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Our reader survey

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:11PM

One hundred Islanders took the time to complete a rather arduous online survey for the Mercer Island Reporter a few months ago.

Coming together to reduce underage drinking

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:11PM

The 2006 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey shows that most of the 200,000 students surveyed in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 are making healthy choices and staying away from alcohol, drugs and risky behaviors. That’s good news for everyone. The bad news is that there are still too many kids risking their health and futures with early and heavy use of alcohol.

Clues in the Antartic ice reinforce need for change here

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:11PM

As a captain of an expedition cruise ship, my husband, Leif, travels to literally the end of the world each year: the Antarctic in winter and the Arctic in the summer. The lure of ice and penguins was too strong for me to turn down, having traveled to Antarctica in the past, when I had the opportunity to join Leif on one of his trips to Antarctica last year.

An Eastern view

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:11PM

You’ll all be glad to know that the people of Puget Sound will be able to sleep a little easier tonight. The legislature has given them the right to protect themselves from dreaded attacks by ... Sea Lettuce. For those of you who haven’t heard, Sea Lettuce is a native species that has become more abundant around the Sound in recent years. The problem is that it grows profusely, then dies off, leaving a stinking mess that threatens the health, safety and welfare of the residents in waterfront mansions. I can tell you, the legislators from the areas hardest hit by this invasion showed up with blood in their eyes and murder in their hearts. Sea Lettuce has got to die, they said, and we don’t care how.

Letters to the editor

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:11PM

The Seattle mayor’s proposal to tax paper and plastic bags in Seattle is bad for the environment, consumers and retailers.

A proposal for ensuring better care for animals in county shelters

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:11PM

The subject of shelter animal care is an emotional issue, and one that until just recently divided us in county government. Strong feelings expressed from people in our community and the great number of e-mails and calls demonstrate how much we all care about the animals in our shelters. It is emotional because those of us who have pets often consider them part of the family. It is especially painful to know that we aren’t giving the best care possible to the living, vulnerable and innocent creatures that are in our shelters because they were lost, unwanted or have been abused.

Letters to the editor

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:11PM

My thanks to both the MI Community Grant Fund and MI Rotary for providing $1,000 each for an art mural project for West Mercer Elementary’s multi-purpose room. This mural will be painted by fifth-grade students under the supervision of Mr. Jose Orantes, artist in residence. Mr. Orantes has shared his artistic knowledge of “Urban Naive” with many other area schools.

Letters to the editor

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

I am writing in response to the recent story about MIHS exchange students, in which the comment was made that Americans function in a “bubble.” Having traveled with my husband to India, South America, Europe and elsewhere, I must say that this comment is only too true. I can’t begin to describe our frustrations in traveling abroad, reading the most humble papers, yet learning more about our country in their papers than we do in our Seattle papers. The foreigners know more about our history than we do!

On deadline

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

Sue Rahr Charter must grant union bargaining authority to county sheriff

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

The King County Charter is currently open for a review that occurs once every 10 years. The Charter Review Commission has been gathering information and deliberating, and will soon forward amendments they endorse to the County Council. The Council will consider those recommendations, then decide which amendments will be placed on the ballot this fall. The voters will have the final say.

Mercer Island Sister City Association summer exchange

  • Apr 30, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

The Mercer Island Sister City Association is organizing a summer exchange to France for students this summer. Students will stay in the home of a French student in Thonon les Bains, France for three weeks, then host the student in their home on Mercer Island for three weeks. High school and college students are invited to apply. For information and applications, contact Sheila Billbe, 230-0866 or Jane Meyer Brahm, 232-0701.

Lifelong learning is key to bridging new generation gap

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

The high-altitude thinkers who we invited to project technology trends earlier this year concurred on one key insight we all should note:

Focus on readiness

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

Was it really April last month or just another 30 days of March? According to the National Weather Service, there were just three days in April with sunny skies. And there were three days with snow. On April 18, 19 and 20, some areas received as many as eight inches of the white stuff.

Rossi’s plan is seriously flawed

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

More traffic, more taxes and fewer choices are what Dino Rossi’s transportation proposal would mean for area commuters.

Letters to the editor

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

Culminating project

Letters to the editor

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

Your article, “UW, Western deny top students,” tells only half the story as to why so many good students are being rejected by the University of Washington. The article says that growth in the number of applicants makes it more difficult to get into the UW. That’s true. But what about the other side of the equation? Everyone knows the number of applicants is growing. Why not increase the size of the UW, along with Western and other state schools, to meet the demand? The answer is obvious. Public higher education is subsidized by the taxpayers. Expanding universities will cost more. The citizens and legislators of Washington state have considered the tradeoff between higher taxes and access to universities, and have chosen lower taxes. Other states have decided differently; Washington state is close to being the worst in the country with regard to access to public four-year institutions of higher education (the last time I looked, only Florida was worse).

Travel times across I-90 could climb significantly

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

Mercer Island residents should be worried because current transportation planning could force travel times across I-90 to climb significantly higher.

Speaking out on the Island

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Letters to the editor

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

The Reporter recently published two articles in the same issue both about the difficulty encountered by students in gaining admissions to college. “UW, Western deny top students” and “College ‘legacies’ are fading tradition.” Both of these articles ignored for the most part the success found by numerous students in getting into their top choices. The resulting impression is that nearly no one gets into their ‘dream school,’ which isn’t true. My larger objection, however, is the Reporter’s poor journalistic form. The newspaper utilized interviews with one student and his father to write two articles — one largely based on their anecdotal experience. That is ridiculous. While I am interested in what the Schorrs have to say, there is no need to quote them twice.

Why do Island parents send kids to private schools?

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

The Mercer Island School District is “simply exceptional.” Why, then, do Mercer Island parents send their children to private schools?

A dollar a day

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Our veterans deserve benefits, not politics, for service

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

After reading Randy Winn’s letter last week, I wanted to set the record straight on my support for veterans. Mr. Winn brought up an important vote that was cast in the House of Representatives on May 15. I agree with him that we need to support our veterans — that is one of my highest priorities in Congress. That is why I have now held three local Veterans’ Resource Fairs attended by over 800 veterans to help them learn about, and sign-up for, the benefits they can receive.

Letters to the editor

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

During World War II, which service lost the greatest percentage of personnel in combat? It was not the Army, the Marines or the Navy. It was the brave men of the American Merchant Marine. The price they paid was that every 26th man gave his life for the country. Over 1,500 ships were sunk, with one in eight mariners losing their ship. No other branch of the Armed Services can match that number. The United States Merchant Marine Academy cadets were the only federal academy men who were put in harm’s way and lost lives. After the war, every branch of the Armed Services received the G.I. Bill — that is, except the U.S. Merchant Marine.

Pioneer Park

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Thanks to Rita Moore and fellow members of the Open Space Conservancy Trust for opposing the cutting of trees in Pioneer Park in order to provide room for more power lines. I am so glad that we have a group of citizens who are watchdogs for Pioneer Park. As a South end resident, I am willing to cope with another power outage to save our trees, which are irreplaceable. A week without power was a wake-up call for us to stack up on firewood, get battery-powered lamps and a portable butane camp stove. That’s not much to save a beautiful part of the park. At least we have not had any recent proposals to turn the park into a golf course, which has happened in the past.

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