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Listening

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:00PM

Every now and then, what we say can really count beyond who we voted for on "American Idol" or "Dancing with the Stars." It seems that many local public agencies are asking for our opinion and taking action accordingly.

Preserve voter independence, sign I-26, not a party oath

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:00PM

Whether on the Eastside or in downtown Seattle, many voters expressed anger when they were forced to sign a partisan oath or attend a partisan caucus in order for their views to matter in last month’s election. This should not surprise the political parties or our elected officials. Washington’s political culture is fiercely independent. We are a conscientious and well-informed electorate that takes our democratic responsibilities seriously. We do not like being told who we can or cannot vote for.

Gleaners and givers

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:00PM

Being environmentally sensitive for most of us might be having a vegetable garden and recycling the trash. It is quite another thing to actually make your own fuel — with your bare hands. A group of Islanders do more about their greenhouse gas emissions than just buying a car with higher gas mileage. A story in this issue describes the steps in creating a vehicle-worthy alternative fuel, which is actually being performed by your neighbors.

MI Schools Foundation supports excellence in education

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:00PM

Did you know that some of the social studies textbooks used by the Mercer Island public schools are 20 years old? Published before the reunification of Germany and the collapse of the Soviet Union, they are so out-of-date that replacements can no longer be obtained. On top of this, state funding for new curriculum adoption is severely limited.

Exploring the wonders outside

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:00PM

What could be better than digging up worms in the garden and taking each of them on a special ride in your swing? But it is just another day in the life of my 3-year-old — simple pleasure exploring the wonders outside.

Where will they live?

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:00PM

Even though the Puget Sound region has been largely able to resist the effect of the national slowdown caused by higher prices and shaky financial markets, there are signs that the fever has begun to seep in. Real estate markets are losing strength. A loaf of bread costs $3, and energy costs loom large. Prices at the pump continue to climb. Electricity and natural gas prices are also higher. Those prices have crept up - a few percent here, a cost adjustment there - adding up to higher utility bills.

A good choice

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:00PM

The Mercer Island School District Board of Directors has chosen a new superintendent of schools. Interim Superintendent Gary Plano was chosen this past week over two other highly-qualified finalists. Plano has been serving as the interim superintendent since Dr.. Cyndy Simms resigned last summer. Prior to his appointment as interim, Plano was the associate superintendent of instruction, taking over from long-time Mercer Island School District administrator, John Cameron. Cameron worked with Plano for a year before he retired.

Charity in motion, no rest for Rotarians after Rotary Run

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:00PM

Bo Darling
Island Forum

Community partnership key to positive school environment

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:00PM

Expect excellence! It is the phrase we use to characterize the Mercer Island School District. Excellence does not happen by accident. It takes effort, energy and engagement.

MI Clergy: Bringing Tent City is a way of living our faith

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:00PM

Rev. Dale Sewall
Island Forum

“I don’t go to Starbucks for my morning latte.”

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:00PM

Jennifer Butler

“Driving and eating out.”

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:59PM

Shelly Shay

“Gas.”

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:59PM

Emery Eckert

“Gas. I’m not driving like I used to.”

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:59PM

Angi Blehm

“Mostly impulsive purchases, like clothes.”

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:59PM

Mindy Shivers

“I’m cutting back on everything.”

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:59PM

Maria Ackley

As gas prices soar, we need action now on energy

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:59PM

Darcy Burner
Island Forum

Tent City

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:59PM

Many read the Seattle Times editorial on June 8 regarding Tent City coming to Mercer Island. Many forwarded the piece to neighbors, members of the City Council and to the Reporter offices. The Times editorial said that tent cities are “pointless,” that their purpose as an effective means to show the plight of the poor is outdated and that “tent cities are not acceptable in a modern city.”

King County’s budget crisis — and what it means to us

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:59PM

Julia Patterson
Island Forum

Separating fact from fiction in decision to host Tent City

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:58PM

Mayor Jim Pearman
Island Forum

“Story and education books.”

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:58PM

Grace Byrkit, Alicia Corea

“‘Odd Hours’ by Dean Koontz.”

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:58PM

Kristina Mosley

“‘Stuart Little.’”

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:58PM

Arshan Ghassemi

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