The doors at the new Bothell High opened to students this past fall. Curious to see what the place looked like, I attended the Nov. 1 open house.
The prospect of a staggering state-budget deficit to exceed $4 billion doesn’t bode well for high-school seniors looking forward to exploring a college education. Education and human services, in general, are likely to bear the brunt of cost saving (call that slashing) measures the state legislature must weigh beginning in January.
More than a year ago, the Kenmore City Council began plans to design and build a new city hall on a plot located at the northeast intersection of 68th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 181st Street. This plot was purchased in access of $3 million, which was overpriced. Since then, the council hired Weinstein Architects and Olympic Associates to design and manage the project development.
Under the auspices of a new nonprofit, “The Music Project,” vocalists from the Secondary Academy for Success (SAS) will perform next month at the Children’s Hospital “Festival of Trees” fund-raising celebration in Seattle.
Turning 18 is exciting; you can buy a lotto ticket, cigar or dry ice. However when I turned 18 last month, my adulthood meant much more than making a trip to the gas station to buy a scratch ticket. On Nov. 4, I will vote in the 2008 presidential election.
Unfolding in our community is an inspirational story of how a handful of public-school science teachers trumped public controversy with a genuinely good idea that has captured the support of state, county and local politicians and government leaders.
Once again, just when I think Tim Eyman has said the stupidest thing ever, he keeps talking. I guess I’m not surprised that Mr. Eyman is against red-light cameras as it makes money for the city (government making money being something he’s almost always against). His big bone of contention? He “claims” it’s unsafe and unjust. He points out that a majority of the people fined are, as he says, “Turning right at a red light without stopping before making their turn.” Well, correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t you supposed to stop at a red light before making a right turn? How is this a bad thing? If you ask me, it’s another reason why we should be putting up more of these cameras. And what’s wrong with the city, county or state making money off people who run red lights? He acts like the city gets some kind of kickback (like Time Eyman does every time he writes one of these ridicules bills) for every ticket written. The extra incomes the cities, counties and the state get from these helps keep other costs down. In a time where we have a $3 billion deficit in the state, you’d think finding ways other than raising taxes to generate funds would be a good thing. Looking back, I guess I’m not surprised Time Eyman feels this law is unjust to lawbreakers.
Thank you for your article on the refurbishment of the Kenmore Elementary playground. Stacy Denuski and Gretchen Nixon and her crew have taken on a huge project so that our kids will continue to have a safe place to play. Every single child in our Kenmore community deserves that. It’s incredibly sad that the school district can’t fund the playground project, but I’m heartened to know that there are dedicated parents (and scouts!) who are committed to seeing this project through. We have a huge fund-raising challenge ahead of us, so if members of the community would like to help, they can visit our playground homepage at http://projects.kaboom.org/Default.aspx?alias=projects.kaboom.org/kenmore.