Opinion

Mercer Island	surrenders control of public park to private interests | Letter

Mercer Island surrenders control of public park to private interests | Letter

Any loss of millions of dollars worth of irreplaceable public property (“rented” for $1 per year) to a private developer, is very a serious business.… Continue reading

  • Jul 12, 2017
Mercer Island	surrenders control of public park to private interests | Letter
Savor Mercerdale Park one last time | Letter

Savor Mercerdale Park one last time | Letter

Aren’t we fortunate that the tremendous amount of open space and natural parkland afforded us in Mercerdale Park was available for the myriad of activities… Continue reading

  • Jul 12, 2017
Savor Mercerdale Park one last time | Letter
Thank you, Mercer Island police | Letter

Thank you, Mercer Island police | Letter

I understand and appreciate the animus generated by thorny issues on our Island concerning traffic, possible performing arts centers in the parks et al. Sometimes,… Continue reading

  • Jul 11, 2017
Thank you, Mercer Island police | Letter
How should I speak with children about guns? | YFS Advice

How should I speak with children about guns? | YFS Advice

Dear YFS, We have three children in two elementary schools and they have begun to ask us about guns and what to do if they… Continue reading

  • Jul 11, 2017
How should I speak with children about guns? | YFS Advice
The seven year itch of the Affordable Care Act | Mercer Island Forum

The seven year itch of the Affordable Care Act | Mercer Island Forum

For seven years, congressional Republicans have documented their insatiable desire to scratch the itch that is the Affordable Care Act. They have inundated Americans with… Continue reading

  • Jul 10, 2017
The seven year itch of the Affordable Care Act | Mercer Island Forum
Questions remain over proposed building | Letter

Questions remain over proposed building | Letter

Putting a building in Mercerdale Park, Bicentennial Park, the recycling center and the native garden beside the Skate Park would destroy the visual connection between… Continue reading

  • Jul 10, 2017
Questions remain over proposed building | Letter
What is the new law about distracted driving? | Neighbors in Motion

What is the new law about distracted driving? | Neighbors in Motion

Editor’s note: This is the third of an occasional column written by Neighbors in Motion (NIM), a Mercer Island organization dedicated to improving and increasing… Continue reading

  • Jul 10, 2017
What is the new law about distracted driving? | Neighbors in Motion
You won’t find those words on the SAT | Letter

You won’t find those words on the SAT | Letter

I realize I’m a recent transplant – having only lived here for about 12 years. I don’t own a Tesla or even a Prius. But… Continue reading

  • Jul 7, 2017
You won’t find those words on the SAT | Letter
Council should rescind utility tax | Letter

Council should rescind utility tax | Letter

One would think that the Mercer Island City Council had a mitigation plan in place before accepting a $10.1 million settlement with Sound Transit. If… Continue reading

  • Jul 6, 2017
Council should rescind utility tax | Letter
Let our daughters have their shot | Propelling Women Forward

Let our daughters have their shot | Propelling Women Forward

The musical “Hamilton” reaches its emotional crescendo when Hamilton howls that he’s “not going to throw away (his) shot” to play a role in the… Continue reading

  • Jul 6, 2017
Let our daughters have their shot | Propelling Women Forward
Safety first for bike riders on 77th Avenue in Mercer Island | Letter

Safety first for bike riders on 77th Avenue in Mercer Island | Letter

The city is considering a proposal to eliminate the bike lanes on 77th Avenue, to add parking spaces in place of the bike lanes, and… Continue reading

  • Jun 30, 2017
Safety first for bike riders on 77th Avenue in Mercer Island | Letter
Better access to birth control means fewer teen pregnancies | My Turn

Better access to birth control means fewer teen pregnancies | My Turn

In 2017, birth control options for young women are safer and more varied than they have been during any other time in history. This is… Continue reading

  • Jun 29, 2017
Better access to birth control means fewer teen pregnancies | My Turn
Summer solstice | Letter

Summer solstice | Letter

Last week in the Northern Hemisphere, we experienced the longest day of the year, when the sun showered our half of the world with bright… Continue reading

  • Jun 28, 2017
Summer solstice | Letter
How can I help students struggling to fit in? | YFS Advice

How can I help students struggling to fit in? | YFS Advice

Dear YFS, Half way through the school year, a family with two middle school-aged boys moved into my neighborhood. Their mom says the boys are… Continue reading

  • Jun 28, 2017
How can I help students struggling to fit in? | YFS Advice
Maintain mind-soothing harmony with summer music concerts | My Turn

Maintain mind-soothing harmony with summer music concerts | My Turn

It seems that the ear plays an important role in the awareness of the world around us. With the negativity that we have been hearing… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2017
Maintain mind-soothing harmony with summer music concerts | My Turn
City was once much more environmentally protective | Letter

City was once much more environmentally protective | Letter

The Mercer Island Center for the Arts is currently under environmental review for a proposed huge building in one of the most environmentally sensitive areas… Continue reading

  • Jun 23, 2017
City was once much more environmentally protective | Letter
There’s no place like Nome | On Faith

There’s no place like Nome | On Faith

Never underestimate the uncanny consequences of an unanticipated opportunity. It was 30 years ago this month. A 35-year-old pastor of a growing church in northern… Continue reading

  • Jun 21, 2017
There’s no place like Nome | On Faith
Recycling Center has historical value to Island | Letter

Recycling Center has historical value to Island | Letter

The recycling center has historical value to many Mercer Islanders. It also has value to be used as a teaching center for the many young… Continue reading

  • Jun 21, 2017
Recycling Center has historical value to Island | Letter
A green vision for Town Center | Letter

A green vision for Town Center | Letter

In a recent issue of the Seattle Times, Marilyn Smith, a retired lawyer and former Seattle School Board Member posed this poignant question concerning the… Continue reading

  • Jun 20, 2017
A green vision for Town Center | Letter
Act fast to stop council from adopting major code changes | Letter

Act fast to stop council from adopting major code changes | Letter

A first-time ever incentive to build accessory dwelling units (ADU) and reduction of required parking are proposed as part of the changes to Mercer Island… Continue reading

  • Jun 20, 2017
Act fast to stop council from adopting major code changes | Letter