In the early morning hours of July 18, 2006, an 18 year-old Issaquah woman made a series of reckless personal choices. These choices brought near-death and life-long pain to our daughter, Mora Haggerty Shaw.
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.
Sun, sun, sun … at last! After speculation that summer would be cancelled, the sun is blazing down again. And of course, not moments after the sun arrived, so did the chorus of “It’s too hot!”
If you’ve been watching the steady climb of gasoline prices, you may have missed the latest gas tax boost by the state. Effective July 1, the state added the final 1.5-cent increase from the 2005 transportation revenue package passed by the Legislature.
Several years ago I watched a thought-provoking film, The Great Divorce, based on the book by C. S. Lewis. In one particularly unforgettable scene the central character boards a bus we later learn is headed for the foothills of heaven. The ride nearly lulls him to sleep, until movement in the distance jars him awake. Straining to see miles ahead, the man eventually glimpses a woman emerging over the rise of a hill, walking confidently and happily.
I’ve been a dentist in King County for over nine years. My colleagues and I across the state continue to see patients come through the doors of our offices with conditions that could have been prevented with proper care and treatment. This is a critical issue, and one that affects our entire community. Dental problems that go untreated can worsen diabetes, lead to the spreading of infections or heart malfunctions and, in pregnant women, cause low birth weight for their babies. Dental emergencies are one of the top reasons the uninsured are rushed to the ER, often times for issues that were worsened by lack of routine care and could have been prevented with regular dental visits. As doctors of dentistry, we know that oral healthcare is essential for our complete physical health, and is something everyone needs and deserves.
Thinking of buying a new television? Well, apparently you are not alone if a new jumbo-tronic video monster is calling your name. According to a consumer survey taken this May, more Americans than ever are thinking of getting a new TV.
Many things are behind the allure of a new television, from life-like pictures to thundering sound. But there’s another twist I noticed in this survey: the high cost of gasoline is causing us to hit the couch rather than hit the highway. In a quest to save energy, we’re choosing entertainment that doesn’t come with a $4.50-per-gallon price tag.
Most of the public generally believes the state Legislature can probably do better.
However, most of the public also tends to believe their legislators are doing a good job. It’s those legislators from other areas that are the problem. Therein rests the likely outcome for this year’s legislative races. When the votes are tabulated, most incumbents will probably be re-elected and the Democrats will retain comfortable margins in both the House and the Senate.
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.
What makes someone great at what they do? What propels them to the top of the pack? Tim Russert was one of America’s most trusted TV journalists before being struck down by a heart attack last week at 58. For 16 years he hosted the country’s most influential news program, “Meet The Press.” He was also NBC’s favorite political analyst, was the network’s DC Bureau Chief, and managed to find the time to host a second weekly interview program and write a pair of bestselling books. He was also loved by his family, friends, colleagues and competitors.
This may surprise you. King County Metro is buying a fuel that is significantly more expensive than diesel, may be worse for the environment, may increase local food prices, may lead to global hunger and potentially cost King County more as a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange.
Many of the residents who attended the final City Council meeting about the Sammamish Town Center were disgruntled, to say the least. It has been grueling for everyone involved, but we hope they hang with the process.
I moved with my family to the Sammamish Plateau just one year ago, from an area of Minnesota known originally for its expansive prairies. I am accustomed to looking straight ahead and seeing the horizon — where an open, blue sky meets vast, level earth. Here in Sammamish, to see any patch of sky, I must look straight up, away from the mountains and through the tops of the tall trees. And when I gaze upward, with my neck crooked as far back as it will go, it is quite likely that I will see a bald eagle, a great blue heron, or — in the evening — a swooping bat.