There are two schools of thought regarding change.

The first is that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

The second is that you have to keep evolving or eventually you will become extinct.

The key to a successful business is probably found somewhere between the two philosophies.


The quality and effectiveness of education -- locally, nationally, even globally -- is a frequent topic for the media these days. Experts from the worlds of government, education and business can debate endlessly whether our children are learning what they need to learn, whether our teachers are teaching what they need to teach.


This being the second week of the month, I have spent untold hours gathering, reporting and publishing the news of the week -- to the exclusion of such things as sleep and medical attention for what has become the cold from hell.

Now that I am exhausted, cranky and a bit groggy, here's what I think about our big stories this week.


I hate grocery stores.

No, that is not actually true. I love grocery stores, I just hate shopping in them.

Being a person with little to no patience and no tolerance for inefficiency, I am a big fan of grocery stores that truly deserve the name "supermarket," which sell just about everything you could possibly want all under one roof.


Saturday morning, bright and early, a lot of people will spread out across Bellevue to "Improve the 'Vue" by volunteering for community service projects. This is the second annual service project sponsored by the Bellevue Initiative for Growth and Revitalization (BIGr).

Many of the volunteers you'll see that day are people who are continually working, year 'round, on some project that benefits their community. Doing it on Sept. 24 is just part of their normal routine.


I have never actually been diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) but considering how completely miserable I get by February, it's entirely possible I suffer from this ailment.

I used to work in a research department at Pitt in which such conditions as SAD and jet lag and the like were being studied. Researchers tell us that people get depressed in the winter because of the lack of sunshine. They point to Alaska as an example, because of the extended darkness that you get that far north. Apparently people get really depressed in Alaska in the winter.


Although Bellevue Council meetings have been lengthy and full of redundancies lately, the outright hostility of meetings past has been a bit muted.

At least in public.

Out of the public meeting chamber, the skate plaza and resignation of the assistant DAS have lit the simmering embers of outright loathing that exist among some members of council.

Apparently some members of council blame some of their colleagues for the loss of ADAS Katie Hale, even though it has been reported that personal circumstances may have played a major role in her decision.


We look around the world today, and many of us realize (finally!) how many incredible environments and creatures have been lost to greed, poor planning, widespread ignorance and apathy.

Most of them will never be restored. We will never be able to offset the damage done.

Our singer/songwriters grieve the loss. "They paved paradise to put up a parking lot." (Big Yellow Taxi). "They call it paradise, I don't know why. Call someplace paradise, kiss it goodbye." (Don Henley).


It was another three-hour Bellevue Council meeting this week, most of it involving absolutely nothing of any value to anyone other than people who like to hear themselves talk.

It was painful. Very painful. Bordering on excruciating.

The first problem is that the committees aren't doing their jobs. Had the parks and recreation committee thoroughly vetted a fund-raising proposal involving Bayne Park, there would have been no need to discuss alternate dates for a half-hour.