Editorial — Plenty of ways to prepare for disasters

September 16, 2014

What would you do tomorrow if there was an earthquake that affected your home? A mudslide? A flood? A fire? Are you prepared for those and other emergencies?

What about a minor emergency? Consider the occasional winter storm or power outage.

September is National Preparedness Month. But what does that mean to you?

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Take care, drivers, as schools reopen

September 9, 2014

It’s back-to-school time, and you know what that means.

We’re not talking about the purchases and chaos. We’re talking about slowing down and watching out for children, who may not be watching out for you.

State law says you must stop for a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing, on all two-lane roads, whether it is on your side of the road or not. These buses usually have a stop-sign arm on them, but you might not see it. Likewise, you might not see the children that step off these buses and run to nearby houses or people waiting for them.

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Editorial — Farewell, Sammamish

September 3, 2014

As you’re reading this, I’m already gone.

First, an introduction, then the goodbye. I’m Ari Cetron, and I’ve been the editor of the Sammamish Review for just shy of seven years – about half of the length of the city’s existence.

In that time, I’ve watched Town Center go from a twinkle in the City Council’s eye to a place that, as of this issue, has a proposal for the start of a Sammamish downtown. A teen center, talked about for years, is up and running. A community center, also talked about for years – with a pool and a waterslide – is under construction.

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The kids are (probably) all right

August 20, 2014

Sometime soon, some parents around the area will be getting a pair of letters. One is a federally-mandated notice informing them that their child’s school is failing. The other, likely included in the same envelope, will tell them not to worry about what the first letter says — things are just fine.
The mixed message will undoubtedly confuse some. Read more

Where were all the no voters?

August 13, 2014

In the past year, voters in the Lake Washington School District twice rejected proposed bonds to help pay for needed school improvements. The reasons were many, but they boiled down to voters not trusting the district to spend the money efficiently.
Last week, when the district held its public hearing on the annual budget, there was not one single comment from the public.
Naysayers, where were you? Read more

Please don’t feed the bears, ever

July 31, 2014

“A fed bear is a dead bear.”
Those were true words from an expert who spoke to The Issaquah Press several years ago about the bears people were reporting in their yards and trashcans in the Sammamish area.
They are still true now. We have built our homes and businesses in their yards, and we are going to come into contact with wildlife. Read more

Hundreds of backpacks needed for students

July 23, 2014

Let the back-to-school shopping begin!
Wow, everything from erasers to three colors of ink pens, from scissors to notebooks are on the list. Don’t forget a box of Kleenex for the classroom and an apple for the teacher. Read more

Kokanee work group doing important work

July 16, 2014

The Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group is one of those little committees that government seems to form all the time.
Typically, these sorts of bodies get together, author an important-sounding report and disband. The report gathers dust, and nothing actually happens.
This one is different. The kokanee work group has certainly done its share of fact-finding, but the facts are being put to use. The little, red fish is recovering, and the efforts of the work group should be applauded. Read more

Use marijuana responsibly

July 9, 2014

Marijuana.
No matter how you feel about it, it’s now legal to purchase and smoke it in the state of Washington. (Leave it to officials to sort out the federal vs. state issue, though at this point, no one has announced plans to crack down on people who take a toke.)
And although Sammamish looks likely to ban it in the city, 24 retailers in the Puget Sound area were granted licenses this week by the state Liquor Control Board. Read more

Give credit where it’s due

July 2, 2014

Last week, the Lake Washington School Board discovered that students can get physical education credit for taking a class online, but not for playing sports. This policy has its root in a confusing aspect of state law, which needs to be cleaned up and to be changed to allow for credit for sports. Read more

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