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Summer Celebration!

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

Any Puget Sounder knows that true summer doesn’t arrive here until after July 4. On Mercer Island, true summer is heralded by Summer Celebration!, held each year on the second weekend of July. It is our hometown carnival — a celebration of all things Island.

Letters to the editor

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

Thanks to Maynard Smith for his letter in the July 9 Mercer Island Reporter that goes after Mayor Pearman and rightfully so. In the forum piece in the same issue, Pearman himself admits that he, the Council and the city have been studying Tent City for years. It would have been nice if the city had spent as much time consulting with the public on a potential Tent City as they did on the off-leash doggy area at Luther Burbank Park! I guess that shows where citizens rate compared to dogs. Shame on the mayor for being so careless with the citizens. Remember that next year, three seats are up for election and Pearman’s is one of them.

Create more pathways of opportunity for kids: Change the world, change our schools

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

Today, most family-wage jobs in Washington require some form of post-secondary education or training. By 2014, 77 percent of those jobs will require training or education after high school — in King and Snohomish counties, the number jumps to 85 percent. And yet, Washington allows too many of its children to graduate from high school unprepared for post-secondary life.

Change comes too late

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

News that the University of Washington is going to create more spaces for incoming freshman students comes as a welcome change. But the decision is late.

Summer Celebration! fireworks show

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

I just want the City of Mercer Island to know that they did an outstanding job with the fireworks celebration show. The shuttle service from City Hall to Luther Burbank Park was a great idea. When the show was over, we were back to our car in 10 minutes — it doesn’t get any better than that. Thanks, MI.

Who wants rail on the Eastside? Why, we do!

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

Who wants light rail on the Eastside?

Big thinking

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

The decision of the Mercer Island School District Board of Directors to back away from what is unfortunately termed the “Really Big Idea Committee” is a wise one. Superintendent Gary Plano will now oversee the committee. This move will help free up the School Board to focus on its primary mission­, which is to supervise and direct the work of the superintendent to carry out the goals of the board. But, you say, what was the RBIC? And why should we care? Good question.

Letters to the editor

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

Lately there has been a lot of talk about Tent City and the crime it might bring to Mercer Island. Let me say with 100 percent sincerity that I fully understand the concerns of those who live close to the proposed site. After all, it’s easy to be in favor of something you don’t have to live next to and experience on a daily basis.

Seafair mess

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

The air show during the hydro races seems to encourage some sort of ‘zugen rue’ frenzy and myopic insanity by the viewing public. After watching 28 years of dirty diaper-dumping, red and white fried chicken buckets, empty beer cases, and broken styrofoam chests along with the low-speed collisions, on-street bickering and shouting about parking spaces, children darting onto West Mercer Way, and people walking through homeowners’ properties ... you wonder why this event is such a good idea. Well, it’s part of the community and we deal with it.

More on Merrimount

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

As more of us now know, the City Council has put the wheels in motion to reduce the four lanes on Island Crest Way between Merrimount and S.E. 53rd into two lanes, plus a center turn lane. This is an expensive, controversial and under-publicized move, and we hope you will consider revisiting your decision before this work is scheduled to start in September.

MORE LETTERS

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

As I walked up West Mercer Way on Seafair Sunday to watch the Blue Angels, I was shocked at the number of cars parked in the road, blocking traffic. When I crossed 40th, I saw at least a dozen cars of self-absorbed people who thought it perfectly appropriate to park in the southbound lane of West Mercer so that they would not have to walk far to the Blue Angels parties they were attending.

Cross stolen from Mercer Island church is more than just a symbol

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

When I hear about a family losing their home to a fire, my heart goes out to them. Even though they all made it out OK, and we know that’s the most important thing, they have lost all their belongings, and that must be hard! It’s not necessarily the expensive stuff or even the practical necessities, but the items of emotional value, mostly irreplaceable, such as family photographs and gifts from loved ones who have long since died. The loss of these belongings would hurt the most. What would you miss most?

More choices for voters

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Initiative 26 gives voters more choices.

Investment in schools needed to keep pace in global economy

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Education is the lifeblood of a free, democratic society. In today’s global economy, we must provide children access to education that prepares them to succeed in a world where technology evolves every day. Quality education is crucial to the development of the individual and is clearly linked to the future security, economic and social health of our democracy. I’ve worked to make education a top priority in Congress, and I was recently honored to receive the endorsements of the National Education Association and the Washington Education Association, which represent our public school teachers.

Summer of news

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

An oft-used newsroom proverb is that nothing much happens in the summer. Not so this season. It has been a busy couple of months with the controversy over Tent City, increasing road work on neighborhood thoroughfares and freeways, possible tolling ahead and astronomical gas prices. Each of these changes has touched something that Islanders hold dear: their ability to drive wherever and whenever they want to go, their concept of neighborhood and community, their sense of safety and perhaps most importantly — their feeling of control.

Letters to the editor

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Where have all the signs gone?

No smoking gun

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

It has been months since former Assistant City Manager Londi Lindell and former City Attorney Bob Sterbank left the city under less-than-favorable circumstances. Sterbank was asked to leave in January less than a year after he was hired. Lindell was fired in April. After months of internal strife at City Hall, it was not unexpected.

Senior Foundation takes to the streets

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

In January, the Senior Foundation notified a city traffic planner of its interest in raising funds to underwrite the $45,000 cost for interactive crosswalk (IC) on 78th Avenue S.E. at 34th Street. When activated by a pedestrian, an IC flashes lights at the street level to alert drivers.

Let’s get ready to rumble, it is time for the general election

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

If politics were boxing — and sometimes it certainly seems that way — then we have finished with the sparing and it is now time for the main event. In other words, the general election will be nothing like the primary.

ID required

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

It is easy to say what you want to when no one knows who you are.

WSU program comes to Mercer Island

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 4:00PM

Washington State University King County Extension’s popular Forest Stewardship coached planning course for forest landowners is coming to Mercer Island, Sept. 17. Packed with practical information and guidance from an array of resource professionals, this course uses a hands-on approach to help landowners decide how to manage their forests for ecological, recreational and/or economic benefits. Instructors guide the class through the process of developing a written forest stewardship plan, which can be used to qualify for property tax reduction.

Completing the dream | Girls swim striving for state title after second last year

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 4:00PM

The second-place finish at the state meet last year was a sign that the Mercer Island girls swim team’s climb to the top was almost complete.

One more chance | Volleyball looks to build on success

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 4:00PM

The feeling of a lost opportunity fell over the Mercer Island High School girls volleyball team following state last year. The team swept through KingCo for an undefeated season and league title. The team then placed second at the district tournament only to be sent home prior to placing at state.

Don’t pass over the desserts

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:34PM

What is a Passover Seder? It is a service that retells the Passover story. Seder really means “order,” as this service has 14 parts that are performed in a sequence. The Passover book, which tells the Passover story, is called a Haggadah. The Passover Seder is often held in a family member’s home on the same Hebrew calendar date every year, the 14th day of the month of Nisan. The second Passover Seder during the Passover week is often held in synagogues or Jewish community centers.

Taxes, varmints and heros

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:34PM

Besides our sales tax rising to 9 percent on April 1, the deadline on April 15 for federal income tax returns, and our property taxes due April 30 — what’s new?

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