Letters to the Editor

Asking questions about unhealthy school lunches

Why is it that I, a 15-year-old girl attending Tahoma High School, can go into the lunch room and get two slices of pizza, an Arizona tea and three cookies all for under $6, but I can’t go to the grocery store and get a healthy meal for even close to that.

  • Dec 16, 2009
  • BY Wire Service

Maple Valley homeowners seek hit-and-run driver

We're homeowners in the Maple Woods subdivision. About 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13th a silver SUV with a truck bed crashed into our garage - crushing the door and smashing into the back of my car that was parked in the garage.

  • Dec 15, 2009
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Commending Maple Valley and King County for quick response in removing deer carcass

On Oct. 30 I was bicycling south on the old railroad bed trail that runs alongside (to the west) of state Route 169/Maple Valley-Black Diamond Highway when I saw a deer carcass.

  • Dec 9, 2009
  • BY Wire Service

Congratulations to Tahoma School District for United Way campaign support

On behalf of the Tahoma School District, and as the United Way district coordinator, I would like to congratulate and thank the Tahoma School District employees for their generous support during another incredible United Way campaign.

  • Dec 1, 2009
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John Carlson had it right concerning cap and trade

In a letter titled “John Carlson gets it wrong when it comes to cap and trade” that was published on Web site Nov. 17, Cameron Peters claimed that John Carlson erred in criticizing the cap and trade legislation as being expensive to families.

  • Nov 29, 2009
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Kentwood High student works to conquer hunger through ‘Munch Madness’

We all want to conquer poverty in our community. As a senior at Kentwood High School, home of the Conquerors, I am proud to say my school hosts Munch Madness every November.

  • Nov 28, 2009
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Comedy show a huge success

On Saturday, Nov. 14 comedians John Keister (Almost Live), David Crowe (Showtime) and Joe Larson, performed BREAST Damn Comedy Show Period! at Druids Glen Golf Course. The comedians graciously donated their time and talents, which raised $2,300 for my three-day Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer walk.

  • Nov 27, 2009
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Maple Valley Rotary thank you

The Maple Valley Rotary’s 20th Annual Dinner, Dance and Auction raised more than $95,000 for local and international projects, and more than $21,000 of this total will directly benefit music programs for children in the Tahoma School District.

  • Nov 25, 2009
  • BY Wire Service

Physcians agree with American Cancer Society breast cancer screen recommendations

We, as physicians and experts in breast cancer, agree with the longstanding recommendations of the American Cancer Society for screening mammography, beginning with annual exams at age 40.

  • Nov 21, 2009
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Tahoma School Board member gives thanks to community

For 16 years I have had the privilege to serve and represent you as a school board member. The experience has been challenging, rewarding and humbling; and with tremendous help from so many of you I know I am leaving the Tahoma School District in better shape than when I was first elected.

  • Nov 20, 2009
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Maple Valley Mayor Laure Iddings has been a role model

In response to Ryan Ryals’ commentary (in the Nov. 6 edition of the Reporter), I say he needs to look at more than just Council meetings before making a judgment about our mayor (Laure Iddings).

  • Nov 18, 2009
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John Carlson gets it wrong when it come to cap and trade

While one could argue with many points in this article, the paragraph concerning cap and trade is especially erroneous. Every single sentence is

  • Nov 17, 2009
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Mayor Laure Iddings deserves respect

Regarding Ryan Ryals’ commentary about the leadership after the Maple Valley (City) Council elections as posted in the Nov. 6 edition of the Reporter, I cannot let his comments go unchallenged.

  • Nov 16, 2009
  • BY Wire Service

Tahoma School Board candidate thanks supporters

Almost a year ago, as I observed Tahoma School Board meetings and watched our district leaders cope with an unprecedented financial crisis, I was distraught to notice that the board lacked the perspective of a professional educator, and that most of the board members' children were no longer in the district.

  • Nov 15, 2009
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Maple Valley Farmers’ Market thanks community

On behalf of the Maple Valley Farmers' Market Board of Directors, I would like to extend my deep appreciation and thanks to all of our volunteers, farmers, vendors and our community for an amazing inaugural year! Our Farmers' Market was more successful than we ever imagined and we all look forward to our second year commencing Saturday, June 19, 2010.

  • Nov 7, 2009
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Zackery Lystedt law should go nationwide

High school sport participation has grown from an estimated 4 million participants during the 1971-1972 school year to an estimated 7.2 million participants for the 2005-2006 school year. The increase of participants over this time frame concurrently results in an increased number of injuries for youth sport participants.

  • Nov 6, 2009
  • BY Wire Service

Supporting Bill Allison for Maple Valley City Council

I read a recent article in which Maple Valley City Council candidate Jim Flynn states that during his tenure the number of police increased four-fold, from .5 officers per shift to 2 officers per shift. He made that statement to counter Bill Allison’s claim that the city did not add a single police officer during Mr. Flynn’s time on the Council, even though the population doubled.

  • Nov 2, 2009
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A thank you for the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market

Maple Valley Farmer’s Market. The market’s inaugural season closed (Oct. 11) with a successful Emergency Preparedness Fair co-event.

  • Nov 1, 2009
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David Pilgrim represents the best interests of Maple Valley and should be re-elected to City Council

For the past eight years, Dave Pilgrim has devoted his energies to serving on the City Council

  • Oct 31, 2009
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Victoria Jonas endorsed for Maple Valley City Council by lieutenant governor

Victoria Jonas is a remarkable individual with a life-long commitment to public service and volunteerism. As an experienced Maple Valley elected official, Victoria understands the complexities of city government operations and has consistently demonstrated effective leadership and initiative to keep Maple Valley moving forward in the right direction.

  • Oct 30, 2009
  • BY Wire Service