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Most of us recognize education’s sweeping impact as an equalizer and door to opportunity for people of all backgrounds and economic status.
The Seattle Times announced this week that it is cutting its staff and also is closing its Eastside bureau here in Bellevue.
As a community, it is good to take time to celebrate milestones. It is also good to thank those who make this a better place to live, work and raise our families.
The subject of shelter animal care is an emotional issue, and one that until just recently divided us in county government. Strong feelings expressed from people in our community and the great number of e-mails and calls demonstrate how much we all care about the animals in our shelters.
Elsewhere on this page is an article by Julia Patterson and Ron Sims. It’s worth reading.
John Carlson hosts a daily radio program with KOMO 4’s Ken Schram each weekday from 3-6 p.m. on AM 570 KVI. He also broadcasts daily radio commentary on KOMO 1000 news. E-mail him at email@example.com.
A new study has weighed in on the topic of tolls and road congestion. This one is different. It considers all tolls, all the time.
Every once in a while, an election comes along that decides not just the next four years but the next 20. When it comes to transportation, 2008 will be one of those years.
I noticed it last week. Premium gas at $4.09 at a Chevron station in the Overlake area.
Think globally, act locally, as the saying goes. All over the country, one thing is becoming clear: Local governments — cities and counties — are emerging as the leaders in the struggle to reduce our carbon footprint and fight global climate change.
The King County Charter is currently open for a review that occurs once every 10 years. The Charter Review Commission has been gathering information and deliberating, and will soon forward amendments they endorse to the County Council. The Council will consider those recommendations, then decide which amendments will be placed on the ballot this fall. The voters will have the final say.
By JOHN CARLSON
The high-altitude thinkers we invited to project technology trends earlier this year concurred on one key insight we all should note:
For County Executive Ron Sims and County Council chair Julia Patterson. The two high-ranking politicians came up with a plan to finally do something about the county’s animal shelters by proceeding in an innovative way. They each dismissed their staffs from a meeting and sat down face-to-face to hash the problems out. The result: a solution.
With the costs of real estate development increasing daily, building housing affordable to the full range of income levels seems like an impossible task. Sympathetic housing developers understand the need for affordability, asserting that they would happily build lower-cost units “if only it would pencil.”
It’s expected that transportation will be the biggest local issue in the 2008 elections. Most people aren’t happy. But instead of trying to find scapegoats, let’s review some history to see why we’re paying higher transportation taxes for longer commutes.
The Democratic way
People who live around here pretty much have given up exploring the galaxies with a tiny telescope in the backyard. Clouds and rain doom most efforts.
The countdown has started for hands-free calling here in our state. It can’t come soon enough.