Editorial — Legislature needs to reach transportation consensus

May 27, 2015

State legislators are closer than they’ve been in years to reaching a deal to fix the state’s aging transportation infrastructure. They must not get bogged down by ideology and let slip this opportunity to create jobs and make roads safer.

The Senate already passed a package, including a gas-tax increase, with bipartisan support. Last month, the House Transportation Committee passed two key Senate bills, ESSB 5987 and ESSB 5988. Negotiations are under way to reconcile differences between the Senate and the House’s Democratic leadership.

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Off The Press — Lives depend on paying attention, driving well

May 27, 2015

“Ninety-five percent of Washington drivers believe typing messages or emails while driving is a serious threat, yet more than one in four are still sending messages while on roadways.”

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

That’s according to recently released data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Drivers said they frequently speed, run red lights, use distracting devices or drive drowsy, despite the fact that more than one in four have a loved one that has been seriously injured or killed in a crash, the study said.

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Cartoon — May 28, 2015

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To the Editor — May 28, 2015

May 27, 2015

Development

Too-tall buildings are ugly and irresponsible growth

Woo woo. Anybody noticed the atrocity sticking “oh so proudly” above trees on the other side of state Route 900? Ugly but big, and Rowley got his way.

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Home Country — Kids know more than adults these days, or not

May 27, 2015

“Amazing,” Dud said out at the corrals the other day.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

Bill and I looked at him a bit strangely, because there were just two horses in the corral and neither one of them had been amazing since Ronald Reagan moved to Washington.

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Editorial — Freedom isn’t free; thank a veteran today

May 20, 2015

Freedom is not free.

The cost is men’s and women’s lives. And blood and guts. And arms and legs. And hearing and sight. And brains and other organs.

Men and women have given their lives and paid in many other ways for this country’s freedom since it began.

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Off The Press — Our website is your visual time machine

May 20, 2015

One of the biggest changes out of many here at The Issaquah Press since your friendly staff photographer signed on 18 years ago has been in how we make and use the images in our newspaper and on our website.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

What most may already know but gives me great pleasure to point out as a reminder is how many photo galleries you can browse through with the click of a mouse or the swipe of a finger at www.issaquahpress.com/category/photogallery and the other newspapers we publish — Sammamish Review, SnoValley Star and Newcastle News.

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Cartoon — May 21, 2015

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To the Editor — May 21, 2015

May 20, 2015

Teachers

Strike doesn’t set a good example for students

When teachers go on strike, they doing so against state law (RCW 41.56.120). (Nothing contained in this chapter shall permit any public employee the right to strike or refuse to preform his or her official duties.)

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Home Country — No matter the game, cheaters never win

May 20, 2015

I was studying my card when the guys walked in for coffee.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

“What did you get?” Doc asked.

“D-24.”

“Just one?”

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