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  • Much has been said and written in recent years about the affordability of living in Seattle — or lack thereof. 
  • With already-crowded buses and increasing density, bolstering Metro’s service is a necessity. Let’s hope for a different Prop. 1 fate this time around. 
  • Taxpayers have long suspected that governments were mismanaging their tax dollars. This past week, these suspicions were confirmed in Seattle. 
  • Recent news reports have Seattleites wondering whether our police will be able to keep our downtown core — and, ultimately, the rest of the city — safe from increasing crime. 
  • REVISITING THE PARK | What are the odds?
    A group of us 18-year-old guys from Madison Park met some young ladies from the Eastside. We planned a picnic at Pine Lake, just east of Lake Sammamish. It was a sunny Saturday morning that we caravanned to Kirkland to meet up with our Eastside friends. 
  • On Aug. 24, the Sony PlayStation network crashed. A denial of service attack by hackers — two groups claim victory — brought it down. On Aug. 28, Chase Morgan Bank got held up online. 
  • If the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) goes through with its recently announced plan euphemistically, called “Stepping Forward,” the agency would instantly turn into the city’s biggest rent gouger. 
  • There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who knows she is beautiful and desirable. She has a confidence to her walk that makes the timid get out of her way and the bashful enviously watch her walk through a crowd that parts at her approach. 
  • I read with interest the article on the Oda Apartments’ drama with Cadence Real Estate, featured in the July 2014 issue of your paper. Annie Wilson interviewed me for the article, which seems to be mostly accurate, although some details were left out. 
  • There are two different gun-related initiatives on the November ballot. But I-591 would cancel out I-594. I-594 would require that any person buying a gun in the state of Washington, from any source, submit to a criminal background check before purchase. 
  • This is the only way I could find to comment on the traffic study being done on Dorffel Drive East. 
  • We live on 39th Avenue, which is part of a small southern extension of the Denny-Blaine neighborhood. When driving north for two blocks, we are on Dorffel Drive, still in our Denny-Blaine neighborhood. 
  • The Seattle City Council will vote on Oct. 6 to decide whether to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Other cities have already made the choice to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and it’s time for Seattle to join them. 
  • Metropolitan King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove introduced legislation this month to require King County Sheriff officers to wear cameras, prompted by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo. 
  • Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has put forth a plan for consideration in the city’s new budget: the creation of a new Department of Education and Early Learning. 
  • Two Seattle police officers recently proved that the Seattle Police Department’s new use-of-force (UF) policies don’t bind them in emergency situations. 
  • According to Allstate Insurance’s 2014 “America’s Best Drivers Report,” Seattle ranks 173rd out of 200 U.S. cities. The report noted that Seattle drivers were 36 percent more likely to get into an accident than the national average. 
  • Next March, King County Metro’s low-income riders will be able to ride for a lower fare of just $1.50. Metro estimates upward of 100,000 people will qualify for the new fare card. 
  • Woodland Park Zoo’s African elephant Watoto died last week. Zoo employees discovered the animal collapsed early one morning. After attempts to upright her, they euthanized her. Watoto was 45. 
  • REVISITING THE PARK | Music to our ears
    The thrill of that first car while in our teens and all that followed were fresh on our minds when another craze came along: stereophonics. Our favorite music was played on KJR-AM and other popular AM radio stations in the ‘50s. 
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