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This holiday season, it’s important to remember that there are more important things than candy canes and wrapped presents.
Editor’s note: The Redmond Reporter has added a new column, “From the Roots,” by Andrew Villeneuve, executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, a Redmond-based strategy center. His column will appear monthly in the Reporter. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most people who read this column drive, so here’s an early Christmas present: Log onto seattlegasprices.com and you’ll find the lowest price of gasoline in your community.
Whether you are from the city, country, or a suburb, if you’re traveling this holiday season to a different environment that you don’t spend a lot of time in, it can be very shocking.
It’s no surprise that our area is going through a tough time. Like the rest of the nation, we find our pocketbooks pinched by a recession.
Our kids don’t pay mortgages, buy groceries or have stock portfolios. Most wouldn’t know subprime from prime rib, but they’re not immune to the economic crisis that’s plaguing the rest of us.
We’ve all heard the phrase, spoken in frustration, “This #*&@^$ computer has a mind of its own!”
If you have a loved one serving in the U.S. military this holiday season, you understand the sacrifices of a military career.
What a mess. A celebration of holiday traditions during the festive season has instead become a free fire zone in the culture wars. To recap, for nearly 20 years a Christmas tree (or “holiday tree” as the Gov. Christine Gregoire insists on calling it) has been installed by a business group in the Capitol Rotunda to celebrate the holidays. A few years ago, a rabbi requested permission to install a Menorah to commemorate Hanukkah. The Gregoire administration nervously agreed. Last year a Nativity scene was also allowed. This year, an anti-Christian organization demanded equal access to the Rotunda to exhibit a four and a half foot sign denying the existence of God and disdaining religion for “enslaving minds and hardening hearts.”
This time around, the City of Redmond budget sparked a standing ovation, rather than a swirl of controversy.
Pia Marshall awoke to the familiar sound of her son’s voice calling out from his nearby bedroom.
I have never shopped on Black Friday and on Cyber Monday, I have only window-shopped.
With the economy in shambles, people are looking for ways to save money this holiday shopping season.
There are few countries so eager to acknowledge their faults as this one.
NOV. 26 EDITORIAL
It’s a disturbing irony. Washington state’s 5.8 percent unemployment rate tops the national average. Our job market shrank last month by nearly 13,000 jobs, more per-capita than in all but six other states. Yet as of mid-November, Monster.com still listed 5,000 vacant jobs within 50 miles of Bellevue. How can this be?
Well, it’s that time of year again.
Even in the year 2050, newspapers will still line birdcages.
To develop the 2009-10 budget, the City of Redmond used a different approach than in past years, known as Budgeting by Priorities (BP). As a result, we have reported the budget figures in the context of the priorities defined by the community earlier in the year.