As a retired school architect and planner, I strongly support comfortable and up-to-date educational facilities. I oppose Proposition 1 because it leaves thousands of kids and their teachers in overcrowded schools and substandard buildings for years more than needed and would spend over $235 million of the $398 million to needlessly tear down and replace more buildings instead of providing for growth.
People often talk about giving back to their community but sometimes find its hard to know just how to do that. Viva Volunteers! Fair is a chance to find how you can give back by volunteering your time to worthy organizations.
I am writing to offer a unique perspective on my former opponent, Shelley Kloba. Opposing candidates don't often speak highly of one another, however I was immediately struck by her insight into issues, dedication to working with others, and openness with me leading up to the primary.
Our family backs Ramiro Valderrama 100 percent for state representative and we urge all voters in Redmond, Sammamish, Kirkland, Woodinville, and Duvall to bring a positive change to our community by giving him your vote. Mr. Valderrama is the best choice whether you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat, or Independent. He was given the rare, highest rating of "Outstanding" by the Municipal League, which is a non-partisan organization that seeks to replace corrupt, graft-ridden city governments with honest and capable administrations.
Living next to Marina Park (and the marina) I have to wonder why the city approves a three-day drinking festival in its public park, let alone with inadequate policing. While the 12 hour Saturday all-day party ended at 11 p.m. in theory, it was still going on long and strong at the dock until 2:30 a.m. on Sunday with crew from vessels Candela, Skipping Town and Saltyhouse continuing the October Festivities to some rocking tunes. Unfortunately, the 42 units of families living there had to enjoy it whether they did or not. No worries for those that could remain and nap on Sunday. Oh wait, the park itself continued to rock until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Good times!
If Kirkland citizens think voicing their budget concerns will make a difference, you would be wrong unless you're receiving subsidies. [The Kirkland City] Council will usually find ways to pay for their special interest regardless of what you say. Council's request for citizen input on the budget is a farce.
I am wondering if other readers may have the impression (as I do), that Joshua Omernick exhibits a striking resemblance of far too many other unstable people who have committed heinous crimes, after a succession of lesser ones? Joshua's friend admitted Joshua suffers from mental issues, and his crime record only supports that assumption. When Joshua stated to the Police that he just wanted to "feel what it was like to kill it" (the duck), it makes me suspect this trend may lead to a violent crime involving a human, not a duck, just to see what it feels like. Hello… the warning signs are there, is anyone in our justice system paying attention?
Washington State is experiencing an age wave. People are living longer, particularly those 85 and older. In 25 years, adults aged 60 and older are projected to make up 25 percent of King County's population.
We would like to publicly thank all the homeowners, businesses, volunteers and shuttle drivers for their help with the "Kirkland Home Tour - Now and Then." The tour on Saturday, Sept. 17 was very successful. The Kirkland Performance Center and the Kirkland Heritage Society are the grateful beneficiaries.
American voters need to know where candidates stand on reforming our democracy so every voice is heard. Democracy does not work when special interest money drowns out the voices of everyday Americans. We voters want to know where the candidates stand on the Fight Big Money agenda. The agenda urges candidates to explain their stances on specific policy reforms - especially overturning Citizens United. Other reforms include ensuring full disclosure of political contributions and making sure our campaign finance laws are strictly enforced.
In the lead story in the Sept. 16 edition our mayor, Amy Walen, is attributed with saying that "her city has been working hard to reduce its carbon footprint."
Three summers ago, the City of Kirkland notified residents that they would be applying slurry seal on our street, instead of a layer of new asphalt. Our street had not been overlayed in over 25 years.
I recommend to you a great candidate, Ramiro Valderrama, for State Rep. 45th District, Position 1.
Based on our current property taxes, car tabs and the amount of stuff we buy, Sound Transit 3 will cost us $2,000 a year for many years and I will never use it based on our transportation needs, the location of our house, retirement, etc.
I am writing to ask everyone in the 45th District to vote Ramiro Valderrama for our representative. He has proven time and again that the citizens are his highest priority.
Across our nation, there are more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease and more than 15 million are providing care.
I recently requested service from Kirkland. I didn't get it. I was advised that in order for the City to investigate compliance with its laws, I would have to complain.
Ramiro Valderrama has served the city of Sammamish well and will be able to do even more for its citizens as our representative in Olympia.
Here is the fifth installment in the saga in the continuing soap opera called Donald J. Trump.
In the interest of accurate reporting, I would like to correct Mr. Howard's version of Kirkland High School's change to Lake Washington High as reported in the April 19 issue of the Kirkland Reporter "Kirkland High was once the Hornets."