, 2008

King County’s budget crisis: What will be cut?

Last week, the King County Executive, along with the Sheriff, Prosecuting Attorney, and judges from around the county, revealed that King County is facing a budget crisis of great magnitude. This year alone, we may have to cut $20 million from the $660 million general fund. An additional deficit between $40 million and $70 million is predicted in 2009.

  • Jun 20, 2008

Who should be Obama’s running mate?

With his party’s nomination in hand, would Barack Obama be better off with Hillary Clinton as his running mate?

  • Jun 13, 2008

Looking to grow fresh produce? Try some tomatoes

The first week of June is “tomato time.” It is also the first week to think about setting pepper and other heat-loving plants out into the garden.

  • May 30, 2008

Don’t let alcohol stand in way of graduates’ future

Thousands of mortar boards will be tossed into the air across Washington this June; a time-honored sign that our high school seniors have finally graduated.

  • May 30, 2008

Health isn’t just a personal choice

A recent study underscores the fact that good health isn’t just a matter of personal choice for Americans.

  • May 16, 2008

Roads, education top list of state’s priorities

During the past several years, we have found that working as a team of state representatives from the 41st District is the most efficient and effective approach in Olympia. As always, we worked together on your priorities, focusing on education and transportation. And this year, we also worked to move plans to replace the SR 520 floating bridge to the top of everyone’s priority list.

  • Apr 18, 2008

Who’s to blame for Sonics leaving?

He lied to us. Those four little words are the papier maché shield being used by politicians from Seattle to Olympia to deflect the blame for the Seattle Sonics inevitable departure for Oklahoma City.

  • Apr 18, 2008

What’s up with global warming?

So here we are, turning the calendar to April, and we’re still shivering from a rare spring snow on some of the higher hills around the area. Trust me, I know what you’re thinking: Ha, so much for global warming!

  • Apr 4, 2008