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A4 WEDNESDAY JULY 297 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS OPINION PRESS EDITORIAL Cool tips for hot weather Wearing cooler clothing, staying out of the sun, seeking air-conditioned buildings (movies anyone?) and drinking plenty of water seems to be common sense in extreme hot weather, but here are some things you might not have thought of: A cold beer sounds good, but it's better to avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, which can be dehydrating. And don't wait until you are thirsty to reach for that glass of wa- ter. Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are open. Of course, it's against the .law to ever leave children in a car. Check on elderly neighbors and relatives. They may be the first to "wilt" in the heat. Take elderly neighbors a pitcher of cold lemonade. Get out the crafts and board games for children to play low-level activities indoors where it may be cooler. Cover your windows and keep lights and appliances off during the day to help keep your house cool. Open windows at night, placing fans near windows to draw the cooler air in. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache and nausea. If you notice someone with signs of overheating, move the person to a cooler location, and have them rest for a few minutes and slowly drink a cool beverage. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided. Symptoms include high body temperature, hot and dry skin, rapid pulse, confu- sion and unconsciousness. Remember the effects of heat on your pets, too. Leave pets at home instead of taking them on errands. Pets are suscep- tible to sunburn and other heat-related maladies and their paws can burn when walking on hot pavement. Animals need access to shade. Replenish their water dish with cool water throughout the day. "Dogs and cats cool themselves by rapid breathing, and it means animals must work hard to stay cool. So, when it's hot for you, it's even hotter for them!" says Humane Society CEO Brenda Barnette. Think cool thoughts. Do a little rain dance. This can't last forever! OFF THE PRESS Remembering a woman with gifts and passion tories come full circle, whether we're prepared or not. Today is an ex- ample of that. Former Issaquah School District teacher Linda Snyder, 59, lost her seven-year battle with ovar- ian cancer July 17. It's the last chapter of a story about a woman I greatly admired for her courage, kindness, faith and determination. I met Linda two weeks into my job in 2006. The story was sim- ple: Four fifth-graders reached within themselves to help a teacher who'd made a significant impact on them by donating their hair to Locks of Love and raising funds to help with her medical expenses. Linda agreed to meet with me about that, but during the inter- view, the first question was asked by her. With the slightly authoritative air that only teach- ers have, she asked what angle I would pursue for a story. Her concern was that her students were reflected well. From that moment, I knew ex- actly why her students were so determined to help. After the story was done, I had lunch with her several times to check on her. She never liked that idea, so we met and talked about her two boys, Craig Thompson, 30, and Richard Thompson, 28, my life as a young re- porter and my mother, who had health issues at C"TELLE the time. LUSEBRINK "That was Press Bor Linda," said Alexis Davison, a longtime friend, colleague and teacher. "She was always helpin other people and was a great listener." Though it had been some time since I had seen her, I learned in an e-mail that she had passed away. I was pleased to know the rest of her life had been full of joy, philanthropy, travel, friends and family. "She spent a lot of time travel- ing," Craig Thompson said. "All she could do was lay in the house and go to the doctor's of- rice. She loved to travel and it was a huge thing for her to look forward to." But traveling wasn't easy. See SNYDER, Page A5 PlaICE I-00KE REACTIONS: IRilITATIOIt I Fill the Boot Thank you to those who donated more than $18,000 for muscular dystrophy As a member of the Muscular Dystrophy As- sociation team, I would like to extend my warmest gratitude to all commuters who dropped their spare change and dollars into firefighters' boots July 17. Because of your gen- erosity, firefighters from Eastside Fire & Res- cue were able to raise $18,000! Your kind do- nations will go toward funding MDA services and research programs, including transporta- tion services, support groups and local clinics. Firefighters have filled the boot with MDA for 55 years, raising close to $167 million! With- out the help of our wonderful donors, Fill the Boot would not be possible. Volunteering at a Fill the Boot intersection is always an amazing experience. This year, however, I was particularly touched by the level of generosity during such tough economic times. Please accept this letter as recognition of the tireless efforts made by firefighters and com- muters each year to help those living with mus- cular dystrophy. We could truly not do it with- out you. Thank you to everyone who sup- ported us -- whether you waved, honked or donated, we appreciate you! Rachel Kanie Reg/ona/eub//t Affa/ts Cord/mr, MDA Boy Scouts local units cannot distance themselves from national discriminatory practices In defending Mayor Ava Frisinger's decision to commend a boy for becoming an Eagle Scout, letter writer Adam Pinsky deplored dis- crimination, but nevertheless attempted to whitewash the discriminatory behavior of the Boy Scouts. Making an analogy with political parties, Pin- sky said members of an organization don't al- ways agree with every policy. Yes, but even the Republican Party doesnt ban atheists and ho- mosexuals from