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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.

Day for equality

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

Just four days after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed by a sniper’s bullet on a terrible April day in 1968, legislation was introduced to create a federal holiday to honor him. When the bill became bogged down by political maneuvering, petitions containing six million names endorsing the holiday were submitted to Congress.

King’s road map to the promised land

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

People will inevitably differ in their interpretations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and in their assessments of “how far we’ve come.”

Fortunate shift

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

The focus of the 35th Annual Economic Outlook conference at the downtown Seattle Convention Center last Wednesday was on giving money away rather than making it. Instead of focusing on the usual indicators of employment growth or jet aircraft orders, the conference of business leaders and economists centered on the role of philanthropy as not only an engine of social change but also a tool of profound and growing impact on the world and the local economy.

PEAK will impact every child served

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

In 2004, the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County first sat down with the Mercer Island School District to explore a partnership, spurred by the needs of the youth in the Mercer Island community. This group of youth advocates set out to improve facilities for the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, expand teen programming and enhance the educational and recreational opportunities of Mercer Island youth. Today, thanks to the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club project, named “PEAK,” the Island is closer than ever to seeing these goals accomplished. The PEAK (Positive Place for Kids & Teens, Enrichment & Education, Activities & Athletics, Kinship & Community) facility will impact the lives of every child served, not just during school hours, but during critical after-school hours when youth are statistically most likely to explore high-risk behaviors.

Renton Airport discussion to continue

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

I was appointed several months ago by the Mayor and City Council to be a representative of Mercer Island on the Renton Airport Advisory Committee (RAAC). My responsibilities include: being a voting member of the RAAC; working with the City of Mercer Island staff in the development of strategies to minimize the impact on Mercer Island residents of any City of Renton decisions on the Renton Airport Development Plan; keeping the Mayor, City Council and staff updated on the activities of the RAAC and City of Renton with regard to this issue; and providing a communication link to the residents of Mercer Island.

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