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Introducing "Dispatches: The Changing American Dream"

This new series will address national and local issues that affect residents in Sammamish.

We're excited to inaugurate a new series for our Patch Readers: "Dispatches: The Changing American Dream." Every day, the national media are full of stories about how American families, businesses, and neighbors are adjusting to these trying times.

There are so many changes happening so fast that it's dizzying: National debates about unemployment, foreclosures, debt, religion, government and private enterprise all touch on fundamental ways in which we see ourselves and our communities. At Patch, we want to explore that conversation on a daily basis so we can better understand how our neighbors are adjusting to the challenges and opportunities that surround us.
 
We don't think there's one American Dream, but a multitude of American Dreams which a multitude of people are working toward. Looking out across nearly almost 900 Patch sites, we see businesses holding their breath deciding whether to expand; college graduates returning home because they can't find jobs; and senior citizens bringing boarders into their homes to help pay their bills. We also see bold new volunteer efforts, inspiring stories of local businesses that succeed because they innovated, and locals who've taken these trying times as a signal to engage more, not less, in their government.
 
At the purely local level, we want to know where Sammamish fits along these fault lines. "Dispatches" will be built upon the compelling vignettes and snapshots we unearth across all of our Patch sites.

In Sammamish, there has been the case of individuals and companies coming on hard times during the Great Recession and being unable to pay the city for services rendered. Schools in Sammamish also are grappling with fewer dollars from the state government because the . College students in the state also face . 
 
And, of course, we want your help: Tell us what issues and what stories in Sammamish go to the heart of your American Dream. Feel free to contact brad.wong@patch.com with your stories.

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