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Welcome to the 2016-17 school year!
Kill the fatted calf. Gov. Jay Inslee announced he is going to unstick Interstate 405.
Mercer Islanders should be especially supportive of "pay to park" as the way to meet their commuting needs.
I recently traveled to Greece to research my roots.
As a gardener and Island resident, I noticed recently that the library grounds were looking dry. I thought perhaps the watering system got turned off during remodeling. I phoned the library on July 29 to report a number of mature plants in distress. Two more calls last week to the King County Library System also brought no action.
In 2016 alone, there have been 989 terrorist attacks worldwide, resulting in approximately 8,366 deaths. In light of recent attacks in Normandy, Munich, Nice and Brussels by ISIS militants and sympathizers, I am tempted to ask myself: How did this get so bad? When will it stop? And could we — the United States — have prevented these attacks?
Recent travels to Chicago, New York City, Phoenix and Portland find citizens in these cities, like Mercer Island, in a fight to preserve public parkland from private developers.
As a passionate education advocate for students in our district and throughout the state, I want safe classrooms that will help children succeed in school.
Meg Lippert's curious screed ("Thumbs down to editorial disrespect of democracy," July 28, 2016) castigates the Reporter for diminishing the rights of free speech and the right to vote. It does neither; and it does just the opposite.
Hello Mercer Islanders,
There is only one candidate in the 41st District race for state Senate who has worked to fully fund Washington state'seducation without raising our taxes, and that's Steve Litzow.
One of the internet's truly magical capabilities is its ability for everyday people to discover and get in on the ground floor of some remarkable projects.
On behalf of the staff, board and the thousands of children Youth Theatre Northwest (YTN) has served, I would like to thank The Mercer Island Community Fund for their generous support of the first production in our 33rd season, "Glinda of Oz."
I was shocked and dismayed by the tone and substance of the negative judgments made in the July 20 Mercer Island Reporter editorial. Especially disheartening was the "thumbs down" logo superimposed on the stars and stripes, symbols ofour democracy. In a democracy, citizens have certain inalienable rights, among them freedom of speech and the right tovote. It is our privilege, and our responsibility, to exercise these rights. And it is disgraceful that a reputable paper wouldcome out objecting to citizens who are simply exercising their rights.
Like so many, I am filled with grief and sadness over the shootings of African American men in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis and the attacks on police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
I want to express my appreciation to Dave Menz for again putting together a band of Mercer Islanders to march in the Summer Celebration parade. As founder of this band, and now a member playing cymbals in a wheelchair, it washeartwarming to witness the cheers from the parade viewers along the entire parade route cheering for us as we passed by.
History moves in epochs, led by bold and narcissistic leaders. If none appears, nothing happens to qualify as history. They don't need to be moral or virtuous, but they must be perceived so by the masses.
Will the lease, written by and for the Mercer Island Center for the Arts (MICA), really be a lease, or will it, for all intents and purposes, be a deed, transferring control of the park to a private corporation? It surely will not be a lease like the documents with which most of us are familiar.