Off The Press — Editorial space and the spirit of the season

December 16, 2014

So let’s see….

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Tom Corrigan
Press reporter

Due to circumstances beyond my control — and really anybody else’s, for that matter — I was out of the news business for about three years, having been laid off from two papers in less than a year.

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Off The Press — A list of thankful things cures a crazy world

December 9, 2014

Since this week’s column is in that sweet spot halfway between Thanksgiving and Christmas, here is something your friendly photographer has never written before — a quick list of the things in life that I am thankful for.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

Sure, it could be a list of problems and gripes, but maybe in this cattywampus world we need to exercise our thankful muscles a bit!

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Off The Press — It doesn’t take an angel to reach out to the needy

December 3, 2014

I married an angel. That, or she’s been watching too much Hallmark channel.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

Michelle came home from grocery shopping the other day and started blubbering, punctuated by actual sobs for air.

Something deeply troubling had obviously happened. I hadn’t seen her this emotional since she read her father’s eulogy.

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Off The Press — There are always many things to be thankful for

November 25, 2014

Many people think about things they are thankful for at this time of year.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

But being trapped in a snowstorm and not being able to get home will really get you thinking about even the little things for which you are grateful.

Three of us headed to a corporate meeting last week in Yakima. We left early Friday for the two-hour drive, and planned to be home that evening. Mother Nature had other plans.

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Off The Press — Holiday season should remind what’s important

November 18, 2014

Two years ago, my soon-to-be-wife and I spent Thanksgiving in Spokane with my father, and we shared an experience that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

My dad and I both earned our degrees from Washington State University, and naturally we’re both big fans of Cougar football. His roots with the football program stretch much deeper than mine — as a small boy, he accepted the challenge of some fraternity brothers and carried a live duck onto the field during a game against Oregon. Or so the legend goes.

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Guest Column — All are welcome at community hall lunches

November 18, 2014

On Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Issaquah Community Hall, I’m known as “the coffee guy.” I stand near the door as 50 or more people come through for a shared lunch provided by a circle of people of which I’m part, offering my “best in Issaquah,” home-roasted brew.

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Off The Press — What else deserves a vote of the people?

November 11, 2014

Well, we’ve survived another election season. Now we just have to next endure the consequences of the choices made with the vote.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

But now that it’s over, I’ve realized I kind of liked having the power of making some pretty important choices. Which got me to thinking — what other areas of life would be better if we had a vote to determine the outcome? Here are a few of my ideas. Read more

Off The Press — This is one distressed Denny’s denizen

November 4, 2014

The subject line in the e-mail from my editor last Thursday said, “Denny’s closure.”

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

Frantically I opened the file.

“You go there a lot, I believe. Do you know anything?”

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Guest column — Slow down, support business growth and connect to economic plan

November 4, 2014

As a part of the proposed 2015 city of Issaquah budget, municipal leaders have proposed major changes to the cost of doing business in Issaquah — some welcome changes and some troublesome — involving the city’s business and occupation (or B&O) tax, a tax on total gross (not net) income.

The first change is a welcome and very much common-sense improvement to the B&O exemption, raising it four-fold to help the smallest local enterprises while also streamlining collection.

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Off The Press — Questions, priorities need to change

October 28, 2014

Everyone is talking about the latest school shooting, the one at Marysville-Pilchuck High School last week, saying what a tragedy it is. And they say it every time a public shooting happens.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

Don’t get me wrong — I whole-heartedly agree with that. And I can’t imagine what the family members and friends of victims must go through at such a time.

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