Editorial — Consider volunteering in the classroom

August 26, 2015

On Tuesday, Issaquah parents will whisk their children off to school, symbolically bringing an end to the long summer nights.

A late Labor Day means school starts Sept. 1 this year.

After dropping the kids off at school, you might feel the urge to kick back, relax and enjoy some “me” time. You deserve it after a long summer keeping the young ones entertained.

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Off The Press — Work with law officers, not against them

August 26, 2015

Let me ask you good readers a question — when did it become acceptable to aggressively ignore authority, especially officers of the law?

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

There have been quite a few truly unfortunate incidents in the media in the past couple of years involving the police, with their actions leading to the death of a civilian. While nobody else but those involved were at the incidents, certain common facts emerge from each, leading me to conclude many of those killed would still be alive today if they hadn’t first resisted arrest.

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To the Editor — Aug. 27, 2015

August 26, 2015

Police

Police can grow their budget and save lives

Police Chief Scott Behrbaum, I know how you can fund your entire budget. I can personally guarantee it’ll work.

Position an officer two blocks west of Zeeks on Northeast Park Drive, the main road feeding homes in the Issaquah Highlands.

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Home Country — The joys of memories great and small

August 26, 2015

Billy’s been a busy guy ever since he became the official town dog here. Sally had been the town dog until she passed away on Doc’s porch, and then Billy’s owner died just two weeks after that, so it was something of a natural progression. Sometimes offices are filled without an election.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

The high school wood shop boys built Billy a doghouse next to the school crossing, but Billy preferred Aunt Ada’s couch in the cold months and a nice dog depression under an oak tree when it’s warm.

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Editorial — Legislature must act on funding education

August 19, 2015

NEW — 3:50 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

Washington state’s school-financing system has been inadequate, broken and inequitable for three decades. On Aug. 12, after multiple warnings, the state Supreme Court issued a new order in the landmark McCleary case putting a price tag on the failure to fix it: $100,000 a day in fines.

The penalty follows the court holding the state — the governor and the Legislature — in contempt 11 months ago. Despite a regular session and three overtime sessions, lawmakers still could not satisfy the court.

No more delays. Gov. Jay Inslee should show the type of bold leadership on the systemic solutions that he did not show during the six months of legislative sessions. He should work with legislative leaders to hatch a plan and then reconvene the full Legislature as soon as possible. Lawmakers must also set aside partisanship and ideology to find a sustainable new education-funding model.

The Legislature made admirable progress toward fuller funding of education in the recent marathon session. But the Supreme Court wants more detailed plans of how the state will pay for the space required for reduced K-3 class sizes and all-day kindergarten. The new order also rightly emphasized the state’s constitutional obligation to pay for teachers’ salaries. The broken school-financing model foists nearly one-third of compensation onto school levies, leaving have and have-not districts in rich and poor corners of the state. Read more

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Off The Press — Sunny remembrances

August 19, 2015

NEW — 3:48 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

Have you driven by Sunny Hills Elementary School on the Sammamish Plateau lately?

It is, quite simply, a vast, desert-looking wasteland dotted with large construction vehicles and even larger mounds of dirt.

Construction is well underway on a much-needed facelift for the Issaquah School District building.

Christina Corrales-Toy Press reporter

Christina Corrales-Toy
Press reporter

I drive by it every day on my way to the office, and each time I pass it, without fail, I can feel a small, but noticeable, pull on my heartstrings.

You see, I’m a Sunny Hills Mustang, and so is my brother, Thomas. I started at the school as a third grader after our family moved from California. For my brother, Sunny Hills was the only elementary school he ever knew. Read more

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To the Editor — Aug. 20, 2015

August 19, 2015

NEW — 3:44 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

Alzheimer’s

Fund research now

Alzheimer’s disease is becoming more and more familiar, and will continue to do so until there will be virtually no one left untouched by a personal story around Alzheimer’s.

Currently there are 100,000 Washingtonians living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number will grow to 140,000 by 2025. My mother is one of them. She is 81, and was a vibrantly active woman until this disease started to slowly shrink her world, and her ability to manage it independently.

My good friend Nancy is a 54-year-old mother of three boys, diagnosed at 53 years old. She may not be able to recognize her first grandchild, when he or she comes. My office manager is struggling to balance a full-time job, and be the primary caregiver for her own mother with dementia, after losing her father a year ago.

Surprisingly, for every $100 spent on Alzheimer’s research, Medicare and Medicaid spend $26,000 to care for people with the disease today. We must invest more to find a treatment and a cure now, rather than wait to spend the $1.1 trillion that is estimated to be needed by 2050 if we don’t. Read more

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Home Country — Let your small town be your reminder

August 19, 2015

NEW — 3:38 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

It was Thursday again. Mabel Adams asked at the desk to be sure.

“Thursday all day, Mabel,” the girl said. “Don’t forget to get your hair done today. Two o’clock … right?”

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

“Right,” Mabel said, locking the time away in her mind. “Two o’clock. On Thursday.”

She took her purple walker and went half a block to the counter at the drug store. Read more

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Editorial — Consider your water consumption

August 11, 2015

NEW — 2:42 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015

It’s official. California isn’t the only one with a problem.

Cascade Water Alliance — of which Issaquah and Sammamish are members — joined Seattle Public Utilities, Tacoma Water and the city of Everett in declaring a regional water advisory at the end of July.

This year’s low snowpack coupled with high temperatures and increased customer demand have heightened the potential for lower water supply availability, according to a Cascade Water Alliance news release.

What does that mean for you? It means the time has come to take a good, hard look at your water consumption. Read more

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Off The Press — Recalls are extreme but repairs are free

August 11, 2015

NEW — 2:40 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015

Every week I get an email from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, updating me on recalls on vehicles.

I always look for my car first, and then I glance back through the list with family and friends in mind.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

I have to confess, this list scares me. Read more

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