Off The Press — What would Dr. King think of today’s society

January 20, 2015

As I write this, it’s the morning of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, and with schools, banks, post offices and some businesses taking the day off, many people are home with their families.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

The question that’s running through my head is, “What are we doing today to honor Dr. King’s life?”

Hopefully, everyone took a few moments to remember the meaning of the holiday. Maybe it meant saying a prayer for a man who led one of the most significant social changes in our country’s history. Maybe it meant talking to your children about Dr. King’s accomplishments. Maybe it meant watching a movie about the Civil Rights Movement, like “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “Remember the Titans.” Read more

Off The Press — A little pepper is heating up the culinary world

January 13, 2015

God bless the bhut jolokia pepper.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

Otherwise known as the ghost chili pepper.

It’s for those times when the jalapeno is for wimps and the habanero is for the JV squad. I’ve been spotting more and more products utilizing this ingredient that will make you cry for your momma.

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Off The Press — Big goals can be achieved in small steps

January 6, 2015

It’s good to set big goals. Yes, if you set one that is too large you might not get there. But think about how much further you’ll get if you go for broke.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

With that in mind, we set this year’s goal for the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund at $100,000. That money helps your neighbors and friends, and also people you may never meet. But one day you might be in need yourself. Isn’t it nice to know there is a fund that helps everyone it possibly can, all year long?

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Off The Press — Santa needs help making wishes come true

December 23, 2014

Santa Claus and I see an Eastside seldom noticed by most — the economically challenged families holding their children on our laps and listening to their Christmas wishes.

Sherry Grindeland SnoValley Star editor

Sherry Grindeland
SnoValley Star editor

I am Mrs. Claus at Bellevue’s Crossroads Community Center annual holiday party.

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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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