membership. The BSA won't hire such individuals and won't allow them to be members or adult volunteers. Personally disagreeing with that policy doesn't make the policy any less discriminatory. einsky said the local Scout unit is independ- ent. No, it's not. It has a charter from the BSA. Local leaders (commissioners) must abide by that charter; their job is to maintain all -- not some -- of the national standards and thus, enforce all -- not some -- parts of the Scout Oath (including "duty to God" and "morally straight") and Scout Law (including "reverent toward God"). The BSA's Web site declares that individual chartered organizations are not all, owed to al- ter membership policies, because Boy Scouts believes it is important to have national unifor- mity of values." Besides, since when can Scouts TO THE EDITOR pick and choose which parts of the Oath and Law they want to comply with? Can they ig- nore the trustworthy and obedient parts, too? Pinsky also claimed that Frisinger was ap- plauding only the achievements of an individ- ual, not indicating approval of the BSA. Sorry, but the former entails the latter. There are plenty of people in Issaquah who volunteer and help with the community, but they don't get a letter of commendation from the mayor. The only reason Frisinger singled out this boy was because he became an Eagle Scout. She would- n't praise someone who got to the top of an or- ganization she didn't approve of, so Frisinger clearly approves of the discriminatory BSA. That is hypocritical, given that the city commit- ted itself to fighting discrimination. You can't fight discrimination while applaud- ing success in discriminatory groups. You also can't fight discrimination by being silent, which is what council members do while the mayor proudly puts her official stamp of approval on bigotry during council meetings. Matthew J. Barry l#uak Coun ff executive race Vote for Fred Jarrett's leadership, experience and problem-solving ability I strongly encourage voters in the greater Is- saquah community to choose Fred Jarrett as the next King County executive. I've known and worked with Fred for many years as our repre: sentative in both the House and Senate, and ve him my unreserved endorsement for the llowing reasons: Fred is an analytical and strategic thinker who has used his skills and knowledge to solve complex problems, both in the Legislature, and as a project manager in finance, manufacturing and systems management at the Boeing Co. I believe his background prepares him best for the challenges facing the next executive of King County -- another large, complex entity staffed by an organized workforce Fred knows local government, having served as mayor and city councilmember. He provided leadership on big issues like trans- portation, chairing the committee that created Sound Transit. Fred was honored last year by the Municipal League as Public Official of the Year for his longtime service. Fred has always worked in a bipartisan fashion. His positions on important issues, like transportation, education and human services, have been consistent and strong, regardless of his party affiliation. We're fortunate to have someone with Fred's leadership, experience and problem-solving ability willing to devote his life to public serv- ice. He is well prepared for the position of county executive. I urge you to vote for him in this election. Carnie Retcher lssaquah School Board member Highlands gas station Survey's logic still ignores potential effect to precious underground aquifer If a casual survey of 300-400 Issaquah High School students favored selling beer and con- doms in vending machines on campus to make things more convenient, should we allow it? The answer is, of course, a resounding yes, if we fol- low the same survey methodology and "logic" Port Blakely developers want us to use to ap- prove a gas station in the Issaquah Highlands. Thankfully, parents have to deal with adoles- cent logic all the time, and know how to quickly say no to irresponsible ideas. However, I am not so sure that the "grown ups" on the City Council have the same clarity of purpose as parents do, nor have the ability to stand up to developer logic," even when the idea is dearly irresponsible. I think a gas station in the higMands is just as bad an idea now as it was 15 years ago. Our precious aquifer is still under there. I was dis- trict manager for a major oil company, and I can tell you that the attendant-based safe- guards that are being proposed are idiotic, un- enforceable and will just never work. Also, every gas station site, regardless of the protec- tions that are put in place, has spills that are not contained and eventually degrades into something that needs to be cleaned up. Councilman John Traeger is spot on with his points against this gas station. Long ago when the highlands was still a forest, we were prom- ised many times over in years of public meetings when this urban village was being planned, and that there would never be a gas station. Never! Then again, we were promised that there would be a vast assortment of retail businesses to meet every need, a downtown Bellevuelike city core and multiple office complexes for resi- dents to walk to work to, all creating the "syner- gies" the developers said would allow people to leave their cars at home, but we are still waiting. See LETTERS, Page A5 LETTERS WELCOME The Issaquah Press welcomes letters to the editor on any subject, although we reserve the right to edit for space, potential libel and/or political relevance. Letters addressing local news will receive priority. Please limit letters to 350 words and type them, if possible. E-mail is preferred. Letters must be signed and have a daytime phone number to verify authorship. 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