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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.

Mercer Island Clergy: Hosting Tent City is a way of living our faith

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

The clergy actively involved in the Clergy Association are unanimous in our conviction that we need to host Tent City 4 on Mercer Island. And while one congregation will act as host, all Mercer Island congregations will be invited to participate in supporting Tent City’s presence. This joint effort is a unique opportunity to show the solidarity of the faith community in offering hospitality to a community of homeless people.

Letters to the editor

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

I gather that the First Hill parcel is roughly half an acre. Let’s say that its sale fetches $1.5 million. The tax benefit to each of the 7,500+ households on Mercer Island would thus be a lump sum of less than $200 and less than $4 a year thereafter (based on a 2 percent assessment rate).

Burner: Gas prices, Bush policies only benefit Big Oil

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Seven years ago, when President Bush took office, gasoline was $1.50 per gallon. Now, it is more than $4 per gallon — and prices are expected to keep rising through the summer. American middle-class families are spending well over $1,000 more per year now on gas than they were five years ago. Given that the average American household’s income has declined $1,000 a year during the Bush years, families across the 8th Congressional District are feeling the squeeze. Where is that money going to come from?

Community send-off

  • Jun 11, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Letters to the editor

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Few things are more annoying and customer-alienating than to experience one class of customer being treated preferentially above other customers.

King County Council rep: How budget cuts affect you | Commentary

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Last week, the King County Executive, along with the Sheriff, Prosecuting Attorney and judges from around the county, revealed that King County is facing a budget crisis of great magnitude. This year alone, we may have to cut $20 million from the $660 million general fund. An additional deficit between $40 million and $70 million is predicted in 2009. How will services be affected by the budget crisis?

Letters to the editor

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Who is to blame for high gas costs?

French city sets example for a flowering MI Town Center

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Take time to smell the flowers. We don’t mean to spend more time with your family and less time at work — although that’s a great idea. We want you to smell the flowers, literally.

Gas and home values

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Letters to the editor

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

I find it interesting that “city officials want to make it easier to find parking while grabbing a latte or lunch” (“Town Center parking: For whom the bell [might] toll”) at a time when climate change, sustainability and the rising cost of fuel are all referred to in the media and in public discussion on a regular basis — shouldn’t we be considering something other than our cars?

LETTERS Continued from page A5

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

On behalf of the Mercer Island Arts Council, we would like to thank a long-time Mercer Island resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, for her very special gift to the people of Mercer Island. The donor, on her frequent walks through the Mercer Island Outdoor Sculpture Gallery, had admired the sculptures, Island Poles, by Seattle artist Steve Jensen, and decided to purchase and donate them to the city of Mercer Island. She wanted to ensure that future generations could enjoy the sculptures for many years to come.

Facts and myths about Puget Sound Energy merger

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

I thought the weather got people riled up! Going from meteorology to the energy industry put me in stormy seas.

On July 4, saluting contributors to freedom Islander salutes fellow members of the Naval Academy Class of 1957

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

When I graduated from the Naval Academy in 1957, Dwight Eisenhower was the president. Russia launched Sputnik into space just a few months later and the Cold War was well underway.

Letters to the editor

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Girl Scout Troop 1047 and I would like to recognize and thank Albertsons and Emmanuel Episcopal Church for always supporting us. For the past two years, Albertsons has donated food and Emmanuel has donated their space for our troop to use for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Albertsons and Emmanuel have graciously supported us. This truly sets them apart! Through Albertsons’ and Emmanuel’s display of community support, we have learned what it means to be active and supportive of our community, and in particular, the youth of Mercer Island.

Separating fact from fiction in Mercer Island church's decision to host Tent City

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

On Aug. 1, Tent City 4 will be coming to Mercer Island for a three-month period. Due to the conversations and questions within some parts of our community, I would like to clarify a few factual points and add my personal perspective on the invitation to Tent City by the Mercer Island United Methodist Church.

Letters to the editor

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

Letter to the mayor

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?

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