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Reflections on faith

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 9:00AM

October is National Clergy Appreciation Month nationwide. Parishes and congregations typically honor their pastors, priests and rabbis with expressions of appreciation for their ministries, and it seems appropriate to honor two particular members of the Mercer Island Clergy Association.

The miracle of a life free from addiction

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00AM

A multitude of images — mostly faces of people who I have known, worked with, watched grow up and admired — come to me as I approach this column’s topic, each person experiencing radical life changes while confronting issues of addiction. I’m beginning to think more and more of it being a miracle that any of us can escape addiction issues in our lives. Think about it for a second — consider all the ways that we as human beings can find our thoughts, our emotions and our very lives dominated by addiction:

Neighbors contest private gym at Island home

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00AM

Islanders neighboring a waterfront mansion under construction near Franklin Landing have filed two requests with the city’s planning department to prevent the addition of a private gymnasium as a part of the home.

Renton landing patterns to change

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00AM

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to release its newly approved GPS-assisted approach to the Renton Airport next month, and airport officials expect it to decrease the number of noisy landings over the Island.

Council nixes conditions to fund counselors

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 9:00AM

The City Council recalled the five formal demands it sought earlier this month in exchange for fully funding school district counselors. The council decided that a letter of intent from the superintendent to resolve ongoing field access issues would suffice.

Sports brief | Vincent and Wales row in Boston

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00AM

Matt Vincent, a Mercer Island High School senior, and Michael Wales, a Seattle Prep junior and Island resident, both placed in the top 10 percent of their respective events at the prestigious Head of the Charles regatta in Boston.

V-ball takes league title

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00AM

The Mercer Island volleyball team officially clinched the 3A KingCo title on Friday with a 3-0 victory against Juanita High School. It was the team’s second consecutive league championship.

Soccer continues free fall

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00AM

The Mercer Island girls’ soccer team continued to fall on Thursday, when they lost to Sammamish, 2-0. The loss put Mercer Island in jeopardy of missing the playoffs altogether after leading the division and being undefeated after six games. The loss was also Mercer Island’s fourth in five contests.

Bliss-full impact for football team | Senior sets school record at new position with 5 sacks

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 9:00AM

This year has not been easy for Sam Bliss. The senior began the season as the Mercer Island football team’s starting quarterback but was supplanted by freshman Jeff Lindquist. But multiple concussions and various other setbacks never knocked Bliss completely out, as he remained a leader on the team.

D-o-MI-n-a-t-i-o-n at KingCo | Cross country sweeps league and individual titles, beats archrival Bellevue

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 9:00AM

The Bellevue and Mercer Island High School rivalry is one of the biggest in the state. That rivalry was renewed on Thursday at Lake Sammamish State Park during the 3A KingCo Cross Country Championship, and Mercer Island dominated. The Islanders swept all four races, including the boys and girls varsity and junior varsity runs, bringing the rivalry to a level that most do not achieve.

Mercer Island Police Blotter | Oct. 29

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 9:00AM

A 59-year-old Seattle man with a warrant from Mercer Island was detained at 2:15 a.m. by Seattle police while intoxicated, transported to the Island’s police station and booked into the Issaquah jail.

This Week on Mercer Island

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00AM

Help plant and water 300 trees and plants on the Island’s newest trail along Island Crest Way, south of S.E. 68th Street. A planting demonstration will be held at 9 a.m. at S.E. 73rd and ICW. Work is expected to continue until 1 p.m. Parking is available by Wildwood Park (7400 86th Avenue S.E.). Neighbors along the trail are asked to make water available for the new plants. Bring gloves and a shovel, wheelbarrows and watering cans. For information, call Amanda Stuckey, (206) 730-1514.

Vote no on Initiative 985, it won’t improve congestion

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 12:00AM

Initiative 985 says it will address congestion, which is a very tempting idea. It reports that focus groups said congestion is a major problem and we should do something about it. Since transportation funding was starved all during the ’90s in a period of substantial growth in population and in jobs, it is true that we accumulated a congestion deficit. The Transportation Commission recommended every year after 1993 that the legislature find funding to accommodate our growth, but a political philosophy prevailed that there would be no tax increase for any reason, no way, no how.

Islander Homecoming 2008

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Oct 27, 2008 at 4:22PM

An online slideshow of Mercer Island High School's homecoming parade and football game from October 17, 2008, by staff photographer Chad Coleman.

