Next week, we will welcome more than 6,500 students back from the summer break as the 2015-16 school year gets underway. They will be coming back to schools where principals, teachers, and support staff are doing some truly exceptional work to ensure our students enjoy a successful school experience. In fact, the level of student achievement in our schools continues to be on par with the highest performing schools in the entire state.
Cynicism is one of my strongest suits. It hasn’t always served me well, but it’s become a habit that I don’t often see the benefit of breaking.
There’s a saying, often misquoted and misattributed, to the effect that the news, newspapers, or journalism, take your pick, is the “first, rough draft of history.”
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law as an amendment to the Social Security Act.
If the 2016 presidential candidate coverage has you a little disoriented, you are not alone. It’s July, 2015, more than a year from the actual election and months from the caucuses that will convene to choose nominees by party. It seems much too soon for all this campaigning.
One of the things I wanted to make sure I didn’t neglect when I became editor here was praise. I wanted to give pats on the back for jobs well done, and not just participant ribbons. Some people might feel that the whole paper is about that, and sometimes it is. Those are the good weeks.
Every election year, we see a jump in the number of letters to the editor, endorsing particular candidates or ballot measures.
Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation is cooking up a big weekend for the city’s Independence Day bash. They’ve got your Friday night dinner and Saturday dessert covered, and, if you’re lucky, you might win a cover for your bed, too.
Fire officials give out the numbers all day — record numbers of fireworks permits sold in Washington this year, 432 incidents of traumatic injury and fire damage directly attritibuted to fireworks on or near July 4, 2014, 306 wildfires started already this year. People talk about the high risk of fire in the coffee shops, on the radio, and in online community groups. I’ve been hearing about it several times a day for the past month, and noticing the August-level rivers everywhere I drive.
It’s joyous and emotionally overwhelming to hear that the Supreme Court of the United States has affirmed, unequivocally that we are equal under the law and that our relationships and marriages will be recognized in every one of the 50 states. For many of us, it’s a day that we could never have imagined.
Snoqualmie Valley fire chiefs are greatly concerned that our dry winter and even drier spring have created dangerous conditions for Fourth of July celebrations.
Too slow. That’s what I was thinking as I scanned the crowd at Cedarcrest High School’s graduation ceremony last Friday. Austin Jenckes had just come on stage for a surprise musical performance for the students. He was getting set up, just about ready to sing, and I was not in position for the photo I wanted to get. I knew it would be there, just didn’t know where, and I knew I didn’t have a lot of time.
Did you know schools do not test near vision? Because of this, 25 percent of our primary school children who cannot read adequately go undetected. Worse, these children cannot tell you that they can’t see, or that they see things in a blur, or that words and pictures move around on the page, because that is their normal. They have no idea that it is not normal.
Public transportation sounds so unglamorous, so sensible-shoes. So it’s a riddle to me how I became such a stranger to it. I like practical things, and my stance on glamor is almost always the less the better, yet I have never been a reliable user of public buses, trains, etc.
How best to help people? It’s been on my mind lately, as I come across various people who, usually without saying it, are asking for help.
This Memorial Day, there will be honor guards snapping to attention as flags ripple in the breeze. Amidst the green lawn and bright flowers of cemeteries throughout the state, lone buglers and mournful pipers will evoke a heartfelt tear.
The official Memorial Day holiday is arriving a little late in my family. For us, at least for those of us back home in Minnesota, it happened about a month ago, when my father’s cousin was returned home.
Candidate filing week, on now, always sparks some deep conversations at my house. My husband and I speculate on who is going to run for various positions, and why. We speculate on how much one person with an agenda, community minded or self-serving, can really do in the representative forms of government we have. We sarcastically encourage each other to run for office, since we know so much.
Heart of the Valley, the community image event, starts at noon Sunday, May 17, at Snoqualmie’s Centennial Field. Now in its fourth year, the event has goal of filling the heart on the field, and the hearts of one and all.
During the course of our lifetimes, most of us had a teacher who shaped our lives in a big way. It may have been a teacher who challenged us beyond our own expectations, encouraged us to pursue a passion, or gave us the confidence to take a risk and think big.