Opinion

Note to car thieves: No more easy rides

Thumbs up to the government and law enforcement leaders who have turned the tide on car thefts in King County.

  • Jun 2, 2008
Major issues went unaddressed during this year’s session of the Legislature

Vision and leadership can help the Legislature do more on big issues

The 2008 session of the Legislature ended on March 13. With the many challenges facing our state in transportation, education and healthcare, we were hopeful to make progress on these and other issues this year.

  • Jun 2, 2008
Major issues went unaddressed during this year’s session of the Legislature

The right track for connecting people

Our readers say the nicest things.

  • Jun 2, 2008

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I am writing to extend my thanks to the city of Maple Valley and Clear Channel Outdoor for listening to community response and removing a controversial billboard that was, until recently, displayed near the 7-11 store on State Route 169 and Witte Road. I am also writing to ask the organization responsible to reconsider their message and their choice of venue, so that other communities might be prevented from being as offended as I was by the billboard.

  • Jun 2, 2008

The most important news at Valley Med

Thumbs up to Valley Medical Center on its latest enhancement – more operating rooms – to healthcare in its service area.

  • Jun 2, 2008
Cat cages are “stacked like cord wood” at the county animal shelter in Kent.

Astute county leaders get a shelter solution rolling

Julia Patterson Patterson is head of the Metropolitan King County Council. Ron Sims is the County Executive. Both are astute politicians, the kind of people you want helping run our government.

  • Jun 2, 2008
Cat cages are “stacked like cord wood” at the county animal shelter in Kent.

Some rare good news on housing

One of our readers, after driving past an intersection near a group of newly built homes in Maple Valley, e-mailed that “there is a new banner that says Huge Price Increase. I don’t know if they meant to order a sign that said Huge Price Decrease or if they are truly announcing a huge increase in a time when the real estate market is flatter than a crepe. We burst out laughing when we drove by.”

  • Jun 2, 2008

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Thanks for letting me have this opportunity to give a big shout-out to Maple Valley Family Dental Care (the one behind the Pink Elephant car wash at Four Corners, near Safeway). Let me tell you how they have “given big.”

  • Jun 2, 2008

Give sheriff the labor reins

The King County Charter is currently open for a review that occurs once every 10 years. The Charter Review Commission has been gathering information and deliberating and will soon forward amendments they endorse to the County Council. The council will consider those recommendations, then decide which amendments will be placed on the ballot this fall. The voters will have the final say.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Community pool is well worth the effort

Thumbs up to the city of Covington for its efforts to keep the city-owned swimming pool from becoming a quagmire.

  • Jun 2, 2008

PSE deal: Watch your wallet

I don’t know how many of you look through all the inserts that are added to your monthly bills. Normally I give them a quick scan of the titles to see what someone wants from or to do to me. With last month’s Puget Sound Energy (PSE) bill I knew there would be an insert about the upcoming rate increases and how much it was going to affect me. I’m not against giving the company a little extra to buffer the increased cost of fuel, labor and storm damage to their system. I was thinking a 3 or 4 percent increase would be in line with my standard of living (fixed) and be fair to have power 24/7. I’ve been to other countries where even 2/7 was asking a lot.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Commissioners: Back to business

It’s good that a squabble over meetings of the Hospital District 1 Commissioners is over. I have a feeling the public is more interested in the healthcare that the commissioners help monitor than their finger-pointing.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Merging fire districts is a sensible vote

Thumbs up to the proposed merger of Fire Districts 44 and 17, if for no other reason than it just makes sense. And that might be the best reason of all.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Hospital is a valuable healthcare provider for people in need

Let me first say that I work full-time, live in a working-class neighborhood (no upscale residence for me, no favored consumer status), and my kids go to public school. And you don’t need to worry that you pay for my healthcare. I also pay a separate health insurance premium through my work, plus office deductibles, just like most people do. I also don’t mind paying taxes for schools and emergency services used as common resources by the community.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Hold Valley Medical commissioners accountable

I have recently read two articles in your paper that speak to the continual questioning of some of the Valley Medical Center Board of Commissioners’ ethics. I was dismayed in 2006 with the annexation fiasco and began following the news concerning Valley Medical Center.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Time is nigh for cell sensibility

This is about the time I was going to write about the new state law that, in a little over a month from now, will forbid driving and using a hand-held cell phone at the same time.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Another reason to appreciate libraries

Thumbs up to the King County Library System for its latest major upgrade in our neck of the woods.

  • Jun 2, 2008

How about some economic stimulus for families and individuals in need?

I would like to suggest three ways for people to use all or part of their economic stimulus tax rebate: (1) Make a financial gift to charity and help a neighbor in need who is suffering from layoff, injury, illness or the effects of poverty. (2) Spend some of your rebate at a non-profit thrift stor. Stretch your funds and help a worthy mission. (3) Finally, if you really have to buy a new furniture set or plasma TV, contact a charity and offer your good-condition used one.

  • Jun 2, 2008

From LeeAnn Daus of Girl Scouts Troop 1415 and Boy Scouts Troop and Cub Scouts Pack 517:

Thank you for putting our Boy Scouts picture in the paper. Thank you for all you do for our community. I really enjoy the paper. I noticed the web version seems to have more content. I like that as well.

  • Jun 2, 2008

The duty of Valley Medical

In the last election, I was elected on a reform platform to try and bring more transparency to governing King County Public Hospital District 1 (Valley Medical Center). I want to thank you for the trust that so many citizens and voters have placed in myself and other elected officials to work together to ensure public resources are being used for the maximum public good.

  • Jun 2, 2008