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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?

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.

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