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What do you think of the passage of the smoking ban?

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:13PM

``It's wonderful -- I quit smoking years ago, and I feel sorry for anyone who can't quit.''

Holiday spirit, pledge to give as a family

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:13PM

Kim Wright

Parties for people and progress

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:13PM

The Firehouse Munch is a holiday tradition and much more. Chili is served. Cookies and hot cocoa are snatched up by hands both big and small. The Firefighters host the event at their spotless firehouse; the City, local businesses and the Chamber of Commerce coordinate the event. Many others such as city employees and business people, who may not live here, also make it happen. Many if not most of these community events -- films in the park, free summer activities, events for young and old and Summer Celebration! -- are pulled together with panache and skill by the City of Mercer Island employees.

Final project required for 2008 grads

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:13PM

By Deborah Boeck

For what do you use the Mercer Island library?

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:13PM

``I use it to do homework and when my parents can't pick me up.''

School Board sets agenda, priorities for future

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:13PM

Lisa Strauch-Eggers

A steady, fair hand in a time of change

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:13PM

A lot has happened on Mercer Island on Alan Merkle's watch as mayor for the last six years:

Traditions to keep

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:13PM

Whether we celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, or festivities of the New Year, the holidays are about traditions. Traditions are a way of remembering who we are and what we believe. Traditions honor our ancestors, our roots, our heritage and faiths. And at the end of the calendar year, the holidays and these traditions mark a time to take stock of our lives, to reconnect with loved ones and renew ourselves for the coming year. But even though the definition of the word tradition means that we practice certain rituals in the same way each year, it is curious to note how those customs and practices change over time. The practice of these oft-ancient customs morphs over time into new ones, often in subtle ways we don't even notice.

A Christmas letter to my Jewish great-grandfather

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:13PM

For my great grandfather who lived in another place and in another epoch, Christmas was a time of terror; a time to hide and a time of suffering and loss.^kaThat was at another time in another place but still, Great-grandfather-Lapin is astounded today to see his great-grandson defending Christmas. For this reason I must address my remarks now to him rather than to you.

Gazette Opinion: Keep alert, buckle up to stay alive behind the wheel

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:13PM

In Montana, getting drunken drivers off the road is a year-around job for the Montana Highway Patrol. For Labor Day weekend and other holidays, each of the eight patrol divisions puts together an enforcement plan to target safety problems in its area, according to Capt. Butch Huseby of the Patrol's Helena office. Drunken driving is one target, but not the only hazard the patrol officers pursue.

Guest Opinion: Treating Lockwood sewage would benefit Billings, too

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:13PM

The Billings City Council's decision against a proposed contract to treat Lockwood sewage is a lost opportunity for both Billings and the Lockwood community. The Gazette's endorsement of this decision is equally divisive. A number of points can be made in support of the contract, but little can support its denial.

Tools in place to stop school violence

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:13PM

In the past few weeks there have been disturbing reports about violence in our nation’s schools — specifically the murder/suicides in Colorado and in the Amish school. We have had our own share of recent incidents here as well. You may be asking the questions: How safe are we and what measures have we taken as a community to prevent violence in our schools? I would like to reassure you that we do have strategies in place with many people in our community working together to ensure the safety of our young people and our staff. Here are some examples:

On shaky ground

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:13PM

Today a study team from the University of Washington will present a newly completed map detailing the Island’s precarious position atop a couple of active geologic faults. A presentation for Islanders to hear and see more about the map will be held at noon today at Mercer Island City Hall.

Task and tradition

  • Nov 29, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Nov 24, 2008 at 7:13PM

It has been a dreary, endless rainy November, bringing wind, gutters and drains blocked with leaves and debris, sluiceways on the streets, wet basements and leaking roofs.

PEAK project would overwhelm neighbors

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

I want to address the PEAK project. This proposed facility, 50 feet from 86th Avenue S.E., is an out-of-scale community-center-sized building that is proposed to be placed smack in the middle of an already extremely busy neighborhood. It will overwhelm us.

Giving wisely

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

The Christmas season has arrived. Throngs of people are already at the malls to get a head start on their gift lists. It’s also the time of year when street-smart con-artists take advantage of holiday guilt so you can expect to see an increase of panhandlers at intersections, freeway off-ramps and anywhere else they can get attention.

MI Directory is important fund-raiser

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

There is a venerable local organization that has been in business longer than the City of Mercer Island has been a city. The volunteers produce a useful product that is mailed to every household and organization on the Island and is prized by its recipients. This praiseworthy effort is in the “business” of raising money for an honored Seattle institution.

Clibborn’s transportation committee goals: Statement by Judy Clibborn on her appointment to Chair of the House Transportation Committee

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

I am truly honored to be chosen by my colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus to chair the Transportation Committee.

A new chapter for the MI Reporter

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

As the year draws to a close, a new chapter is beginning for the Mercer Island Reporter. The Reporter has been purchased by Black Press, a Canadian newspaper group. It owns newspapers in the Puget Sound region through its subsidiary, Sound Publishing. Black Press has purchased all 10 papers in the King County Journal Newspaper group: the daily King County Journal; two weeklies, the Mercer Island Reporter and Snoqualmie Valley Record; and seven Reporter papers published every two weeks: the Auburn, Bellevue, Bothell/Kenmore, Covington/Maple Valley, Kent, Redmond and Renton Reporters. Our new owner plans to increase the frequency of publication of the bi-weeklies, to weekly and twice-weekly.

MI shouldn’t ‘settle’ on schools issues

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

Sen. Brian Weinstein

Questions for PSE

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

It was one for the record books. A fierce windstorm that followed a rainstorm of biblical proportions. The damage to the power system was severe. It was cold. The Island was black for days. Hundreds of Islanders remained without power for up to a week.

Sustainability and surviving the Storm

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

On December 14 we endured a storm that initially flooded the streets of the business center and left us adrift without heat or technology. The entire island was without grid power. Houses went cold. Some of us couldn’t cook or take a shower. We went loopy when our electronics faded as batteries drained. We are thankful to the dedicated public employees and utility workers who have worked long hours, in dangerous conditions, to provide for our safety and comfort. Many millions of dollars will be spent getting us back to “normal.” And sadly for some in our region, the loss of power, flash flooding and downing of trees was deadly and not just an expensive and uncomfortable experience.

Lessons and hopes

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

From the inception of Mercer Island government, the city has worked hard to keep utilities up to date, beginning 50 years ago with the installation of a municipal sewer system. However, as the storm of the past month reminded us, the infrastructure here is tied to that of the region and to entities whose workings are largely out of our control — entities that must look after hundreds of thousands of customers as well as Islanders.

PEAK diverts millions from education

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

PEAK could be an admirable community asset with a teen center, a new Boys & Girls Club, childcare and gyms. What PEAK does not offer is a high school-integrated facility as once envisioned and sold to the community in Spring 2005. For a project that neither offers educational value nor reflects funding priorities, PEAK will soak up $1,000,000 in precious school funds and scarce school district land, while incurring ongoing costs and headaches for the Mercer Island School District. For this reason, PEAK should not be sited on MISD land, but instead nurtured elsewhere by community -- not school -- funds

As we settle into 2007, there are many good things to report.

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

Six Mercer Island School District teachers have earned National Board Certification bringing the total number of nationally certified teachers in Island schools with this distinction to ten. The always-growing number of teachers in the school district who hold advanced degrees and are working to continually improve their skills, is a reflection of to the values held by Island educators and parents alike.

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