Islander football beats Sammamish 27-10

  • Oct 24, 2008 at 10:47PM

Islander cross country takes boys and girls league titles

  • Oct 23, 2008 at 6:00PM updated Oct 24, 2008 at 3:52PM

To kill or not to kill: That is NOT the question

  • Oct 24, 2008 at 3:09PM

To kill or not to kill is the question for many eligible voters of Initiative 1000, the assisted suicide measure. But for the conscientious citizen, the question is to live or not to live. We are smart, well-read, opinionated, individualistic and very discerning about what we consume or how we spend money. The bottom line of I-1000 is money: by not prolonging life, insurance expenditures and estate costs are lessened — saving society's resources for those who are well. What price is human life worth when it becomes recyclable like a plastic bottle? The Washington State Medical Association has taken a consistent position against I-1000.

What’s up duck? | The story behind Mercer Island’s first duck-boat

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Oct 23, 2008 at 12:27PM

Anyone who drives up S.E. 40th Street has probably seen it — a glittering, 12-foot-long duck with bulging red eyes and a handsome bill. There he sits, these days wrapped up in tarp to keep warm from the cold. Earlier this summer, you may have seen him bobbing peacefully on Lake Washington or trailing behind a Ford truck on his way home.

What to consider about assisted suicide

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Oct 23, 2008 at 9:10AM

In November, Washington voters will vote on Initiative 1000, Washington’s Death with Dignity initiative. Having followed the development of this initiative, as well as the 10 years of empirical research on Oregon’s Death with Dignity law (upon which I-1000 is based), it seems that the public is not well-informed about this initiative to allow choice near the end of life.

Two Islanders in race for 41st Senate seat

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 11:27AM

Something may seem familiar to Islanders about this year’s campaign for the 41st District’s state Senate seat. It seems like it is contest for the Mercer Island City Council.

Answer the call and support the Mercer Island Schools Foundation

  • Oct 21, 2008 at 2:00PM updated at 4:15PM

“It takes a whole village to raise a child” couldn’t ring more true than with today’s educational system and the need for community involvement. This old African proverb is certainly applicable to Mercer Island, and it is the spirit of cooperation and involvement that most resonates with me as I think about the work of the Mercer Island Schools Foundation and our upcoming Phone-a-Thon.

Is this the time for the biggest tax increase in city history?

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM

In the Nov. 4 general election, in addition to national and state candidates and another huge Sound Transit tax proposal, you will have the opportunity to vote on what the city’s finance director has confirmed as the largest tax increase in Mercer Island city history. The city is presenting you with a $12 million bond and a $900,000 levy for parks and recreation. Actually, when one includes the $7.4 million interest on the bonds’ 26-year life, the total cost to Mercer Island taxpayers is $19.4 million. That is on top of the $900,000 levy which increases each year for the next 14 years. If the City Council continues its normal practice of raising property taxes each year, the total cost to Island taxpayers over the life of these bonds and the levy will be in excess of $33 million.

Litzow 'doesn't get it'

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM

Our next elected legislator from the 41st District needs to understand complex issues and especially education. Instead, one candidate oversimplifies school problems to make a distorted political point. Clearly, Steve Litzow does not get it.

Users say field issues working out

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 11:00AM

Last week’s front page article on field issues and the reference to the boys lacrosse program and our high school coach was woefully out of date and out of touch. The quote used in the article by Jacob Edel from an e-mail back in September 2007 does not come close to portraying today’s reality.

North Mercer Park-and-Ride problems

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM

I park at the North Mercer Park-and-Ride structure daily. This morning, it was almost full by 8:30. I have noticed that during the day some cars park in unmarked areas, for which they have recently been receiving parking violation notices. I have also observed that a great many of the cars leaving in the late afternoon, when I do, turn onto I-90 eastbound, which causes me to believe that they are not Mercer Island residents. Additionally, I have spoken with a woman who lives in Redmond and regularly parks at the Mercer Island facility because, she says, the bus service is more frequent than a park-and-ride near her home. I realize that all King County residents contribute to financing park-and-ride lots and the public transit systems serving those lots. I do think, however, that Mercer Island residents should get some preference in using the MI lot, at least until better park-and-ride facilities are constructed elsewhere, such as closer to the home of the Redmond woman who now drives to MI. Is it possible to reserve one of the two floors of the Park-and-Ride structure for MI residents, with those from MI having a sticker on their car identifying their residence? With the price of gasoline and Seattle parking, I believe that the demand for parking at the MI Park-and-Ride will only increase and ask that MI residents be assured of access to the facility.

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