I heard a crazy story the other day, a terrible story. In the aftermath of the Gulf War, Saddam Hussein drained the vast southern marshland between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, a unique and vibrant wetland comparable to the Florida Everglades.
You don’t need me to tell you, the news is pretty heavy these days. In this job, I try to stay abreast of what is going on, at a state level, and nationally, as best as I can. But I’ve got to say, listening to the news these days is a bit of a downer.
By Kelly Munn and Frank Ordway
Today’s schools should not have to choose between basic needs, yet that is exactly what is happening as school administrators make plans to cut their budgets.
I am very concerned by the way that our city continues to disregard the overwhelming outpouring from the citizens in Sammamish against expensive projects that are ill-conceived. In the case of East Lake Sammamish Parkway (ELSP) — in the face of continued public opposition, even several of our City Council members have raised questions related to design and scheduling that have gone unanswered. Just this past week, Councilmember Kathy Huckabay stated that “There are a lot of questions that I’ve been hearing from the community that I can’t answer.” What is appalling is that some council members raised the same concerns a year ago when they were being pushed to approve. The city promised and failed to answer.
Almost everyone has heard of algae — that green, slimy stuff that floats around in lakes and ponds. Many people know that algae is essential to the ecosystem and produces about 70 percent of Earth’s oxygen. But what almost no one knows is that algae has an alter ego: cyanobacteria, a problem-causing bacteria on steady rise all around the world.
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.
The election is over. The campaign commercials have stopped, the yard signs have been removed, the votes have been counted, and all of the races (or nearly all of the races) have been decided. Now comes the hard part: governing.
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.
Do you want to cheer on your favorite high school scholar or athlete? Vent about how traffic was tied up after a fender bender? Share your thoughts on the most recent City Council or School board proposal? Or, perhaps you have a suggestion of your own about how to improve our community.