Local propositions appear to be passing

November 13, 2014

Two local propositions are passing by generous margins in King County election returns as of Nov. 10.

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What’s on your ballot: Vote now

November 2, 2014

Ballots must be dropped off at a collection site by 8 p.m. Nov. 4 or mailed in time to be postmarked Nov. 4th. Here’s a condensed version of some things you’ll find on your ballot.

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Letters

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

Snoqualmie

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

Snoqualmie

 

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

Senators introduce bill to create Greenway National Heritage Area

July 24, 2014

Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray introduced legislation July 16 to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area.

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Rep. Dave Reichert receives Congressional Tech Leader Award

June 18, 2014

TechAmerica, the public sector and public advocacy department of CompTIA, presented U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) with its 2014 TechAmerica Congressional Tech Leader Award on June 11.

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Redistricting splits Snoqualmie Valley between two congressional districts

December 30, 2011

Snoqualmie Valley is being split between two Congressional districts, based on a proposal from the commission tasked with redrawing Washington state’s political boundaries. The commission shifted boundaries to make room for a congressional district that has a majority of residents of minority ethnicities, and a new district centered in Olympia.

The plan cuts off neighbors to the northeast of North Bend and Snoqualmie, and moves them into the 1st Congressional District. Most of the residents in the upper Snoqualmie Valley remain in a more conservative 8th Congressional District, which now stretches across the Cascade Mountains.

Fall City and the rest of the lower Valley move into the 1st District, which remains the state’s one swing district.

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Advocates see good odds for bill expanding federal wilderness area in Snoqualmie Valley

February 11, 2011

A bill to protect the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers has been re-introduced into Congress after an identical bill was held up last year in the Senate.

The previous bill’s leading co-sponsors —Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican Rep. Dave Reichert — are again leading bipartisan support for the legislation.

But the bill faces a Congress with more members skeptical of environmental protection. Nonetheless, the bill’s advocates are optimistic it will pass — eventually.

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Established candidates win in primary election

August 25, 2010

NEW — 12:01 p.m. Aug. 25, 2010

Established candidates led in early results from the Aug. 17 primary election.

The Si View Metropolitan Parks District’s $6.7 million bond measure staked a large lead in early returns, with more than 62 percent of votes cast for the measure. The district includes North Bend and parts of unincorporated King County.

Congressman Dave Reichert pulled ahead of a crowded field, including the Democrat, former Microsoft and Drugstore.com executive Suzan DelBene. Reichert, a former King County sheriff, led DelBene by 46 percent to 29 percent in King County. Districtwide, Reichert, a former King County sheriff and Auburn resident, opened a big lead against DelBene: 47 percent to 27 percent.

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Leaders emerge from crowded 8th District primary

July 21, 2010

UPDATED — 10:00 a.m. Aug. 4, 2010

[Ed. note: The spelling of a name has been corrected.]

Eight men and women are running in the Aug. 17 primary election for Washington’s 8th Congressional District. But already, only two have any real chance of winning the general election — the incumbent, Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, and his main Democratic challenger, Suzan DelBene.

Both Reichert, a former King County sheriff, and DelBene, a tech-savvy businesswoman, have developed strong — and well-financed — campaign organizations. Each candidate has raised more than $1.6 million.

Only one other candidate, Democrat Tom Cramer, has reported any campaign contributions with the Federal Elections Commission. Cramer has raised just under $60,000.

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