Opinion

Kirkland resident Jason Mesnick

For Love or For Love of the Game?

Has a Kirkland resident ever experienced such national/local attention or had to make such a big decision? Melissa or Molly? Molly or Melissa?

  • Mar 6, 2009
Kirkland resident Jason Mesnick
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Washington state budget: Tough times call for cuts

We don’t know if Gov. Gregoire is right to want to cut 150 state boards and commissions to help balance the budget. But we do know that it probably can’t hurt.

  • Mar 4, 2009
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New off-leash dog park to open in Kirkland soon

Typically, my columns focus on important issues like the financial crisis, or Jessica Simpson’s weight gain. But this week, I must use the incredibly powerful grip I have on public opinion to fight for a very important issue affecting my hometown of Kirkland: the lack of an off-leash dog park.

  • Mar 4, 2009

Priorities key to balancing budget

The state’s economy continues to tank, home foreclosures are ongoing and companies are laying off more workers. What should the state do?

  • Feb 24, 2009

LETTErs

(In response to a Feb. 18 letter “Rick Steves Marijuana Mission Not Worthwhile). As a pot smoking writer for the past 46 years with three books rated as best in their field in the last four years, I’m wondering when this mythical brain damage John Navroth is so concerned about will set in. Besides my books, I have created two top selling DVDs in the last 2 years.

  • Feb 24, 2009

Juanita Bay Park activity, green calendar March 1

Seventeen swans are still seen regularly at Juanita Bay Park as of Feb. 19, but generally things have been quiet. I expect the Indian plum to unfurl its leaves shortly, and the willows and red-flowering currant buds are swelling noticeably.

Mark Nassutti Madness lies in ignoring facts

We the people. The ink used to write those words, along with the rest of our Constitution, were penned onto paper made from hemp.

  • Feb 24, 2009

A job opportunity for those willing to relocate to Ohio

I am typically very pro-law enforcement. Being from the suburbs, I respect the important responsibilities the police have—such as breaking up high school beer parties, setting up speed traps, and occasionally busting someone for having his dog off leash.

  • Feb 24, 2009

There is a time …

For a year and a half, I’ve had the privilege and pleasure to offer The Piper’s Perspective to the Reporter’s readers. Because I’m by nature a stirrer-of-pots, much of what I wrote was deliberately provocative. Conflict and controversy aren’t always bad – from them, assumptions are challenged, mirrors held up for reflection, new ideas developed, and, importantly, timeless ideas defended.

  • Feb 24, 2009

More LETTERS

In my letter last week, I incorrectly stated that the three PAAs were not contiguous, when in fact, they do connect in a several square block area in the middle. However, it does not change my opinion that incorporation of the PAA will not work. The size is too big, the geographic area’s too spread apart and heavily weighted on East and West, and there is too large of a population to incorporate without the commercial income. It would require burdensome taxes and it would be irresponsible to duplicate services when another city is willing to annex. Kirkland did cherry pick the commercial zones and while it may have been a strategy to build up income in order to move forward with the full annexation, it has proved to be a disastrous decision now.

  • Feb 17, 2009

LETTErs…your opinion counts

One would think that with all the miles that Rick Steves has traveled, he would choose to be an ambassador for something more worthwhile than Europe’s permissiveness with pot smoking.

  • Feb 17, 2009

State of the Neighborhood

The Highlands had an amazing 2008, and 2009 is shaping up to be a memorable year as well.

  • Feb 17, 2009

The true meaning of good health and how to get there

I love the Internet. Whatever there is to know about almost any subject, it’s right at our fingertips. I can see a difference in my clients too. They are so much better informed about their aches and pains – even before they come to my practice, and every so often they give me a heads up on the latest news too.

  • Feb 17, 2009

Reason to Hope for Immigration Change

Two strong, capable women picked for our new President’s cabinet promise to deliver a big chunk of the promised change: Immigration reform. I envision a significant impact on our state, our region, and on Kirkland.

Talking about mental illness

Weeks later, Lake Washington still looks murky and unsettled. The air feels arctic and people seem to walk slower along the dock at Marina Park.

Annexation: political teenage dating

To annex, or not to annex: that is the question – the strung-out, interminable, never-ending, Kirkland question. And it’s gotten old to the point of annoying.

  • Feb 10, 2009
'Welcome to the Jungle'

Washington state can’t afford union wage boost

Unions are lining up to sue Gov. Christine Gregoire because her budget doesn’t include money to pay for a new labor contract.

  • Feb 3, 2009
'Welcome to the Jungle'

Three reasons why God loves America

Let’s face it: this year is going to suck. People are being warned that the U.S. economy is going to produce a GDP comparable to that of a third-world hillside village. Everyone is afraid of losing his or her job – even Super Bowl-winning NFL coaches. And above all, Costco has stopped selling sugar-free Rockstar energy drinks by the case. Now how am I going to get my heart palpitating?

  • Feb 3, 2009
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A dog park at Crestwoods?

A citizen’s initiative to establish a pilot off-leash dog park in Kirkland that will be partly funded by dog owners may get a boost at the next Kirkland Park Board meeting Feb. 11, according to advocates and information provided by the Park Board.

  • Jan 26, 2009