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Renton Technical College plans to close its swimming pool on Jan. 1, ending the water aerobics fitness program. I am one of more than 80 individuals who use the pool at least twice weekly and rely on this activity as an important tool for my health and wellness. It has specifically lowered by cholesterol levels, aided in weight loss, reduced work-related stress, provided muscle toning and is a social activity as well.
I’ve written before about how I want my state legislators and Gov. Christine Gregoire to use some common sense when it comes to navigating our way out of this economic “Bermuda Triangle.”
I have to say I have some very mixed opinions of all the new Renton school-zone, red-light cameras. I definitely agree that speeding through school zones during school hours is a very dangerous and irresponsible act. Matt Cottum, a childhood friend of mine, was killed when we were in third grade back in the 1980s. Unfortunately, Renton is not using these new speed zones near schools, such a Talbot Elementary and McKnight Middle schools, to save such incidents.
Each day seems to bring another grim report about the nation’s economy and Main Street’s ability to cope with the greatest financial upheaval since the Great Depression.
By DENIS LAW,
I would like to thank the community for their support of my campaign for the State Senate in the 41st District. It has been my honor to serve our community for the past eight years and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to go back to Olympia for four more years.
Today, I am hopeful. The day is bright, despite the gray weather. I have nothing to fear from my national leader. Barack Obama is our new president. I witnessed the Obama experience a couple years ago when I covered his appearance at Bellevue Community College for the King County Journal.
It’s all over but the counting. Yup, it has been a long few months, wading through the pleas of political candidates and the attack ads that more often than not obscured any hope of making an informed decision. But it’s our system and you gotta love it, I suppose.
Renton has a lot of firepower in the state Legislature, as measured by the number – 5 – of legislative districts that include a piece of the city or its environs within their borders.
Oh my goodness. Alaina St. Clair from Renton considers the city’s theaters “kind of nasty.” She goes downtown for movies, except for the new Regal Cinemas at The Landing. I guess that makes the rest of us who enjoy the Renton theaters, including the new one of course, not quite classy enough since we consider the rest of the theaters nice. We’re not snobby enough, huh?
I’m sure that they have all moved on by now, but I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to those who were involved in planting the avenue of gloriously colored trees we see each year on and around Gene Coulon Park and along Lake Washington Boulevard.
Elections are the time to speak our truths individually, with no concern of repercussions or consequences. We don’t have to agree or disagree with anyone, just our own conscience. There was a letter in the Renton Reporter recently that said someone should investigate the Renton School District. Since Marcie Maxwell is running as a legislative representative and is a member of the Renton School Board, that might not be a bad idea.
Girls and boys like me are considered victims and in the papers we’re called victims but a great percent of us are not victims. ... But I choose not to take the title “victim” because I will NOT sit around feeling bad for myself because this happened to me. I choose to be the victor because I survived.” - Katrina
We in a quiet way on several occasions have talked up Marcie Maxwell in her race for an open seat in the state House of Representative, representing the 41st District. Now, after talking with her opponent, Steve Litzow of Mercer Island, we can whole-heartedly give our endorsement to Maxwell.
Tim Eyman is at it again and Renton might lose what could become a key piece of the city’s efforts to keep busy intersections and school children safe.
Never, it seems, has there been such desperate times financially, especially for those who rely on Wall Street to reach their goals in life, including retirement.
Renton, it’s time to start playing with your garbage. It’s all for a good cause, the environment. The City Council unanimously approved a new garbage contract Monday night, a smart move. It was time.
As a school nurse for 14 years, I’ve had the great fortune to work in schools with the Communities In Schools of Renton’s Family Liaison program ever since it began in 1994. I still remember what it was like before family liaisons began working in the district. Food bank referrals, clothing bank referrals, housing referrals, transportation referrals and holiday assistance requests generally came to the school nurse.