Baby corn dogs score a touchdown at tailgate parties

October 16, 2014

Hello, my name is Deanna and I own a deep fryer. There, I said it.

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Roll up your sleeve and keep your family healthy

October 16, 2014

It’s a little thing but important: A flu shot this month can keep you and your family healthy this winter.

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October 16, 2014

Vote yes on Initiative 1351

It’s simple. Every child in the Snoqualmie Valley is worthy of the opportunity to learn in an uncrowded classroom. By voting YES on Initiative 1351, you will be providing our valley’s children with the kind of education they deserve. Here’s why:

  • Washington ranks 47th out of 50 states in class size. 1351 moves us to the middle.
  • It makes common sense – lower class sizes make it easier for students to get the attention they need to succeed in school.
  • Small class sizes, which foster better connections between teachers and students, are the basic building blocks for academic success.
  • The initiative also increases the number of caring adults who help kids succeed in school every day. Teaching assistants, librarians, school counselors, and nurses are part of 1351.

As Snoqualmie Valley educators, we want the best for our students and ask you to vote YES on Initiative 1351 for smaller class sizes.

Linda Anderson, 4th Grade Teacher, North Bend Elementary

Nathan Barnes, 4th Grade Teacher, Snoqualmie Elementary

Marianne Bradburn, 3rd Grade Teacher, Opstad Elementary

Julie Daniels, 3rd Grade Teacher, Cascade View Elementary

Joyce DeLurme, 2nd Grade Teacher, Cascade View Elementary

Jennifer Engdahl, 5th Grade Teacher, Opstad Elementary

Ann Heideman, Art Teacher, Mount Si High School

Anne Melgaard, 3rd Grade Teacher, North Bend Elementary

Lisa Radmer, Librarian, North Bend Elementary

Teri Raja, 1st Grade Teacher, Snoqualmie Elementary

Jack Webber, Math Teacher, Two Rivers School

Nate Ziemkowski, 2nd Grade Teacher, Snoqualmie Elementary


Vote for Jason Ritchie

Recently there was a demonstration against Dave Reichert in Issaquah for bringing Newt Gingrich there for a $2500 a plate fundraiser.

Yes, that Gingrich. The Gingrich who shut down the government twice. The Gingrich who had 84 ethical complaints filed against him, and was fined $300,000. And yes, the Gingrich who impeached Clinton while he himself was betraying yet another wife. If you have any doubt that big money in politics leads to corruption, just remember that a billionaire donor kept Gingrich’s campaign for President afloat.

Somehow Congressman Reichert wanted to be associated with Gingrich. Demonstrators carried signs reminding voters of Reichert’s unpopular votes to shutdown the government (at a cost of 25 billion), to sue President Obama, and against equal pay for women. Another reminded us of Reichert’s 50 votes to repeal Obamacare. Other signs declared that “Money is Property NOT Speech”, and “Corporations are NOT People”.

On a whole score of issues Reichert appears to represent the Tea Party, and not the voters of the 8th Congressional District. If he wanted to represent his constituents wouldn’t he be holding town hall meetings?

He has not held one since 2005.

There is a good alternative: Jason Ritchie.

Ritchie taught history in college and currently owns a small business building access ramps for the disabled to be able to enter their homes. Mr. Richie believes in women’s rights to make their own healthcare and reproductive decisions, while Reichert apparently thinks government can do a better job.

Ritchie believes in making the changes to Social Security needed to preserve it, while Reichert has not even taken a position. Perhaps because he agrees with the extremists that Social Security should be privatized? Instead Reichert is content with working on solutions for problems that don’t exist like public assistance money being used to purchase marijuana.

Reichert has refused to debate Ritchie. Is it because of all of his unpopular positions? It is time to privatize Reichert?  Or perhaps we should sue him for doing nothing?

Roger Ledbetter


Think Tank member cashes in on offbeat idea

October 16, 2014

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

It was a contemplative kind of morning, each member of the vaunted World Dilemma Think Tank seemed to be content to think silently for a change, just sipping on the coffee refills and waiting for Loretta to bring more.

Steve, the professional cowboy of the bunch, was reading the house copy of the Valley Weekly Miracle. Somebody else had already done the crossword, the sports page was old news, and if he wanted to keep up on church news, he’d probably attend every now and then. So Steve was belly deep in the personal ads in the classifieds.

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Membership in the club was brief

October 9, 2014

The Club didn’t last long.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

It wasn’t the dues, which were nothing. It wasn’t being worried about being elected recording secretary or something if you missed a meeting. There were no officers, no directors and no meetings.

It was born of an idea that occurred to Doc one day. He said the members of the Mule Barn truck stop’s philosophy counter and world dilemma think tank should organize.

After his third cup, Doc turned to the others and said that sitting there having coffee day after day without any real purpose just didn’t seem right.

Doc said, “There are so many things a real organization can do.”

“What would those things be, Doc?” Steve asked.

