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I’ve covered a variety of issues since I started writing this column for the Reporter. Looking back at what I’ve written, the underlying theme becomes obvious: community and community involvement. It takes a neighborhood or a village or a city to solve many of the issues a community faces.
Should the city grow up and out through annexation and new, bigger developments? Or should it put on the brakes and maintain its small-town suburban feel? It’s an interesting time, indeed, with Kirkland currently working through an identity crisis.
Our small complex of six buildings of four units each (Kirkland Parkplace Condominiums behind the Post Office) was purchased because we loved the location, the quiet, the ease to access the downtown area of art galleries, eateries, waterfront, freeways, etc. In the 19 years we have been residents here the town has taken on a much different feel, and with the proposed additions and rezoning it will be ever changed. We will find another small town that offers those things to its residents/visitors.
Carlson raises good points that the Green movement has not come of age. But the point of the Green movement is that Western culture has not come of age. We have not used our technological advances to live in harmony or limit our damage to the planet and each other. The Green movement is at least looking to make our lifestyle sustainable. Carlson is just looking the other way.
*Editor’s note: This is the third in a three part series examining what it means “To be a citizen.”
Wanna buy a car that’s gentle on the environment? Then don’t buy a new hybrid. Are you buying organic food because it’s good for the environment? If so, you’re making a mistake. Those are just two of the 10 claims made by the writers at WIRED magazine in its lead story: “Inconvenient Truths: Get Ready to Rethink What it Means to be Green.”
The countdown has started for hands-free calling here in our state. It can’t come soon enough.
News media mimic domestic beasts of burden: Sometimes lazy, often trainable, but always hungry.
So here we are in April, and we’re still shivering from a rare spring snow. And trust me, I know what you’re thinking: Ha, so much for global warming!
He lied to us.
The Seattle Times announced last week it is cutting its staff and closing its Eastside bureau in Bellevue.
What’s the difference between a five story and an eight story building? In general, it means some longer shadows in the mornings and evenings and more windows to clean for the janitors. In Kirkland, however, it means a different view coming down Central Way into the downtown and a “more intensive commercial character that would generally support the city’s vision for this part of downtown as a focal point of Kirkland’s vital employment base,” according to a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) released by the city April 4.
For nearly three years, Kirkland resident Sam Malkandi has languished in maximum-security prisons in the Puget Sound area. He has never been charged with a crime. Instead, the government has tried to depict Malkandi, whose family came here as Iraqi refugees in 1998, as a threat to national security and deport him. Two weeks ago, the 9th Circuit Federal court in Seattle heard his appeal. A decision is expected this year.
Chamber support for BoA, McLeod projects