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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.


  • 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.

Cross stolen from Mercer Island church is more than just a symbol

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

When I hear about a family losing their home to a fire, my heart goes out to them. Even though they all made it out OK, and we know that’s the most important thing, they have lost all their belongings, and that must be hard! It’s not necessarily the expensive stuff or even the practical necessities, but the items of emotional value, mostly irreplaceable, such as family photographs and gifts from loved ones who have long since died. The loss of these belongings would hurt the most. What would you miss most?

More choices for voters

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Initiative 26 gives voters more choices.

Investment in schools needed to keep pace in global economy

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Education is the lifeblood of a free, democratic society. In today’s global economy, we must provide children access to education that prepares them to succeed in a world where technology evolves every day. Quality education is crucial to the development of the individual and is clearly linked to the future security, economic and social health of our democracy. I’ve worked to make education a top priority in Congress, and I was recently honored to receive the endorsements of the National Education Association and the Washington Education Association, which represent our public school teachers.

Summer of news

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

An oft-used newsroom proverb is that nothing much happens in the summer. Not so this season. It has been a busy couple of months with the controversy over Tent City, increasing road work on neighborhood thoroughfares and freeways, possible tolling ahead and astronomical gas prices. Each of these changes has touched something that Islanders hold dear: their ability to drive wherever and whenever they want to go, their concept of neighborhood and community, their sense of safety and perhaps most importantly — their feeling of control.

Letters to the editor

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Where have all the signs gone?

No smoking gun

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

It has been months since former Assistant City Manager Londi Lindell and former City Attorney Bob Sterbank left the city under less-than-favorable circumstances. Sterbank was asked to leave in January less than a year after he was hired. Lindell was fired in April. After months of internal strife at City Hall, it was not unexpected.

Senior Foundation takes to the streets

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

In January, the Senior Foundation notified a city traffic planner of its interest in raising funds to underwrite the $45,000 cost for interactive crosswalk (IC) on 78th Avenue S.E. at 34th Street. When activated by a pedestrian, an IC flashes lights at the street level to alert drivers.

Let’s get ready to rumble, it is time for the general election

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

If politics were boxing — and sometimes it certainly seems that way — then we have finished with the sparing and it is now time for the main event. In other words, the general election will be nothing like the primary.

ID required

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

It is easy to say what you want to when no one knows who you are.

WSU program comes to Mercer Island

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 4:00PM

Washington State University King County Extension’s popular Forest Stewardship coached planning course for forest landowners is coming to Mercer Island, Sept. 17. Packed with practical information and guidance from an array of resource professionals, this course uses a hands-on approach to help landowners decide how to manage their forests for ecological, recreational and/or economic benefits. Instructors guide the class through the process of developing a written forest stewardship plan, which can be used to qualify for property tax reduction.

Completing the dream | Girls swim striving for state title after second last year

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 4:00PM

The second-place finish at the state meet last year was a sign that the Mercer Island girls swim team’s climb to the top was almost complete.

One more chance | Volleyball looks to build on success

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 4:00PM

The feeling of a lost opportunity fell over the Mercer Island High School girls volleyball team following state last year. The team swept through KingCo for an undefeated season and league title. The team then placed second at the district tournament only to be sent home prior to placing at state.

Don’t pass over the desserts

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:34PM

What is a Passover Seder? It is a service that retells the Passover story. Seder really means “order,” as this service has 14 parts that are performed in a sequence. The Passover book, which tells the Passover story, is called a Haggadah. The Passover Seder is often held in a family member’s home on the same Hebrew calendar date every year, the 14th day of the month of Nisan. The second Passover Seder during the Passover week is often held in synagogues or Jewish community centers.

Taxes, varmints and heros

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:34PM

Besides our sales tax rising to 9 percent on April 1, the deadline on April 15 for federal income tax returns, and our property taxes due April 30 — what’s new?

Colin Lake and Wellbottom blues

  • Apr 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 4:34PM

Colin Lake took up the lap-slide guitar five years ago. Now, he has a band called Wellbottom and two CDs to his credit. The second CD, blues-style “Bullet,” was recently released online and will be available in stores next month.

Becoming enlightened about kosher wines

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

A few years ago, “kosher” wine meant syrupy and sweet. Then later when I realized that there were varietal kosher wines such as chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, I mentally filed them into a category that I could ignore. Now I am enlightened. But before discussing good, locally available kosher wines, I need to describe three special terms that you can find on the back labels of those wines: kosher, mevushal and “kosher for Passover.”

Earth Week, April 20-26: live lighter

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

How will you reduce your 20 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) this year to do your part in climate control?

Haitian paintings’ legacy will continue

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

The two paintings that hang in the entryway of Bob Olsen’s Bellevue home aren’t for decor — they’re a legacy that soon will be passed on again.

Celebrate Earth Day by dressing green

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

Eco-friendly fashion is not new to the American consumer, but it is getting more prominent every year. Stores such as REI, Whole Foods and, more recently, Nau in Bellevue Square have a selection of performance clothing made of environmentally friendly fabrics. Olivine, a trendy boutique in Ballard has an array of sustainable clothing, shoes, accessories and beauty products. Their fashion-forward trendy designs are a far cry from the once traditional shapeless clothes made of hemp.

Mystery solved!

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

Thanks to Susan Blake, former City Councilmember, School Board member and current Historical Society member:

A local solution may help replenish essential honeybees

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

A disease that has killed off honeybees and devastated crop production along the West Coast has some Northwest farmers growing uneasy.

Yellow bird’s jingle is catchy

  • Apr 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

Do you ever have a song or jingle crawling through your mind that just won’t stop? It is sometimes called an “earworm.”

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