“Giving shoes to orphans,” Doc said. “Or curing hunger in Third World countries. Or we could watch TV and file complaints.”

Then Dud piped up. “Would we have to wear funny hats and have a secret handshake and a password?”

“Absolutely,” Doc said. “Otherwise, how would you know who was one of your brother club members and who wasn’t?”

Mavis said, “What’s your secret password? Regular or decaf?”

“I don’t think we should let women join,” Bert said.

Nobody nodded until after Mavis had topped off the cups, and had gone into the bowels of the kitchen.

“OK,” Steve said. “Let’s get this straight. No meetings. No name for The Club, right? No officers. No dues to pay. All we have to do is give our shoes to some orphans, right?”

“And feed kids in Third World countries.”

“I don’t know any kids in Third World countries. Could we feed one or two around here, just to kinda e-e-e-ease into it?”

“I don’t think so,” Doc said. “We gotta come up with a Third World country and then find out who’s in charge of feeding kids. Then, we can send them something.”

“I move we adjourn this meeting,” Steve said.

“There are no meetings,” Doc said.

Since no one could name a Third World country without a map or listening to National Public Radio, The Club died a quiet death.

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Letters to the editor

October 9, 2014

Vote for Initiative 594

I am a gun owner, and I support Initiative 594 because it is a common-sense law that will close loopholes in our current laws requiring background checks to transfer gun ownership.

Convicted felons are not allowed to own guns in Washington, and criminal background checks are required to purchase a gun except at gun shows and individual sales.

I-594 would make background checks universal, and close those loop holes.

About 80 percent of Washingtonians support criminal background checks because they have prevented thousands of criminals from buying guns. Supporters of I-594 do not make any claims that this will fix all our problems with gun violence or crime.

It will not. However, it will make it a little harder for convicts to get guns, and we hope save a few lives.

I-591 will forbid Washington to pass laws more restrictive than national gun laws. I-594 is more restrictive since universal criminal background checks are not required nationally.

If I-591 passes, it will cancel I-594. If both initiatives pass, a court battle is likely. The signs supporting I-591 say, “Stop Confiscation of Guns.”

Ask yourself: Have you ever heard of a gun being confiscated? The only gun confiscation is from felons, and when guns are used in crimes. I-594 does not confiscate guns. It only attempts to prevent felons from owning them. I don’t get it. Why do the NRA and the right-wing groups backing I-591 want criminals to have guns?

There is a great deal of misinformation being spread about I-594. Opponents say the law is not about sales, but about transfer of guns. I-594 uses the term “transfer of ownership” because if it said “sales,” then guns could be bartered without a background check. Opponents of I-594 say it will make it illegal to use, or even clean a friend’s gun. This is simply false.

It is also being claimed that a list is being created so the government can come take your guns away. There is no such list.

Use your common sense: Please vote yes on I-594 and no on I-591.

Roger Ledbetter



Dave Reichert is clear choice for 8th District

Without a doubt, Congressman Dave Reichert is the clear choice to represent those in the 8th District. During his tenure, Congressman Reichert has demonstrated that he has a strong understanding of the issues that matter to the constituents of the 8th Congressional District.

This is apparent by his numerous endorsements, which include the National Education Association, Washington Small Business Council, The Seattle Times and the major public safety organizations.

As a former King County sheriff, Congressman Reichert demonstrates his commitment to protecting and serving others. The President recently signed into law a package of bills including Congressman Reichert’s legislation to combat sex trafficking of foster kids. The First Focus Campaign for Children recognized Congressman Reichert for his extraordinary efforts to protect and improve the lives of youth with their “Champions of Children” award.

I thank Congressman Reichert for his leadership on this important issue and wholeheartedly add my name to the many endorsements he has already received.

Joan Crecca

North Bend

Change those smoke detector batteries

October 9, 2014

After years of fire prevention messages from local firefighters, we now associate October with more than just ghosts, goblins, pumpkins and Halloween. When we flip the calendar page to October, it means it is time to change the batteries in our home smoke detectors, fire alarms and carbon monoxide alert sensors.

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From the web: Helmet laws cost us money

October 2, 2014

Wearing a helmet may be of some benefit. Helmet laws on the other hand, cost the health budget money, increase disease and shorten lives. That’s because most Americans die from not getting enough exercise, and riding a bike without a helmet improves your health (benefits exceed risks by at least 20:1). Helmet laws reduce cycling, and the overall effect is negative.

So, it’s better to have someone riding a bike without a helmet, than have them take the car or transit.

Nik Dow

Restore mental health funding instead of adding gun controls

October 2, 2014

We have had the privilege to live our lives with exceptional liberty in the wealthiest nation in history. Our experience is an exception, not the rule.

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Give Mount Si sports teams another look

October 2, 2014

There’s excitement around the Valley on Fridays as people wonder how our Mount Si High School football team will do. Few things pull Snoqualmie Valley’s communities together like Mount Si High School sports. Concerts and plays and other activities keep the community active and involved, but high school sports are fun and exciting.

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